Ambelia Village, Bellapais,

Kyrenia, Cyprus

May 14th – may 19th, 2019,


Triple Sharing: 650 Euro (per person)

Twin Sharing:        750 Euro (per person)

Single Room:         925 Euro

Non-Accommodation: 450 Euro

Villa (Can be booked on request)


with Iona Dudley-Ward & Carnelian Holistic

This is a perfect 6 Days Retreat for those who have been experiencing stress, anxiety and busy lifestyles.

Your body will be nourished with healthy, seasonal vegan food, organic snacks, fresh juices and with delicious local vegetarian dinner. You will spiritually grow! Its perfect holiday for all;  Body, Mind, Soul

You will have time for relaxing by the pool or on the beach, eating healthy food, doing Yoga by very experienced teachers.

All will help you to connect with the inner self and others! We believe that in order to heal, you have to start from the inside.

This retreat’s commitment to cleansing can change your life forever. 

Ambelia Village is an ideal spot for walkers as well. A network of hiking paths into the surrounding mountains is literally just one step away. Nature lovers enjoy the springtime when Cyprus becomes a paradise for birdwatchers and there is a profusion of wild flowers including orchids, cyclamen, irises, rock roses, and anemones.

The Retreat place is situated in one of the most beautiful, the most spectacular views of the Mediterranean Sea with Bellapais and its famous Monastery, the town of Kyrenia (Girne) and its Harbour. This became famous through Lawrence Durrel’s book “Bitter Lemons”.

Shivani Life Centre welcomes you! First Yoga/Pilates Centre in North Cyprus! With all year sunshine, Cyprus really is a magical place to unwind and find your true self.



  • 5 Nights Accommodation at Cypriot Rooms with a fabulous Panoramic View (separate toilets and bath, balcony)

  • 2 Vegetarian Meals, Seasonal Fruits or Desserts Per Day

  • Coffee/Tea

  • Group transfers from/to Airport or Bus Terminal

  • Walks and Group Activities

  • Yoga Sessions and Guidance by Qualified Teachers

  • One Afternoon Pilates Workshop by Local Pilates Instructer

  • One Mantra/Philosophy Workshop

  • Mindfullness Workshops

  • 30 Mins Welcome Massage

  • Classical Music Concerts Ticket at Bellapais Monast

Please book your flights to arrive before the 4 pm airport/city transfer, and to depart after 2 noon for the airport transfer.


  • Travel costs

  • Car Hire (Can be booked on request)

  • Additional Activities or Local Excursions

  • Energy Healing Sessions (One to One)

Activities included:

  • Visit Bellapais Village and Monastery and Classical Music Concert in the Monastery (Concerts are held in May/June)

  • Forest Hiking

  • Hiking in St. Hilarion Castle

  • Tour to Alagadi Beach and Picnic

  • Boat Tour Transportation

Optional Activities (not included):

  • Tour to Kyrenia Harbour and Castle

  • Photographers are available! Whether you’d like some yoga poses or a more serene shoot in the gardens, we could arrange for you great deals

  • Highline Paragliding Air Tours

  • Boat Tour

Things to do at The Retreat Center:

  • Swimming and Sunbathing.

  • Walking down to the village in the evenings for piano recitals and going to cafes in the lovely traditional Cypriot restaurants.

  • Hike in the Surrounding Areas.

  • Massage and Some Treatments.

`What a magical place! This has to be the best location, not only in Bellapais but in Cyprus!
Panoramic views from every room in this intimate but expansive village. Designed by Nicosia Hilton’s architect from pre-1974 and re-furbished recently. Stunning, peaceful, friendly, romantic, easy to trek from and easy to perch by the pool enjoying the view! Just a short hop to the monastery and alternative restaurants...
but recommend eating in since the Cypriot food was outstanding and all home-grown.`
— Oriel M, Singapore



Experience revitalizing Vinyasa flow sequences, relaxing Hatha poses and dynamic Ashtanga classes. Along with Begüm, there will be our other teachers, who are experienced, qualified and specifically selected for their uplifting and inspiring approaches to the practice of Yoga. Whether you are a Yoga Teacher looking for an escape in the sunshine, or a total beginner, everyone is welcome to enjoy Yoga Retreat in Cyprus. Our resident and international Yoga teachers are not tied to any one particular yoga style, having studied worldwide and participated in many retreats, our teachers bring to their practices something different and unique to them all, for everyone of any level of experience. 

