Tom Aikens & Travelgems Cretan “Eat Well, Live Well” Retreat at The Minos Beach Art Hotel, Crete

From 26th – 30th October 2024

Immerse yourself in the essence of Mediterranean living, deepen your understanding of the Mediterranean diet, enhance your wellbeing, and refine your culinary skills amidst the breathtaking landscapes of Crete.

Crete, the largest island in Greece and the fifth largest in the Mediterranean, offers a diverse and captivating landscape for exploration. From remnants of brilliant civilisations to stunning beaches, majestic mountains, and fertile valleys, every corner of Crete holds breathtaking beauty. With its generous and welcoming hospitality, Crete reflects the grandeur of the island.

Beyond its natural wonders, Crete boasts a rich gastronomic culture celebrated for its Cretan and Mediterranean cuisine. This cuisine is not just about flavours; it’s a way of life—a philosophy centred on fresh, locally sourced ingredients like olive oil, vegetables, fruits and herbs. These ingredients are the essence of the renowned Mediterranean diet, known for its health benefits.

The Eat Well, Live Well Retreat will be hosted by Tom and leading retreat creators Travelgems from October 26th – 30th 2024, exclusively at The Minos Beach Art Hotel, a member of bluegr Hotels & Resorts and Design Hotels.

You can expect alluring scents and appetising produce of Cretan cuisine, the cornerstone of the Mediterranean diet, through interactive cooking classes led by me. I will guide you in crafting health-focused Mediterranean dishes using the freshest seasonal local ingredients. You will also experience a true farm-to-table dining experience as you savour a special farewell dinner curated and cooked by me.

Embark on a journey into the heart of Cretan nature with visits to local herb gardens and organic farms. Gain insights into the authenticity and importance of a diverse array of locally sourced, seasonal ingredients. Enrich your knowledge with insights from esteemed luminaries Dr. Kallitsis and Christina Kostara, who will share the holistic benefits of the world-acclaimed Mediterranean diet. Delve into the science of food from earth to table and the philosophy of mindful eating, elevating your culinary skills and overall wellbeing.

“Health, wellbeing, and fitness have always been an integral part of my own lifestyle. I am therefore delighted to partner with Travelgems for the Eat Well, Live Well Retreat, and really look forward to meeting and working with each of the attendees.

I champion using local produce, and Crete / Greece offer the most varied and very best produce, as do many Mediterranean countries. I’m excited to take on the adventure to combine health and purpose with taste, whilst we explore and learn about exquisite, health focused foods and recipes, fostering mindful eating practices, cultivating a renewed perspective on food, and learning the significance of the very best seasonal Mediterranean ingredients.

My mission is to destigmatise the opinions around healthy food being uninteresting and tasteless, when in fact, it can be exciting, indulgent and delicious, whilst being beneficial to your health & wellbeing”. – Tom Aikens

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