How do I book a yoga holidays?
What’s a shared room like?
Our shared room can host up to 5 persons, with one ensuite bathroom. Generally most of the guests that book it are female travellers, but occasionally some guy has booked it too. While at times it can be very quiet, sometimes all the beds are booked. There is an extra bathroom on the groundfloor that the guests can use, and hot outside showers. It’s a great alternative if you are travelling on a tight budget and would love to be in the good company of other people that share the same passion for yoga and surf lifestyle! If you know you have a snoring problem, or are a light sleeper, then we would recommend a single room.
How do I travel to Floripa?
From the airport in Catania you can :
– book a pick up service through us (70,00 euros for a standard car)
If you have booked it allready, kindly confirm your flight number and landing time once again at this email. The driver who will wait for you will have a sign with your name, but in case you have problem finding him, this is number you can contact +39-334.2700456
– take a bus to Pozzallo
You will find the bus stop just outside of the Arrivals gate on the right, the name of the Company is AST (Azienda Siciliana Trasporti), you can only buy the ticket on the bus by paying the driver 10,00 euros per person. We can arrange pick-up for you at the bus station for an extra of only 10,00 euros.
Both options take around 80 minutes.
I am copying the bus schedule for your convenience:
Departure from: CATANIA AEROPORTO arrival to Pozzallo
Monday to saturday
09:15 11:15 12:45 14:45 16:15 18:45 20:45
11:15 17:45 20:45 21:45
08:30 15:00 19:00
(Please note: at times this schedule can change: check http://www.aziendasicilianatrasporti.it for the updated timetable)
If you take the bus from Catania, please let us know your arrival time and which one you think you will be taking. Once you have actually boarded the bus please sms or whatsApp us at these 2 numbers, +39-334.2700456 and +39-3920806895 so we can organise your pick you up at the bus station in Pozzallo (shuttle costs 10,00 euros).
All kinds of transportation needs to be paid by cash.
Please note: message us when you BOARD the bus, not when you arrive in Pozzallo, to give us time to organise your shuttle (otherwise you might have to wait for us at the bus station).
Please note: make sure you take the bus to Pozzallo and NOT Pollazzo (which does not exist but it has been confused with Milazzo, on the other side of the island).
From Comiso airport you can:
– book this shuttle service: Comiso shuttle, it’s sold online at http://www.comisoairportshuttle.it
it’s 22 euros per person to Ispica but if you add an extra 8 euros they take you directly to our B&B
– you can write in the remarks that you need to go to Floripa Surf & Yoga House in Santa Maria del Focallo. They have been here before.
– Or if you prefer we can send a private shuttle (it costs 60,00 euros one way). If you have booked it already, kindly confirm your flight number and landing time to this email. The driver who will wait for you will have a sign with your name, but in case you have problem finding him, this the number you can contact +39-334.2700456.
All kinds of transportation needs to be paid by cash.
Do you accept children?
At Floripa we try to create a climate where our guests can feel part of a group that share common interests and passions. If you are a like-minded family then you are really welcomed at Floripa!
Can I pay by credit/debit card?
Yes you can pay for the package with your cards (except American Express), however all cards payments are subjected to a 4% fee. All water sports, massages and transfers need to be paid by cash. Also we recommend to bring some cash for expenses outside of the B&B, as in Sicily most places only accept cash.
What’s the average age of the guests at Floripa?
The average age of our guests depends on the time of the year, but in general it ranges around 30-45 years old, though we often have younger and older people coming over. We are impressed by how easy it is for our guests to find common grounds for conversations and spending the time together, everybody is very easygoing.
I am a solo traveler, will it be easy to meet people?
Yes! It will be extremely easy! Most of our guests come around on their own, and even our staff members (and dogs) are super friendly, so you will not feel lonely!
Are there supermarkets? How do people get organised for their meals?
At Floripa it is possible to have all the meals, if they are not included in your package, then you can “pay as you go” (price ranges from 6 to 18 euros). There are also some restaurants around 1 km away, which can be reached by bike (we provide free bicycles). Finally, there are two common kitchens that can be used to cook your own meals. The closest supermarket is located 3 km away (5 minutes by bike), and bigger supermarkets are located in Pozzallo (7 km away).
Do you serve meat and fish?
Our meals are mostly vegetarian, however at breakfast you will find ham and eggs. We don’t serve fish, and we serve meat usually once a week on Saturday during a barbecue. However, there are always vegetarian options also on barbecue nights.
I eat gluten free/vegan/proteins/ sugar free… will there be anything for me to eat?
Our breakfasts and dinners are buffet style, so you will find dishes that you can eat most of the time. When you sign up for meals just write a remark with your eating style and the cook will make sure to have something for you. It is not possible to order a la carte.
Are the water-sports compulsory?
Not at all! Some of our guests just enjoy the yoga classes and relaxing at the beach, or vising some of the stunning UNESCO sights nearby.
Do I need to bring my yoga mat?
No you can leave your mats at home! In our shalas we provide all you need to attend the yoga class! Blocks, yoga mats, pillows and so on.
I’m a beginner at yoga/ I am advanced/ I am pregnant, will I be able to enjoy the classes?
In the morning we generally teach a dynamic style of flow yoga- it can be Vinyasa, Ashtanga, Prana flow; all levels are welcomed since the teachers give variations according to everybody’s capacities. At the afternoon session we usually teach yin-yoga or a gentle flow, these classes are slower and deep, and are usually followed by a meditation session. Sometimes we do the afternoon classes at the beach or in the little forest close to the B&B. If you are pregnant, or you have a special condition, you will be able for sure to follow the afternoon classes, while you might need to slow down and pause during the morning classes.
Is it possible to visit other places of Sicily from your place?
Floripa is located in Santa Maria del Focallo, a tiny beach village close to Pozzallo, which is a bigger centre easily reachable by bike. Pozzallo is a small village where you can try a real sicilian Cannollo while you go for a walk enjoy the seaview. In addition, from us you can also rent a motorbike or a car and have a nice trip of the city here around, like Ragusa, Noto, Marzamemi, Scicli and Modica.
What about kitesurf? Is it a sport for everyone?
Kitesurf is a water sport that uses the strength of wind. Our spot is quite easy, a long and free beach with flat water; in addition, the wind is normally side on shore, so perfect to learn! Everybody can try it, as you don’t need previous specific preparation. If you just want to give it a try, we recommend to do two hours and see how it goes (price is 60,00 euros per hour). If you are committed to learn it, you can attend a beginner course (from 6 to 9 hours) at our school, or just rent the equipment if you are already able to ride the wind!