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Welcome to Free Spirit Travel, UK's leading provider of yoga holidays

Ischia, Panza, Italy

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  • 2017/2018

    Situated on the thermal island of Ischia in the bay of Naples, within walking distance of the famous hot springs

Our Yoga Venue

This is a very rustic venue in a wild and unspoilt area of Ischia. This part of the island has a natural, untouched feel and stunning views.

Just off the Amalfi Coast, the island of Ischia boasts natural wonders such as a dormant volcano, lush gardens, thermal spas, clear beaches, ancient ruins, and endless views across the Bay of Naples.

One of the worlds first health spa destinations, Italians (and Romans, before that) in the know would flock to Ischia to indulge in its mineral-rich volcanic mud and waters.

 

 

We are in a corner of paradise in the south of the island, perched high above the Mediterranean, with lush and wild organic gardens, surrounded by unspoiled nature, overlooking an endless sea. 

The family is committed to sustainable and environmentally friendly practices and grow fresh herbs and vegetables in their garden for your meals.

This area is beautiful, sunrises and amazing sunsets, olive groves, palm trees and wild flowers of beautiful colours will be your companions  alongside silence and relaxation.

  

 

We have two swimming pools

 

An outdoor fresh water pool on the terrace for sunbathing with deck chairs, beds, chairs and umbrellas.

This pool is refilled every Friday with the natural mineral rich water of the island.

 

 

There is also an indoor thermal pool with temperature of 34 / 36 degrees.

This is situated in a sauna-cave completely covered with mosaics of pumice stone.]  

      

 

             

     

The area:

The village of Panza is close by for cafés and shopping.There are also optional carefully-planned day-trips to offer guests a full experience of Ischia.

These include the village of Ischia Ponte for a visit to the picturesque Castello Aragonese and artisanal shopping in Ischia Porto. A guided mountain walk will also be offered.

  

Within 30 minutes walk are the natural hot springs at Sorgeto, which are one of the biggest attractions in Ischia.

The island's underground volcanic activity bubbles up from beneath and naturally heats a series of rock pools.

By climbing down the many steps towards a tiny beach in a wonderfully picturesque cove, visitors are able to bathe in a variety of pools, each with slightly different water temperatures.

Bathers usually spend the day here enjoying what is effectively a natural jacuzzi which soothes and massages the body to ease aches and pains.

 

 

  

 

  Yoga

Yoga is twice a day with one day off for excursions.  
The first class is in the morning before breakfast after which your day is your own.

  
Our second yoga class of the day will be in the late afternoon after which we will have dinner together.

 

 

  

   

 

We have a choice of two yoga spaces

The purpose built yoga room with sliding glass doors looking out to the garden and the endless ocean.

  

  

    

  

Or the other

An open pavilion perfect for evening restorative yoga.

Yoga mats, blocks and belts are provided

 

 

   

  

Accommodation is provided in large sunny en-suite rooms.

These are simply furnished with private balconies, or terraces, and a sea view.

 

 

 

Each room has a double bed. 

In the shared rooms there is one double bed and one single bed.

 

 

 

Includes

Accommodation, breakfast, dinner and 10 yoga classes

Not Included

Flights, transfers, treatments, lunch and snacks, all bottled water, teas and coffee, treatments and excursions

 

Flights

You will need a flight to Naples, from there you will be met and transferred to the venue.

For the arrival flight:  do not book a flight that arrives after 20.00 as the last ferry is at 22.00  and you need half an hour to reach the port by taxi.

For the return flight:  book flights after 11 am as the first ferry off the island is at 06.30

 

Transfers

Group transfers are 40 euros per person each way (including the ferry) payable locally.

Private transfers are from 70 euros each way (including the ferry) payable locally

The transfer, including the ferry, will take between two and two and a half hours.

2017 Sharing Single
June 3 - 10 HathaYoga Sevda Mustafa £690 £840
June 10 - 17 Flowing Hatha Yoga Jill Hurley £690 £840
July 1 - 8 Hatha Yoga Patricia Haygarth £690 £840
2018
Aug 25 - Sep 1 Vinyasa Flow Hatha Yoga Clare Gibson £690 £840
Sep 8 - 15 Alignment based Vinyasa Flow Yoga Brigitte Riley £720 £870
You will automatically be allocated a room as a single participantunless you have somebody travelling with you to share with.

Hello,
My partner Calliste and I stayed at Vila Lina in June with Jill as our yoga teacher.  I thought I ought to provide some feedback; I'm sorry it's taken so long to get round to it.
Jill is an excellent teacher, she was very good at reading and adjusting her lessons to suit the abilities of all involved, while still progressing our practice over the week. She's great fun to be around, she made everyone feel comfortable and kept everyone smiling and laughing, even during the yoga practice.
Vila Lina was a fabulous place, hanging off the end of the island.  Having two pools (filled with naturally heated mineral water from underground) and two yoga studios felt like luxury. Nicola and Monica worked tirelessly for us and made wonderful food with a great deal of care.  It was a real treat to have so much fresh fruit straight from the garden and Nicola was rightly proud of his efforts.
It was really useful to have Michela pop over frequently and to offer to sort taxis etc out at any time.  His guided walk up the mountain was one of the real high-points of the holiday.
I'm sure that Jill will have passed on some general feedback about Vila Lina.  We didn't experience any major problems there ourselves though it's a shame (for her) that Monica was ill for several days as there is a heck of a lot of work for two people to do there.  I think that there is a fantastic charm about the place which would be taken away if it was too 'highly polished', and if nothing changed we would very happily return.  My partner's only criticism is that as a gluten free vegetarian her food choices were more limited, though they did make efforts to accommodate.  In fact, she's probably the only person who didn't put on about half a stone so that's probably not the most terrible thing and shows just how well catered for the rest of us were!
Kind regards,

Oliver - June 2017 with Jill Hurley.