Our Home

The property is situated on 2 hectares / 5 acres of land which proudly grows a variety of fruits and vegetables, as well as olives, walnut trees and more. The Villa has 7 rooms, all with their own private bathroom and all have a door that goes to the exterior of the house. Swimming pool and private parking.

This villa is located in the heart of Salento: just a 5 minute drive to the historic center of Nardò and a 5 minute drive to the sea. The coastline is a mix of stunning sandy beaches and rocky coasts.  Closest airport Is Brindisi.


The Retreat

Meet your hosts:

Yoga at the Aia will be run by Kamal Fanibanda, a certified Hatha yoga teacher. Kamal was born in England and has Indian origins. With a Physics and Aerospace Engineering background, Kamal left the rat race in 2013 after 10 years of working for an international aerospace company in England and North Italy to follow her ….instincts. She went back to her roots in India where she studied Yoga, and now she teaches throughout the beautiful Salento area.

Giulia is a Native to the city of New York but has spent the better part of her life living between Salento and New York City. She is a trained and licensed acupuncturist- and a devoted student of astrology. Two years ago she closed up shop back in the USA and moved to Nardo, Salento and opened the Aia. She organizes and runs a series of tourists week long experiences mainly focused on wellness and cultural immersion.

The retreat:
The retreat will be focused on daily yoga practice. Together with Kamal we will explore different asanas, flows and breathing techniques to help ignite our inner strength, find your balance and focus on where and how we are now!!

Outside of the practice we will explore what this magical and mysterious land is all about. The week includes a cooking class, hiking on the coast, a tour in the historical town of Lecce, and much more. By the end of the week you will be regenerated, have a deeper understanding and appreciation for this beautiful land, have learned how to strengthen your practice and made a few friends along the way.

Course Itinerary

Morning classes will be a mix of asanas and Flow to set you up for your day, and in the evening Relaxing Yoga to help you wind down ready for a peaceful evening and deep nights sleep.


There will also be optional meditation and philosophy classes to help you to immerse yourself deeper into the teachings of yoga


Arrival day, we welcome check-in at 2pm. We will join together for an evening meal to mingle and get to know one another. If guests choose to arrive earlier, lunch can be provided upon request.


Kickoff your day with Yoga at 8.30-10:15am, breakfast will be served after class with a free afternoon. Optional coastal/forest walk/swim at Porto Selvaggio with picnic. Evening Yoga from 6-7pm with dinner served after class at the Villa.


Morning Yoga from 9.00-10:30am. Brunch will be served after class followed by a free afternoon to take advantage of our amenities and property. We will organize an optional beach trip to the Gallipoli area. Sunset Yoga 6-7pm, followed by dinner after class.


Morning Yoga from 8.30-10:30am with a whilesome breakfast will be served after class. Massages offered in the early afternoon followed by a light lunch. Shuttle to a nearby beaches, towns, or other activities can be arranged upon request. In the evening, we suggest a sunset stroll and a meal together in one of the beautiful coastal towns to take advantage our Southern Italy’s prestigious culinary tradition.


Early morning energizing Yoga from 8-9am, followed by a light breakfast. 10am group excursion to Lecce to enjoy a pizza making class led by a local chef. Lunch will be included. Light Dinner at The Aia in the evening with nighttime pranayama /meditation sessions.


Extended morning Yoga from 8:30-10:30am with breakfast served. Day free to relax and enjoy our amenities or take a private excursion into town. Shuttle Service to a nearby beaches and towns can be arranged upon request. Early evening trip to Nardo where we will enjoy a farewell dinner together.


Breakfast and check out (12:00)

Itinerary is subject to change.


This wonderful villa has 7 rooms. Each room personalised with a character of its own with air conditioning and bathroom. All guests will have access to kitchen facilities if required. 

