FAQs

General

Do I need to be of a certain age to join?

Not at all. All ages are represented, from 5 to 85 but approximately 70 percent of all our guests are aged 30 - 60.

 

What is the male/female ratio?

Generally there is a 60:40 or 70:30 split female to male, but on some sessions particularly in peak season, there is a more even balance. The Writers' Lab usually has quite an even split on all sessions.

 

Are vegetarians and other dietary requirements catered for?

For all locations we always cater for all dietary requirments. Please let us know when you book if you have any special dietary needs and we will do our utmost to accommodate you.

 

Is it okay to join a Skyros holiday on my own?

Definitely, we welcome a high number of solo travellers. Our holidays are designed with solo travellers in mind, which is why all of our session fee prices are twin share as standard. We pair people together who are of the same gender and about the same age. Over 70% of our clients are solo travellers and so you are always in good company if you come on your own. Couples, friends and families are, of course, welcome too.

Greece

Atsitsa Bay

The Skyros Centre

What is the difference between the two holiday centres in Greece?

Atsitsa, surrounded by sea and pine forest, offers a wide range of courses and simple but comfortable accommodation. The focus is its community life. Both centres include yoga classes and options for massage treatments.

The Skyros Centre offers more specialised courses and higher accommodation standards. Life there is merged with that of the village. Both centres include yoga classes and options for massage treatments.

What is included in the session fee price?

In Atsitsa the price includes your shared accommodation, three meals a day (breakfast, lunch and dinner), a choice of three courses, as well as drop-in courses and activities, and early morning yoga.

At the Skyros Centre the session fee includes your chosen main course (Writers' Lab or Life Choices or Art Studio programme), twin shared accommodation, early morning yoga and breakfast and lunch.

How do I choose my courses and activities?

In Atsitsa, choose your courses once you are there on holiday.

For holidays at the Skyros Centre, book in advance for either the Health & Wellness, Writers' Lab or Art Studio programme. You can do this online or by telephone. There will be other one-off actvities and events open to all without booking in advance.

Are the courses suitable for beginners?

The courses are suitable for all levels. Our facilitators are experienced at teaching mixed level classes and all courses will be tailored to requirements.

The courses are suitable for all levels. Our facilitators are experienced at teaching mixed level classes and all courses will be tailored to requirements.

What is the balance between free time and course time?

The programme in Atsitsa is designed for you to do as little or as much as you wish. Courses are available in the early morning (up to one hour), mid-morning (2 hours) and late afternoon (2 hours). Afternoon and pre-breakfast courses tend to be 'drop in'.

At the Skyros Centre courses run for 3 hours mid-morning and then there are optional activities available in the afternoon. Early morning yoga is also available.

What are my accommodation options?

In Atsitsa, choose to stay in the house or in a hut in the abundant gardens of Atsitsa. The huts are simple, rustic and comfortable, just moments from the sea. There are shower and bathroom facilities in two areas on the site. Most people choose to share a twin hut. Upgrades to a twin share in the house with ensuite accommodation is available for £70 on a one week holiday and £130 on a two week holiday (subject to availability). Single hut upgrades are available for £125 per one week holiday and £235 per two week holiday (subject to availability).

At the Skyros Centre participants stay in rooms close to the Centre that combine modern comforts with a Skyrian ambience. Most are ensuite rooms or small apartments, all in keeping with the traditional and charming Greek design. The styles vary but most have air conditioning and a kettle as standard. Participants normally share a twin room. Single occupancy is available for a supplement of £175 per one week holiday and £325 per two week holiday.

How do I get to Skyros island?

Please follow this link to our Atsitsa Bay travel page or call us on 01983 86 55 66.

Please follow this link to our Skyros Centre travel page or call us on 01983 86 55 66.

Are there any beaches?

Atsitsa Bay has miles of stunning coastline to explore, with secluded coves, inlets, and beaches. The nearest place to swim is from the rocks just in front of the house. The nearest pebble beach a 5 minute walk away, and the nearest sandy beach, a 20 minute walk. There are no swimming pools. The bay is perfect for snorkelling. Atsitsa bay is clean and safe and usually very calm.

There are two long sandy beaches 10-15 minutes walk from The Skyros Centre. The large public beach has tavernas providing drinks, food and shade.

Can I bring my children?

We welcome children during the month of August at our Atsitsa Bay centre. Childcare provision is available in August for those aged 5 – 15 years and there are also courses that children may be able to take part in (subject to the agreement of the facilitator). Children aged between 5 and 15 receive a 50% discount off the session fee price.

There is no childcare available at the Skyros Centre.

Will I have access to the internet?

In Atsitsa there is limited internet access due to the location. There are laptops with ethernet connection you can use in the bar area. 

The Skyros Centre has wireless internet access. Skyros village has many bars and cafes which offer wireless internet and a couple of internet cafes.

Will my mobile phone work?

In Atsitsa mobile phone coverage is extremely limited and it is unlikely that your phone will work there. There are numerous public phones in Skyros village.

Mobile phones usually work in the village and at the Skyros Centre.

Cuba

I have some experience in Salsa already and so I'm not a beginner. Will my needs be met?

Yes, all participants will be paired with a Cuban dance partner and where needed, classes will be split into the required levels of proficiency in order to cater for all standards, from beginners to more advanced.

Will I be met at the airport?

If you take the designated flight with Virgin Atlantic there will be a free transfer from the airport to the Habana Libre hotel. If you are not on the designated flight, you will just need to take a taxi to the Habana Libre Hotel for around £15.

Can I have a single room if I want one?

Yes, single upgrades are available for a supplement of £295.

I am a vegetarian and have other dietary requirements. Will I be able to find food in Cuba?

