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2018 - for those of you already registered for summer 2018 and beyond please  be aware that the venue may increase their costs to us for next season due to exchange rate changes and if this happens we will, sadly, have to pass the increase on to you. We would expect the increases to be minimal.

Some prices have risen due to exchange rates - sorry!

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.

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Sultan Palas, Turkey

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  • 2018

    From £450

    A tranquil hotel linked with the village by the Hotel's river boat service. Accommodation is provided in 26 air conditioned rooms linked by the central tower. The entire region is designated as a conservation area. An area of outstanding natural beauty

  

This family-run guest house is a real jewel and is situated in a secluded location near to the Dalyan Delta in the Mediterranean region of South West Turkey.

  

A frequent boat service takes guests across the river to the hotel thus preserving its tranquillity.

  

Boats are readily available on the gently flowing Dalyan River and provide an opportunity to head downstream to Iztuzu turtle beach through the labyrinth of channels alongside the reed beds of the Dalyan Delta or upstream to the renowned Thermal Baths and Lake Köycegiz - or just to wander through Dalyan enjoying the cafe culture and the views across the river.

  

This entire region is designated as an area of outstanding natural beauty and is a paradise for ramblers with endless treks winding along the river banks, through the reed beds and up into the surrounding pine covered slopes.

   

   

The Hotel provides a complementary minibus and riverboat service for guests wishing to visit Dalyan Village.

  

The 10 minute trip is scheduled at frequent intervals throughout the day.

     

The ambiance of this hotel is well suited to the yoga classes.  

  

Morning yoga takes place in the indoor air-conditioned yoga shala.

Afternoon yoga can also take place here, or outside in the upstairs area with its wonderful views, depending on the requirements of the group   

  

There will be two yoga classes a day, the first before breafast and a later afternoon class prior to dinner.

  

Mid holiday there is one day with no yoga when you can go further afield on an excursion, take the famous 12 Islands Boat Trip or just relax by the pool. 

 

 

Accommodation is provided in comfortable en-suite rooms linked by the central tower.  Rooms are large and have a small lounge area - see picture. The rooms overlook the lush landscaped gardens and swimming pool,  with uninterrupted views of the surrounding unspoilt countryside.

The tranquil swimming pool and surrounding area envelops guests with peace and quiet.  Relax on the sunloungers and enjoy the sunshine.

 

 

 

Food - Buffet breakfast and dinner are served in the Garden Restaurant.  A varied and plentiful menu is offered, consisting of local dishes and traditional Turkish cuisine. A light a la carte lunchtime menu is also available.

Ingredients are sourced daily and locally wherever possible and the dinner menu is supplemented by the daily harvest of home grown vegetables from the hotel vegetable garden.

 

 

 

Includes - Accommodation, breakfast, dinner and yoga

Not Included - Flights, insurance, transfers, treatments, lunch and snacks, all bottled water, teas and coffee.

   

Flights - There are both chartered and scheduled flights to Dalaman airport, Free Spirit are very happy to help you search the internet for flights.

It is usually cheaper to book your flight as early as possible - the price generally increases as the plane fills.

  

Transfers - Your transfer can be organised for you. The transfer is 20 minutes by taxi to the river. From here you will be ferried across and taken the short remainder of the journey by the hotel car, to the hotel. Total journey time is about 40 minutes.

  

Visas

Evisas are required for this holiday, you must now purchase your visa on line before you travel
 www.evisa.gov.tr  (your country is your country of residence, NOT Turkey!)

You will not be allowed entry into Turkey unless you have an evisa.  Visas on arrival are no longer possible.  Please be aware of the dates on the website, ensure your holiday dates are covered by the visa, don't purchase it too early.

All passengers must have at least six months remaining on their passport upon arrival in Turkey.

 

Dates Programme Leader Share Single
2019
Jun 10 - 17 Vinyasa & Yin Yoga Claire Pestaille £450 £495
Jun 17 - 24 Hatha Yoga Karen Hills £470 £515
Jul 22 - 29 Hatha Yoga Patricia Haygarth £460 £505
Sep 10 - 17 Dynamic Yoga Mohan £470 £515

 

The holiday was brilliantly organised. The hotel and staff were brilliant. Food was good and ample!  Even though it was very hot I had no problem with that. Air conditioning in bedroom was excellent.

