News & Updates

Coronavirus update

UK holidays and also holidays to Europe are all going ahead as scheduled

Holidays to India and Cuba have been moved forward to winter season 2022-2023

Please follow this link for a full update      Covid 19 update

Please be patient when contacting us,  we are a small company of only two staff

Kind regards

Jilly & Debbie

Booking Your Flight

Please always try to book your flight through a website or agent who are ABTA and ATOL members and pay with a credit card..Book a flight with a COVID guarantee who will refund you if the holiday does not go ahead. (such as Easyjet)

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Brexit - travel rules have changed.

Click here for information on travel to EU countries

Travel Insurance

Always make certain that you have insurance cover as soon as you book your holiday or flight. If you do not have an annual travel insurance policy you can take out cover just for the dates of your holiday at any point prior to the holiday taking place. The Post Office Travel Insurance includes cover fro Covid.

Taking out cover straight away ensures that should anything unexpected happen that is covered by the insurance policy  you can make a claim . Travel insurance policies vary enormously ALWAYS read the small print

Brexit and how it affects your travel

Passport You will now need at least three months validity left on your passport when travelling to an EU country and probably 6 months for further afield. Be especially careful if you renewed your passport early last time you renewed as this does not include the extra time on your passport between the actual renewal date and the date it was due for renewal. Follow this link, click on the country you are travelling to and then click on Entry Requirements http://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice

The European Health Insurance Card (EHIC)  which gave free, or reduced rate, healthcare when visiting the EU has been replaced with the UK Global Healthcare Insurance Card (GHIC).

This is free of charge, visit nhs.uk.ghic to obtain yours. You can continue to use your old EHIC until it expires. Neither of these cards covers Liechtenstein, Iceland, Norway and Switzerland. Do not forget to take out additional travel insurance as these cards do not cover all costs should you become sick or injured when in an EU country.
Remember that the GHIC is not an alternative to travel insurance. It will not cover any private medical healthcare or costs, such being flown back to the UK, or lost or stolen property.

Updates - flight delays


My flight has been delayed. Can I get compensation?

Check the Citizens advice website for detailed information by following this link

https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/consumer/holiday-cancellations-and-compensation/if-your-flights-delayed-or-cancelled/

Also read the following

Airlines don't have to pay out for delays caused by snow because weather is classified as an "extraordinary circumstance" – though some airlines may issue a refund at their discretion. For those of you flying to India you are almost certainly on a non EU airline so contact them direct to see exactly what you are entitled to.

According to Which magazine you can challenge your airline if you don't agree there were extraordinary circumstances – for example, if you are told you can't fly due to the snow, but other flights are departing. "Airlines may stretch the definition of extraordinary circumstances further than they should."

Which Magazine  states:-

If the delay is not caused by extraordinary circumstances you will be entitled to compensation under EU rules, but only if you are flying with an airline based in the EU or with a non-EU-based airline flying from an EU airport, and only if the delay is for two hours or more. If you are flying somewhere else or with a non-EU-based airline not flying from the EU you'll have to check that carrier's terms and conditions.

If you are delayed for two hours or more you are entitled to: two free phone calls, faxes or e-mails; free food and drinks; and free hotel accommodation if you need to stay overnight.

If your flight arrives at its destination three hours or more late you will receive compensation of between €250 and €600, depending on how far your flight takes you. So you'll get €250 if your three hour-delayed flight travels 1,500km or less (ie, London to Amsterdam), but €600 if your plane is delayed by four hours or more and travels at least 3,500km (ie, London to Sydney).

My flight has been cancelled. Will I get my money back?

If your flight is cancelled you should be offered either a refund or an alternative flight to your original destination.

For compensation you will have to look to the EU rules again, though if the delay is caused by snow – and thus an extraordinary circumstance – you might not get anything. If you are covered by EU regulations you will be entitled to travel assistance (such as help with rebooking for a later date) as well as meals and accommodation etc. Check the official EU website for more on your rights.

Call to book: 01273 564230

Welcome to Free Spirit Travel, UK's leading provider of yoga holidays

Koh Samui, Thailand

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  • September 10th - 20th 2022

    From £1372

    10 days of bliss on the paradise island of Koh Samui, Thailand

The beautiful paradise island of Koh Samui is famed for its outstanding beauty, with its palm tree edged white sandy beaches, coconut groves, crystal clear turquoise waters and dense mountainous rain-forest

It has something to offer everyone. Our stunning venue is is on a beautiful, non-touristy beach, on the southern coast of the island and is the leading wellness retreat centre in Thailand.

Our venue is a pioneer in the world of yoga retreats.

This yoga retreat will offer you the opportunity to practice yoga in-depth with experienced and inspirational teachers who share a passion, not only for yoga but for personal growth.

On this retreat there will also be plenty of down time for treatments, excursions, adventures and fun. Our aim is for you to develop and evolve both your yoga practice and your life.

