Tucked away in the exquisite Peloponnese peninsula and infused with the magic of Greek philosophy, Euphoria Retreat is one of the Mediterranean’s most lauded wellness destinations. Built on the ancient Greek belief of “Euphoria,” which emphasizes balance, health, and living in bliss, this idyllic destination spa is on a mission to help guests achieve holistic wellbeing.
Less than an hour from Kalamata airport, and 2 hours from Athens, Euphoria Retreat is an oasis set amidst a historical landscape of citrus and pine forests, Byzantine churches, and hilltop villages. Surrounded by a majestic private forest, the retreat draws on the surrounding nature and culture to create healing programs that nurture from within.
Within Euphoria, guests can indulge in an array of food, treatment, activities, and facilities designed to enhance balance and wellbeing, all while enjoying the warm, graceful, easy-going hospitality of the Greek south. While here, they can supplement their wellness journeys by exploring the incredible surroundings, which include Mystras, a stunning Byzantine-era UNESCO World Heritage Site, the majestic Mount Taygetus and Eurotas River, the charming coastal town of Gytheion, and the white-sand beaches of Elafonissos Island.
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Inspired by the Greek tradition of Hippocratic medicine, Euphoria has developed its own unique philosophy called the “Euphoria Methodos,” which is designed to treat the individual as a whole and help them reach a state of health and joy touted by the ancient Greeks as the ultimate state of wellbeing. Each retreat at the property is built around this proprietary methodology and helps guests take their health into their own hands.
Programs at Euphoria are designed to help guests reach different goals, from weight loss, detox and recovery to relaxation, fitness, mindfulness and much more. But, each one also aims to soothe the nervous system, reboot energy levels, and align the inner and outer world for a harmonious balance.
There is a plethora of time specific retreats to choose from. New this year, “Feel Alive Again” is a 3-night group retreat specifically designed to offer rest, recovery, and renewal in the post-pandemic era. For three hours every morning, guests will work on meditation, breathwork, journaling, creativity, and more to release the negative emotions, stress, tension, and anxiety that many of us have experienced during the pandemic. The program can be enjoyed on its own or as part of one of Euphoria’s more extensive journeys.
Other signature retreats recalling epic stories from Greek mythology include the “Odysseus Journey,” which is a 5-day retreat that uses group discussion and immersive experiences to unlock inhibiting emotions and instil a new-found confidence, the “Spartan Spirit of Adventure,” where guests become Spartan warriors to unleash their fitness and resilience in outdoor activities.
The Emotional & Physical Transformation Retreat is a 7-day retreat created by Euphoria Retreat’s founder Marina Efraimoglou. It is a journey of emotional, physical and spiritual renewal, offering guests an immersive experience of its core philosophy of joyful transformation, a concept on which Euphoria Retreat was founded. Guests will experience the Five Elements system, along with soothing therapies, all of which will deepen the connection with oneself.
Furthermore, the 7-night “Relax & De-Stress” program, which can be booked as a solo retreat throughout the whole year, is about ‘renewal’ on every level and allows guests to step away from the pace of their life.
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Holistic wellness rituals are a focus at Euphoria Retreat. These therapies combine ancient healing practices from different cultures, including Traditional Chinese Medicine, Taoism, and Greek Hippocratic medicine, along with cutting-edge scientific developments to help restore guests’ physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual wellbeing.
Considered one of Europe’s best destination spas, Euphoria’s temple to wellness offers a wealth of indulgent treatments, from energy healing and facials to homeopathic consultations, acupuncture, lymphatic drainage, and many other therapies and signature treatments that are created by the Euphoria expert team and are based on the Five Elements and the Euphoria Methodos. Guests can also enjoy the unique sphere pool cocooned by Byzantine domes, along with spectacular views of the verdant Eurotas Valley and Mount Taygetus.
Underpinning the spa concept is the “Five Elements” theory that was developed by ancient philosophers in both China and Greece. The theory identifies five categories with distinct characteristics that influence nature and human wellbeing and is the heart of Euphoria Retreats’ “Euphoria Methodos” philosophy, which requires a balance between the five elements. Together, the spa’s facilities and treatments invite guests to connect with their truest selves, find their purpose in life and become their own healers.
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MEDITERRANEAN WELLNESS CUISINE
Understanding that each guest has different dietary requirements and preferences, Euphoria Retreat takes a personalized approach to nutrition. At GAIA Restaurant, the property offers a scientifically developed menu of Mediterranean cuisine that effortlessly balances health, nutrition, and enjoyment in dishes that incorporate locally sourced, seasonal, and organic ingredients. All meals are balanced between fats, proteins and carbohydrates to bring balance to guests’ metabolism.
Enhancing the bespoke nature of menus here, Doctor George Leon and his team of experts at Eucrasia have developed a patented “3GL Plus Therapy” for Euphoria Retreat. Using a pinprick blood test and urine sample, the team here measures each guest’s biomarkers for glycogen, glucose, and glutathione and 10 active metabolites and metabolically significant amino acids to assess their health and detect potential disorders related to important cellular function. The aim is to define the appropriate balance of proteins in the guest’s daily diet and its origin (animal, vegetable or derived from animal products). The outcome is to achieve a fast and in-depth metabolic EUPHORIA. With 3GL PLUS, Euphoria Retreat can calculate a guest’s unique intake of macronutrients (proteins, carbohydrates and fats), and in combination with proper exercise, the guest can achieve maximum metabolic rate.
Whether guests need to boost their vitamin intake, want to pursue a vegetarian diet, or remake their relationship with food, GAIA can help guests achieve their goals with the assistance of knowledgeable chefs and nutritionists and prepare tailored menus that will help each guest achieve better balance and energy. Inspired by the ancient Greek word for “Earth,” the team at GAIA prepares pure, nutritious food inspired by the culinary traditions of the Peloponnese. Expect breakfasts of homemade granola and Greek yogurt, lunches of fresh soups and salads, and dinners of light fish and meat flavored with fragrant herbs
Combining a spectacular location, ancient healing rituals, personalized nutrition, morning hikes up the mountain and mindfulness activities, Euphoria Retreat offers holistic, immersive wellbeing programs that create balance, restore energy and leave guests thoroughly revitalized.
7-NIGHT RELAX & DE-STRESS PROGRAM | EUPHORIA RETREAT
Give yourself the gift of time and allow Euphoria Retreat in Sparta, Greece, to nurture you. The 7-Night Relax & De-stress program is about ‘renewal’ on every level and allows you to step away from the pace of your life. Running alongside the innovative Euphoria Nutritional Analysis, you will embrace a wide range of holistic approaches from psycho-aromatherapy, that harnesses the therapeutic power of fragrance, to deeper energy work to emotional transformation sessions.BOOK NOW / SEE PROGRAM DETAILS