Lake Como, Italy

MAY 29JUN 2016

MAY0 4JUN 2016

Join ESCAPE TO SHAPE on an exclusive & magical journey to majestic Lake Como- long considered one of the most beautiful lakes in the world. Home to breathtaking historical villas, lush botanical gardens, charming streets and magnificent natural beauty- from the deep blue of the lake to the vibrant green on the surrounding alpines, the unparalleled beauty of this location is sure to inspire our outdoor Pilates, yoga classes, hikes and circuit training. Join us and experience the magnificent charm of this unique region, which has inspired writers such as Hemingway, Twain and Dostoevsky throughout the ages: a combination of a glorious lake, mountains, Italian history & food, charming lakeside villages and breathtaking natural beauty. Along with the cultural and natural wonders of the region, cooking classes, wine tasting, shopping & cultural surprises all compliment this unique getaway.


While at Lake Como, ESCAPE TO SHAPE offers guests the rare opportunity to stay in an exclusive 19th century villa set on five acres of private extensive gardens- complete with a swimming pool, tennis courts and unparalleled views of majestic Lake Como, as well as the beautiful mountains just across the lake- truly inspiring views for daily Pilates, Yoga & Circuit Training sessions!

The interior of the villa is spacious, with shining floors and a sweeping staircase. Recently restored, our ‘home away from home’ in Lake Como maintains its traditional elegant, grand atmosphere- full of family antiques, expansive dining tables & lots of natural light.

Each bedroom is unique, decorated in a traditional style, with en suite modern bathrooms, air conditioning, luxurious linens and amenities.

Ideally located on Lake Como, minutes away from the charming town of Menaggio, perfectly situated for hiking, private boat trips to explore the beauty & charm of Lake Como, shopping and unique dining experiences. A stay in this private villa is an experience in and of itself.

Please note that this is a villa, and not a hotel, therefore some rooms are more spacious than others, and likewise some rooms have better views than others. Rooms will be assigned on a first come, first served basis. All rooms are comfortable and well appointed, decorated in a traditional Old Italian style.


Share: $4500 per person based on two people sharing a room. We can pair you with a roommate if traveling solo.

Private: $6000 for a private room

A non-refundable deposit in the amount of $1500 is required to confirm your reservation. By submitting your credit card information you authorize Escape To Shape to charge your credit card for this amount.

The balance of your payment is required to be paid in full 6 (six) weeks prior to the start date of the Escape/Detox you are registering for, unless alternative arrangements have been previously discussed. A reminder email will be sent to you prior to the due date. The balance due is non-refundable upon payment. Cancellations less than six weeks prior to arrival are non refundable, but Escape to Shape will do its best to apply the balance of your payment, after the initial non-refundable deposit, towards future travel with Escape to Shape, provided that, among other things, we can find a replacement or substitute for you and/or your group.

We strongly recommend the purchase of travel insurance, which will come in handy should you encounter any unforeseen medical issues prior to traveling or while traveling, last minute flight cancellations or personal issues that effect your trip. Many of our clients have found great rates and policies through the following site:

Please refer to the POLICIES page of our website for our complete cancellation policy.


  • 6 nights accommodations in an exclusive 19th century villa on breathtaking Lake Como. Each room is unique- decorated in a traditional style with an in-suite bathroom, air conditioning & amenities.
  • 3 delicious & healthy meals & snacks reflective of the region & the season provided daily. Meals will be enjoyed in the private villa, in some of Lake Como’s best restaurants & in unique destination dining locations around the lake.
  • Daily Vinyasa Yoga
  • Daily Pilates
  • Circuit Training & Boot Camp Classes utilizing the magnificent villa garden- nature is our gym!
  • Breathtaking hikes to experience the magnificent natural beauty of the area.
  • Morning Power Walks
  • Private Boat Tour to explore the natural beauty, culture & architecture of this magical region
  • Visit to Villa Carlotta- enjoy the botanical gardens & art masterpieces of this breathtaking private villa turned museum
  • Shopping tour in charming Bellagio
  • Wine Tasting
  • Insider access to unique off-the-beaten path locations around the lake
  • Cooking lessons focusing on healthy ways to enjoy the traditional foods of the region at home
  • Free time to relax poolside, play tennis on our private court or enjoy the luxurious private villa
  • Additional cultural surprises
  • Round trip ground transportation from the Milan Malpensa International Airport (MXP) to the villa
  • Tax
  • WELLNESS ACTIVITIES: Yoga, Pilates, Circuit Training, Hiking & lots of walking


Alica Wyatt- Pilates

Alisa has been teaching Pilates since 1999 when she left her high-powered publishing job to spread her passion for Pilates. Recognizing a need to preserve Joseph Pilates’ original style of teaching, she and her husband Jack created Pilatesology, a website dedicated to spreading Joe’s traditional work worldwide. She’s an often a featured expert for Pilates Style Magazine and is the creator of a series of acclaimed Pilates videos: Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced Pilates Workout and Pilates for Men, as well as a sought-after presenter at fitness conferences.

A Pilates purist, Alisa was trained and certified by Pilates legend, Romana Kryzanowska, in New York City where she ran a highly successful studio for a decade before moving home to California. A believer in learning from the source, Alisa has sought out training from those who were trained by Mr. Pilates himself. She studied with the late Kathy Grant in New York and currently trains with one of the few remaining teachers who worked for Mr. Pilates: Jay Grimes.

When she’s not traveling the globe filming classes with world-renowned instructors for Pilatesology, Alisa spends her time in Hermosa Beach, CA, where she and Jack get outside as much as possible- surfing, hiking and playing. Alisa believe that Pilates is what allows them to lead active, healthy lives.

