Grenadine LodgeDalyan, Turkey
This Yoga hotel is absolutely charming.
I can’t wait to be back here again at the end of September. I love everything about this venue, the surrounding beaches, stunning lakes and the pretty town of Dalyan. So much so, that I keep coming back every other year to teach another yoga retreat here, I always stay on afterwards for a holiday too.
This quaint peaceful hotel has 16 rooms, a swimming pool, bar and restaurant. Massages are also available. The swimming pool has a small waterfall and a jacuzzi. There is a gorgeous Turkish tree house where we can relax or meditate.There is a small bar beside the pool and sunbeds which also serves snacks. At this venue, we also get to enjoy 2 lovely fully equipped yoga shalas,
Dalyan village is situated on the small river that joins the lake to the sea and our small yoga hotel is in the conservation area between the village and the beach. Small buses will stop outside hotel entrance every half hour taking you on the ten minute picturesque route to the beach. You can also reach Iztutu beach by taking one of the many riverboats from the village.Iztutu beach is vast, very beautiful and completely unspoilt by tourism as it is within a national park. There are no buildings other than a cafe at each end with changing huts and sunbeds, it is a conservation area with extremely strict access rules to protect the turtles which nest there.
Besides visiting the beach we can also arrange a variety of trips. There are also hot springs, mud baths and a huge lake to explore – its a very beautiful region.
A fantastic day out is the Twelve Island Boat Trip, some pictures of this excursion are in the carousal above.
On Saturday mornings there is a large market in Dalyan village selling local produce, spices, fabrics etc.
We can also arrange boat trips with barbeque lunches and a visit to a very old Haman (Turkish bath).
If you are interested in history there is the ancient city of Kaunas on the other side of the river or travel further afield to the Ghost Town at Kayaköy which is exactly as it was when the Greeks left Turkey to return to Greece.
Yoga takes place twice daily in one of the two yoga shalas.
The large open yoga shala overlooks the pomegranate field and I always teach an alignment based vinyasya flow class here in the mornings beginning at approximately 7 30 am and finishing at around 9 30 am (depending on the group) – we will then have a hearty breakfast/brunch buffet.
In the evenings we will practice at Sunset from 5 00 pm – 6 30 pm usually in the second yoga shala which is smaller and enclosed on all sides by bamboo screening. These sessions will vary each day and will include all aspects of yoga such as a Restful Restorative Yoga, Yin Yoga, Technique class, Therapeutics, Yoga Nidra, Meditation, Pranayama and Somatics. There is also a tree-house which is perfect to cool down from the midday sun or for group meditation sessions in the evenings.
The shade provided by the bamboo screening in both yoga shalas allows the air to circulate whilst keeping out the heat of the sun.
There is one day mid holiday with no yoga so we may venture further afield on excursions such as the 12 Island Boat Trip, or just spend the day relaxing by the pool
All the rooms have air conditioning and en-suite facilities complete with a hair-dryer on the wall.
Downstairs Suites: downstairs rooms have a separate bedroom at the rear, en-suite facilities and air conditioning.
Each also has a small lounge and a third bed can be placed here if groups of students wish to share to further reduce the cost.
Outside each room is a wooden deck with a wooden table and two chairs.
Upstairs Rooms : the airy upstairs rooms are ‘attic style’ with sloping ceilings at one end.
Each has a small outdoor space with limited views, en-suite facilities and full air conditioning.
There are 3 rooms to one side of the hotel that overlook the lawn. The yoga teacher always stays in one of these.
Two are superior with bedroom, small lounge and one is a standard room and does not have a lounge.
All rooms are en-suite with air conditioning
There is a small hotel restaurant and daily breakfast plus 5 evening meals are included in the cost of the holiday – extra evening meals are available on-site if you wish, however local restaurants are terrific and we do recommend you try them.
A large Turkish breakfast will be served after the morning yoga class and an evening meal on the arrival night and 4 other evenings. If the group wishes to eat more meals on site this is easily arranged for a small extra fee.
A lunch menu is available.
Food will be vegetarian unless we request otherwise – vegetables are grown as much as possible in the hotel’s vegetable field.
Fish is readily available in this area, please ask if you would like one of the meals to include a fish option.
Tuition, accommodation, breakfast and dinner on 5 evenings (one to be the arrival night)
Not Included – Flights and Insurance, meals other than as specified.
Fly to Dalaman airport
Individual taxi transfers are offered by the centre.
We will provide you with the airport meeting point and the names of the other guests in your transfer taxi and our own driver will meet you.
For this service the cost 35 Turkish lira per person (£14) each way regardless of how many are in the taxi, for this service you have to order a return transfer.
The journey takes 30 minutes.
EVisas are required for this holiday, you must now purchase your visa on line before you travel
www.evisa.gov.tr (your country is your country of residence, NOT Turkey)
You will not be allowed entry into Turkey unless you have an evisa. Visas on arrival are no longer possible. Please be aware of the dates on the website, ensure your holiday dates are covered by the visa, don’t purchase it too early.
All passengers must have at least six months remaining on their passport upon arrival in Turkey.
Downstairs Sharing – £580
Upstairs Sharing – £480
Single supplement £100 per person per week
All rooms have en-suite facilities and full air conditioning
Downstairs rooms have a small lounge area and outside deck with table and chairs
Upstairs rooms have a very small balcony space and limited views
Non-yoga partners and friends welcomed