Salento Experience Fall Week - time to harvest!
Sep
5
to Sep 12

Salento Experience Fall Week - time to harvest!

The activities 

The activities offered during your week stay will take you into a dual journey. On one side, you will discover Salento, its history and natural resources through the eyes of two locals. On the other side, you will dive into a sustainable household, learning how to make self care products on your own, eating fresh products that come from local producers, learning traditional recipes, experiencing the agricultural environment around The Aia and picking seasonal herbs. 

Self-care products

We will prepare together some products for self-care, such as deodorant, skin scrub, mosquito spray, toothpaste. We will make them together and you will be able to use them during your stay or take them home with you.

Walk in Torre Mozza

We will discover the history of a house in Santa Caterina, and explore the land around looking for ingredients for our meals. Here we will learn about the settlements that were established for the refugees during the Second World War fleeing from the concentration camps. 

Hiking in Porto Selvaggio

We will walk through the park of Porto Selvaggio, discovering its history and reaching the beautiful beach of the bay.

Biking on Ciclovia

We will bike along the newly established bike path, Ciclovia dell’acquedotto, which follows the Apulian aqueduct that begins as far as the region of Campania. Here we will discover the history of this massive project and its future development.  

Visit of historical centre of Lecce

We will walk through the historical center of Lecce, admiring its baroque architectures and its Roman history. Lecce at dusk: can’t beat it! 

Visit of historical centre of Nardò

We will walk through the historical center of Nardò, discovering its history, tiny allies and inner beauties. Listening and maybe learning some dialect along the way. 

Boat Excursion

We will go out on a sailing boat to enjoy the freedom of the sea, watching a breathtaking sunset and enjoying an aperitivo. Cin cin!

Cooking classes 

You will have the chance not only to taste the traditional dishes of the area but also to learn the secrets of the preparation of some of them. 

Handmade pasta

We will make together the typical pasta shapes of Salento: orecchiette, michiareddhi and sagne torte for a special dinner which we will of course share together. 

Liqueur making 

Liqueurs are a very traditional product here drank after meals. They are made from different herbs and fruits, and depending on the season families choose which kind they will make. We will do exactly the same, of course depending on the season. 

Jam making

Jams are a healthy sweet treat that can be used in many different ways. They are made basically with all fruits and berries you can imagine. We will make together a seasonal jam, based on a grandma’s recipe, learning the secrets to take home with you. 

Pizzi day

We will make together different types of pizzi, a traditional southern bread with tomatoes, onions and much more. 

Energy bars workshop 

Together we will make  the homemade energy bars, a very useful and tasty treat for your physical activities. 

Final Notes: and that’s a wrap. You will take home a sample of the products we will make together (except the ones to be eaten on the spot). Activities might vary from the original program according to the availability of the ingredients, weather conditions and other variables.

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Wellness Week, September 2019
Sep
14
to Sep 21

Wellness Week, September 2019

Join Kamal and Giulia at The Aia for a week of wellness activities. Wake up to fun,  energizing and yet relaxing yoga classes. Take time out by the pool or beach, enjoy the farm-to-table cuisine, a cooking class, a refreshing coastal walk with picnic, sunset aperitivos, wine tasting, a tour of a historical city, a sunset boat trip (weather permitting) and a few surprises along the way.  By the end of this break, you will be regenerated, have a deeper understanding and appreciation for the moment, have learned how to strengthen your practice, and make a few friends along the way! Prices start from €700

Price includes:

  • 7 nights accommodation

  • Daily morning and evening yoga lessons (if requested) from certified yoga teacher; mats and yoga insurance included

  • Daily breakfast/brunch, most meals, tea & coffee facilities, snacks

  • Wifi

  • Air conditioning

  • Cleaning service

  • Friendly English and Italian speaking staff

  • Private garden, BBQ area, secure carpark

  • Complementary/optional excursions to local beaches and historical towns

  • Cooking class

  • Wine tasting

  • Sunset boat trip weather permitting

  • Airport transfer, only from Brindisi Airport.