Yes, vegetarianism is in its infancy in Cuba but restaurants are always willing to please if asked. Cuban food is fairly plain which makes special diets easier to satisfy.

Can I change my money in advance?

No, you can only exchange currency to Cuban convertible pesos once in Cuba. This can be done at the airport, the hotel or any local bank.

Will I need a VISA?

Yes, you can buy a VISA through The Holiday Place when booking your flights. If you book the designated flights through The Holiday Place your VISA will be included free of charge.

Thailand

Do I need to choose between the courses?

All of the courses offered as part of the holiday are open to you, you can do as little or as much as you choose while you stay with us. There are two courses per day that run for 4 days each week with a one and a half-day break mid-session. Courses are informal, often held on the beach or in a private, air-conditioned group room. You can choose up to two per day plus the early morning option.

What is included in the session fee price?

The price of the holiday includes all the courses on offer, twin share accommodation, and breakfast and lunch or dinner (dinner instead of lunch on the first and last evenings in the resort).

What is the accommodation like?

On our Skyros-in-Thailand holiday you will stay at a beautiful coastal resort, which nestles amongst a lush garden and is a short walk to a white sand, palm-fringed beach. Your room is spacious, air-conditioned and it is ensuite. Towels and hairdryers provided. You may wish to visit our accommodation and daily life page here.

Can I upgrade to a single room?

We can certainly arrange a single room for you. We have number of single room options with a single room starting from £325.00 for the 11 day holiday. Please contact us with your requests and to check availability.

How do I get to Koh Samed?

Please visit our Thailand travel page here or call us on 01983 86 55 66. 

How much spending money will I need?

You will need to bring money for your evening meals, drinks, shopping and extra excursions. For these, we would suggest around £20 - 30 a day. The currency in Thailand is Thai Baht. ATM machines are available everywhere, but it is a good idea to bring currency with you.

Are vegetarians and other dietary requirements catered for?

There will be a sumptuous buffet for breakfast and lunch including vegetarian options. The restaurant also has basic meals and drinks, which are relatively inexpensive, water is just 20 - 40p, fizzy drinks are 60p,and cocktails start from £3.50 but wine is expensive in Thailand (about £16 a bottle). They have a BBQ on the beach most evenings, and other restaurants are in walking distance. Please let us know when you book if you have any special dietary needs and we will do our utmost to accommodate you.

Do I need to get a visa before I leave?

All passports must be valid for six months after your return date. If you arrive by air you will be issued a 30-day visa exemption. If arriving by land it will be a visa for 15 days.

Will I need any vaccinations?

We would suggest that you check with your GP as to which vaccinations are recommended. Bangkok and Koh Samed are malaria free.

Marrakech

Do I need to be creative to make the journal?

No, anyone can make a journal. With the help of Sarah Livingstone you will take inspiration from the colourful streets to create a personal souvenir of your time in Marrakech. Feel free to bring poems, decorative paper or photos you would like to include.

Will I be met at the airport? 

Yes, we will pick you up from Marrakech Airport, book a flight that arrives in the late afternoon of the first day of the holiday. Please inform us of your flight arrangements so we can be there to meet you. This is a courtesy transfer.

What is the accommodation like?

On our Skyros-in-Morocco holiday you will stay in the beautiful Riad Star or Riad Cinnamon. Both Star and Cinnamon are based in the heart of the Red City with traditional Moroccan décor and luxurious surroundings – all rooms are en-suite. You have the option of twin share as standard or a single room is only £195 for the 5-night stay.

Do I need a VISA?

British passport holders do not need a VISA for Morocco, however if you intend to stay for longer than 30 days you will need to apply for one. If you are travelling from outside the UK please check with your local embassy as some passports do require a VISA for entry.

Can I change my money in advance?

No, you can only exchange currency to Moroccan Dirhams at the airport. Change any left over Dirhams on your departure.

Venice

What courses are on offer in Venice?

Venice is slightly different to our other holidays; Susie and Michael have lots of little activities and tours planned for our Cultural Adventure ranging from Subtle Sound Immersion, singing opera and morning strolls along the beach. In the evenings there will be art and culture talks, a trip to the opera and traditional Venetian mask making.

Will I be met at the airport?

No transfers are available for our Venice holiday; book a flight that arrives in to Marco Polo mid-morning on the first day of the holiday. From there it’s around one hour on a waterbus to the Hotel Rigel on the Lido.

How will we travel around Venice?

The price of the holiday includes the vaporetto pass, this gives you unlimited travel during your time in Venice.

Can I have a single room if I want one?

Yes, single upgrades are available for £180 for the 4 night stay.

What food is provided on the holiday?

Venice includes breakfast each morning and dinner on the day of arrival.

Trinidad

How many courses can I take part in?

In Trinidad you will choose either ‘New Beginnings’ with Dina Glouberman or ‘Life Writing’ with Monique Roffey. The course will run across the duration of the holiday.

Which airport should I arrive in to?

Arrive in to the Port of Spain on the first day of the holiday.

Will I be met at the airport?

If you are booked on to the designated flights through Club Caribbee we will provide a courtesy transfer from the airport to the hotel.

What is the accommodation like in Trinidad?

The Mount Plaisir Estate Hotel is traditional, rustic and right on the beach. Rooms have a mosquito net and the owners are happy for you to rearrange the locally made furniture so you can have the most comfortable stay possible.

Will I need any vaccinations?

We would suggest that you check with your GP as to which vaccinations are recommended.

What food is included?

Trinidad is a full board holiday – breakfast, lunch and dinner are provided.

What currency should I bring?

The currency used in Trinidad is the Trinidad and Tobago Dollar.

Do I need a VISA?

No, your passport must be valid for six months after your return date and you must have proof of return.

 

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