I recently spent five nights at Sunflower Retreat in Casperia. It's a unique retreat in a magical place, where you go back in time to live in a charming, picturesque, slow and friendly medieval Italian village. You also have access to excellent yoga instruction, holistic therapies, private swimming pool and activities like hiking and biking.
This is the kind of vacation where you embrace Italian culture and go with the flow. It's not a resort, but rather the blending of a retreat into a village.
A guide helps organize everything and take care of the group. Our guide Cristian was accommodating, friendly and even entertaining! all the staff couldn't have been nicer or more helpful. It's very good value for the price; optional costs are pretty low.
I was completely envelloped in the charm of the accommodation and atmosphere. The loft in casa latini was small but I didn't mind. Also, medieval means steps -- lots of them, and no a/c. I found this part of the charm... got a lot of exercise!
You'll especially appreciate Sunflower if travelling on your own. Guests naturally bond together, many of us had meals and did other things together.
I got the "ultimate" massage/holistic therapy created by practioners at SF, and it was fantastic, a combination including indian head massage, reflexology and reiki. Hanna was one of the best therapists I've had the pleasure to be treated by. She's highly intuitive and expert.
Yoga classes were really good, whether beginner or advanced. Vanessa really took time to help us and going to my first class at home I felt improvement. Some people wanted more yoga, for me it was enough once or twice a day.
If you go, you may want to bring some prepared foods and stock up when the supermarket is open. There are a few food options in the village, but as is Italy, they are sometimes closed, and you'll be glad to have the food, whether or not you prepare meals at your place. olives from the supermarket were the most delicious i ever had.
Room and apartment were very clean and the water, plumbing were modern.
Recommend paying the 10euros to be collected at the train station.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- We are firstly a Yoga retreat and Holistic centre as well as being a 'low profit sustainable tourism organisation', a large part of the profit on each booking go towards the rental of rooms of the village houses and accommodation options we use and rent from local people this include our treatment rooms and breakfast lounge and other properties and services, this is part of our sustainable tourism policy as our guests live within the village of Casperia ( not in a privately owned retreat ) Sunflower Retreats guests stay in a village along side the local people therefore contributing to the local economy . All activities including the swimming pool are provided by Local people and a lot of what guests pay for these facilities or activities goes direct to the provider of the service or activity booked at Sunflower Retreats, Sunflower Retreats take only a percentage for booking, advertising and promoting the service or activity for local providers such as . Swimming pool entrance fee, horse riding, wine and oil tasting, cooking classes, italian lessons, cycling tours, painting and creative writing classes .For full details on our Retreats and holistic holiday please read our website. ... more less