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Hippocrates Fitness and Wellness Retreat in Greece

Hippocrates Fitness and Wellness Retreats are dedicated to encourage a healthy lifestyle. The week is designed around a variety of conventional fitness activities / classes but also incorporates activities which allow the guests to absorb the local culture and attractions.

Meet the instructors

Gilly
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Highlights

  • Fitness classes including Pilates / yoga everyday
  • Guided bike ride to the natural thermal springs of the island
  • Your own bicycle so you can explore the amazing Greek Island
  • A guided hike to the highest point on the island, giving you a 360 degree view
  • Located on the Island of Hippocrates, the birth place of modern medicine
  • An opportunity to try something new on a dedicated activities day
  • Submerge into Greek culture and cuisine with 3 meals a day
  • 7 nights accommodation and airport transfers

6 days with instruction
Group size: Maximum of 14 participants
Airport transfer included: Kos Island International Airport
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
14:00
Check-out Time:
10:00

Facilities

  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Garden
  • Multilingual staff
  • Picnic area
  • Terrace
  • Free bicycle
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Internet access
  • Library
  • Wireless internet
  • Outdoor shower

Studio / apartment

Each studio / apartment is uniquely different but with a fantastic traditional Greek design. The owner of the guest house is an incredibly talented local artist and has made the guest house extremely welcoming.

Each studio / apartment comes equipped with basic cooking facilities for the days you do not fancy eating with the group (however, 3 meals a day will be provided). Some of the rooms have terraces / balconies allowing you to enjoy your morning coffee / tea in private (if you wish) and all have private bathrooms.

Availability on booking is:

  • 2 person sharing (double)
  • 2 person sharing (twin)
  • Single occupancy (double)

Bird House

The Bird House is located at the edge of the property in a secluded location. It is uniquely different but with a fantastic traditional Greek design. The owner of the guest house is an incredibly talented local artist and has made the guest house extremely welcoming.

The Bird House comes with basic kitchen for the days you do not fancy eating with the group (however, 3 meals a day will be provided), and upstairs bedroom, a bathroom and a terrace allowing you to enjoy your morning coffee/tea in private (if you wish). There is no air conditioning available in this property.

Program

Itinerary

Day 1

Arrive at Kos International Airport (KGS) where you will have a transfer waiting for you to take you to the Asklipion Valley Guest House, approximately 30- 45 minutes away. When you arrive you will be greeted by Gilly your host and she will show you to your accommodation for the week. You will have time to settle in and orientate yourself. She will also introduce you to your allocated bicycle for the week.

At approximately 6 p.m. the group will sit down for the first evening meal and you will be introduced to your fitness instructor / assistance host. At this time you will meet your fellow retreaters and will be given a detailed plan for the exciting week ahead.

Day 2

There will be a fitness class taking place at 8 a.m. if you choose to take part. Please remember nothing is mandatory and everything is voluntary, so take part in what takes your fancy. Following the class a buffet breakfast will be available between the hours of 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. (don’t worry if you take a little longer).

Other than lunch nothing else is scheduled until 5 p.m. where there will be an evening of fitness class, sunset yoga / Pilates and an evening meal. Take the free time to go and explore the local sites if you wish - the Asklepion is only a stones throw away.

Day 3

An early start on Day 3 if you wish - go for a guided bike ride to the thermal springs of Kos. The bike ride in total is approximately 30 kilometers, however you are going to take a break halfway and take the opportunity to soak up the healing properties the natural spring is said to give. The route itself, will take you through some quaint villages including Platani which is known to be the Turkish settlement on the island.

After returning to the guest house, there will be some time for you to relax and then there will be an evening of fitness classes if you wish to take part. There will be a sunset Pilates / yoga class taking place which after a morning of cycle will be an amazing way to finish the day.

Day 4

Are you an early riser? If you like the early mornings, you will love Day 4’s sunrise Pilates / yoga class. What an amazing way to start the day.

The day will then have a selection of fitness classes available and meals together. There is also an opportunity to go and do some local exploring on your bike if you wish - Ask Gilly or Anastasia (the guest house owner) for some ideas.

Day 5

Another early start if you wish - to start the hike up Mount Dikeos before it gets too hot. So breakfast is highly recommended and then you will jump in the organised transportation to the mountain village of Zia. From the there you will begin your hike up to the highest point of the island to experience the incredible views.

The hike is a moderate level, for those trail runners, it is possible to run and signposted reasonably well. When in Zia, you will have time to enjoy the village, go shopping, go for a coffee, maybe visit the nature park, see what takes your fancy.

After leaving Zia, you will return back to the Asklipion Valley Guest House. During the evening there will be a selection of fitness classes available.

Day 6

It’s not so early today, start the day with a fitness class and then time to get on the way to your chosen activity (an additional cost may be incurred depending on your activity).

At the beginning of the week you will have booked with Gilly the activity, this could be horse riding, which is a horse ride at sunset which means the rest of the day is yours. You may have chosen to do some SUP yoga, which means you will be taken a journey to the opposite end of the island to incredible village of Kefalos. You may want to learn something new, a windsurfing lesson is available, or if you are a seasoned windsurfer, they can arrange the rental of the equipment. Kos is famous of windsurfing.

Or you may feel you have done too much exercise and a bit of pampering is in order, that's where the traditional Artemis Hamam comes in. The hamam has many packages available that you can choose from. You could spend an hour there or you could spend all day there. Or you may find that these activities aren't for you and you want to have a lazy day, they will direct you to the local beaches.