Alisa’s client list includes Olympic athletes, supermodels and real people who want to look and perform at their absolute best. Pilates with Alisa is a personalized, vigorous, whole body workout that creates a long, lean, balanced physique.

Alisa has traveled with Escape To Shape to Cartagena, Colombia, Todos Santos, Mexico & Marrakech, Morocco in the past and we are honored to have Alisa sharing her gifts with us again while in Italy.

Erica Gragg

Erica is an acclaimed yoga teacher, known for teaching a very strong, yet playful Vinyasa flow practice. She is largely inspired by the journey of yoga, the subtle to the grand discoveries each individual makes through their practice, inviting students to have fun while experiencing their body in a whole new way through each unique practice. With classes always set to music, from tribal, to lounge to classic rock songs, students are able to find their own personal rhythm and expression through each asana. Additionally, Erica contributes to AFAR, Huffington Post,, and has created time efficient and results driven workouts and fitness tips for publications such as Health, Self, Shape, Fitness, The New York Post, Newsday as well as Red, The London Times, Daily Star, The Sunday Express and Healthy in the United Kingdom.

Sharing yoga in the deeply routed Kingdom of Bhutan is a privilege and dream come true from Erica and classes are sure to be inspired by the spirituality and peace that permeates the region.


The trips hosted by Escape to Shape are an amazing way to enjoy your time off. The trips are the perfect mix of high quality service, outstanding food, exotic locations, physical activity, spiritual well-being and cultural activities. In a nutshell, if you are looking for time to spend by yourself, with a friend or spouse, Escape to Shape has something for everyone. I have been on 2 Escape to Shape trips and they were both magical in their own unique ways. The rooms are spacious, clean and surrounded by nature. The food is outstanding – healthy, fresh, ethnic. The locations are exotic, safe and stimulating. The service is attentive, warm, and caring. The yoga is outstanding – with wonderful teachers from around the world who are all incredibly inspiring. The cultural activities are wonderful – unique to the location, adventurous and memorable. Most importantly, the trip feels like a home away from home. The hosts and guests of Escape to Shape are warm, inviting and sharing. You leave the trips with new experiences, new friends and a renewed sense of well-being. I highly recommend Escape to Shape. NEWYORKYOGA GIRL, September 2011

I was hesitant to book a group trip, considering myself a bit more of an independent traveler who likes a bit of luxury and a lot of local culture. Boy was I pleased that I did so anyway!
The owners have your best interests in mind and they are always there, seeing to your every need. However, I didn’t need much because they did the most amazing job of planning my first group trip ever!
They perfectly combined luxury accommodation, excellent local cuisine (even for my vegetarian needs), outdoors activities, local cultural experiences, Pilates and yoga taught by excellent teachers, and some relaxation time all into 1 week. All I needed to do was purchase a plane ticket to transport me there!
I don’t typically write reviews, but this experience demanded that I do because it was so great. I came away feeling relaxed and energized, having learned things about the local culture, made a bunch of new friends, exercised and ate well every day and even did a little shopping!
The all-local staff did a great job and I was happy to see that they employed people from the community there. I am definitely going to join their future trips and hope to be able to do so once every year.
Beyond Exploring, OCT 2008

Morocco was my 2nd ETS adventure – I have been on 3 to date (Sicily, Morocco, Colombia) and plan on doing more. All three have been excellent trips/adventures.
I was reluctant at first to go on a “group trip” with a bunch of people I had never met but a friend talked me into it. I travel for work and pleasure a lot and consider myself to be an excellent planner etc. therefore having a trip planned by others was not appealing. I was so glad I went. There was/is scheduled activities (yoga, hikes, excursions, cooking, shopping) but you are free to do as much or as little as you please and if you choose to create your own excursion, they will assist you with anything you choose to do. The people I met (including the 2 hosts who are just the coolest) are all interesting, fun, intelligent people who share a love for travel etc. In fact, I still keep in touch with them regularly and see them when I am traveling to their hometowns for work or fun. I have found it is hard to get a group of friends to commit to long trips and especially who are not wary of some of the places I want to go for whatever reasons. ETS provides a wonderful trip for those who need to get away either alone or with friends. After I raved about my experiences, 3 friends joined me on the Colombia trip and I coordinated my time there around friends I had met on previous trips as well – everyone loved it.
The accommodations have all been fabulous. You are basically staying in a private mansion with your own personal staff. They do an amazing job of making you feel at home and anticipating your every need. As luxurious as each are, they are also very comfortable and the laid back atmosphere is most relaxing. Your really feel at home.
While I choose not to participate in a lot of the yoga – I do love the excursions. They are all very culture rich and each excursion is different. You really feel like you are getting to experience the culture first hand and not as a tourist.
The food is fresh and delish. I have continued to make tagine & traditional couscous at home as well. The cooking classes are fun and interactive. Some of the best fun is at mealtime when everyone is sitting around the table chatting.
The price is very fair especially when you consider all that it includes: transportation to/from airport, accommodations, all food, unique excursions, daily yoga/workouts, massages, cooking lessons and even local flavor: belly dancing, camel trek, etc. I don’t know where else you can all of these things with first class accommodations for less or even for the price.
I highly recommend Escape to Shape to anyone looking for a trip that has it all… great accommodations, delicious food, fun people, fantastic cultural experiences all centered around a healthy lifestyle!!! The hosts really go above and beyond to make your time with them amazing.
Christina July 2009