Category: Abroad

yoga retreat - get out of London

Why not go one beyond dry January and healthy cocktails and food in London? Why not go all out and organise a trip to a Yoga Retreat?

Francis Ford Coppola's Palazzo Margherita, will be hosting their first ever Yoga Retreat this May, featuring daily classes in the idyllic setting by instructor Laurel Attanasio, alongside a whole host of luxury and authentic Italian experiences. The exquistely restored Palazzo in Bernalda offers a once in a lifetime wellness break, off of the tourist track, amongst the small mountain villages of Basilicata's sculpted hills. 

The location offers an experience of life untouched by tourism, the perfect setting to relax and unwind. The intimate resort has seven large suites and two garden rooms and each is a work of art with fresco ceilings and sumptuous bathrooms and amenities; including luxurious linens, fresh flowers and state-of-the-art technology, ushering guests into a private world of palatial comfort, surrounded by gardens, courtyards and a swimming pool. 

Indulge in the bounty of food, wine, (if you have given up on the detox by then), historical sites and vistas that the idyllic setting of Palazzo Margherita provides, while practicing yoga, with daily classes from instructor Laurel Attanasio at the exquisitely restored retreat. The package encompasses a five night stay with daily yoga classes, access to bicycles for leisurely rides, a hands-on pasta making experience, a hands-on pizza making class, an excursion to the UNESCO world heritage site of Matera and more. 

Palazzo Margherita sits amongst the small mountain villages dot Basilicata's sculpted hills, offering an experience of life untouched by tourism, setting them apart from other Italy luxury hotels. Just 40 minutes from Bernalda is the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Matera, where ancient cave dwellings, known as Sassi, have been reclaimed as picturesque churches, homes, museums and restaurants.

Situated in the charming town of Bernalda, the birthplace of Francis’s grandfather Agostino Coppola, the authentic 19th century palazzo has been completely renovated in partnership with acclaimed French designer Jacques Grange. The Palazzo offers a luxurious yet authentic Italian experience where guests can enjoy palatial comfort just steps from an exciting town in which the visitor feels like a friend or neighbour rather than a tourist. The intimate resort has seven large suites and two garden rooms. Each is a work of art with fresco ceilings and features a palatial bathroom and amenities including luxurious linens, fresh flowers and state-of-the-art technology. Many of the rooms feature a large terrace and/or a Juliette Balcony and face the charming gardens within the Palazzo walls.

For a truly unique experience, stay in Suite Nine, Francis’s own room - which integrates subtle elements of Tunisian design, with a fully-furnished terrace overlooking the garden and courtyard. The style is intended to honour Francis’s Tunisian born grandmother, Maria Zasa, making it a really unique property. A striking tiled fireplace and an anteroom with a large writing desk add to the regal splendour of this suite. A luxurious bathroom includes a clawfoot bathtub. Walls and high ceilings feature beautifully restored painting and frescos. The room features a full backlog of Francis Ford Coppola’s films.



Daily Yoga Classes taught by Laurel Attanasio

Yoga mats provided for classes

Personalized seasonal welcome drink

A welcome event including a rich Southern Italian Aperitivo

A farewell event including an Arrivederci Dinner

Pasta lesson, which will include a light meal of tasting what was made

Continental and local breakfast which includes home-made patisserie, fresh local cheeses, Lucanian cold cuts as well as seasonal fruits and juices

Bicycles for use around town; Tours can be arranged, upon request.

Excursion to Matera with professional guided tour + time to shop and dine on your own.

Excursion to Rionero with professional guided tour and wine tasting and light lunch with yoga at Monticchio Lakes.

Beautiful & comfortable accommodations at the Palazzo.

Complimentary Santa Maria Novella Bath Product Gift Package

Outdoor swimming pool surrounded by a pleasantly scented hedge of jasmine.

Historical Garden protected by the Italian Cultural Heritage Department

Beautiful Salon where you can enjoy classical Italian movies personally selected by Mr. FF Coppola.

Two private bars (Pool Bar and Family Bar) and one Bar Bistro'.

Amazing Kitchen where guests can dine in 'family style' and live the preparation of the meals in very close contact with the Chef Tommaso and his staff.

Wi-Fi available in the whole property

Apple TV

In-room beverages stocked daily: Still and sparkling water, Coke, Nastro Azzurro beer, San Pellegrino orange juice, Ace juice, Peach Juice.

