You'll find us in a village called Pestera (the Cave) right in the centre of the beautiful Piatra Craiului National Park. One of the most majestic mountains & unspoilt natural reserves of Romania. Just around the corner you'll see Bran Castle or Bram Stoker's famous Dracula Castle & the mystical Bucegi mountains with it's majestic all natural Sphinx.
Some call it "the village in the clouds", and we actually are. At over 1000m altitude, the landscape here is an ocean of green rolling hills overlooking the Piatra Craiului Massif (2200m). From Akasha there are a number of trekking trails that can lead to near by villages and even to the top of the mountain, the "OM" Peak. You can also visit Cheile Zarnestilor not too far, recognisable in the backdrop scenes of the movie Cold Mountain.
Set in almost an acre of greenland, our boutique and luxurious yoga retreat has 360 degree views over beautiful sloping hills, forests & natural rivers that flow at the bottom of our garden.
If you'd like to see more of Transylvania during your visit, there's plenty to see & do
Within easy distance from Akasha, 1/2 Day trips
Brasov ( Kronstadt ) & Poiana Brasov Ski Resort
The main city of Brasov is just over 30km away, it's a beautiful pretty town set in Hungarian style architecture. Being one of Romania's larger towns and one of the most beautiful in terms of style we recommend browsing the main market and the fortified church. Not to far from it you'll find Poiana Brasov, one of the main skiing resorts in Romania, recently developed you'll be surprised by the quality and sheer size of the slopes. Within 45 min drive.
Bran Castle AKA Dracula's Castle
One of the most debated Transylvanian icon, Dracula's castle in Bran, inspiration to Bram Stocker's story and an attraction for over 1,5mil tourists a year.
It's an impressive fortified castle with a large heritage, a former royal family residence for Queen Marie of Romania and a must visit.
7km away, a short 15 min taxi away.
Bucegi Mountains, Peles Castle, Sinaia & Busteni Resort
The Bucegi Mountains National Park is where you'll find the mystical Romanian Sphinx and have a very scenic cable car from Busteni resort. If you have time to explore, stop over at Peles Castle, built by the first king of Romania, Carol I in 1875. Both Sinaia and Busteni are established popular ski resorts & worth a visit. You can reach them on the way to or from the airport in Bucharest.
Within a 1hr drive.
Futher afield, 1 Day trips from Akasha
The origins of Sighisoara city go back to the Roman times. Nowadays, it is a small medieval fortified city, listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. The whole city is practically a Museum of History. Take a walk through the town's hilly streets with their original medieval architecture, magical mix of winding cobbled alleys, steep stairways, secluded squares, towers, turrets and enchantingly preserved citadel, is like stepping back in time.
About 3hrs drive from Akasha,
Viscri (Deutsch Weisskirch)
This is probably one of the most famous villages in Romania since it has acquired a royal inhabitant, Charles, the Prince of Wales who fell so in love with this beautiful Saxon village that he bought a home. Before reaching the village you’ll be able to admire from the distance the famous fortified church built around 1100. Since 1993 the medieval structure is being part of the UNESCO world heritage.
About 2 hours drive from Akasha on the way to / from Sighsoara
Sibiu is awash in aristocratic elegance. Noble Saxon history emanates from every art nouveau facade and gold-embossed church. Renowned composers Strauss, Brahms and Liszt all played here during the 19th century. Sibiu is one of Romania's cultural and tourism capitals, attracting tourists due to its wonderful medieval charm, excellent views of the surrounding landscapes, great food, and festivals of all sorts.
About 2.5hrs drive from Akasha
These trips can be organised during your stay here or before/after the retreat as well. Let us know what you'd like to see and we can provide a quote for a guide & driver.