8 Days Beginner Juice Cleanse Detox and Yoga Retreat in Ionian Islands, Greece

  • Kavos Studios and Villas, Psarou, Zakynthos, Ionian Islands, Greece

Rejuvenating Yoga Retreat Greece

Rejuvenate, cleanse, and refresh with this wellness and detox holiday in Zakynthos, Greece! On this retreat, you will learn the benefits of qigong, tai chi, yoga, combined with a tailor made corrective posture exercise plan and beautiful hikes. With a combination of freshly extracted juices, raw food, and healthy traditional Greek recipes, your system will be cleansed and you will leave feeling invigorated, energized with your own "natural zest".

Highlights

  • Daily yoga & meditation classes
  • Pilates, tai chi, and qigong lessons
  • 4 - 7 days juice cleanse or customized detox plan
  • Postural assessment and personal corrective exercise
  • Trips to the sulfur spa healing beach & guided walks or hikes
  • Natural Mineral Clay Pampering and shipwreck expedition
  • 7 nights' peaceful accommodation near the sea
  • Transfer from and to the airport
  • 7 days with instruction
  • Greek, English
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During this retreat, you will stay either in a shared or a private room at the ZanteZest Retreat Center. The rustic apartments and studios are peacefully located 50 meters away from a crystal clear swimming beach.

There are six rooms offering en-suite accommodation that are suitable as either twin, double, or single accommodation. These rooms are all traditionally Greek and are furnished with simple white comfortable bedding, bedside tables, lamps, fridge freezer, and air-conditioning.

All of the en-suite bathrooms are comprised of a sink, a toilet, and a shower. The room amenities are rustic and you will not find the latest plasma television or mini bar. However, you will find a comfortable bed, a breathtaking sea view, with the sounds of the waves to nurture your soul, and a space in which to relax, rest, and rejuvenate.

Away from the main crowds, the location is ideal to support you on your detox. Surrounded by olive groves, it really is a hidden treasure and haven for relaxation. The retreat is genuine, simple, and at one with nature and this is reflected in the accommodation. You won’t find any shiny cutting edge technology or luxuries in materials on the retreat, but you will experience a warm simplistic accommodation in traditional Greek family hospitality style.

On this retreat, the experienced, caring, and helpful staff of ZanteZest will help you to rejuvenate your body with yoga, Pilates, meditation, tai chi, and qigong lessons. Zantezest is an English company fully insured under European and UK standards which have operated in Zakynthos for 7 years and has over 20 years experience.

With small groups ratios of a maximum of 6 students, the team of qualified instructors by UK educational governing bodies will focus to meet your individual needs. You will also be guided to cleanse your body from toxins by using healthy juice / meal detox plan. By controlling what goes into your mouth, this ultimate detox 4 and 7 days juice and smoothie cleanse plan will help you to start fresh and undergo a transition to a long-term healthy way of eating.

Sample daily schedule

  • 08:00 Wake up tea / juice
  • 08:30 Energizing walk
  • 09:30 Yoga lesson
  • 11:00 Juice
  • 11:30 Tai chi lesson
  • 12:30 Corrective postural exercise
  • 14:00 Juice followed by free time / beach excursion
  • 17:00 Juice
  • 17:30 Yoga lesson
  • 18:30 Break
  • 19:00 Meditation or qigong
  • 20:00 Juice
  • 20:30 Chill time / reflection

This eight-day retreat includes a boat excursion to the famous shipwreck and the Blue Caves as well as a trip to the beautiful Xigia healing natural spa waters. The shipwreck is the most famous of the beaches in Zakynthos, Greece. It is situated in the eastern part of the island, near the village of Anafotiria.

The official name of the beach is Agios Georgios. The beach took its name from the ship that transported illegally cigarettes in 1983 and washed up on the beach which, with the years passing, grew up around it.The ruins of the ship are in the middle of a beautiful white sandy beach with crystalline waters. The beach is surrounded by vertical rocky cliffs, creating a very impressive picture. You will go by a local boat to visit the crystal clear waters ad enchanting caves.

