The Pomegranate review
Yoga & treatments on the Turquoise Coast in Turkey
In Short: The Pomegranate is a lovely little hotel, in a great setting on a hillside overlooking the craggy Turquoise Coast of South West Turkey. It’s a slightly more upmarket alternative to its magical big sister Huzur Vadisi or its back-to-nature little brother Suleyman’s Garden. It is a real oasis, shaded by fruit trees and vines, with glorious flowers and far reaching views to the sea. As with all Huzur Vadisi yoga retreats, teachers vary in style and ethos – we can help you find the one that’s right for you. Yoga retreats run from April to October.
More on the yoga: The yoga shala is lovely – open-air and circular with pillars breaking up the space. Various types of yoga are on offer, from Vinyasa and Scaravelli to Vajrasati and Bikram, and most teachers use their own more eclectic, individual approach. Your daily timetable will vary according to the teacher’s preference, but it generally includes morning meditation and pranayama and a more vigorous asana practice, then a more light hearted or restorative class in the evening. Do check in advance, as some only include one class. Read a word from the queen on her holiday.
More on the treatments: Gianna Karagoz is the therapist at both The Pomegranate and at Suleyman’s Garden. She is of English/Italian descent, trained in UK and Thailand and has more than twenty years experience. Gianna offers:
Signature back massage – 45 minutes £38
Reflexology/thai foot massage – 45 minutes £38
Indian head massage – 45 minutes £38
Energy therapy – Gianna’s own version of reiki, 45 minutes £38
Natural face lift – massage using Japanese and ayurvedic techniques, 45 minutes £38
Food intolerance test using Kinesiology – 45 minutes £38
Face yoga – a one to one, 1 hour class £42
More on the inside & outside: The Pomegranate clings to a steep cliff, so everything is on different levels. Stone paths and steps link the various areas, and at sunset the small islands off the coast start to shimmer and the water gleams. Up top there is a large veranda with a tiled floor, wicker furniture and a bookcase housing books and games. The pool is long with an infinity edge and there are loungers and even a pool-side bar. The dining room is shaded by yet more vines, and offers a couple of more private dining options if you want to escape the communal meals.
More on the bedrooms: There are a variety of room options, ranging from small but sweet huts with shared showers and loos, to nicely decked out double rooms complete with satellite TV, en-suite bathrooms and air conditioning. Rooms overlooking the pool are the nicest as you get a wonderful view of the sea, and most have small balconies too. It’s all very attractive and nicely done, and much more luxurious than the other Huzur Vadisi venues. However don’t expect top-end glamour. Rooms are pretty but simple, and while the towels are appropriately white and fluffy, the toiletries are basic and the lighting is a bit on the dim side.
More on the optional trips: The marked ‘Lycian Way’ (a coastal pathway) lies on the doorstep and Kabak’s beach is an hour’s walk through pine forests. The small resort of Olu Deniz is 15 minutes away by taxi – the beach is beautiful, there are plenty of restaurants and shops or you can try parascending from Mount Babadag (6,500 ft). The Pomegranate can arrange a boat trip (including lunch) either to unspoiled Springwater Beach or around the islands of the Bay of Fethiye. Or you can explore the ancient sites of Tlos and Pinara or the Roman city and beautiful beach at Patara.
Food and drink: Meals are served buffet style. Breakfast is relatively simple with a choice of muesli, yoghurt and fruit, or bread with feta and tomatoes or honey and jams. Both lunch and supper are more elaborate, boasting a variety of mainly Turkish dishes – vegetable stews or fritters, spinach pastries, big bowls of salad. It is mainly vegetarian (although they do serve chicken and fish sometimes if you wish) and everything is very fresh and local, cooked by owners Siggi and Mickey. Siggi (who is German-born) has published a cook book due to high demand.
Fellow guests: Teachers have their own loyal followers so guests will depend on which week you have chosen. The Pomegranate tends to attract those who want a few more creature comforts than the other Huzur Vadisi venues.
What’s lowly: This is a small space, so there are not many areas for privacy, and it does feel like a hotel with a yoga shala, rather than feeling like a yoga retreat – a plus for some.
Costs: Each week is priced by the teacher so costs vary, starting from around £655 per person per week for a shared room for some teachers, and going up to £895 for others. This includes yoga, accommodation and food. Treatments are extra as below. Trips are optional and cost extra – a boat trip would cost around £35.
Getting there: The Pomegranate is 90 minutes from Dalaman airport by taxi. Transfers cost from £20-50 each way to and from Dalaman airport (the organisers will try to group people together where possible to keep prices as low as possible).
Reviewed by Sasha Bates
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