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"Italian Riviera Retreat"- a Yoga Retreat with Malaika 



Immerse yourself in one of the most beautiful regions in the world on a rejuvenating yoga retreat in Alassio, Italy.

Midway between the pesto capital of Genoa, Italy and the capital of the Côte d' Azur, Nice, France lies the resort town of Alassio and the historic Grand Hotel Alassio, the oldest hotel on the Italian Riviera with an idyllic seafront

location, complete with Thalassio spa and private beach.


Beyond yoga, days are filled with wonderful activities and discoveries, from a cooking lesson to unlock the secrets of the region’s world-renowned pesto or pizza to excursions to nearby seaside towns along the Riviera dei Fiori,

where you can sample the local wines, linger over a cappuccino at an outdoor café, visit with local artisans, shop, or just soak in the Riviera sun.



Daily Retreat Schedule


A group transfer will be provided from Genoa, Italy to the Grand Hotel Alassio early afternoon (at 1:30 p.m.) Upon your arrival to the seaside hotel, enjoy a welcome beverage and overview of the property on check-in.

This afternoon, you have time to settle in to your room, unpack, and unwind before your first yoga practice. A welcome aperitivo and a three-course bistro dinner will follow at 7:30 pm,

Overnight at: Grand Hotel Alassio, Alassio, Italy



Every morning will begin with a yoga practice or meditation (between 6:30 and 7:30 am – time to be advised daily), and tea, coffee, and fresh fruit will be available prior. Weather permitting, morning yoga sessions will occur on the

private beach.


On this first full day, emerge energized from your yoga practice and refuel with breakfast of fresh baked bread and pastries, homemade jams, yogurt, granola and eggs. Afterward, take time to bask in the sun, swim, hop on one of the kayaks or paddle boards, or enjoy a massage or spa treatment (reservations required and at an additional cost).


Mid day, join your group for a stroll to a nearby enoteca, where you learn about (and sample!) local wines from crisp whites from nearby hillsides to the unique ruby red Rossese variety, along with delicacies of the region over a tapas-style lunch. Afterward, return to the hotel or explore more on your own, perhaps strolling the seaside promenade.


Late afternoon, prepare for an evening practice before stepping out on your own (or others in the group) for dinner on your own, perhaps at one of the many delicious trattorias or pizzerias.

Overnight at: Grand Hotel Alassio, Alassio, Italy



Arise to the sounds of the birds chirping, and head to the beach for morning practice. Enjoy a 90-minute yoga practice this morning before breakfast. Afterward, hop on the train with a local guide to reach a nearby trail head for a walk along the ancient Roman Way. This easy walk is accessible to all fitness levels and inspires with sweeping views along the coast.


Arriving back to Alassio in time for lunch (approximately 1:00 pm), there are many restaurants from which to choose for lunch on your own, from simple panino shops and pizzerias (10-15 euros pp) to more sophisticated restaurants (25 euros pp. Recommendations will be provided. Take time to relax or hang beachside in the complimentary sun loungers prior to the late afternoon yoga practice.


Dinner tonight is in the hotel’s bistro or gazebo restaurant and may feature spaghetti al mare (with seafood), tuna

with nori and datteri (cherry tomatoes), fresh fish with parsley sauce and fennel salad, or a creamy risotto with vegetables of the season. All meals will be topped off with a dessert (or dolce) of the day!

Overnight at: Grand Hotel Alassio, Alassio, Italy



This morning you rise early for pre-breakfast yoga (outside – weather permitting) Today is a leisurely day spent on your own. After a hearty breakfast, head out on your own to explore more of this stunning region, or sink into some quiet time, reading, lounging, or enjoying a circuit in the Thalassio Medical Wellness Retreat at your hotel. (Entry to the spa is included in the retreat cost. Treatments are at an additional cost and can be booked directly.)

You may want to rent a bike (the hotel reception can assist) and pedal to nearby towns, or kayak or hop on a SUP for a paddle. (The hotel offers a limited number of kayaks and SUP for guest use.) Weather permitting, snorkel and

boat tours to the nearby Gallinara island may be an option (at an additional cost and can be booked locally.)


Both lunch and dinner are on your own today, and restaurant suggestions will be provided locally. Gather for an evening practice to provide perfect closure to your day. (Time to be communicated locally.)

Overnight at: Grand Hotel Alassio, Alassio, Italy



Today, after morning practice, linger over breakfast, and then head out to meet a local chef for an introduction to the culinary traditions of the region. Participate as much (or little) as you wish during this hands-on cooking lesson.

