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Our instructor Michelle was fantastic. I learnt a lot from her and found her very positive, helpful and enjoyable to talk to. Her classes were a pleasure to attend.

Amanda - 2008

Very professional yoga on a high level - I was more than satisfied. The little island of Kohai was wonderful, very nice staff and perfect yoga teacher! Everything was just perfect and fantastic and wonderful! thanks a lot for an unforgetable yoga holiday! Kind regards!

Nathalie Diercksen - 2008
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I had a great time - helped by a lovely group of people. I though Michelle was a great yoga teacher, very clear with her instructions and adjusting - She was clearly on hand if we needed anything and asked every day if she could organise anything for us. Loved the hike and the sunset yoga - Pool and sunbeds were lovely. Would definitely recommend Yogatraveller to others...

Jenny - 2008

My Husband and I had a wonderful holiday so would like to take this opportunity to thank you. Michelle was a fantastic Yoga teacher and it was a pleasure to travel back to Koh Sumui with her and the rest of the group. We have made some lovely friends and hope to meet again some time in the future. Both of us have been inspired by the Yoga week and want to continue to learn more. Many thanks

Carly & Jules - 2008

I'm just writing on behalf of both Andy and myself to say thank you and to let you know how much we enjoyed the yoga course in Thailand. The resort was perfect (- very quiet, calm, with wonderful staff), the amount of time spent doing yoga was just right, and Michelle is a very knowledgeable and conscientious teacher - with a very accessible style of yoga. Andy had never done any yoga before this course - I now think that he is a changed man!

Thanks again - I do hope that we may attend more courses in future.

Kind regards,

Sarah Cottle

Hi Michelle and Michael, I am home and have not stopped talking about my amazing retreat and detox in Bali. I am writing to say thank you it was the most amazing retreat I have ever been to spiritually physically educationally and funnilly I know that is not a word but hey i had to keep
going with the llys. I guess I have been the best advertisement when they see my 4kg loss of weight my skin is bright and clear my energy is relaxed and yet vibrant at the same time. I was very
lucky to fall upon your wonderful retreat, and I was delighted to meet you both, I am looking forward to coming back again. Thank you

Ann-marie Melling Mar - 2008

Just wanted to send a quick note to let you know what an AMAZING time I had on Gozo last week. You've designed an ideal holiday on an ideal location. Yoga twice daily with time during the day to explore the island was just perfect!

Also, you couldn't have picked a better teacher/holiday facilitator than Michelle. She helped all of us have as effortless and enjoyable a week on Gozo as possible. She went way beyond the call of duty helping me with luggage, washing facilities, footwear... the list goes on. The yoga classes were great, catering to all different levels, incorporating meditation, somatics and different yoga techniques. Thanks again!!

Lisanna Sullivan Nov - 2007

We are just back from Gozo and we had an amazing time! Michelle is a great teacher and a lovely person, we had a lot of fun also with the others in the group. Will definitely recommend it and might go again myself! :-)Thanks,

Siobhan Callaghan - Oct 2007

I just got back this morning. I wanted to let you know what I great time I had. Michelle was brilliant, both as a yoga instructor and host. She spent so much extra time with us, going for dinner, doing activities with us, and assisting wherever needed. I really enjoyed the yoga, both in the morning and on the beach in the evening, and the meditation was a nice addition I wasn’t aware of. The accommodation was also lovely, and the manager of the hotel was great - very helpful, friendly and available. I had a wonderful time and I will certainly recommend the yoga holiday to others.

Sarah Gould, March 2007

Thank you for the fantastic time we had in Wengen - it really was an amazing experience, the yoga and the skiing (obviously, the less said about my skiing, the better!!!).

Sunita Shah, March 2007

I was extremely nervous because I’d never done it before and I’m quite inflexible. However I was immediately put at ease and my concerns were listened to. Which meant I felt safe and happy and tried everything. I still can’t touch my toes but I’m much closer now! Plus, and most importantly, I really enjoyed it.

Facilities were great – our room view was stunning – and it was a great hotel, run by lovely people. Dive shop was also great, that rare combination of genuinely friendly and professional. I was so nervous approaching my first experience of yoga – as a complete beginner I had no idea of what to expect. Now I’m back and the holiday is just a happy memory, filled with lovely people and relaxed fun.