International newspapers


To reserve your room, simply and include May Yoga Retreat in the subject line. A non-refundable 20% deposit is required to secure your spot. The remaining balance will be due March 18, 2015. For inquiries regarding airport transportation guests can contact us,

Francis Ford Coppola Resorts comprises five highly unique properties, which draw inspiration from Francis Ford Coppola’s film career and travels across the globe. Each resort combines adventure, serenity and a dramatic backdrop, while at the same time providing guests with first-class service and eco-friendly exploration, making them the perfect place to discover the natural wonders of the world.

film locationsFrom Far from the Madding Crowd in Dorset to Frankenstein in Manchester, England will be one big, beautiful movie set next year, and once again crowds will flock to see where their favourite films were shot.  If you are a filmie why not take a little road trip around all these amazing destinations next year to stand in the same spots as these films were shot?image003

VisitEngland’s Chief Executive, James Berresford says: “Our research shows that 40% of tourists want to visit locations they’ve seen on the big and small screen, so we know there is a huge appetite for ‘set-jetting’.”

VisitEngland has teamed up with Creative England to select some of the biggest films to grace our screens in 2015, revealing to film buffs exactly where the action was shot. image004


9 January 2015

Set for release in January, the film adaptation of the eponymous Broadway musical Into the Woods features an all-star cast including Meryl Streep, Emily Blunt, James Corden, Anna Kendrick and Johnny Depp. Showing off a number of quintessentially English locations, the soon-to-be Disney hit was shot at Dover Castle in Kent, Waverley Abbey and Virginia Water in Surrey, the Ashridge Estate in Hertfordshire, Hambleden Village and Hambleden Barn in Buckinghamshire. The film follows the classic tales of Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk, and Rapunzel-all tied together by an original story involving a baker and his wife, their wish to begin a family and their interaction with the witch who has put a curse on them.


27 March

This live-action feature is inspired by the classic fairy tale Cinderella and brings to life the timeless images from Disney’s 1950 animated masterpiece. English locations including the grand bridge at Blenheim Palace, Black Park in Iver Heath and the Old Royal Naval College in Greenwich all help to set the scene for this childhood favourite. Directed by Kenneth Branagh, the film stars Lily James, Cate Blanchett, Richard Madden and Helena Bonham-Carter and will be released as the clock strikes midnight on 27 March.


April 2015
Starring Kate Winslet, Stanley Tucci and Alan Rickman, A Little Chaos is set to grace our screens in April next year. The story centres on a female landscape-gardener who is awarded the esteemed assignment to construct the grand gardens at Versailles, a gilt-edged position which thrusts her to the very centre of the court of King Louis XIV. But the 18
th century French palace and grand houses were actually shot in England at Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire, the Ashridge Estate in Hertfordshire and Cliveden House in Berkshire. Some of the cast stayed at the Grade I listed, luxury hotel and grand stately home, Cliveden House, during filming. With a garden central to the story, the production also needed some versatile outdoor space and found most of what they were looking for in Black Park, a country park next door to Pinewood Studios, which covers over 500 acres of woodland, heathland and grassland.


May 2015

A new adaptation of Thomas Hardy’s 1874 novel Far from the Madding Crowd will be released in May. The film stars Carey Mulligan and Michael Sheen, with screen play by David Nicholls. Filmed predominantly in and around Hardy Country in Dorset; Mapperton House, Durdle Door, Lulworth Cove, Sherborne, Eype, Purse Caundle, West Bay, Beaminster and National Trust property Cogden Beach all play a part. Few authors have such strong associations with their local area as Thomas Hardy, and today you can explore two of the writer’s houses – his childhood home and Max Gate, the property Hardy designed himself and moved into with Emma after his marriage.National Trust property, Claydon House in Buckinghamshire, also features in the film, doubling up as Boldwood.


2 October 2015
Based on Mary Shelley’s 1818 novel of the same name, the latest adaptation is set to be released in October and will feature an all-star cast. Daniel Radcliffe will star as hunchback Igor, whilst James McAvoy will portray Victor von Frankenstein. Filming locations included Manchester Town Hall, Chatham Historic Dockyard, the Old Royal Naval College, including King Charles Court, and the bank of the river Thames in Greenwich.