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Kea Retreat: Yoga and meditation on the most discreet island in the Cyclades

You’re off to Kea Island, the most secret of the Cyclades, just two hours from Athens. Kea Retreat, the first boutique hotel dedicated to yoga and meditation, welcomes you to its sanctuary of relaxation with abohemian ambience… Set in a nature reserve facing the Aegean Sea, this haven of peace is the ideal place to celebrate nature, well-being and life. The very essence of Kea Retreat taps into the soul of unsuspected emotions. Discover the most beautiful yoga and meditation practices, in an exceptional family setting.

The retreat is located on a private beach (Photo: Kea Retreat)

The island of Kea, discreet Mediterranean charm

Kea is a seaside paradise located in an unspoilt area of the Cyclades. This island is only an hour’s ferry ride from Athens, and it’s amazing that it’s still so secret. Here, the few tourists are Athenians who have come to recharge their batteries for a few days in a magnificent natural setting. In Kea, nature lovers will be delighted! Imagine an authentic, unspoilt island bathed in a peaceful atmosphere, guided by the sound of the waves and the scent of lavender. Mediterranean sweetness, quite simply…

The perfect place to unwind (Photo: Kea Retreat)

At the heart of the island lies the ancient capital Loulida, where you can visit Greek remains. Kea boasts a vast network of hiking trails, an excellent way to explore the island’s secrets in between yoga or meditation sessions. The whitewashed architecture and ochre tones bear witness to Greece’s rich history and traditions. As for the island’ s beaches, they’re simply sublime! Most are secluded and completely untouched, allowing you to enjoy the peace and quiet, your feet in pristine white sand, in complete privacy…

Kea Retreat: a family business in a peaceful setting

Kea Retreat is above all a wonderful family story: Zviki and Anat discovered Kea several years ago on a family vacation with their two boys, Yoni and Uriel. The family, originally from Tel Aviv, fell in love with the island and immediately felt at home.

An idyllic place to practice yoga (Photo: Kea Retreat)

In search of a meaningful life, the family decided to change course and move to Kea, for a life in harmony with nature. Having grown up with spirituality, it’s only natural that the two sons choose to share their family’s haven of peace to offer yoga and meditation retreats. And so Kea Retreat was born. Here you’ll experience a physical and spiritual fulfillment that reflects the family’s philosophy of life…

At Kea Retreat, “slow living” is all about nature and well-being

Located in the bay of Psathi, Kea Retreat is sheltered in a rocky mountain range, facing the crystal-clear Aegean Sea. It’s a serene, intimate place, where you can live to the rhythm of nature between vineyards and olive groves, turquoise sea and cliffs. Inspired by a love of Greek culture, the family-run establishment celebrates nature, food and well-being.

The building is full of charm (Photo: Kea Retreat)

Treat yourself to the luxury of a peaceful retreat, reconnecting with your Being in a natural paradise. In the morning, silent meditation or yoga at sunrise, accompanied by the song of the cicadas and the sound of the waves breaking nearby. In the evening, dance to Greek rebetiko melodies, a glass of ouzo in hand, the bay lit up by a magnificent sunset. That’s what life at Kea Retreat is all about… a balanced daily routine cradled in gentleness, well-being and a deep respect for nature.

Only eight traditional suites, for greater privacy

At Kea Retreat, every detail has been carefully thought out to give the rooms a unique character. Only eight suites are available, for an even more intimate experience.

Kea Retreat bright room
A bright, carefully decorated room (Photo: Kea Retreat)

Accommodation is in Katikies, traditional Greek stone farmhouses dating back over a hundred years. With the utmost respect for the environment, these tastefully restored cocoons blend into the rocky hillside habitat and overlook an infinite view of the Aegean Sea.

These traditional, upscale cottages all feature private terraces with comfortable outdoor seating areas. The whitewashed interiors feature minimalist furnishings, wood tones, country decor and pleasant natural light.

Some rooms overlook the sea directly (Photo: Kea Retreat)

The kitchen areas are rustic and full of charm, tastefully furnished and always with that bohemian air so characteristic of Kea Retreat. These cozy dining areas are bright and functional.

Towels, pareos, bathrobes and locally made soaps are provided in your lovely, bright bathroom. You can even enjoy an outdoor shower on your private, intimate terrace. When it comes to choosing suites, there are several options: four rooms on the beach and four on the heights.

One of the pretty terraces (Photo: Kea Retreat)

Cosy common areas and a large swimming pool surrounded by a Mediterranean garden

The shared areas are unique, filled with works of art by artisans from all over Greece. The house’s natural decor and furnishings give it a country vacation feel. Fisherman’s rope chairs, off-white fabrics, Berber rugs, local ceramics adorning bohemian furniture, aromatic herbs and dried flowers. Everything has a chic, country feel! Kea Retreat is the epitome of raw, relaxed luxury, where you’ll feel right at home!