If you’re looking for a holiday filled with quiet meditation, lentils and fasting, then yogatraveller may not be for you. You can have all of those things, true, but if you’re looking for high-quality yoga instruction mixed with good food, plenty of free time to experience other stuff and plenty of that other stuff (diving, climbing) to experience, then YT is perfect.

Hermione Barnett, November 2006

Yoga was fantastic A+ to Michelle! Very friendly – will definitely go back! One of the best holidays of my life!!!! The yoga/skiing holiday in Feb is one I will remember for a long time. Very good service by the local organisers, good hotel, good location, excellent yoga, good skiing and met some really nice people!

Jeannette Ancelleri, November 2007

I just want you to know one thing. We had an amazing time! And Michelle is one of a kind! We have all very much enjoyed yoga with Kiera, who is a sensitive and relaxed teacher.

Liat Tal, January 2007

I know we only spent a really short time together but thanks again for a fabulous break.We had the best time.

Thiari Rehman, March 2007

Thanks again for the most dreamy week. I look back at it now and wonder if it really happened! you are both lovely people and I wish you all the best in your future endeavors.

Rida Abboud, July 2006

We fell in love with Phi Phi and it was great to meet new people who have similar interests. I’m really glad that we decided to take the plunge at the last minute and go on the holiday. It was great to have time off during the day to do other things like the rock climbing etc. I absolutely loved the afternoon session on the beach.

Gabby La Rasle, March 2007

Michelle is an excellent yoga teacher and manages to create an informal atmosphere in an idyllic setting, while still knowing how to push her classes. The classes are fun and suitable for beginners but will also challenge those who are proficient in yoga.

William Baldwin, Journalist, December 2006

Yogatraveller, Ko Phi Phi Thailand
by Hana Borrowman in 'Body and Soul Escapes' printed by Footprint

Yogatraveller provides healthy, truly holistic holidays in a postcard-perfect setting for those who like to do a little more than lounge in paradise. Breaks from the more typically serene beach routine include the fantastically fun twice daily yoga sessions in two gorgeous on-site locations as well as diving, rock climbing and a number of other adventurous pursuits.

The day starts early with a fairly lively session of wake-up yoga in a fan-cooled glass gazebo overlooking the Andaman Sea (used for Thai massage throughout the day). This is followed by an optional daily meditation on the beach (or floating in the sea). Guests are then free until the sunset yoga session, although the day’s activities usually shape-up over communal breakfasts. The gorgeous evening yoga sessions on the beach that wrap up the day are gentle, sociable and relaxed, taking place in a truly idyllic setting on pretty woven mats on the sand under dramatic sunset skies.

Company founder and yoga teacher Michelle Riordan’s passion for Phi Phi as well as her endless enthusiasm for yoga, travel and adventure, allows her to oil the bespoke wheels of her guests holidays in an apparently effortless manner. Group sessions and gatherings are cleverly tailored towards the preferences of individuals and each group, making for balanced breaks that are as likely to include sunrise meditations on the beach as evening cocktails at the beach bar. The small groups of less than a dozen tend to bond over a week of serious stretching and a variety of fun, muscle-reviving activities including the weekly en masse sunset snorkelling trip to the cove where Leonardo Di Caprio cavorted in The Beach.

Accommodation in the bustling but beautiful tourist-heavy island of Phi Phi can be cramped and blighted by construction sites since the tsunami, but Yogatraveller have found one of the quieter corners still within reach of all the action. The large airconditioned rooms on a hillside have balconies with picturesque coastal views and are spacious and clean with big comfortable beds.

The holidays tend to attract singles, friends travelling together and couples (in that order). The warm ambience and excellent array of activities above and below the water also encourage the inner adventurer to blossom forth, making it ideal for the less gregarious solo traveller. Although totally accessible for newcomers to both yoga and diving, guests often come to take advantage of the complementary combination, with yoga’s emphasis on breath-work and concentration enhancing both the meditative and physical challenge of diving.

The attached eco-friendly dive school Blue View Divers also offer a high standard of friendly individual service. With fun challenging daily yoga sessions fuelled by the beautiful beach sunrise and sunsets, weightless days exploring the big blue, and an informal approach to sampling new experiences and sociable activities - these are holidays for a brand of beach-lover looking for a happy, healthy glow that stays well after the tan has faded.

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