The Xigia Beach is in the north of Zante and offers a unique chance to go to a health spa for free. The water there has high sulfur content, reputed to be good for skin, removing cellulite, relieving arthritis, and for other minor ailments.

You will also treat yourself with a pampering swim, so you can return home healthier and revitalized! The beach is small and uncrowded, perfect for a tranquil time to bathe in the healing waters.

This detox retreat will take place at the ZanteZest Retreat Center in Zakynthos, Greece. The island of Zakynthos or sometimes called Zante is a very popular destination, called by the Venetian "the flower of the orient", for being one of the most beautiful islands of the Ionians.

The island has impressive landscapes, long golden sandy beaches diving into crystalline waters, a marine park for the protection of the sea-turtle, beautiful pine-covered mountains, traditional villages with stone houses, and a charming capital to offer. There are also many beautiful orthodox churches, archaeological sites, and Venetian castles.

What you eat and drink is the first line of defense against toxic overload, which can lead to weight gain and a lethargic sluggish metabolism. By controlling what goes into your mouth, you have the power to reduce a huge number of toxins that could otherwise enter the body. On this retreat, Zante Zest will work with you to customize a healthy detox juice / meal plan for you to kick start your metabolic rate, increase your natural energy levels, and aid to find your perfect body shape.

ZanteZest's Ultimate Detox 4 and 7 Days Juice and Smoothie Cleanse

This is termed "cleanse" rather than ‘fast’ because you get all the adequate calories and nutrition required for the body to meet its daily tasks from at least 4 liters of fresh juice composed of daily green vegetable juices, fruit juices, and super green foods of spirulina and wheatgrass.

Often, when people "fast" instead of "cleanse", they take in very small amounts of liquid / calories, the metabolism slows, their energy slumps, and they may feel quite ‘dysfunctional’. Juice cleansing works differently, supporting the body throughout all its functional daily life requirements while experiencing massive cleansing on a cellular level.

Fresh live juice and smoothie require hardly any digestion, so all its nutritional goodness gets rapidly into your system while simultaneously giving your digestive system a rest. Your body can then use that saved energy to clean out old matters, especially from the small intestine.

The average person holds 2-5 pounds of toxic old matter in their intestines and cleansing is an ideal way to release it, giving the body a phenomenal chance to rejuvenate and restore. Far from being a time of ‘deprivation’, this extraordinary healing program is an experience of abundance and massive nutritional intake.

The greatest benefit to a detox or cleanse is the ability to start fresh and transition to a long-term healthy way of eating. Many of ZanteZest's clients and people who have followed the 7-day juice cleanse have told them that their cravings for salty, fatty, or sweet foods disappear.

If you are doing the 4-day cleanse, the following 3 days will include healthy Greek food. You will really begin to appreciate the natural flavors of whole fresh foods, and they’re able to reconnect with normal hunger and fullness cues. In addition, losing some pounds and inches over the cleanse can create the motivation and confidence to embark on a longer journey.

Finally, the beautiful retreat and environment away from daily stresses will give the chance to prevent you from being able to act on any usual emotional, social, environmental, and habitual eating triggers, which can be the first step to breaking unhealthy patterns. All of these benefits can make committing to healthy goals such as cooking healthy food at home more often, eating breakfast each day, bringing your lunch to work, and increased water intake a whole lot easier.

During your free time, you will have lots of options to see and do various activities such as sunbathing, swimming, snorkeling, scuba diving, kayaking, paddle boarding, cycling, sightseeing, horse riding, and many more. If you are keen to see some of the more historical sites on the island of Zante, a trip up Mount Skopos to see the stunning monastery at the top should be on your list of things to do.

Recently renovated, the Skopiotissa Monastery is really stunning, perched on top of the mountain with sweeping island views all around. Natural Zest offers a sunrise guided walk never to be forgotten. You can also enjoy a massage or body treatment for an additional cost. There is a nearby spa that offers a range of treatments in your own environment that can be arranged upon request at an extra fee.

