Maldives Yoga & Ayurveda Retreat
Join Secret Paradise and The Yorkshire Centre for Wellbeing and Yoga Retreats in the Maldives for a very different Luxury Yoga Retreat. Renew yourself both mentally and physically in this paradise location within the beautiful surroundings of the Barefoot ECO Hotelin Hanimaadhoo, Maldives. Hosted by International Retreat leader, Anne Marie Burford - described by Harpers and Queen magazine as one of top instructors in the UK's and founder and co-owner of the Yorkshire Centre for WellBeing and Yoga Retreats.
The Maldives has changed over the years and the private luxury islands are no longer the only option. Now the market offers alternative accommodation for cost and eco-conscious travelers wishing to discover this popular destination. The hotel is located within an almost untouched forest on the Maldives local island of Hanimadhoo in the preserved deep North of Maldives. The dense vegetation allows not only privacy but the opportunity to experience untouched nature and the genuine and natural Maldives along with all the amenities expected from a modern day accommodation option. A half mile private sandy beach and a turquoise lagoon frame the hotel and invite you to experience an authentic and relaxing holiday at outstanding value
The hotel SPA offers a natural health retreat, holistic treatments and classic massage services. Detox programs are research-based and combine medical science with holistic therapies. Guests can choose to add additional personal yoga classes or therapies to personalize their program alongside the scheduled yoga classes.
The Barefoot Eco Hotel located on the local north island of Hanimadhoo follows the Ecotourism principles of uniting Sustainability and Conservation, involving Local Community within its activities; it really is too good an opportunity to miss! Environmental activities within the hotel are led under the supervision of the Conservation Center. All of them have been planned and developed to reduce impact on one hand whilst also contributing to the bio diversity and to the Local Community economy. Guests have the chance to actively contribute to the process, for example joining the "conservation snorkeling" within a monitoring framework.
2017 Dates TBA
The Barefoot ECO Hotel
- $1799USD Seaside room
- $1989USD Ocean view or Beachfront room
- Rates are per person based on double/twin share
- Single Supplement available from $ 225USD
- 7 Nights
- Half Board (Breakfast/Dinner)
- Round Trip Domestic Flight Transfer – Male to Hanimadhoo
- Sunrise and sunset yoga & meditation
- Complimentary Ayurvedic 30 minute Head and Shoulder Massage
- Local Tax (10% Service Charge, 12% GST and $6 Green Tax per person per night)
Anne-Marie Burford is a highly qualified and experienced teacher (initially a secondary school teacher). She subsequently trained as a health education tutor, working in G.P practice with referred patients and later as an RSA YMCA exercise to music teacher Pilates and Yoga teacher. Anne-Marie is committed to developing physical, mental, emotional and spiritual wellbeing and is a certified “Seven Spiritual Laws of Yoga” teacher with the world renowned Chopra Centre for Well Being, California. Anne-Marie's warm and welcoming teaching style, interlaced with gentle humour and fun allows you to explore all aspects of your being in a safe and nurturing environment. Anne-Marie is also a keen dancer - particularly Salsa and Argentinian Tango - and on retreat would be happy to teach a few moves if requested!
James Burford spent over 5 years of study and training in India from 2007 - 2012. He is a Sivananda Hatha Yoga and Astanga Yoga teacher, as well as a Pilates teacher, Ayurvedic massage therapist and a Reiki master. Due to his interest in spirituality from a young age, James journeyed to South Asia on a spiritual pilgrimage in 2007. After two years of extensive travel, he settled to live in one of India's most ancient and holy cities, Varanasi. In 2012, after three years of intensive study, James completed his post graduate degree in Indian Philosophy and Comparative Religion at Banaras Hindu University. His academic studies and personal sadhana has focused primarily on Yoga, Vedanta and Tantric traditions, including extensive personal retreat and immersion into the esoteric teachings of Kashmir Shaivism. James provides in depth teaching of all aspects of yoga and its underlying philosophy.
Each room is spacious, creatively designed, and comfortable and has an en-suite elegant natural stone bathroom with shower. All rooms have solar panels, a private veranda or terrace with seating, independently controlled air-conditioning, ceiling-fan, desalted water (hot and cold), safe box, hairdryer and telephone with direct external line, minibar, tea and coffee making facilities. The hotel offers 52 high standard and fully furnished rooms:
- 12 Seaside Rooms - They are part of the same complex with a sandy inner courtyard. Ideal for groups and families wishing to share a unique experience or for team building vacations
- 20 Beach Front - on the ground floor, with direct access to the white beach. Large size rooms including a veranda, double or twin beds
- 20 Ocean View - upper floor with a spectacular sea view. Large size rooms including the balcony, double or twin beds with the possibility of extra bed
- Full air conditioned rooms with individual temperature control & ceiling fan
- Private veranda or terrace with seating
- Tea and coffee makers
- Fully stocked mini bar
- In room personal safe box
- Hair dryer
- Beach towels
- Wireless Internet access free of charge
- Telephone with direct external line
The Barefoot Restaurant takes pride in sourcing the best ingredients available; seafood arrives fresh and is served to the guests full of flavor. Two Italian Chefs specialized in Mediterranean dishes continuously wow guests with creative and unique combinations, textures and flavors in order to provide a memorable experience, full of heart, care and soul! The Barefoot Restaurant is fully committed to supporting local suppliers. The panoramic “juice bar” next to the main restaurant is a gathering place to sip soft drinks, fresh juices and cocktails and a new floating bar “Black Pearl” located in the hotel lagoon is offers alcoholic drinks.
- Upgrade to Full Board (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)
- Additional nights
- Watersports, Diving and snorkeling
- Eco Activities including dolphin monitoring
- Excursions including sunset cruise
- Spa Treatments
- Ayurvedic consultation
- International Flights
- Travel Insurance
- Personal expenses including souvenirs and tips