The gentle buzz of crickets, the chirping of chaffinches, outstanding scenery, cool Mediterranean breezes and plenty of sunshine make Malta the perfect location for sheer relaxation and a spot of yoga. Let the weight of the world be taken off your shoulders and embrace your Maltese surroundings with our pick of the best retreats around.
Locanda La Gelsomina is a boutique hotel set in one of the oldest buildings in the picturesque village of Birgu, one of Malta’s Three Cities. Dating back to the 1500s, this truly authentic Maltese building is a homage to its owners’ travels across Europe and the Far East. Amid the original building features sit artefacts and antiquities, collected from places such as Tibet and Syria, each holding their own unique story. The tranquil setting of Locanda La Gelsomina makes the perfect location for yoga and wellness, away from the hustle and bustle of every day life, allowing your mind to take a well deserved breather. Visitors can spend between two to seven days at their retreat under the guidance of both yoga and holistic therapies experts, and immerse themselves in relaxation, experiencing methods personalised to each individual. With breathing exercises combined with energising yoga and meditation for the inner you, you will find yourself leaving Locanda La Gelsomina refreshed in body and mind.
Sunra Yoga offers holidays in the sun, and what better location than at Malta’s sister island of Gozo? Your stay at the retreat is hosted by Barbara Gordon and her specialised team – Barbara was both the founder and the director of The Sivananda Yoga Centre in London and has over 50 years experience under her belt. Surrounded by countryside in the beautiful village of Għasri, the retreats here are held in a stunning and idyllic 300-year-old converted farmhouse, and comprise a maximum of 10 people at a time, ensuring that each individual’s needs are met. Barbara’s experience leads her to adeptly discovering both the mental and physical needs of each visitor, making the retreat an ideal way to deepen your self-knowledge. Built into the stay are therapeutic treatments in addition to a focus on the importance of diet and nutritional values.
For a retreat of yoga combined with other varied holistic therapies, Pachamama Studio, in the village of Xaghra, Gozo has a lot to offer. Join Dorota for a relaxing stay in a traditional Gozitan farmhouse and share in her knowledge as a qualified massage therapist, and yoga and pilates instructor. Dorota’s first experience of Gozo was travelling to the small island to learn Lomi Lomi Hawaiian massage and she has never looked back. Dorota offers various retreats, each incorporating yoga. Choose from a selection including mindful movement and mindfulness, equine assisted therapy (yoga and meditations with a herd), hiking, healthy food and nature, meditation and sacred fire ceremony, conscious cooking, empowerment and yoga holidays for couples and groups.
The stunning Duke Boutique Hotel in Gozo’s capital of Victoria lies centrally on the island, making it a great starting point for travelling in any direction – not to mention being surrounded by restaurants, theatres, shops, markets and a cinema among other attractions. Combined with Malta’s renowned sunshine, it makes for the perfect vantage point for yoga outdoors around the island. The ‘Live, Love, Yoga Gozo‘ retreats led by Lisa combine vinyasa flow, yin, and restorative yoga with meditation at carefully selected locations. Here guests can not only enjoy yoga and forget their daily stresses, but also find their individuality while taking in the clean, fresh, Mediterranean air alongside sights that can only be described as idyllic. The restful stay at The Duke Boutique Hotel compliments the yoga and meditation perfectly. Lisa’s yoga journey has helped her immensely as a positive support through challenging times. Seeing life from a whole new perspective and embracing teaching yoga as a blessing, Lisa not only shares her expertise with her guests, but also her love, happiness and light.