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Hippocrates Fitness & Wellness Retreat

ADVENTURE, EXPLORATION, FUN, HIGH CLASS FITNESS INSTRUCTION, VARIETY & FREEDOM, GREEK CULTURE, MEDITERRANEAN FOOD, YOUR OWN BICYCLE, MEMORABLE MOMENTS, COMMUNITY & FRIENDSHIPS

Hippocrates Fitness & 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. This isn't your standard three fitness classes a day type retreat, there is just as much focus on wellness and adventure as there is on fitness.

This retreat is perfect for somebody that wants to do something different but keep active. One small example is that every guest will be given their own bicycle for the week, nobody is tied to the guest house, everybody is encouraged to go out and explore whenever they like.

The accommodation and base for the retreat is oozing with Greek culture. It is set in the Asklipion Valley, the Asklipion being the first hospital where Hippocrates created the Medical Oath. Each room has its own ensuite bathroom, and the majority have a terrace or balcony with breath taking views. Whether you’re a single traveller or travelling with a friend or partner, you will definitely feel at home at the Asklipion Valley Guest House.

Visit our location page to find out more about the paradise you are heading to.

The incredible Activities involved:

  • A bike ride to the Islands natural spa/springs. Therma beach is located 8km after Psalidi area and about 10km 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 30km 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.
  • 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 (9mi) 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 9:00 am 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.

There is an additional activities* day where you can experience an activity of your choice.  These activities could include:

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, and are subject to availability. Please ask for further details.

As well as all these incredible activities there will be a scheduled Fitness program which includes;

  • Pilates,
  • Yoga,
  • Cross Training,
  • Boxing,
  • TRX,
  • HIIT
  • and Kettlebells.

But be sure to take time to rest and absorb the beauty of the Island and the Guest House Gardens.

All Activities are optional, you decide what you want to take advantage of. For example if you do not fancy hiking to see the incredible views Kos has to offer, you can go for a cycle and have a few hours to relax on the beautiful sandy beaches and take a swim in the crystal blue waters.

 

What to expect each day...
Day 1 Arrive at Kos Airport 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 6pm the group will sit down for the first evening meal and you will be introduce 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 8am if you choose to take part, please remember nothing is mandatory, everything is voluntary… take part in what takes your fancy. Following the class a buffet breakfast will be available between the hours of 9am and 10am (don’t worry if you take a little longer).

Other than lunch nothing else is scheduled until 5pm, 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 - We are going for a guided bike ride to the Thermal springs of Kos. The bike ride in total is approximately 30km, however we are going to take a break half way 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 sometime 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 are liking 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 - we want 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 transport to the mountain Village of Zia. from the there we will begin our 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. At the beginning of the week you will have booked with Gilly the activity, this could be Horse Riding, you could have chosen to Horse Ride at sunset which means the rest of the day is yours. You may want to learn something new, a windsurfing lesson is available, or if you are a seasoned windsurfer, we can arrange the rental of the equipment, Kos is famous of windsurfing. 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 are for you and you want to have a lazy day, we will direct you to the local beaches.
Day 7 Last day of activities, so we 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 we 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. We will say goodbye and you will hop on your transfer to the airport. We will be sad to see you go but hopefully you will enjoy the retreat so much you will return.

***Please note that it is highly advisable you have a sufficient travel insurance policy that covers the activities you wish to undertake (e.g. if you wish to do water sports/extreme sports an additional policy may be required)***

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