 Yoga Space:

Yoga classes take place on veranda terrace, in the garden and workshops will be held in the main room – the spectacular ocean view is instantly calming and as the sun sets the colors of the sky are reflected across the ocean waves.

Our yoga garden is fully equipped with mats, blocks, cushions, and blankets and is situated behind the main building.

The rooms and villas are spacious and decorated in a traditional style, exhibiting Cypriot design and handicraft.

Sample Program:

6:30 – 7:00 Meditation (optional)

Wake up and meditate or enjoy a cup of herbal tea and a light snack or fruit.

Ambelia Village has many meditation areas, in the garden, the internal courtyard and on locations next to the venue.

7:00 – 8:30 Vinyasa Flow Yoga, Sunrise Yoga in the Garden

9:00 – 10:00 Breakfast (Fresh village eggs, fresh homemade bread, juices, fruits, selection of olives, cheese coffee and tea and more..)

11:00 – 17:00 Free time. (Enjoy the sea, pool, sun, and breeze. sightseeing, visiting villages..)

Book a holistic treatment, relax on your balcony or in the gardens or lounge around the pool or join one of the activities we offer!

17:00 – 19:00 Meditation, Workshop, Healing Energy Works

We will have some days for Holistic Workshops and some days for sightseeing.

20:00 Dinner – Ambelia Village grows their own vegetables, make their own olive oil, use the fruit of their own fruit trees. We know that this makes this place very unique here in the northern part of Cyprus. For dinner, it will be all Mediterranean, all vegetarian mezzes, salads, pitta bread, hummus, couscous and more!


Created by our fantastic local chefs, we are pleased to offer delicious Mediterranean cuisine. With hearty vegetarian options, you have no problem getting all the fuel you need for your spiritual and Yoga sessions. We truly believe that Ambelia got the most beautiful outside bar of the island with its spectacular view onto the Bellapais Monastery, the sea and the town of Kyrenia and its harbour and they became very famous for their restaurant, which mainly serves local dishes. Ambelia`s chef is a true Northern Cypriot. And that is why she cooks like his mother did.

We recognize the need to eat healthy hearty meals when exercising so dinners are served as a buffet each evening on the ocean view terrace after Yoga. Enjoy a tasty selection of breakfast plates. The restaurant has a big selection of fish choices. All fresh and nice! it would be a choice who like to order for their self who are not vegetarian. (3 times -included in the package price) 

Mindfulness Workshops & Sessions

Through seeking different healing modalities, our personal healing journeys sparked a passion for the healing arts

and with our joint vision to share this, Carnelian Holistic Healing was born.

Hello and welcome Hale Reshat and Lauren Vervliet.

Our mission is to share as much light and healing to the collective consciousness as is needed at this time. We all have the power within us to heal ourselves, so wherever you find yourself, with whatever struggles you face,

we will meet you there in full acknowledgement and guide you back home, for we are all Divine.

The energic body effects everything. If there is a disturbance in your energy field, it will manifest in your mental, emotional and physical body.

What We Offer:

To assist you on your own journey of exploration and transformation, we work holistically through channelling Energy Healing and the practice of Mindfulness.

If life has left you feeling a little off balance and unsettled and in need of some healing or guidance, we would be honoured to work with you.

