With Culinary Secrets to a Longer Life
Dip into a revitalizing, relaxing and experiential holiday on an idyllic Greek island escape! Unwind and enjoy the healing properties of spa & massage treatments combined with outdoor yoga sessions while you are enjoying Zakyntho’s island culture, creativity and unspoilt nature.
Spa treatments are based on progressive techniques that combine ancient Greek healing rituals and local resources with traditional European spa treatments and therapies. Nature lends itself to the treatments with elements such as purifying olive leaves, refreshing Zakynthian herbs, flowers and sea salts.
Your experienced yoga teachers Thaleia & Andriana welcome everyone, regardless of age, health, fitness or yoga experience. The yoga sessions reflect a variety of practices. Most classes are Hatha or Vinyasa though, Kundalini, Thai chi and core fusion can be offered upon request.
The menu is lovingly crafted to provide you with a unique local culinary experience. You will enjoy a variety of nutritionally-dense, cleansing and delicious vegetarian, meat and fish meals that are original, tasty, and energizing. Everything is cooked from scratch with the highest quality ingredients, many of which are homemade, like olive oil, salads, fruit, breads and wine.Book this holiday package »
Please note, the following itinerary is for guidance only and subject to change depending on the season and group’s needs and wishes, but all the following activities will take place some time during the week.
On arrival at Zakynthos airport or port, your private driver will meet you and transfer you to your accommodation in Laganas. Famed for being the home of the sea turtle Caretta-Caretta, Laganas will be your base for this fabulous culinary experience.
You will have time to unpack and settle into your new surroundings. A little later, your hosts Antonio, Effie and Denia will welcome you to join them for drinks and an informal meeting. They will answer any questions you may have and tell you about all the things to do and see in this diverse, lively resort all just a few minutes’ walk from your holiday home from home.
In the evening, we will visit Zakynthos town. Here, we will enjoy a welcome dinner, with magnificent views across the harbour and out to sea. Relax while traditional singers, singing serenades set the mood. The local wines and Greek ouzo will help you along!
Enjoy a healthy and revitalizing breakfast with organic fresh fruit, Greek yogurt and eggs from the host family’s farm, before we drive you a short distance to Aeonian wellness & spa center, to enjoy a Shimmer Satin body Peeling treatment followed by an hour use of the spa facilities. Revel in a deep cleansing full body massage with sea salts, corals, hazelnut & coconut oils. A cocktail cream of sea minerals complete this experience which aims to hydrate, nourish and prepare your skin to be safely exposed to the sun.
Continue your day by exploring the surrounding area and the 7 km long Laganas beach laying only 500m, from your accommodation. Laganas resort offers a great combination of everything a traveler could desire. In the famous sweeping bay, with its shallow, crystal clear water, you can enjoy swimming, snorkeling, and if you are lucky, find yourself swimming alongside the large, graceful loggerhead turtles. Sun beds are plentiful if you just want to relax, and if you are adventurous enough why not go skinny dipping at the nudist beach a little further away.
In the evening, sample the traditional cuisine with a touch of luxury at a seaside restaurant by the mesmerizing Laganas bay.
Wake up in the morning and get your day off to a great start. Find yourself next to the sea practicing yoga while the Mediterranean sun & sea breeze softly caresses your skin and yoga nurtures your body and soul.
Later, back at Villa Spiros, tuck into a healthy breakfast with fresh delicacies from local farms.
Continue your day with a fun 3 hour aquatic experience to the heavenly “Marathonisi Island", remarkably shaped similar to the native sea turtle Caretta - Caretta. Starting our trip from the small harbor at Agios Sostis, board the small boat "Poseidon" for an exciting sea trip, in the famous sweeping bay, hoping to see and even swim alongside some of the large and extremely graceful loggerhead turtles. Next, we head out to sea for a short crossing to the breathtaking, uninhabited "Marathonisi Island", with its fine powder like sand, that captivates the water and nature lover alike. Natural and intriguing, with wonderful little caves to explore, just perfect for snorkeling, swimming or just a paddle.
In late afternoon, walk a short distance to Majestic hotel & spa. It’s time to fully relax and let all your stresses melt away, while you surrender to a rejuvenating 60 min four hand full body massage, where therapists adapt their techniques to suit your personal needs while increasing circulation, relieving muscle tension and promoting relaxation. After your massage, relax at the spa facilities for as much as you like.
You must be hungry by now. Back at the villa to enjoy a homemade meal with your hosts.
Wake up to your own pace today. Around midday, together with Antonio, you will visit Aristeon Olive Press & museum to learn how the humble olive becomes liquid gold the precious oil that gives Zakynthians their lust for life. See the display of machinery from the old days before touring the modern factory with your tour guide. At the end is a chance to buy their olive oil products and taste a variety of extra virgin oils on village bread.
Later, after a 20 min drive, arrive at Tsilivi resort to indulge into a revitalizing olive oil therapy and cave spa experience. Enjoy a soothing therapy, based on the centuries-old Greek tradition of using olive oil, water and light massage therapy. This treatment has a detoxifying and thoroughly relaxing effect. The Oleio therapy begins with an olive oil-based body wrap followed by a tranquil hydro massage in a bath enriched with beneficial local herbs. The experience culminates with a massage using a soothing, nourishing crème mixed with detoxifying olive oil. Continue your experience by relaxing at the cave spa facilities for another hour.