  • 7 nights' lodging in beautiful shared and private beachside apartment and studio accommodation
  • 4 or 7 days juice cleanse with 4-day juice followed by 3-day raw and cooked healthy Greek cuisine
  • Assessments of body fat and water percentage, blood pressure check, and acid / alkaline test
  • Beautiful relaxing areas
  • Guided scenic walks / hikes in the picturesque natural beauty areas of Zante
  • Lessons of the ancient healing form of tai chi and qigong
  • Natural mineral clay pampering
  • Pilates sessions (core / abdominal strengthening)
  • Postural assessment and personal corrective exercise
  • Return transfers from Zakynthos International Airport (ZTH)
  • Trips to the nearby sulfur spa healing beach
  • Visit the beautiful famous shipwreck
  • Yoga stretch and meditation practices
  • Additional activities
  • Additional meals
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Airfares
  • Spa treatments
  • Travel insurance

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Zakynthos International Airport (ZTH). Transfer from and to this airport is included in the price. Natural Zest will pick you up from the airport. Alternatively, you can arrive to Araxos Airport (GPA). Transfer from and to is airport is available upon request.

There are direct flights offered to Zakynthos International Airport (ZTH) from April to the end of October. You can also take a 45-minute connecting flight via Athens International Airport "Eleftherios Venizelos" (ATH) to Zakynthos.

Arrival by bus

There is a daily bus service including the ferry available to arrive in Zakynthos. The journey is approximately seven hours.

  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 60 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 1 days before arrival.

Testimonials

  • Review by Zuzanna from United Kingdom

    "I've been to ZanteZest 3 times and every time Julie and Nasos were amazing! Extremely good at their Zesting job, the exercises, the yoga, the advices on health, posture, mind and body and so on. They are kind hearted, warm and the most helpful couple I've ever met. I will go back again and highly recommend anybody to go to their programmes and juicing."

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  • Review by Tania

    "Julie and Nas are incredibly special. They are warm-hearted, generous, thoughtful, down-to-earth and extremely knowledgeable. I didn’t think it was possible, but they made detoxing fun. I learned something new every minute of the day and the way everything was explained meant I was able to fully integrate it into my day to day life. I left feeling energized, inspired and with a renewed-confidence. Zante Zest is without a doubt one of the best things I’ve ever done in my life."

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  • Review by a traveler from Australia

    "Thank you Zantezest for the most incredible 10 days! Julie and Nasos, what an amazing experience, to meet and get to know 2 incredibly giving, inspiring people who will be friends for life, delicious juices, hikes up mountains, the most incredible beaches, mixing with the locals and exploring Zakynthos. Thanks to both of you for giving me this opportunity and I feel so great and healthy xoxoxo"

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  • Review by Natalie

    "I just want to say a big thank you to Julie and Nas for helping me with my diet/foods to eat and exercise. I have to say my stay there was wonderful. There were turtle beaches to invigorating beaches, each so special in it own unique way. Done yoga went on great nature hikes. Made great memories going on a glass bottom boat which was amazing. The juices and food they served us were lush too. Thank you soo much guys keep in touch. "

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  • Review by Serena from United States

    "Although my stay in Zakynthos was quite short, (5 days if I do recall), it was totally worth it and I would go back in a heartbeat. I was made to feel so special from the moment I got to the airport and for the duration of my stay. Finding not only a outlet from life in a beautiful place, I also found a friend in Julie and the other girl that was there. It was so nice to cleanse my body with the natural juices and have enough energy to work up a sweat at the same time. It is truly amazing what the human body can do if you treat it right. As a Lieutenant in the Marine Corps, I would love to plan more ZanteZest trips down the road. You couldn't really put a price on the kind of experience you here. It was a great find and I would recommend it to anyone who cares about their health and especially those who lead busy lives!"

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