Price does not include:

  • Flights

  • Cost for any taxis

  • Cost for drinks and meals outside of the Villa

Reserve your room below. We will contact you with 24 hours to confirm the details of your reservation and to arrange payment. Please note that rooms are limited and reservations will only be guaranteed upon confirmation. We hope to see you soon!

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Wellness Week, October 2019
Oct
2
to Oct 6

Wellness Week, October 2019

Join Kamal and Giulia at The Aia for a week of wellness activities including a daily yoga practice. Wake up have fun, feel energized, but relaxing in our expert-led yoga classes. Take time out by the pool or beach, enjoy the farm-to-table cuisine, a cooking class, a refreshing coastal walk with picnic, sunset aperitivos, wine tasting, a tour of a historical city, a sunset boat trip (weather permitting) and a few surprises along the way.

By the end of this break, you will be regenerated, have a deeper understanding and appreciation for the moment, have learned how to strengthen your practice, and make a few friends along the way!

Price includes:

  • 4 nights accommodation for long weekend retreat

  • Daily morning and evening yoga lessons (if requested) from certified yoga teacher; mats and yoga insurance included

  • Daily breakfast/brunch, most meals, tea & coffee facilities, snacks

  • Wifi

  • Air conditioning

  • Cleaning service

  • Friendly English and Italian speaking staff

  • Private garden, BBQ area, secure carpark

  • Complementary/optional excursions to local beaches and historical towns

  • Cooking class

  • Airport transfer, only from Brindisi Airport.

Price does not include:

  • Flights

  • Cost for any taxis

  • Cost for drinks and meals outside of the Villa

Reserve your room below. We will contact you with 24 hours to confirm the details of your reservation and to arrange payment. Please note that rooms are limited and reservations will only be guaranteed upon confirmation. We hope to see you soon!

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Salento Experience Winter Week - Coziness and hundreds of traditions
Feb
15
to Feb 22

Salento Experience Winter Week - Coziness and hundreds of traditions

The activities 

The activities offered during your week stay will take you into a dual journey. On one side, you will discover Salento, its history and natural resources through the eyes of two locals. On the other side, you will dive into a sustainable household, learning how to make self care products on your own, eating fresh products that come from local producers, learning traditional recipes, experiencing the agricultural environment around The Aia and picking seasonal herbs. 

Self-care products

We will prepare together some products for self-care, such as deodorant, skin scrub, mosquito spray, toothpaste. We will make them together and you will be able to use them during your stay or take them home with you.

Hiking in Torre Uluzzo

We will discover together the natural park close to the Aia, observing the plants from the Mediterranean scrub and enjoying breathtaking views on the sea. 

Hiking in Porto Selvaggio

We will walk through the park of Porto Selvaggio, discovering its history and reaching the beautiful beach of the bay.

Biking on Ciclovia

We will bike along the newly established bike path, Ciclovia dell’acquedotto, which follows the Apulian aqueduct that begins as far as the region of Campania. Here we will discover the history of this massive project and its future development.  

Visit of historical centre of Lecce

We will walk through the historical center of Lecce, admiring its baroque architectures and its Roman history. Lecce at dusk: can’t beat it! 

Visit of historical centre of Nardò

We will walk through the historical centre of Nardò, discovering its history and inner beauties. 

Cheese tasting 

We will visit a local cheese producer who will disclose the secrets of his traditional dairy products.

Cooking classes 

You will have the chance not only to taste the traditional dishes of the area but also to learn the secrets of the preparation of some of them. 

Handmade pasta

We will make together the typical pasta shapes of Salento: orecchiette, michiareddhi and sagne torte for a special dinner which we will of course share together. 

Liqueur making 

Liqueurs are a very traditional product here drank after meals. They are made from different herbs and fruits, and depending on the season families choose which kind they will make. We will do exactly the same, of course depending on the season. 

Jam making

Jams are a healthy sweet treat that can be used in many different ways. They are made basically with all fruits and berries you can imagine. We will make together a seasonal jam, based on a grandma’s recipe, learning the secrets to take home with you. 

Panzerotti day

Together we will make the traditional panzerotti, a fried dough filled with tomatoes and cheese. 

Energy bars workshop 

We will make together the homemade energy bars, a very useful and tasty treat for your sportive activities. 