Our Services Include:

Reiki and Shamanic Energy Healing Practices , Breath Work , Crystal Healing , Sound Healing , Aromatherapy , Bach Flower Essences

Through our Mindfulness Workshops We Offer:  

Dosha Ayurveda Workshops , Manifestation – Power of Spider Energy ,  How to Work with Your Totem Animals , Journeying From the Known to the Unknown , Enlightenment , The Art of Good Breathing ,Heart Opening Cacao Ceremony , Integration with Movement . Resin Workshops , The Power of the Trees , Soul Retrieva 

The retreat is surrounded by trees an environment which cultivates calmness and tranquility. A wonderful place, perfect for yoga, meditation and reflection. As a beginner I didn’t have any expectations or comparison, however everything was more than I had wished for. I had a stronger experience of something completely new and exciting which truly had a positive impact on my approach to life . A combination of elements gave the retreat a balance which was transferred to the participants . Going there with a lot of hesitations I left with an open mind . The food was more than healthy and delicious with lots of variety. Even though not a vegetarian myself I appreciated the sadden transformation of my eating habits . Begüm and other instructors were amazing. They had a great way of explaining the postures and an amazing calming voice. Very friendly and warm personalities . Interesting and positive persons full of positive energy . Very professional pushing you to your limits but respecting your limits too. There was room for everyone no matter level. It is amazing how much you can change and how much better you can feel in a such a short period of time. With their different styles of teaching complementing each other making an explosive combination. Thank you so much for six wonderful days in the mountains of Bellapais. Can’t wait for the next one . I‘ll definitely join for the next one in Bellapais!
— Costas Karaviotis - Cyprus


Ambelia Village is a quiet and picturesque hotel and holiday village in Bellapais, nestling in the Five Fingers mountain range in Northern Cyprus. Our holiday complex rests 1000 feet above sea level on a terraced hillside. From every balcony and patio in the village, you can enjoy the panoramic view of Bellapais, the northern coastline and the beautiful harbor town of Kyrenia (Girne) that is located just four miles to the west. With the sea in front of you and the mountains as the backdrop, you will feel surrounded by nature.

Within five minutes walking distance from Ambelia, you find the historic village of Bellapais (Beylerbeyi). The village became famous through Lawrence Durrel’s book “Bitter Lemons”. PictureThe 13th-century gothic abbey of Bellapais serves as one of the most spectacular locations for classical concerts, operas, and music festivals. The Monastery offers a unique atmosphere for these cultural events, most of which take place in the spring and autumn.

In between exploring the island’s natural beauty and discovering the evidence of 9,000 years of history and culture, why not take a break by our swimming pool. There you can lounge on the terrace, have a refreshing swim, cool down with an icy brandy sour from the bar and allow our restaurant to spoil your taste buds with a snack.

We are proud that our restaurant has a wide reputation and is enjoyed by non-residents as well as by our guests. Our chef caters for any kind of diet and vegetarians will experience a feast of a meal. Throughout the day, snacks and light lunches are available. In the evening, our kitchen offers traditional Cypriot food as well as international cuisine. Our dishes are freshly prepared using organically grown vegetables from our own garden, which can be visited on request.

The steps between terraces may not suit people with disabilities.

Whether you want to explore the countryside or shop in the bustling streets of Kyrenia; whether you want to have fun at the pool or clamber over crusader castles; whether you want to enjoy a quiet and relaxing evening at our restaurant patio

Here at Ambelia Village, the team is European, speaking up to six languages fluently.

English   German   Turkish   Dutch   French Greek

Our assistant manageress has a nursing background to deal with any minor medical emergencies should they arise.


We have single and double rooms as well as large family rooms with 3 or 4 beds available.

All the rooms have air-conditioning/heating units to make visitors comfortable in all seasons. Furthermore, they have a seating area, 

bathroom with bath and WC and either a balcony or a terrace.

They are equipped with twin beds, a fridge and coffee/tea making facilities.

Our 3 & 4-bed family rooms have an additional galleried bedroom.


The villas are designed for families. They have 3 separate air-conditioned bedrooms that can sleep up to six people. They have tiled floors throughout. The accommodation includes a spacious living/dining room, a kitchen, a bathroom with WC and a shower room with an extra toilet. Large doors lead from the living/dining area to a terrace or balcony, from where you have an incredible view onto the Mediterranean Sea. 


