3 independent reviews for Algarve self catering eco retreat, Portugal

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review 5 Mar 2017

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

There are many memorable parts to this holiday but a couple stand out for both my husband and myself. First was the night sky, sitting on the deck after sunset, listening to the crickets and frogs , while viewing the most beautiful night sky, full of stars...incredible. Second was the smells in the air......the smell of the eucalyptus trees was simply amazing and I wish I could have brought the forest home to the UK....the smells of wood fires burning...lovely. We also found the owners of this wonderful retreat and their volunteers and helpers, all to be fantastic people, helpful, knowledgable, kind and generous to a fault.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

Bring solid hiking boots and a walking stick..very useful for long hikes in the forests.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

The accommodation recycles, reuses, reduces...if the world as we know it ended tomorrow, this retreat would survive. It is a slice of heaven, peaceful and self sustaining. We did our best to contribute to the local economy by buying local as much as possible and supporting local restaurants. We supported the green theme of the accommodation as best we could.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

We were not quite prepared for what we encountered when we arrived at the accommodation, the tranquility, the one with nature feeling...it was almost too relaxing. One could get very lethargic and slothful very easily.Although we are not practitioners of yoga, we love peace and quiet and when we left the retreat we felt very relaxed and "chilled".

review 16 Sep 2016

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

The atmosphere at the accommodation was incredible. A beautiful place with beautiful people who felt like they really cared about what they were doing which made all the difference. For my daughter the donkeys; ducks; and dogs were the most exciting part! For myself it was the daily yoga classes on the tranquil yoga platform looking out over the most incredible and calm view. For my husband it was seeing the stars from our balcony at night and being in a quiet undisturbed place whilst also being only 10minutes away from amazing surf beaches! It suited everyone perfectly!

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

Book for as long as you can! Book the breakfast as its lovely to eat with everyone on the terrace. get involved in the yoga classes even if you are a beginner.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Yes as there was a real effort to reduce environmental impact through the way the whole place was set up and it made me be more conscious of water/energy use /recycling.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

It was really special place that we'll never forget and it exceeded all our expectations and we'd love to go back. Definitely rate it 10/10! Thank you.

review 5 Aug 2016

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

Our holiday at this accommodation surpassed all our expectations. We found ourselves tucked away in the Portuguese countryside, "far from the madding crowd" with tranquil surroundings, peace and quiet, a place where our children could connect with nature, be outside all the time, feel welcome, and roam safely around the land. Our apartment was cool and spacious, and it was almost entirely made from recycled or re-used objects in such a unique way (the Vida Pura crew are a talented and creative bunch), and so much care had been taken and attention to detail. Despite being tucked away from the world, the accommodation is only a short drive from some of the most beautiful beaches we have ever been to. Some of our lasting memories will be having our delicious breakfast looking down on the valley while our children fed the donkeys, ducks and dogs. We could not have asked for anything more.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

Be prepared to totally slow down, relax, be close to nature, re-use and recyle, and take life as it comes. The accommodation is the antidote to built-up resorts and excessive consumerism.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Yes, they really do this well. Many places claim to be "eco-friendly" but it comes down to some half-hearted recycling and less towel washing whereas the way they do things at Vida Pura is truly inspiring and it seems no corners are cut. The whole place is solar and wind-powered, they have a bio-dynamic farm from which you can buy fruit and veg, and they make recycling very easy for you such that you become super-conscious of any waste that you might be creating yourselves. Hats off to them in this regard and they all work really hard to make sure this happens to a really high standard. They even provide a list of recommended shops and markets where you can buy local produce and support local farmers, etc, and a note to avoid the multinational stores.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

This accommodation is good for the soul and the people there are doing something really special. I have given them 5 stars as it is right up there with the best, it deserves the highest rating and yes, we feel reborn and we hope to return one day.

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I am reborn! Simply the best holiday I have ever been on
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
Very enjoyable
It was OK
A bit disappointing really
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