Olives 

We will pick olives from the land of the Aia and explore a method to keep them over the winter. 

Wine making/vendemmia

We will explore the vineyards which border the property of the Aia, learn what it takes to make a good bottle of wine and of course, enjoy a taste or two! 

Final Notes: and that’s a wrap. You will take home a sample of the products we will make together (except the ones to be eaten on the spot). Activities might vary from the original program according to the availability of the ingredients, weather conditions and other variables.

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Wellness Week, June 2019
Jun
15
to Jun 22

Wellness Week, June 2019

Join Kamal and Giulia at The Aia for a week of wellness activities. Wake up to fun,  energizing and yet relaxing yoga classes. Take time out by the pool or beach, enjoy the farm-to-table cuisine, a cooking class, a refreshing coastal walk with picnic, sunset aperitivos, wine tasting, a tour of a historical city, a sunset boat trip (weather permitting) and a few surprises along the way.  By the end of this break, you will be regenerated, have a deeper understanding and appreciation for the moment, have learned how to strengthen your practice, and make a few friends along the way! Prices start from €700

Price includes:

  • 7 nights accommodation

  • Daily morning and evening yoga lessons (if requested) from certified yoga teacher; mats and yoga insurance included

  • Daily breakfast/brunch, most meals, tea & coffee facilities, snacks

  • Wifi

  • Air conditioning

  • Cleaning service

  • Friendly English and Italian speaking staff

  • Private garden, BBQ area, secure carpark

  • Complementary/optional excursions to local beaches and historical towns

  • Cooking class

  • Wine tasting

  • Sunset boat trip weather permitting

  • Airport transfer, only from Brindisi Airport.

Price does not include:

  • Flights

  • Cost for any taxis

  • Cost for drinks and meals outside of the Villa

Reserve your room below. We will contact you with 24 hours to confirm the details of your reservation and to arrange payment. Please note that rooms are limited and reservations will only be guaranteed upon confirmation. We hope to see you soon!

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Salento Experience Summer Week - All day every day by the sea!
Jun
1
to Jun 8

Salento Experience Summer Week - All day every day by the sea!

The activities 

The activities offered during your week stay will take you into a dual journey. On one side, you will discover Salento, its history and natural resources through the eyes of two locals. On the other side, you will dive into a sustainable household, learning how to make self care products on your own, eating fresh products that come from local producers, learning traditional recipes, experiencing the agricultural environment around The Aia and picking seasonal herbs. 

Self-care products

We will prepare together some products for self-care, such as deodorant, skin scrub, mosquito spray, toothpaste. We will make them together and you will be able to use them during your stay or take them home with you.

Hiking in Torre Uluzzo

We will discover together the natural park close to the Aia, observing the plants from the Mediterranean scrub and enjoying breathtaking views on the sea. 

Hiking in Porto Selvaggio

We will walk through the park of Porto Selvaggio, discovering its history and reaching the beautiful beach of the bay.

Biking on Ciclovia

We will bike along the newly established bike path, Ciclovia dell’acquedotto, which follows the Apulian aqueduct that begins as far as the region of Campania. Here we will discover the history of this massive project and its future development.  

Visit of historical centre of Lecce

We will walk through the historical center of Lecce, admiring its baroque architectures and its Roman history. Lecce at dusk: can’t beat it! 

Visit of historical centre of Nardò

We will walk through the historical centre of Nardò, discovering its history and inner beauties. 

Cheese tasting 

We will visit a local cheese producer who will disclose the secrets of his traditional dairy products.

Cooking classes 

You will have the chance not only to taste the traditional dishes of the area but also to learn the secrets of the preparation of some of them. 

Handmade pasta

We will make together the typical pasta shapes of Salento: orecchiette, michiareddhi and sagne torte for a special dinner which we will of course share together. 

Liqueur making 

Liqueurs are a very traditional product here drank after meals. They are made from different herbs and fruits, and depending on the season families choose which kind they will make. We will do exactly the same, of course depending on the season. 

