Vacations

A RUSTIC RETREAT IN THE TURKISH MOUNTAINS



By: MJ

Juicy Mountain is a delightful juice detox retreat perched on misty mountains in Gocek, Turkey. This is one of the more “active” juice detox retreats out there, where they offer a robust fitness program to go with the detox to maximize weight loss. Participation is optional, of course. This is by far, one of my favorite juice detox retreats.

 

 

The setting is absolutely gorgeous! You wake up to nothing but tranquility all around. Mornings are lovely and sunsets here are beautiful as well. It’s truly the perfect environs to heal, contemplate life, decompress, you name it. One of the best things about this retreat is that it doesn’t get too crowded. It accommodates just enough people where you don’t have a hard time spotting an empty sunbed, or a meditation spot under the olive trees.

 

THE PROGRAM

 

juicy-mountain-hikeThe day starts out early with morning meditation and gentle yoga, followed by a zingy ginger shot or spirulina shot (my least favorite), before heading for an invigorating morning walk out in the woods.

The day is structured with plenty of exercise programs scheduled at intervals. You can participate with as many or as little as you want. Everything is optional, but to get the most out of the program, they encourage people to participate in all or most of the exercises offered. I agree.

Consider this a prelude to working out at the gym. It will be easier to transition to gym workouts since you get a one-week head start here. You’d probably think you won’t have enough energy to do anything strenuous, what with the lack of solid food, but you would be surprised just how much stamina and endurance you have while running on nothing but juice!

 

THE JUICES

Juices here are some of the best I’ve tasted.

The most perfect pairings of fruits and vegetables pressed to a T.

The morning juices are my favorite, they add a bit of avocado which makes it creamy and super filling.

It really does a great job in keeping me full until the next round of juices.

AMENITIES

There is a lovely pool and a sauna (open at certain times).

 

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OTHER ACTIVITIES

  • Boat tour (optional) – Scheduled sometime during the week to the lovely port town of Gocek.
  • Relaxing massage – They have a really good masseuse who comes to the retreat by appointment.
  • Turkish hammam – They schedule a trip to a traditional Turkish hammam which I really look forward to whenever I’m here. I’ve tried many different Turkish hammams all over Turkey, but where they take you here is a really good one.

 

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Exploring the lovely village of Gocek, Turkey

 

Turkish bath or hammam is worth trying at least once if you are traveling to Turkey.

It’s sort of a spa/bath house where you get a pretty good body exfoliation. You start out alternating between using a sauna and taking cold showers, to soften and prep your skin for the intensive exfoliation about to take place.

You do this a few times. You then lay on a marble slab while a lady or gent lather soap all over you and start scrubbing your body using abrasive mittens. You might just get the shock of your life when you see how much dead skin and grime rolls off your body. I was! You can compliment it with an oil massage after. You will leave with soft, supple, and glowing skin.

 

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Ending the day with meditation

 

This is an ongoing retreat from April until October. Although, it’s gotten more popular throughout the years and they get fully-booked several months in advance.

 

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Comfy hammocks and cozy nooks abound

I really like this retreat. The staff are wonderful, the program is very organized, and the location is an absolute winner.

I leave feeling rejuvenated and with a spring in my step every time.

 

 

Looking for a juice detox retreat in Europe? Try Moinhos Velhos in Lagos, Portugal.

 

 

 

 

 

You might also be interested in reading: HOW TO SPEND ONE DAY IN TIRANA, ALBANIA

 


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