Day 7

Last day of activities, so you will start the day off right with sunrise Pilates or yoga and then throughout the day there will be a selection of fitness classes. However the classes will finish early as you will head to Kos town early evening to sample the local cuisine in the harbour. This is also a great opportunity to get those last minute gifts to take home.

Day 8

Departure day, it’s time to say farewell. You will say goodbye and you will hop on your transfer to the airport. They will be sad to see you go but hopefully you will enjoy the retreat so much you will return.

Scheduled fitness program

  • Pilates
  • Yoga
  • Cross training
  • Boxing
  • TRX
  • HIIT
  • Kettlebells

Included excursions

Biking

A bike ride to the island's natural spa / springs. Therma beach is located 8 kilometers after Psalidi area and about 10 kilometers from Kos town. Therma is exceptional, due to the hot water (that’s where the name came from) coming from the mountain which is beneficial for visitors. The hot springs are a real treasure containing elements such as potassium, sodium, calcium, magnesium, sulfur, and chlorine ideal treatments for rheumatism, arthritis, and any gynecological related issues.

The beach and its hot springs were discovered in 1934 by the Italian archaeologist Laourentsi. Therma is a nice beach placed between large rocks and hidden from the rest of the world, but attracts many people not only during the summer but also in winter because of the hot water. The bike ride itself is approximately 30 kilometers there and back. It takes you down some magical roads and it will be taken at a pace that is comfortable or challenging enough for you.

Hiking

A hike to the highest point of the island, Dikeos mountain. Dikeos is the highest mountain of Kos, the highest peak is 846 meters (nearly 2,800 feet). Dikeos is located more or less south of Kos town, about 15 kilometers (9 miles) away.

On the northern slopes of Dikeos you will find Zia, the most picturesque village of the island. The southern slopes are steep and bare, the northern slopes gradually run down and are covered with forests. The northern slopes must be among the most spectacular landscapes on the island.

Here a natural park is also located, the Kos Natural Park. This park is well maintained and there are all kinds of animals in the park, deer and goats, chickens and rabbits. There are stone footpaths for those who enjoy hiking and the view of Kos town and the islands of Kalymnos and Pserimos from the park is astonishing. In the park there is a snack bar and a children’s playground. The park is open every day from 9 a.m. to sunset. On the top of Dikeos Mountain, above Zia, you will find the historic chapel dating from the year 1079, dedicated to Dikeos Christos.

Instructors

Gilly Gwilliams

Location

The retreat will happen at the Asklipion Valley Guest House, approximately 4.5 kilometers away from Kos town. The guest house is set in stunning gardens with incredible sea and mountain views, the perfect setting to wind down.

The island has adopted some fascinating names such as “The garden of the Aegean”, for its wealth of water and crops, as well as “The island of Hippocrates” for having given birth to the most famous doctor in history. Kos is known to be an excellent starting point for exploring the Dodecanese Islands or neighbouring Turkey.

Kos is 43 kilometers long and 2 kilometers wide at the narrowest point, up to a maximum of 6 kilometers at its widest point. It is the third island of the Dodecanese for size and the second for population. Its close proximity to the coasts of Turkey and more precisely to the ancient city of Halicarnassus, now known as Bodrum, makes it particularly fascinating as it offers an interesting combination of eastern and western elements.

Even though Kos is known for its tourism, it has done well in maintaining its soul. Escaping from the tourists is easily done, and you will always manage to find a hidden away beach.

Food

Mediterranean cuisine will be served.

  • Breakfast will be continental buffet style, including Greek yogurt and fresh fruit.
  • Lunch will be designed for you to be able to pack it in your bag and go on adventures (locally baked pastries, sandwiches, fruits, salads, healthy snack bars).
  • Evening meal will be traditional homemade Greek food, with a traditional Greek salad always available.

Where possible the food will be organic and locally produced and definitely freshly made.

Tea, coffee, water, and soft drinks will be catered for. Vegan and vegetarian options are also available.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Snacks
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Soda

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Gluten Free
  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
  • Pescatarian
  • Seafood
  • Lactose Free
  • Whole food
  • Other dietary requirements on request
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

There is an additional activities day where you can experience an activity of your choice (these are not included in the price of the retreat). These activities include:

  • Horse riding at Erikas Horse Farm
  • SUP yoga with Lynn Yann Yoga
  • Windsurfing at one of the local windsurfing centres
  • A pamper day at the traditional Artemis Hamam located in the village of Tigaki

And, if non of these activities take your fancy you are free to organise your own day, maybe you want a beach day or fancy a shopping trip to Turkey, the day is yours to explore as you wish. All activities on this day will not be included in the price of the retreat. But be sure to take time to rest and absorb the beauty of the island and the guest house gardens.

What's included

  • 7 nights accommodation (en-suite)
  • 3 meals a day (including non alcoholic beverages)
  • Up to 3 fitness classes a day (including yoga / Pilates)
  • Guided bike tour to the thermal springs of Kos
  • Guided hike to the top of Mount Dikeos
  • An allocated bike for the week
  • Assistance planning and booking additional activities
  • Airport transfers on Kos Island

What's not included

  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Additional activities
  • Personal expenses

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Airport: Kos Island International Airport Airport transfer included: Kos Island International Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 20% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.
8 days / 7 nights
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