KENYA LUXURY YOGA SAFARI
SIRIKOI & WATAMU TREEHOUSE, KENYA
October 20 - 30, 2019
BUSH TO BEACH YOGA HOLIDAY
Do yoga alongside the “big five” and discover inspiration in a Gaudi-esque handcrafted treehouse tower on this Luxury Kenya Safari! For our first of two locations, we invite you to stay at an award-winning eco-lodge in a UNESCO World Heritage conservancy with private game drives and sumptuous organic farm-to-table cuisine served by an unparalleled staff. Then, we travel to the white sand beaches and tropical waters of Kenya’s coast, where we stay in a wildly unique boutique guesthouse, built with love and in perfect synergy with nature.
SIRIKOI LUXURY ECO-LODGE
You are invited to a multi-award-winning eco-lodge with unrivalled exclusivity, luxury and charm. Sirikoi is an intimate, family-owned safari lodge set in the UNESCO World Heritage site of Lewa Conservancy, in the foothills of Mount Kenya. The World Travel Awards has named Sirikoi Africa’s Leading Luxury Lodge for three years running. Sirikoi lodge is sustainable, sumptuous, and exotic, with an old-world feel and exceptional service. You can anticipate a swimming pool, rolling green lawns - favored by zebra, giraffe and buffalo - on-site massage, and organic permaculture gardens, with fruits and vegetables grown year-round.
Anticipate a handcrafted treehouse tower, resplendent with bespoke glass art and 360 degree views of a paradise beach and mangrove estuary. This is Watamu Treehouse, a yogi’s home away from home. Each suite is unique and every corner of the tower is a sight to behold. Wake up to the sound of tropical birdlife and drift to sleep with a view of the sparkling African sky. Spend your afternoons engaging in the exciting range of gentle adventures of offer, from kayaking, snorkelling in the protected marine reserve just off-shore, or join us for a Standup Paddle Board yoga session on a creek through the mangroves.
FLOW OF THE DAY
Whilst we are on safari at Sirikoi, we’ll be awoken each morning to the sounds of the African bush, and at first light we’ll depart on our private Big 5 jeep safari drive. We return to the palatial Sirikoi grounds to savour a breakfast, followed by time to relax by the pool, or order a massage in your suite. At Watamu Treehouse, on the coast, we meet the sunrise in the yoga studio for a beautifully blended Hatha-Vinyasa yoga class with Nina, followed by sumptuous and nutritious breakfast in one of the many Treehouse dining areas.
Sit down to a lunch of mouthwatering salads, soups and other healthy, organic and nutrient-filled delights. On safari at Sirikoi, we’ll start our Hatha-Vinyasa yoga class with Nina on a private deck overlooking a wildlife watering-hole around mid-afternoon. Spot elephant, wildebeest and zebra as you enjoy your yoga session! At Watamu Treehouse, afternoons are spent in nature, kayaking, swimming and soaking up the sun on the white-sand tropical beach, or simply enjoying the view with a good book, or in the massage room!
Sunset is a wonderful time to spot big African game, and so we will depart on our evening jeep drive. We stop for a sundowner to toast the day under the technicolour expanse of the African sky. We return to the lodge and enjoy a magical evening dining al fresco - under a blanket of stars! At Watamu Treehouse, we continue the tradition of honouring the close of the day. Enjoy a Yin yoga and meditation session with 360 degree views of ocean and forest. We meet to savour a dinner together in our Gaudi-esque tower!
YOGA ON THIS RETREAT
Well-traveled nomad, Nina Butler, weaves breath, strength, flexibility and awareness into a moving meditation that accommodates beginners and advanced practitioners. While her practice is strong, her teaching is sensitive and heart-oriented, supporting students to move within their personal pace and rhythm. Nina also shares mindfulness practices, meditations, and soul-soothing yin sessions to cultivate the perfect balance on your retreat between uplifting flow, and introspective restoration.
