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.