Kea Retreat communal dining room
The magnificent communal lounge, opening onto a large terrace (Photo: Kea Retreat)

Relax in one of the many outdoor spaces, dotted with pink pepper trees, Greek basil flowers and wild garlic – all of which you’ll find on your plate at mealtimes! Enjoy a bath of silence under the gentle Cycladic sun… A warm, friendly atmosphere reigns in the world of Kea Retreat.

The living room overlooks the sea (Photo: Kea Retreat)

The large L-shaped pool, lined with aloe vera, giant knitted poufs and white rattan loungers, is the perfect place to relax and admire the view of the horizon. Would you rather lounge on the white sands of the beach in complete privacy? The Kea Retreat is only accessible by boat and is reserved for connoisseurs… so tranquillity and confidentiality are the order of the day!

Immersion in wellness: holistic yoga and meditation retreats

At Kea Retreat, you’re bound to find the yoga retreat that’s right for you. Each of our renowned yoga-teachers has a different approach to healing and well-being, allowing you to choose the formula that suits you best. They’re all designed with the intention of opening your mind and heart, while creating a deep connection with the group. All combine various yoga, meditation and dance practices, as well as alternative activities such as full moon rituals, cocoa ceremonies, Satya circles, intuitive massages, sound baths and many others.

Also read: A short guide to yoga

Massage and yoga Kea Retreat
Massage and Yoga (Photo: Kea Retreat)

A journey to internalize, experience, live and expand your confidence. Harmonize your body and mind by connecting deeply with nature, people and the environment around you. Six days for a deep connection with yourself, immersing yourself in your sacred power. At Kea Retreat, you drop the masks, be who you are, and surrender to mental and emotional resistance without judgment.

Meditation under the shala
Meditation under a shala-yoga in the heart of nature (Photo: Kea Retreat)

Depending on your preferences and the yoga teachers’ program, here are some of the wellness practices offered during these retreats:

  • Sound baths with singing bowls ;
  • Vinyasa Yoga, Hatha Yoga, Yin Yoga, Yoga Nidra ;
  • Yoga duo, Yoga-inversion, Anusara-yoga, Acroyoga, Satya-yoga ;
  • Pranayamas (yogic breathing) ;
  • Ayurveda workshops ;
  • Shamanic dance, sacred cocoa ceremonies ;
  • Guided Intuitive Movements ;
  • Nada Brahmâ (humming meditation and vibratory sounds) ;
  • Trataka (yogic purification consisting of gazing at a candle flame);
  • Water ritual (floral bath) ;
  • Energy care ;
  • Sharing circles ;
  • Intuitive massages ;
  • Journaling and creative writing.
Singing bowl massage
Sound bath with singing bowls (Photo: Kea Retreat)

100% local Mediterranean cuisine, in tune with the seasons

At Kea Retreat, you’ll eat only fresh, local produce. The oil is harvested from the family olive grove, vegetables and herbs grow abundantly in the kitchen garden, and the fish of the day is brought in by the local fisherman…

Kea Retreat's colorful and creative cuisine
Colorful, creative cuisine! (Photo: Kea Retreat)

During the retreat, you eat as a group around a large convivial table, outdoors facing the sea. Meals are prepared according to harvest and season. In the morning, you’ll have the chance to try the excellent Greek tsoureki (traditional brioche) accompanied by its strapatsada (scrambled eggs with tomato and feta), and fresh fruit from the orchard.

A convivial meal
Convivial dining and elaborate cuisine (Photo: Kea Retreat)

The Lygaria restaurant is open to the public from June to September. As nature on the island is constantly evolving, the menu is dictated by the seasons and harvests too. All dishes embody ancient and traditional Greece in all its splendor. Chef Uri Eshet, who has worked in Michelin-starred restaurants, adds modern touches to his Aegean cuisine. Creative, tasty, ultra-fresh food featuring exceptional products: candied bear’s garlic flowers, olive oil with homemade pepper, capers… Accompanied by a delicious Greek wine from the family vineyard, the dishes are an explosion of Mediterranean flavors on the palate!

Don’t forget to sip a delicious cocktail, or try the traditional ouzo at the bar while enjoying the view…

Bar with view
The bar (Photo: Kea Retreat)

Book Kea Retreat

Take advantage of our expertise in wellness breaks and contact us for a personalized quote for Kea Retreat.

Rates : From 2,400 euros per person all-inclusive in a shared room, or 3,500 euros for a single person for an all-inclusive week-long retreat. Luxe Wellness Club benefits: free massage for every guest.

Call us for the USA on +1 (646) 980 6652 or for the UK on +44 20 4577 3258

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