How do I get to Santorini?
You can book your flight to come directly to Santorini JTR airport.
For a wider choice of flights, you can fly to Athens airport (ACE) and take the short flight to Santorini JTR from there.
How do I get to the retreat?
The Pelagos Hotel Oia is located a short distance from the sea; and approx. 13 KM from Santorini JTR airport.
Getting here from Santorini Airport
Santorini JTR airport is approx 20 – 35 minutes from the retreat, depending on traffic. We recommend that you allow us to organise a transfer for you. This will ensure that you have no waiting at the airport and that your driver knows exactly where you are going, allowing you to get to us and settle in as smoothly and stress-free as possible.
The cost is as follows:
1 Guest – 30 euros
2 Guests – 15 euros per person
3 Guests or more- 15 euros per person
- Please note after 11PM the price of the shuttle is 35 euros.
We always try to arrange shared transfers for guests arriving at similar times to keep your costs down. We can also arrange pick up from the ferry port (same costs as above) or from other local hotels in Santorini.
Is there a pool at the retreat?
There is a large pool at the hotel, as well as a smaller pool to relax in and take a dip to cool down. We have sun loungers and offer inclusive pool/ beach towels for your retreat week.
There is a bar and restaurant on site which you can order from all day (lunches are not included in your retreat price). Breakfasts and dinners are included for you every day with an arrival meal on Saturday evening, and breakfast the following Saturday. The menu includes vegetarian dishes and non-vegetarian dishes should you wish to opt for seafood, for example.
The hotel does sell water bottles at the bar/restaurant, and water will be provided with meals. No alcohol is included with meals, but can be purchased at the bar/restaurant.
Can you accommodate special dietary requirements?
Azulfit, together with the venue will try to accommodate special dietary requirements, including gluten free, dairy free, and vegan/ vegetarian diets. If you require gluten free bread or cereal at breakfast, its not readily available on the island so it might be an idea to pack your own. The bustling kitchen cannot accommodate all allergies or preferences but we will work with you to the best of our ability. Please indicate allergies on the booking form and we can correspond with you directly about them.
I have a condition or illness/injury, will I be able to take part in your classes?
Please see information on special conditions here. In all of our classes you are encouraged to go at your own pace and to listen to your body. We try, where possible to take note of any injuries or illnesses you have and offer you suitable modifications and adjustments. In cases or serious injury, illness, or pregnancy we ask that you consider booking a private class or private class package, where you get private tuition, at your own pace. If you have any serious doubts about attending the retreat, you can contact us and also should seek advice from your doctor.
I have never done Pilates or yoga before, is this ok?
We offer inclusive classes for all levels from beginner to advanced, so join us if you would like to try Pilates or yoga for the first time. We offer a variety of yoga classes so you can sample and progess, and our teachers work with you to safely help you progress and challenge yourself each week.
How many people do you typically have for a week?
Group size varies from 8 – 18 guests. Our excellent instructors provide attention and progressions to all levels so you come away equipped to accomplish your goals. They will provide modifications and challenge progressions where needed.
The retreat begins approx. 17:30 or 18:00 on Saturday evening for a gentle post flight class; with dinner offered after. We start as a group Sunday morning to allow the later arrivals to settle in.
We will have a class each morning before breakfast, with plenty of time to immerse in your practice. There will be a class and / or meditation in the evenings, with a rest afternoon mid-week. This schedule is a guideline and may be subject to minor changes depending on weather, group goals, etc. You have the opportunity to have Q& A with the teachers over breakfast early in the week.
The space for our classes is outdoors and is covered by a tent. Please bring along a light jumper or scarf in case of cooler evenings. Yoga mats are provided as well as any equipment needed for the classes.
Your schedule will include a morning and afternoon session each day, with a rest afternoon on one day to enjoy the island, relax or explore.
What kind of yoga and pilates equipment does Azulfit provide?
Azulfit supplies yoga mats, blankets, straps, magic circles and yoga straps, as well as any additional equipment needed for the specific session.
What are check-in and check-out times?
Check-in and check-out times vary to accommodate people’s arrival times. Check-in is generally from 2pm through to 7pm. We can prepare rooms for an early check in of 12 noon where possible. Guests are welcome to stay in their accommodation until 11am, and we ask that departing guests place their belongings in a secure area so that the rooms may be prepared for new arrivals. For those arriving late on Saturday evening, the restaurant will remain open for you. Antonis has arranged a full vegetarian meal to be served to you that evening. We will be there to greet you that evening and help you settle in. For arrivals after10pm, the check-in staff at the hotel will greet you and you can meet our team of teachers on Sunday morning at the first class.
We would be happy to arrange massages for you, the cost is 60 euros. There will be an opportunity to meet the retreat masseur Marios, on Sunday morning, he will be available all week for treatments, his treatment list and menu is always available at the bar for you to review and book in. Your treatment times can be found at the bar for your easy reference once booked. Please provide plenty of notice to guarantee availability.
Facilities and cleaning
The hotel is cleaned on a daily basis. Towels can be changed on a daily basis by request. Please be mindful of the environment when requesting fresh towels. Sheets and linens are changed every 3 days. Pool towels are provided.
Rooms have a safe, A/C, hairdryers, Satellite TV and tea and coffee making facilities. The site has reception, a restaurant/bar, and can help you arrange to hire cars during your stay if you wish.
The beach is 300 meters from the Pelagos hotel. Temperatures usually average approx. 25 – 28 degrees Celsius. The ocean is beautiful and warm enough to swim in both in summer and autumn.
Is there internet access?
Internet Wi-Fi is available, however reception can vary based on time of day and usage. Ideally you can use this time to switch off and enjoy your retreat week and the beautiful island.
Transfers, Excursions and free time
In between classes, your time is your own. You can do absolutely nothing or read a book, swim, sunbathe, walk, catch up on rest, have a massage and be as sociable/unsociable as you like. Sunday and Wednesday will be optional excursion days. The nearest town is Oia. The town of Oia is 4 km away (6 minutes by car) and Antonis, our host, can set up transfers with a taxi or mini bus at any point. In a taxi fitting 1- 4 people the rate is 10 euros total to Oia, and in a minivan shuttle fitting more people, the rate is approximately 4 euros / per person.
Guests can take a beautiful walk to Oia which is essentially a 30 minute walk by foot.
We can also organise the following excursions:
1. Day trip to Oia (tentatively planned for Sunday to allow you to check out the local area, this will be arranged after breakfast on Sunday). You can see the old streets of the town and see amazing architecture, the caldera, museums & churches.
2. Catamaran trip. Approx 105 euros, including dinner. This is payable to the hotel and not included in your package. Planned for Wednesday depending on numbers – great scenic route around the Caldera and to the other end of Santorini. The catamaran makes frequent stops for snorkeling and bathing in the hot sulfur baths. Finally, an amazing dinner is provided while watching Santorini’s famous sunset.
Other excursion options include:
1. Wine tasting
2. Church and Museum viewings
3. Water activities (SUP, snorkeling, jet skiing, etc)
We can help you arrange any of the above excursions, so please meet with us early in the week to discuss anything you might want to see or do on the island.
What should I bring with me?
- Comfortable clothing for classes and sessions
- Summer clothes and swimwear
- Warm jumper for the evenings
- Walking shoes for optional walks
- Toiletries (shampoo, shower gel etc)
- Mosquito repellent
- European adapter
- Alarm clock/ phone alarm
- Phone charger
- If you are bringing your mobile device or laptop, WIFI is available
You do not need to bring (these are provided):
- Yoga mats and equipment for sessions
- Bath towels or sheets, these are provided.
- Beach towels and pool towels
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