Join a retreat of Delicious wellness in Italy

Masseria Don Luigi, Puglia, Italy

September 29 to October 4, 2019

Blueflower and Flex Studio join forces to create a one-of-a-kind wellness retreat, in which daily Pilates and Yoga sessions will be enhanced by an in-depth exploration of Puglia’s culinary treasures. This unique concept strives to change the notion that a wellness retreat must be about deprivation. The retreat, born out of Heather’s inspiring trip to Puglia in 2016, will be nourishing and energising, a treat for your spirit and your palate. Restore your mind/body balance as you partake in daily fitness sessions and indulge in wholesome, restorative food.

Single room HK$ 48,300; Shared Room HK$ 42,800 (excluding flights) for 5 nights

Heather will lead morning Pilates/Yoga sessions, combining 45 minutes of Pilates Core Conditioning followed by–45 minutes of her stretch-and-release Yoga work.

The synergistic potential of these two disciplines will bestow lasting and profound benefits on participants: core strength, flexibility, alignment and balance, while at the same time minimising injury potential and cultivating an inner glow that doesn’t fade! (All levels welcome)

Chef Andrea Oschetti, Blueflower Inspired Travels, will lead culinary activities that range from rustic meals in the countryside to a farewell gala dinner. Andrea has arranged delicious menus and secured exclusive visits to the region’s best farms and estates. The unique selection of ingredients and dishes has been designed to work in tandem with the program’s wellness activities to let you indulge in delicious food that is nourishing and meaningful.

There is no better setting for a Pliates and Food Retreat than Puglia. The delightful countryside enamours visitors with the charm of its cultivated rusticity. Traditional recipes have been handed down from generation to generation and local varieties of ingredients are safeguarded by an ethic that runs deep: food is organic, KM 0 and even the humblest tomato echoes the region’s long, colourful history. In Puglia, the Mediterranean Diet has been elevated to an art.

Join Flex and Blueflower in this unique event and treat yourself to wellness.

Hotel Details

Your Adriatic Home

Masseria Don Luigi is an exclusive five-star resort situated in typical Puglia countryside. Just outside the picturesque coastal town of Polignano a Mare, the resort’s white limestone and its refined architectural lines create luxurious spaces that accent the rustic surroundings. Set among centuries-old olive groves, Masseria Don Luigi is a treasure trove of Mediterranean colours, scents and serenity. Rooms and suites recreate the atmosphere of old country houses, while at the same time offering the elegance and comforts of a modern hotel. Local tradition and flavours, thoughtful architecture and unequalled hospitality make of Masseria Don Luigi a true sanctuary overlooking the Adriatic.

Sun 29 Sept: Arrival & Orientation

Upon arrival at either Bari or Brindisi, meet and greet, and transfer to Masseria Don Luigi 5-star Resort. Enjoy your first encounter with Pugliese cuisine at the hotel’s restaurant. Welcome to Puglia!

Overnight: Masseria (D)

Mon 30 Sept: Olive Oil & Ostuni

Morning Pilates and Yoga session with Heather Thomas Shalabi.

Today, we travel to meet Corrado at a renowned Masseria. The olive mill on this ancient estate has been in use since the bronze age and provides a fascinating insight into olive oil production. We’ll walk the beautiful grounds of the estate and, of course, enjoy some olive oil. Here, we have prepared an exclusive picnic in the heart of the ancient olive grove, a truly unique experience. After lunch, we will move to Ostuni, the famous Città Bianca or White City, a glimmering hilltop jewel with breathtaking sea views. For dinner this evening, enjoy some rustic cuisine at a nearby local restaurant.

Overnight & Dinner: Masseria (B, L, D)

Tues 1 Oct: Burrata & Trulli Houses

After the morning Yoga and Pilates session, we will discover Puglia’s famous Trulli houses. These cone-shaped dwellings are unique to the region. In the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Alberobello, you can see over 1,000 of these curious abodes. Our expert guide and local superstar will bring the history of this picturesque town to life. Next, we will go in search of the secrets of cheese-making in the ancient traditions of Puglia. You will meet local cheese artisan Giorgio at his farm, where he will demonstrate the art of making fresh burrata and let you try twisting a knot of mozzarella or two! Enjoy a tasting lunch at the farm, followed by some leisure time at the hotel. For dinner, we’ll enjoy a light aperitivo at the hotel.

Overnight: Masseria (B, L, D)

Wed 2 Oct: Discovering the Mediterranean Diet

Morning Pilates and Yoga session.

Today, visit a nearby Masseria that is rigorously organic and specialises in biodiversity and the cultivation of indigenous crops, fruits and vegetables that have died out in other areas. The passionate owner will demonstrate the use of his cherished produce in the local, traditional cuisine. This is a hands-on masterclass devoted to pasta and focaccia bread. We will enjoy the pasta we have made in a delicious lunch.

For dinner, we’ll enjoy a light bite in Monopoli.
Overnight: Masseria (B, L, D)

Thurs 3 Oct: Set Sail on the Adriatic

Morning Pilates and Yoga session.

There is no better way to enjoy the striking Adriatic coastline and balmy climate than out on the water. At the port of Monopoli, embark on a fabulous Tall Ship and sail north  towards the cliffs of Polignano a Mare. Known as the Amalfi of Puglia, this picturesque town hosts the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series and is dotted with dramatic sea caves hidden underneath the town. Take a swim and enjoy the views. Local refreshments will be served on board. After 3 hours at sea, we will return to the hotel for some downtime before tonight’s gala. For our last dinner together, we will head to Polignano’s premier fish restaurant for a gourmet meal in an elegant setting

Overnight: Masseria (B, L, D)

Fri 4 Oct : Departure

After the morning session with Heather and breakfast, we will shuttle to the airport in one of our private vehicles for your onward journey. We are sure that your time in Puglia will have changed your life for the better, as it has ours! (B)

What’s Included

  • 5 nights at the 5-star luxury resort, Masseria Don Luigi
  • Arrival & departure shuttles from Bari Airport
  • Daily Yoga Sessions
  • Olive oil estate visit with picnic lunch
  • Walking tour of Ostuni
  • Cheese-making at a dairy farm & Walking tour of Alberobello UNESCO site OR Visit to an organic estate and private cooking class
  • Half day on a Tall Ship
  • All shuttles described in the daily activities
  • 5 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 5 dinners (wine not included with all)

for information and booking contact
Andrea Oschetti at

or +852 39758193.

Places are limited.