Enjoy the rest of your day at Tsilivi resort, where you can explore the many little shops, swim, and enjoy a seaside lunch before your return to Villa Spiros.
Later in the evening, enjoy a sunset yoga by the beach.
From Agios Sostis fishing port start a once in a lifetime boat trip experience towards the breathtaking west coast of Zakynthos with the secluded coves, crystal clear water, dramatic caves to arrive at mesmerizing Shipwreck bay. This is what we call a natural eye delight. If the weather is too windy for the boat, we will drive north and still be able to admire the shipwreck from the viewing platform set into the cliff top.
In the evening, explore the fascinating Zakynthos main town, where the majority of the local people live and work. First stop is at the Church of the island’s patron saint, St. Dionysius. The huge inside is richly decorated with gold and icons. The saint’s remains are here in a silver casket, which on some occasions is open for viewing. Later, enjoy a gentle walk and get familiarized with the Ionian architecture and local history before you enter the “The yard of taste”, the most organic & sensational dining experience on Zakynthos island.
That evening, we’ll take a stroll through Bohali, at the top of Zakynthos town. The view from this exclusive residential area is breathtaking, over the whole town and harbour and out to sea. Then we’ll have dinner in a harbourside taverna. Traditional Greek dished are served by the owner and his sons, who later in the evening sing Greek folksongs, accompanying themselves on the guitar and mandolin. You will feel you have discovered real Greek life.
Today, learn about some culinary secrets that will help you feel healthier and live a longer life. We invite a local chef and farmer, to show you step by step how to prepare an easy healthy breakfast, that will make you feel energized for the rest of the day. Complement your meal with a blood purifying seasonal fruit juice.
Later, start cooking today’s meal, focusing on “Land, Sea, and the Seasons”, including a 4-course meal and a lot of tips that will enhance the length and quality of your life.
Enjoy sometime at leisure, before you plunge into the sea to discover the surprising benefits of Aqua Yoga. Get a better stretch in each pose as your body is more relaxed and flexible in the water. This water exercise is also beneficial for people with difficulty balancing, arthritis, during or after pregnancy and post-surgery.
In the evening, join your hosts for dinner with the meal you helped prepare, alongside Antonio’s chilled house wine, in the little, pretty garden of Villa Spiros.
You can’t go back home without experiencing an amazing multi-faceted treatment, the results of which include a special experience for the senses as it helps support the body’s own energy balance. After breakfast, Antonio will drive you to Zakynthos town to Angeliki Vardakastani’s boutique wellness & beauty center. With over 35 years experience in the beauty industry, Angeliki is proud to offer organic wellness and beauty treatments to an ever growing client base of both Zakynthos and international clients.
Let yourself go in her clean, welcoming and fitted with the latest, most innovative skin technology center and experience the “Melissa” a honey concept treatment, combing the application of gentle heat with various massage techniques that relax muscles, which in turn helps loosen stubborn knots during massage.
Your pampering continues with a purifying treatment for all skin types including a gentle exfoliating peel to remove dull surface skin cells. It is followed by a luxurious facial massage and a deep-cleansing masque and botanical extracts to rejuvenate and nourish the skin.
Feeling rejuvenated and all freshened up and enjoy sometime at leisure in Zakynthos town. You might like to further explore the town on your own, buy some souvenirs or simply relax at a seaside all day kitchen bar.
In the evening, dress up for the farewell party at “Dennis”, our favourite tavern in Lithakia village. There, we will enjoy a traditional Greek celebration, with great BBQ and plenty of local wine and of course Greek live music and dancing. Enjoy the sounds of bouzouki while learning how to dance syrtaki.
This morning enjoy your breakfast, maybe a walk to Laganas Main Street for last minute shopping, or a stroll to Laganas beach to take a last dip.
Your driver will take you to the airport or port in good time for your departure.
By now you will truly be feeling at home here, Zakynthian through and through, and definitely like a member of our family.
“Kallo Taxidi (safe journey)!
Self-catering studios and apartments
Join your welcoming hosts for your holiday on this gorgeous Greek isle, away from the workload and rush of the rest of the world. Stay at Villa Spiros, located on the Ionian Island of Zakynthos, with access to lovely cafes, seaside tavernas, a great spa and beauty salon and just 300 metres from Laganas sandy beach.
Private villa with pool
Perfect for those who seek privacy, Villa Antonio, is tucked away in the peaceful and picturesque village of Romiri, set over 2000 sq meters of private fenced olive grove land, with its own outdoor swimming pool & breathtaking views to the countryside.
Please note that prices for the holidays do not include flights. We recommend using skyscanner.net to check flights.
Holiday start days
March / April / October / November
May / June / September
July / August
7 nights/ 8 days
- It is possible to add extra nights accommodation to this holiday. Please contact us for more information »
- It is possible to stay min 3 nights.
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Our booking system allows you to keep your money with you for longer. This is how it works: there's no need to pay for the entire holiday course up front – all you do is pay a 20% deposit and then pay the remainder upon arrival.
We accept: Credit / Debit Card (Mastercard / Visa) or bank transfer to a GR bank account
Full details of how and when to pay the balance will be given during the booking process and will be printed on your confirmation voucher.
The following activities are priced seasonally, but your hosts will get you the best prices while you’re there:
Non activity participating guests are welcome to join. Prices will be discounted accordingly. Please contact us for more information »