The essence of this weekend is taking some time out to relax before the hectic festive season. Our team helps you to see this retreat as an opportunity to enjoy this darker, hibernation time of year. We give you permission to slow down. The retreat is tailored to be in sync with the slower rhythms of nature that this time of year presents.
- Luxury accommodation to melt into.
- Divine, homemade food to nourish your body.
- Yoga to ease away winter stresses and strains.
- Deep relaxation and therapeutic calming meditations.
- Bracing coastal walks, taking in the fresh sea air, building up an appetite for cake and tea on your return.
- Time to sit by our log fire, unwinding mentally and physically.
You will leave so calm, content and chilled ready to take on the busy festive time ahead.
The VenueOur retreats take place at Plas Cadnant. A stylish, secluded country house on the Isle of Anglesey, nestled in 21 acres of private parkland, which gathers together for your pleasure; stunning views over Snowdon, a meandering river, magical waterfalls, world renowned historic gardens, lazy meadows, mature woodland and an oak framed building perfect for your yoga sessions. Described as “one of the most amazing retreats on the Isle of Anglesey”, it is the most peaceful haven away from busy life on the mainland.
The AccommodationThe Coach house is the largest property on the Plas Cadnant estate, accommodating up to 11 guests on two spacious floors with an impressive upstairs dining /sitting room with large wood burning stove. By night, candles, incense and log fires create the perfect atmosphere for complete relaxation. Its wonderfully comfortable beds, crisp white linen, fresh flowers, views over rolling parkland and piping hot power showers all make up the luxury and style of your retreat at this stunning country house.
The LocationThe stunning Isle of Anglesey hosts 135 miles of rugged coastline with trails, expansive beaches, quiet coves, picturesque sea side towns and far reaching views to the snow capped mountain range of Snowdonia National Park. The nearest town of Menai Bridge overlooks the spectacular body of water the Menai Strait, with small islands sprinkled throughout. Menai Bridge is an easy ten minute stroll from the venue, and boasts an array of independent shops, vegan cafes and restaurants. The town lies by the impressive Menai Suspension Bridge, a sight to be admired, that spans between the island of Anglesey and the mainland. It’s all here to be explored and enjoyed, expect to have your breath taken away at every turn.
The GardensTime and time again our guests say how spectacular the gardens are and we know you will be blown away by their beauty. Over the past 25 years they have undergone a spectacular transformation and have been lovingly restored to their former glory. Winter finds the carpets of Snowdrops, then Daffodils bloom in Spring, scented Sweet Peas climb in the Summer sun and in Autumn, the vibrant red leaves hang silently on the trees glowing in the morning light. In which ever season you choose to visit, the gardens are forever offering tranquil spaces to just be.
The Yoga SpaceStroll through the walled garden, and majestic wooden gates to the oak framed building. With its lovingly hand crafted oak beams, high ceilings and under floor heating, it makes the ideal space for yoga and mediation practice. Bask in the rising sunlight during morning yoga and then enjoy settling down into candle lit relaxations in the evening. With the peace and tranquility of the surrounding parkland, it is your sanctuary from the outside world. All yoga equipment is provided, from mats to blocks and cushions to straps, so all you need to do is turn up.
The FoodWe are passionate about healthy eating here at The Zest Life and we make it an integral part of our Autumn and Winter retreats, with an emphasis on warming and nourishing plant-based meals. Our food is always vegetarian, made without sugar or dairy products and low in wheat and gluten where required. We offer beautiful Yogi herbal teas for you to choose from over the course of the retreat and with three full meals a day, fresh juice and healthy treats in the afternoon you are sure to feel nourished.
Holistic TreatmentsThere will be plenty of time to indulge in a body treatment or two with one on our superb in house therapists. We offer a range of massage treatments, from Indian head and Swedish full body, to Tui Na (a Chinese massage similar to Shiatsu). Our therapists use organic therapeutic oils to ease away your stresses and strains. Each treatment is £65 for 45 minutes. Go to your team for further information on the therapists.
Yoga Teacher – Katy StylliAn ex-gymnast Katy's yoga classes focus on balancing strength with flexibility, and will help you find your equilibrium, both on and off the mat. Her sequences are inspired by Vinyasa flow, created to be physically challenging while tailored to ones ability. Morning classes will provide an active, full body experience that strengthens through stretching, breathing, lengthening and opening, setting you up for the days activity. The evening classes will have a more meditative focus, with time for releasing tension and long nurturing relaxations. You will feel restored and revitalised from this retreat's yoga sessions.
Yoga Teacher – Laura BellLaura is a yoga teacher and founder of The Zest Life. She has a personal and friendly yet professional attitude towards her teaching of vinyasa flow based yoga. A style that has come from her 20 years of yoga practice, focusing on movement with breath and alignment. Her classes with their inspired sequences and calming relaxations are set to rejuvenate the body and focus the chattering mind. She continues to practise yoga at a physical level and through continued meditation she has developed a more spiritual path to her practise, which she now incorporates into her teachings both on and off the mat.
Plas Cadnant, Cadnant Rd, Menai Bridge, Gwynedd, LL59 5NH. Our retreat is easily accessible by both train and car.
Chester 1 hr 20 Minutes
Manchester/Liverpool/Wilmslow/Knutsford 2 Hours
The A55 expressway on the mainland is a short five minute drive away. You cross over the Britannia Bridge and drive through the small, coastal village of Menai Bridge before arriving at Plas Cadnant.
National Rail will release train ticket availability around three months before travel.
The nearest station is Bangor with direct train links to London, taking just 3 hours from Central London. Plas Cadnant is about 4 miles from the retreat with a taxi journey time of ten minutes.
Local taxi firms: P G Cars 01248 716503 – A1 Taxis 01248 602111
Manchester International airport is the nearest airport, with a car journey time of 2 hours to the venue.
Price per person (including VAT)
|Twin room | Shared occupancy||£653|
|Single room | Single occupancy||£699|
|Double room | Shared occupancy||£653|
|Double ensuite | Single occupancy||£856|
The deposit of 20% is required on booking and the final payment due 60 days before the retreat start date.
Please read our terms and conditions before booking
- Two nights luxury accommodation with shared bathroom.
- Four yoga and meditation sessions.
- Yoga equipment use – mats/blocks/props.
- Breakfast, lunch and dinner – wholesome and plant-based.
- Unlimited fruit, teas, coffee and fruit water.
- Two guided coastal/countryside walks.
- Private access to the 21 acres of stunning garden and grounds at Plas Cadnant with its river and plunge pool.
- The friendly host service of the team at the retreat throughout your stay.
- Plas Cadnant is extremely comfortable and all rooms are finished to a very high standard.
- Linen, towels and toiletries are provided.
This retreat is very popular so please book early to avoid disappointment.