Jam making

Jams are a healthy sweet treat that can be used in many different ways. They are made basically with all fruits and berries you can imagine. We will make together a seasonal jam, based on a grandma’s recipe, learning the secrets to take home with you. 

Panzerotti day

Together we will make the traditional panzerotti, a fried dough filled with tomatoes and cheese. 

Energy bars workshop 

We will make together the homemade energy bars, a very useful and tasty treat for your sportive activities. 

Olives 

We will pick olives from the land of the Aia and explore a method to keep them over the winter. 

Wine making/vendemmia

We will explore the vineyards which border the property of the Aia, learn what it takes to make a good bottle of wine and of course, enjoy a taste or two! 

Final Notes: and that’s a wrap. You will take home a sample of the products we will make together (except the ones to be eaten on the spot). Activities might vary from the original program according to the availability of the ingredients, weather conditions and other variables.

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Wellness Week, May 15, 2019
May
18
to May 25

Wellness Week, May 15, 2019

Join Kamal and Giulia at The Aia for a week of wellness activities. Wake up to fun,  energizing and yet relaxing yoga classes. Take time out by the pool or beach, enjoy the farm-to-table cuisine, a cooking class, a refreshing coastal walk with picnic, sunset aperitivos, wine tasting, a tour of a historical city, a sunset boat trip (weather permitting) and a few surprises along the way.  By the end of this break, you will be regenerated, have a deeper understanding and appreciation for the moment, have learned how to strengthen your practice, and make a few friends along the way! Prices start from €700

Price includes:

  • 7 nights accommodation

  • Daily morning and evening yoga lessons (if requested) from certified yoga teacher; mats and yoga insurance included

  • Daily breakfast/brunch, most meals, tea & coffee facilities, snacks

  • Wifi

  • Air conditioning

  • Cleaning service

  • Friendly English and Italian speaking staff

  • Private garden, BBQ area, secure carpark

  • Complementary/optional excursions to local beaches and historical towns

  • Cooking class

  • Wine tasting

  • Sunset boat trip weather permitting

  • Airport transfer, only from Brindisi Airport.

Price does not include:

  • Flights

  • Cost for any taxis

  • Cost for drinks and meals outside of the Villa

Reserve your room below. We will contact you with 24 hours to confirm the details of your reservation and to arrange payment. Please note that rooms are limited and reservations will only be guaranteed upon confirmation. We hope to see you soon!

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Fire and Nectar Retreat
May
8
to May 12

Fire and Nectar Retreat

Join Kamal and Giulia at The Aia with co teacher Anne Julie Tafuro.  Anne Julie was born in France and also has Salentino roots; she is now based in Paris and is an instructor of Vinyasa flow.  Together with Kamal and Anne Julie we will flow, recharge and relax with you with daily morning and evening pratices, a mix of Vinyasa, Hatha, Yin & Nidra. We will focus on reconnecting with mother nature, finding our ‘fire and nectar’ balance and giving oursleves the gift of living in the present. Take the opportunity to relax, strengthen and challenge your yoga practice, reflect and awaken your inner light.  Prices start from €620

Price includes:

  • 4 nights accommodation for long weekend retreat

  • Daily morning and evening yoga lessons (if requested) from certified yoga teacher; mats and yoga insurance included

  • Daily breakfast/brunch, most meals, tea & coffee facilities, snacks

  • Wifi

  • Air conditioning

  • Cleaning service

  • Friendly English and Italian speaking staff

  • Private garden, BBQ area, secure carpark

  • Complementary/optional excursions to local beaches and historical towns

  • Cooking class

  • Airport transfer, only from Brindisi Airport.

Price does not include:

  • Flights

  • Cost for any taxis

  • Cost for drinks and meals outside of the Villa

Reserve your room below. We will contact you with 24 hours to confirm the details of your reservation and to arrange payment. Please note that rooms are limited and reservations will only be guaranteed upon confirmation. We hope to see you soon!

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Salento Experience Spring Week - La rinascita
Apr
19
to Apr 26

Salento Experience Spring Week - La rinascita

The activities 

The activities offered during your week stay will take you into a dual journey. On one side, you will discover Salento, its history and natural resources through the eyes of two locals. On the other side, you will dive into a sustainable household, learning how to make self care products on your own, eating fresh products that come from local producers, learning traditional recipes, experiencing the agricultural environment around The Aia and picking seasonal herbs. 