For centuries Cyprus has been influenced by the cultures of many different nations, Greek, Persian, Roman, Byzantine, Arab, Ottoman and British which has led to an island with a rich and diverse cultural, historical and architectural heritage.  From Soli and Vouni in the west, via Ahmet Mosque in Nicosia, to Salamis and the site of Apostolos Andreas in the east, there is much to reflect 9,000 years of civilization. Kyrenia with its castle, including the 4th century AD Kyrenia Ship museum, and picturesque harbor plus the backdrop of the Five Fingers mountain range is one of the most attractive towns in Cyprus. 

The old harbor is bordered by what used to be carob warehouses but are now cafes, restaurant, and bars.

Bellapais Abbey, by virtue of its situation and its architecture, counts as the gothic a masterpiece of the island and one of the best in the near east. The 13th-century abbey lies within walking distance of Ambelia Village. St. Hilarion Castle, the best preserved of the three crusader castles, provides fantastic views of the northern coastline and is said to have been the inspiration for the castle in Disney’s Snow White. 


You can travel to Cyprus via scheduled and charter flights to Ercan (North Cyprus) & Larnaca (South Cyprus) from most major airports in the UK & Europe.

Once on the Island, Ambelia Village is 45 min. drive from Ercan Airport and 90 min drive from Larnaca.

If guests arrive at Ercan Airport or Nicosia Border, Pick-up can be arranged by Shivani Life Center complimentary.

(Please message us regarding it.) 



We will arrange one morning for Hiking around the retreat area. Ambelia Village is an ideal spot for walkers. A network of hiking paths into the surrounding mountains is literally just one step away. Nature lovers enjoy the springtime when Cyprus becomes a paradise for birdwatchers and there is a profusion of wild flowers including orchids, cyclamen, irises, rock roses, and anemones.


St. Hilarion Castle:

Hiking on St Hilarion, a little-known hermit and monk fled persecution from Palestine during the 7th century to dwell and die up in the castle. Go early there or later in the day, as climbing to the top of 730 m is tiring and can be quite a difficult work on a hot day. Make sure you wear stout shoes because the ground is often uneven. For climbing St Hilarion a walking stick, camera, binoculars and a bottle of water are recommended accessories. The view from the top is extraordinary!


Bellapais Music Festival:

Bellapais Monastery or Abbey is only 10 mins walk from Ambelia Village and is well worth a visit. It has a very atmospheric feel about it. You can see why the monks selected the area to build their monastery. It is very peaceful, very photogenic and has magnificent views of the mountains to the rear and the coast of Kyrenia to the front. It is very well presented with trees, flowers, and lawns. The building itself is well preserved with a church on one side of the courtyard and other buildings of interest, although one side of one building is in ruins. Occasionally there are concerts given in the church in the evenings. Which cannot be missed . 

Bellapais is a truly distinguished concert hall at international standards with its superb acoustics and with its magnificent piano.

Welcome to “A unique experience at the breathtaking atmosphere of the Bellapais Abbey”, which unites music lovers of Northern Cyprus with our guests visiting Northern Cyprus to share and enjoy the universal language of classical music from 17 May onwards for four weeks, this year and every year.


Scuba Diving:

Dive into the crystal clear warm waters of the Mediterranean and discover unspoiled sites with an average of 30 mt visibility daily and a variety of sea life like groupers, amberjacks, octopus, morays, turtles and many more.

We could arrange a course or a day diving experience for you as requested.


Wednesday Market:

The open market in Kyrenia is held on Wednesdays and it is always very busy rain or shine.

Good place for experiencing Cypriots markets as well as a good place to shop!

 Book A Treatment;

Thai Massage: 70 Euro

Manicure & Pedicure: 50 Euro


Here are some suggestions that have come up to help you better plan for your stay. For traveling, packing your favorite power bars and dried food is always a good idea. A shawl for early mornings and nights. Suncream, Yoga mat, sea towel, walking shoes. 


Please email your interest to Begüm ( ). You will then receive a registration form to complete and details regarding the transfer of deposit. A non-refundable deposit of 200 Euro is required to secure your booking. The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.Upon registration, you will be sent more info about getting to and around Cyprus, taxi pick-up from the airport, what to bring etc.