Using local organic products, prepare a few typical dishes, perhaps the world famous pesto or a typical Ligurian pizza or vegetarian torte. Afterward, you dine on the fruits of your labor (and walk away with some of the secret



The afternoon is yours to settle in for a siesta before a late afternoon yoga practice or meditation or shop for last

minute souvenirs or swim in the sea.


Dinner this evening, served between 7:30 and 8:00 pm, may feature linguine

with light citrus sauce, oven-baked salmon with dill, and an insalata mista (mixed salad), topped off with tasty


Overnight at: Grand Hotel Alassio, Alassio, Italy



Following a brief practice in the yoga room and breakfast, you enjoy a copious breakfast and perhaps one last swim or stroll. Check out and transfer to Genoa for your journey home or onward travels. There will be one group

transfer for arrival to Genoa’s Grand Hotel Savoia by 12:00 p.m.



The Fine Print



September 24-29, 2023



$2,295* per person, based upon double occupancy in a superior city side view room

$2,495* per person, based upon double occupancy in a superior sea view room

$2,945* for a solo traveler in a superior city side view room

$3,095* for a solo traveler in a superior sea view room

(*pricing is based on upon a minimum of 10 Yogis.)



A non-refundable $750 (per person) deposit is required to guarantee your reservation.

Email: for instructions on how to make your payment. Final payment is due June 15, 2023.



Cancellations received between June 16 and July 15, 2023 result in a 50% penalty of the total retreat cost paid.

Cancellations received between July 14 and the retreat start date of September 24 the result in a 100% penalty fee.

No refunds can be issued.

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Grand Hotel Savoia

Via Arsenale di Terra, 5

Genoa, Italy

Tel +39 010 27721

One group transfer will be provided from Genoa’s Grand Hotel Savoia. Meet in the lobby of the hotel, via Arsenale di Terra, 5 Genoa, Italy (pick up at 1:30 p.m.).

If you plan to travel on your own to Alassio, Italy, you may check into the Grand Hotel Alassio anytime on September 24, 2023. Should you arrive prior to the hotel’s check-in time of 3:00 p.m., the staff will store your

luggage in the event your room is not yet ready.



Grand Hotel Alassio, Alassio, Italy (anytime after breakfast)

There are no scheduled activities on the last day of the trip. You may depart at your convenience for home or your

next destination. One group transfer will be provided to Genoa, Italy, for arrival at Grand Hotel Savoia, Genoa at

12:00 p.m.



» Twice daily yoga practices/guided meditation/yoga nidra

» Five breakfasts, two lunches, and three dinners

» Tea, coffee, and fruit before morning yoga practice

» Accommodations for five nights at a luxury resort

» Welcome aperitivo

» Half-day guided walking exploration

» Cooking lesson

» Wine tasting

» Complimentary use of kayaks and SUP at resort

» Round trip group transfer from (central) Genoa, Italy



» All lunches and dinners (other than what is noted in inclusions above)

» Beverages (including alcohol) except for what is noted above under inclusions)

» Entry fees

» Gratuities

» Miscellaneous expenses

» International airfare

» Pre and Post Extensions – Genoa and Florence*



Genoa’s Cristofo Colombo Airport (GOA) is the most convenient airport, but it requires connections if coming from the U. S. For further information, visit




Click on the above button to ask about ideas for arriving early and/or staying longer pre-and post retreat!

Malaika’s Italian Riviera yoga retreat is the second yoga retreat of Malaika’s that I’ve attended — and won’t be the last! Each one has been a life-changing experience for me. From the moment I arrived in Italy, I was enveloped in a serene atmosphere that allowed me to escape the stresses of daily life.
The picturesque setting, nestled in nature's embrace, was the perfect backdrop for our journey of self-discovery and inner peace. Malaika is an incredibly knowledgeable and compassionate instructor who guided us through a diverse range of practices, accommodating all levels of experience. Each class left me feeling stronger and deeply centered. What truly set this retreat apart was the sense of community it fostered.
I met like-minded individuals from around the world who shared their stories and created a warm, supportive environment. Evenings were filled with heartfelt conversations, starlit meditations, and delicious, nourishing meals that catered to various dietary preferences. The retreat's focus on mindfulness and self-care was evident in every detail, from the comfortable accommodations to the soothing spa treatments and excursions. It allowed me to reconnect with myself and find a sense of balance that I’ve been missing.
Overall, attending this yoga retreat was an enriching experience that rejuvenated my body and soul. I left with a newfound sense of serenity, a deeper understanding of yoga, and  new friends. I would highly recommend this retreat to anyone seeking personal growth, wellness, and a profound connection with both themselves and the world around them.
Jaime S. CA

Jaime S. CA

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