Down to the yoga. Marnie had planned every session with great care and delivered the sessions in a balanced and professional manner, providing options to suit all. It was my first time on a yoga retreat and I will certainly go again, particularly with Marnie. My ashtanga teacher commented on my increased flexibility.

As a group we agreed excursions. Marnie organised these trips all of which I thoroughly enjoyed. Marnie must be complemented on the care and detailed planning of everything for the entire week.

With kind regards Sue Martin - July 2017 with Marnie Sullivan

 

Sultan Palas  yoga retreat was an exceptionally  wonderful experience,of which the memory of will stay with me for a very long time. Marnie Sullivan's yoga sessions were carried out in a lovelycalm and caring atmosphere and, for me spiritually uplifting.

Sultan Palas is in a beautiful area of Dalyan.  The hotel is set in lovely, tranquil gardens with lots of private areas to relax in. Owners and staff were so pleasant and very helpful; food very tasty and plentiful.  In  fact everything was just all I could wish for. 

A super holiday. Thank you Free Spirit Travel and a huge thank you to Marnie for all her care and attention.

June  - July 2017 with Marnie Sullivan

 

Just a few words to say what a fantastic time I had - such a rewarding and hugely beneficial well experience in so many ways. The people I holidayed with, the hotel - so quiet and peaceful - the customer care from the lovely staff, our days out, our days relaxing at the hotel, the lovely food we ate. The fun! I can say right now that it won't be my last yoga holiday. And that's not even mentioning the yoga, which was the main reason I went. Marnie led the sessions so well and I can tell for myself that I became a better 'yogi' as the week progressed. I didn't think I'd attend every session before I went, but I didn't want to miss a minute as the week progressed. With kindest regards,

Chris Evans - July 2017

 

Having recently returned from Turkey,  I felt the need to compliment both Freespirit and yoga teacher Marnie Sullivan for making this such memorable experience .I hope to repeat such an experience in the future and would not  hesitate  in recommending this to my friends .  Many thanks
Sylvia Fitzpatrick - July 2017

 

I would just like to give you some feed about sultan palace and the yoga with Marnie Sullivan. The hotel was excellant. Marnie was without fault one of the best teachers I have had in my 23 yrs of doing yoga. She was not only a first class teacher but acted as a personal  guide. Taking us all on many places of interest. Without doubt one of the best holidays I have had.
Regards June - July 2017

 

Just wanted to write and say what a fabulous week I've had with Kathryn at Sultans Palas, Dalyan from 15th May. Kathryn's style of teaching is just lovely! She's warm, funny and very knowledgable - the sessions combined yoga, tai chi and pilates. I came home feeling so fit and we had a ball - some days just laughed our heads off! So maybe you should also advertise that she does 'laughter yoga'. I know that people might be worried about travelling to Turkey just now, but this venue is really stunning and as calm as ever. I always felt safe, even outside of the venue and the staff and people generally are as welcoming as ever.

Kind regards, Lyn - May 2017 with Kathryn Banks

 

Hello I just wanted to say thank you for a week in paradise
Sultans palas in dalyan turkey is an idyllic setting
Combined with meeting new friends and yoga with Romana Balle
Just what was needed

Steve  - September 2015

 

We just wanted to say thank you so much for the lovely holiday we had at the Sultan Palas Hotel in Dalyan recently. It really is a special place; the rooms very clean and comfortable, the beautiful pool and gardens, the friendly, helpful and discreet staff and the fresh food including wonderful mezes. As friends of Lorna's we knew the yoga would be brilliant and it was so lovely do do it in such tranquil surroundings.

Debbie Chandler and Lynn Dove-Dixon - May 2015

 

Just had to give you some feedback and please feel free to post this on your site .... my sister and I had the most fantastic week doing yoga with Niamh. She is so warm hearted and her teaching is great. We had an amazing time; connecting with a small group of women - doing yoga, swimming, sunbathing and laughing together an awful lot! Friendships made that we think will be maintained. Oh and the venue was beautiful too. A real gem - the gardens and pool at Sultans Palas make it just perfect.

Lyn & Ann Williams - June 2015

 

Just a quick note to say how much I enjoyed my trip to Dalyan! The hotel was a little paradise and the staff were lovely, very friendly and helpful. And the yoga sessions with Edith were wonderfully relaxing, just what I needed!

Kind regards  Priska - May 2016