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Amidst mountains of pine forests, olive groves and wildflowers, Maecenas has created a unique and innovative space for those who like to


A refuge from the rest of the world, serene and stimulating, aiming to inspire spiritual development, self-healing, communing with nature and rejuvenation. Set-up for intellectually and spiritually curious seekers: art, music, literature and culture are at the heart of what we do. A creative and inspiring environment for travellers that want to stimulate their minds as well as find a space to work on their passions.

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Whether you are looking to practice your favourite hobby, feel healthier, replenished or just unwind…

What to expect

Many people email us asking what is a creative retreat; what is like to stay at Villa Maecenas…

residency program

We offer a residency program for artists, musicians, writers or anyone who would like to contribute towards healthy living

Guest Booking

Villa Maecenas welcomes friends and returning guests who want to take time off to unwind and reset.

“My week at Villa Maecenas was uplifting and glorious, for mind, body and soul. From sunrise to magical sunset we were treated to delicious nourishing food, yoga which challenged both physically and mentally, and spiritual moments of mindfulness and discussion. Like-minded people in a wonderful place doing amazing things, thats Villa Maecenas, looking forward to the next experience.”

Villa Maecenas guest 2017

Check our schedule of workshops and find something you would love to do.

  • Writing courses – fiction, non-fiction, songwriting, screen-play
  • Art courses – watercolour, oil, drawing, multimedia
  • Cooking and nutrition education
  • Yoga  and wellness retreats
  • Chemical & alcohol detox bespoke program

  • Artist’s residency
  • Life Coaching
  • Alternative healing for cancer patients
  • Silent Meditation retreats
  • Plant medicine bespoke programs
  • Backgammon weekends
  • Music events and musicians refuge

Writing from Life – Workshop & Retreat with Anthony Cropper – 25th Jan to 1st Feb 2020

                                    What to expect of this one week writing workshop?

Mornings: These sessions will be about exploring your creativity. Exercises designed to help develop creative skills, with play and experimentation in mind. These will draw on life experiences as well as exploring ways to develop fiction.

Afternoons: These sessions will look more closely at technique. We will look at how to layer plots, how to develop symbolism, how to work with dialogue and how to critique and edit.

All sessions will be delivered in a fun, open and engaging way. The emphasis will be on enjoying the process of writing. There will be time in the sessions for reading and feedback.


Morning 9am: breakfast
mid-morning : Writing Lesson
Midday : Lunch
Afternoon : Relax, swim, write, read, sleep, hike, shop, beach
late afternoon : Writing lesson
Early evening : dinner
Evening : movies, music, dancing, play games, talks, camp-fire, etc

  • Delicious organic food laid by our in-house chef: breakfast, lunch, and dinner (alcohol available but not included)
  • 6 classes with Anthony Crooper
  • Optional yoga
  • Guided hikes ( beach, forests, and mountains)
  • Trips to the beach
  • Fun evenings filled with music, dance, camp fire etc

Villa Maecenas operates from a romantic 400 years-old farming estate, rebuilt by architect Rolf Blakstad. The house is located near San Joan village and Benirras beach, in the north of the island. Villa Maecenas can accommodate 14 guests comfortably; it also offers a movie room, a library,  swimming pool, a lotus flower pond and offers open views to a vast garden of lavender and sage.  The estate is surrounded by mountains of pine forests, wildflowers, wild peacocks and gorgeous bucolic countryside.