By Stephanie Ila Silver-Silberstein


Whenever I’m in the midst of making vacation plans, I find that there’s always a catch: too hot, too cold, not enough to do, too much to do, too expensive, alarmingly inexpensive, too kid-friendly, too senior citizen friendly, too spring break-y, too scary not knowing the language, I’ll starve, I’ll come back 20 pounds heavier, etc. For something that’s supposed to be relaxing, vacations can be stressful! But Escape to Shape takes all the guesswork out of planning a memorable all-inclusive vacation and offers an unforgettable cultural experience perfect for the hip, cosmopolitan urbanite in desperate need of some mind/body enlightenment.


Escape to Shape offers daily Vinyasa or Anusara yoga classes

Escape To Shape was founded in 2006 to provide luxurious vacations that combine comfort, culture and fitness at exceptional destinations around the world. A traveling spa, the locations change throughout the year and provide guests diverse opportunities to discover a new history, people, food and natural wonders of various cultures while toning the body and meeting new friends along the way. Past guests have enjoyed African dance lessons in Cape Town, South Africa, following the footprints of Jimi Hendrix in Essaouira, Morocco, and horseback riding through the vineyards in Colonia, Uruguay. They just returned from an exotic adventure to Marrakesh and are now taking reservations for their October trip to gorgeous Sicily (space is limited so book fast). Considering the ridiculous exchange rate there now, this is the perfect way to travel to Europe in style for the very reasonable cost of $2600 per person for the entire week (cost includes accommodations, food, classes and activities but not airfare).


Sicily will be Escape to Shape’s October destination

You’ll stay at a stunning Italian villa located just outside of Taormina, Sicily, which is known for its serene location amongst lemon orchards, the majestic Mount Etna and the Mediterranean Sea. Awarded one of the “30 best villas in the Med” by Conde Nast Traveler, the villa exudes Italian charm, simplicity and sophistication. For seven glorious nights, you’ll sleep peacefully in a spacious room with an en suite bathroom and air conditioning (solo travelers are paired with a same-sex roommate request). Enjoy daily Vinyasa or Anusara yoga classes, Sicilian cooking classes, sunset body sculpting classes, one full-body massage and delicious, healthy, low-fat region-inspired meals (alcohol, additional spa services and excursions available at an extra cost). And don’t worry – they won’t let you leave without taking a satisfying hike up Mount Etna and a historical walking tour of Taormina.


Single travelers are welcome and will be paired with same-sex roomates

Escape to Shape offers the ideal getaway for couples, singles or a group of your best girlfriends. The average guest is 30-45 years old and leads a healthy lifestyle. There might be a few diehard yogis on the trip but don’t fret if your name isn’t Rain and your idea of a sun salutation is all about getting a tan. You can go at your own pace and set your own fitness goals. Escape to Shape arranges basically everything for you so you can leave your stress at home and embark on an unforgettable journey to health, culture and spiritual enlightenment.

Sicily Trip Dates: Oct 10-17, Oct 17-24, Oct 24-31, and Oct 31-Nov 7 (shorter stays arranged upon request) Visit for more information on this fantastic travel opportunity.

Escape To Shape
Rienstraat 16
Antwerp, Belgium 2000
+ 601-818-8137 from the US
+ 32479084911 from Europe
[email protected]

Originally published July 2008



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