RESERVE WITH A DEPOSIT
A $1,000 deposit will reserve your spot.
$8,495 SHARED ROOM (per person)
A Shared Room is for a couple, two friends or solo travellers looking to share. You may request a room with (2) twin beds or (1) king bed. All rooms have en-suite bath with full amenities.
$9,995 SINGLE ROOM (per person)
Single rooms have (1) king bed and an en-suite bath, with full amenities.
WHAT IS INCLUDED?
10 Nights of luxury accommodation
3 Meals daily, snacks and all beverages (not including premium spirits and champagne).
All intra-Kenya transport, including 2 domestic flights and airport transfers
Daily yoga classes and guided meditation sessions with Nina Butler
Entrance fees and permits to conservancy and marine park
Twice daily private jeep safaris
Several guided nature excursions, including kayaking, snorkelling, SUP yoga class, and a tidal float through a mangrove estuary.
WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED?
International flights to/from Nairobi
Travel and Dates
The retreat begins at the lobby of Jomo Kenyatta International airport Sheraton Hotel at 8am. We board a private van as a group and travel together to our first retreat location, the stunning and luxurious Sirikoi Lodge!
It is advised that you arrive in Nairobi on October 19th to avoid any troubles with travel delays. For convenience, book your stay at our start up point: The Jomo Kenyatta International Airport Sheraton Hotel. We will gladly put you in touch with others in the group to meet up for dinner or a pre-retreat drink at the hotel.
We enjoy a final sunrise yoga and meditation together, followed by a healthy breakfast, and then begin the journey home, feeling rested, revitalised, and connected. We arrive at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport by 1:00 pm local time and say goodbye to new friends before departing onward.
DEPOSIT – $1,000
Reserve your spot with a $1,000 deposit. The deposit is non-refundable, however should you cancel your reservation 90 days or more in advance of the start of the retreat, you may apply your deposit toward another Exotic Yoga Retreat occurring within 12 months from the date of the initial retreat that you registered for.
FULL PAYMENT DUE 90 DAYS IN ADVANCE
Full payment is due 90 days prior to the start date of the yoga retreat.
Please note that there will be no refunds or discounts for arriving late, leaving early, flight cancellations, travel delays or illness. If you cancel your participation in a retreat for any reason, the cancellation policy below will apply, with no exceptions. We wish we could compensate people for unforeseen circumstances (injury, family emergency, etc), but we have costs already incurred when reserving retreat centers and hotels. We have designed our cancellation policy to be as compassionate as possible in the case that your plans change. But to protect yourself further, we strongly encourage you to purchase travel insurance.
IF YOU CANCEL YOUR RETREAT
90 days or more prior to the start of the yoga retreat, you receive: 100% credit of the cost of the full retreat toward another Exotic Yoga Retreat within 12 months.
31-90 days prior to the start of the yoga retreat, you receive: 50% credit of the cost of the full retreat toward another Exotic Yoga Retreat within 12 months, and will forfeit the remainder.
0-30 days prior to the start of the yoga retreat, you receive: no refunds or credits will be given.
To officially cancel, you must send an email to EYR stating that you wish to cancel to.
IF WE CANCEL THE RETREAT
We have never had to cancel a retreat, however, if we do cancel a trip due too few participants, we will refund to you all deposits and payments you have paid. We cannot however compensate you for airfare or travel costs incurred. In the unlikely event that Exotic Yoga Retreats must cancel a yoga retreat due to weather, natural disaster or political upheaval, we cannot guarantee a refund – it will be depending on receiving a refund from the venue / tour operator we work with. To cover these risks, we highly recommend you purchase travel insurance.
The best way to protect yourself from any unforeseen circumstance is to purchase trip insurance. Depending on the type of Travel Insurance, it can protect you in case of:
you cancel your participation in the yoga retreat
the retreat is cancelled due to weather, natural disaster, or not enough participants to run the trip
medical expenses and the cost of repatriation should you become ill or injured