Check in 14.00 – Check out 12.00 (Guests are welcome to arrive before the check in time, however, rooms will not be ready until the specified time. Bag storage will be available)

Price/person for 1 week (6 nights)

7 Double rooms with a double bed – An extra single bed can be added upon request
Double room (double bed), shared bathroom: single occupancy €1200
Double room (double bed), shared bathroom: 2 people sharing €950

Twin/Triple room (1 double & 1 single bed): 2 people sharing €950, 3 people sharing €850

Price includes:

-6 nights accommodation
-Daily morning Yoga lessons from certified yoga teacher; mats and Yoga insurance included.
-Daily breakfast, 2 prepared Lunches, 1 Wellness Brunch, 4 evening Dinners
-Private cooking class from one of Lecce’s premier Pizza chefs
– complementary 40 minute massage
-Tea and Coffee
-Complimentary WiFi
-Swimming pool
-Ensuite bedrooms (Double bed & Double + Single bed options available)
-Air conditioning
-Cleaning service
-Friendly English and Italian speaking staff
-Private garden
-Private and secure carpark
-Complementary excursions to Porto Selvaggio, beach trip to Gallipoli area, trip to the historical town of Nardo and/or Lecce
-Airport transfer

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What our Yogis say about us

Salento Yoga 2013 in one of the best things I have ever done! Absolute paradise! (and I cannot believe you made me a Birthday Cake with my face on it..haha) Thank you so much!!

This week has been amazing and I have been inspired so much by the beautiful location, our incredible teacher Kirsty who (probably without realising) has helped transform my life since the first class I attended, my fellow yogis who I have had the pleasure of sharing this experience with & finally Kamal, Alessio, Valentina & GianFranco who could not have done anymore to make our time extra special & are some of the kindest people I have ever met.  See you all next year for more sea, sun, yoga love, laughs & of course Valentines food!!

Hayley (UK)
Hayley (UK)September 2013 Retreat

Quick decisions are often the good decisions! and especially if you find your way to SALENTO YOGA!

Highly recommended week. You will be in good warm caring hands of this Salento Team.  Then the beautiful Villa Paola, the sea, GianFrancos famous “Baileys” – who wouldn’t like to celebrate his/her birthday here??

Many Thanks and best wishes for the future.

Gosia (Sweden)
Gosia (Sweden)September 2013 Retreat

Just what is needed from a yoga retreat. The teaching was insightful and informative with care and integrity; the atmosphere at the villa peaceful and conductive to socializing or solitary time as desired; the organization sensitive and discreet; and the food sublime! I came to recharge my batteries but discovered, almost without knowing how, that I’d recharged my soul.

Thank you for a truly memorable week.

Steffan (UK)
Steffan (UK)May 2013 Retreat

Mmmmmmmm!!! What can i say?

This was an amazing retreat.  I have been on a few retreats but this by far has been the best.  How lucky were we to have experienced so much of Southern Italy.  I know the yoga has improved & I will continue, promise when I return to Bellagio.  A big thank you to Kamal, Kirsty, Alessio, Valentina, Gianfranco & Paola.  You went out of your way to make the week very special.

Ciao and see you next time.

Kim (Australia)
Kim (Australia)July 2104 Retreat

To Our Salento Family, Thank you so much for such a wonderful week. We will never forget our first time here. Looking forward to many many more.

Lenore & Eide (USA)
Lenore & Eide (USA)September 2014 Retreat

The entire week has simply been GREAT!!!
(3 exclamation marks great).

I was so excited about coming on my first yoga retreat and it has exceeded all my expectations. Kamal, Alessio and Kirsty have brought us all together into a beautiful yoga family.

The yoga, atmosphere, activities, love, laughter, jokes, tree climbing, gelato, food, food and more food have been PERFECTO! The experience of the week is more than just this week, it has changed my life!!!


Sarah (UK)
Sarah (UK)May 2013 Retreat

It was a total experience to be hosted by you at Castro, September 2013.  You thought about every detail and took care of every moment of our yoga vacation.  I hope that your natural hospitality will meet the same hospitality when you have your own vacations  around the world.

Sarit (Israel)
Sarit (Israel)September 2013 Retreat