We are aware that this wonderful holiday may attract partners or friends, whereby one half is a beginner yogi, or would prefer to practice at a slower, more basic level. Therefore every morning, there will also be a ‘Yoga Basics’ class with Brian Riley.

 Locally 

In addition, your daily programme can be supported with mind/body therapies at the spa while your soul will be fed with delicious vegetarian food.

Situated on Laem Sor beach, you are surrounded by towering coconut trees in a quiet, spacious area, with incredible sunrises and sunsets that play with the colors of the water, sand and tropical fauna.

Only a few hundred meters away is the well-known Laem Sor Pagoda, which houses the remains of Leung Poo Daeng, a realized monk.

 

 

                           

 

Mornings

Yoga will begin at around 7.30 am, there will be a hatha flow class taught by either Rosemary or Brigitte with the other assisting, followed by a hearty breakfast/brunch buffet. Each session will be carefully planned and structured so that we educate and provide a specific experience in all aspects of practice, from meditation, pranayama and asana. At each class, one teacher will be leading the practice, whilst the other, will guide and assist you to practice at your own unique level.

Evenings

Our second yoga class of the day will be in the late afternoon around 5.00 pm and is for all levels of yogi including beginners, this class will be more restorative and relaxing.

*Yoga basic classes

We are aware that this wonderful holiday may attract couples or friends, whereby one half is a beginner yogi, or would prefer to practice at a more basic level. Whilst the price of the holiday will remain the same to yogi’s and non yogis alike, we are therefore offering ‘yoga basics’ classes every morning which will also begin at 7.30 am. These classes will be taught by Brian Riley and are optional.

 

  
 

Included:

Ten nights accommodation in eco-friendly buildings with natural light  and offer both mosquito screens and fans and airconditioning.

Regardless of which room you stay in, the beach, pool and practice spaces are seconds away.

Bio-sustainable hand soap, shampoo, conditioner and shower gel

Lockable storage cabinet (up to larger size laptops) and a room safe

Hot-water kettle, mugs, medium-size fridge

Hairdryer

Wi-fi access through the centre, we encourage you time to just switch off, even go for a digital detox.  

Inclusive trips and excursions

These excursions are subject to weather and give you the opportunity to explore the local area at no extra cost.

Tuesday – Guide walk to one of Koh Samuis Buddist Temples to soak in culture and the ancient spirit

Wednesday – Dive into the ocean of life with a Boat cruise and

Snorkelling trip

Friday Night is market shopping the smells, treats and fineries of

Thailand at the Fisherman’s Village in Bophut

Free use of all onsite facilities

“Great retreat center with great facilities for yoga, delicious healthy high quality food buffet, great coffee, beautiful premises, friendly staff!!”

There are a range of services and facilities which you can enjoy throughout the duration of your stay:

Complimentary Food and Beverage includes;

Morning coffee, tea and herbals 6:45am to 1pm and then again at dinner time from 6-8pm, The coffee is sourced from Northern Thailand, ethically produced and organic.

Buffet style breakfast/brunch available from 8am until 1pm

Buffet style evening meal from 6-8pm.  

Fill up and hydrate with fresh filtered water, bring your bottle to refill.

The impeccable food ethos at the retreat is on natural all homemade without processed food, local ingredients as much as possible, organic if available, and a well-balanced mix of ingredients. Equally, to keep it healthy in today’s modern food environment means no sugar, no iodized salt, no MSG or related products, and only the use of stable and healthy oils and fats.

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We make fresh juice daily in our own kitchen for the brunch buffet and offer homemade soy milk, coconut milk, cow milk, brown rice milk, and a homemade electrolyte drink.

NOT included in your stay

Spa treatments at the Wellness centre.

Orders from the Juice Bar which will be added to your room bill.

Airport Transfer (although this can be arranged via the venue).

Travel Insurance – required to book this yoga retreat.

Return flights to Koh Samui, Thailand.

Accommodation prior to or after the retreat.

1:1 Personal Tuition with our retreat teachers.

 

Getting There

Koh Samui has its own airport and the easiest way to travel to the island is by flying via Bangkok or via Phuket as your stop-over

Our retreat is situated on the south coast of Koh Samui, a tropical island in the Gulf of Thailand that still has long stretches of pristine beaches and unspoiled land.

The ideal setting for Thailand holiday packages, it is only about an hour away from Bangkok by air, an hour plus from Singapore, and three hours from Hong Kong. Koh Samui has the allure of a remote island paradise but with the accessibility of the region’s most popular destinations.

You will need to fly to Koh Samui airport, most people will need to travel via Bangkok

The venue is forty-five minutes away from Koh Samui airport, and taxi drivers will know how to get to Laem Sor.

Directional road signs will also guide you, nonetheless, we recommend that you book a taxi pickup with us, just to be sure.

Arrival Departure Yoga Teacher

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Sep 10th Sep 20th Hatha Flow Yoga Brigitte Riley £1372 £1628