Yoga, the sea, the sun, travelling and being outdoors are all amongst my favorite things in the world. At the Exotic Yoga retreat I went on in Croatia in June I had all of those things combined - and more!
Being one with the nature is a wonderful feeling. On a sailboat you are. So doing yoga on a sailboat is like a perfect match and when you get to experience Croatia with great people and eat amazing food at the same time. Life is perfect. And my retreat with Exotic yoga retreats was just about perfect.
This is what it was. We stayed on the amazing sailboat Tajna Mora - Secret of the seas for one week. Started in Dubrovnik, ended in Split. Each day started with yoga at the huge top deck of the boat, saluting the sun for real. Then breakfast with fresh bread was ready and after breakfast we sailed to a new island while spending the time sunbathing, reading books, enjoying life while sailing. Lunch was either onboard or we ate at the island of the day, same with dinner depending on the location.
Most of the days we also had a yoga session in the afternoon and there was always plenty of time to swim and use the paddle boards and kayaks on the boat. Did I mention the food? Amazing! And so was the wine, little did I know that Croatia has so great wine. And on this yoga retreat drinking wine was ok. Or even encouraged, it was all about healthy hedonism. I love it!
The islands we visited:
Mjlet: Very cute island. We rented bikes and cycled through the national park. In the park we visited an island inside of an island, it had a beautiful monastery.
Korcula: My favourite island and the most fun stop. Korcula is truly beautiful with the narrow streets and sea view restaurants. We visited the prize winning winery Grk Bire - I recommend it! And we went to a cute sandy beach.
Hvar: Another great island, also known as the party islands, so we did some partying. But we also had a great walk to the fortress with amazing views. A must do in Hvar. Very beautiful island as well.
Vis: We only had lunch and relaxed in the harbour at Vis so I didn't see much. But we visited a very cute fun winery called Konoba Magic. Recommend it!
Bol: Last island. We went to see the house inside of a house - fun story and to a very cute beach just in the village center. We also did wine tasting at Stina - amazing! The next day we docked up just outside of the famous beach Zlatni, very cool.
Based on this experience I highly recommend a yoga retreat with Exotic yoga retreats. The service from Katherine and Gayle was great from the very first email and it was an all over well organized and beautiful experience.
Thank you my fellow yogis at the retreat - you made it even better! Thank you wonderful boat crew, thank you Erdinc - one skilled and wonderful yoga teacher in so many ways. And Duje - best local guide in Croatia, I'm sure.