Self-care products

We will prepare together some products for self-care, such as deodorant, skin scrub, mosquito spray, toothpaste. We will make them together and you will be able to use them during your stay or take them home with you.

Hiking in Torre Uluzzo

We will discover together the natural park close to the Aia, observing the plants from the Mediterranean scrub and enjoying breathtaking views of the sea. 

Walk in Torre Mozza

We will discover the history of a house in Santa Caterina, and explore the land around looking for ingredients for our meals. Here we will learn about the settlements that were established for the refugees during the Second World War fleeing from the concentration camps. 

Hiking in Porto Selvaggio

We will walk through the park of Porto Selvaggio, discovering its history and reaching the beautiful beach of the bay.

Biking on Ciclovia

We will bike along the newly established bike path, Ciclovia dell’acquedotto, which follows the Apulian aqueduct that begins as far as the region of Campania. Here we will discover the history of this massive project and its future development.  

Visit of historical center of Lecce

We will walk through the historical center of Lecce, admiring its baroque architectures and its Roman history. Lecce at dusk: can’t beat it! 

Visit of historical center of Nardò

We will walk through the historical center of Nardò, discovering its history, tiny allies and inner beauties. Listening and maybe learning some dialect along the way. 

Honey Making

We will visit a honey producer who will disclose the secrets of these tiny and hardworking animals.

Cooking classes 

You will have the chance not only to taste the traditional dishes of the area but also learn the secrets of the preparation of some of them. 

Pasta di Mandorla 

We will prepare together the traditional dessert for Easter lunch, the lamb-shaped almond and sugar pastry, filled with jam. Yummy!

Handmade pasta

We will make together the typical pasta shapes of Salento: orecchiette, michiareddhi and sagne torte for a special dinner which we will of course share together. 

Liqueur making 

Liqueurs are a very traditional product here drank after meals. They are made from different herbs and fruits, and depending on the season families choose which kind they will make. We will do exactly the same, of course depending on the season. 

Jam making

Jams are a healthy sweet treat that can be used in many different ways. They are made basically with all fruits and berries you can imagine. We will make together a seasonal jam, based on a grandma’s recipe, learning the secrets to take home with you. 

Polpette day (our favorite)

Together we will make  different types of polpette, from meat to vegetables, get ready to get your hands dirty!

Final Notes: and that’s a wrap. You will take home a sample of the products we will make together (except the ones to be eaten on the spot). Activities might vary from the original program according to the availability of the ingredients, weather conditions and other variables. 

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Springtime Fun @ The Aia
Apr
10
to Apr 14

Springtime Fun @ The Aia

Join Kamal and Giulia at The Aia for this long springtime weekend of feeling great and having fun. Kick start your day with morning yoga and a hearty breakfast, then rent a bike, indulge in a melting massage, relax on the beach and / or take a walk along the stunning Ionion coast, test your cooking skills with a cooking lesson, visit the nearby historical towns, sip on some local wine accompanied by local cheese or just read and have a nap in a hammock.  It’s your retreat, it’s your gift to yourself, put a spring into your step with this long weekend treat! 

Price includes:

  • 4 nights accommodation for long weekend retreat

  • Daily morning and evening yoga lessons (if requested) from certified yoga teacher; mats and yoga insurance included

  • Daily breakfast/brunch, most meals, tea & coffee facilities, snacks

  • Wifi

  • Air conditioning

  • Cleaning service

  • Friendly English and Italian speaking staff

  • Private garden, BBQ area, secure carpark

  • Complementary/optional excursions to local beaches and historical towns

  • Cooking class

  • Wine tasting

  • Airport transfer, only from Brindisi Airport.

Price does not include:

  • Flights

  • Cost for any taxis

  • Cost for drinks and meals outside of the Villa

Reserve your room below. We will contact you with 24 hours to confirm the details of your reservation and to arrange payment. Please note that rooms are limited and reservations will only be guaranteed upon confirmation. We hope to see you soon!

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