6 independent reviews for Yoga & relaxation holiday in Portugal

Reviews for Yoga & relaxation holiday in Portugal

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review 12 Sep 2017

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

Beautiful location in the mountains with lots of uber tasty delicious nourishing food.

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

This trip blew my expectations of what a yoga holiday was. The yoga was very accessible so its great for those who are totally new. Also, if you didn't want to do yoga then that was OK too. I tended to skip the evening classes as I was happy by the pool. The nights are early so I would bring some good books and possible a diary to jot down your thoughts - its hard not to feel reflective while surrounded by such beautiful surroundings. Oh and you have to get some of the massages - the folks there really know how to get all the stresses and aches and pains out of your body.

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

Yes I did. There was compost toilets (they also had normal toilets) so they would use that for the veggies, local girls and staff working and helping out in the farm.

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

This holiday allowed me to totally unwind and reflect on a difficult year. I feel I have found some much needed clarity about what I want from life as well as a long list of destinations to visit because of the good friends I made.

review 2 Apr 2017

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

The scenery was fantastic with so much green everywhere and opportunities for walks. The food was amazing and the high point because it was so well prepared and tasty!

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

It's not essential to have done yoga but it helps. It's a great place to leave all the modern gadgets behind and take time to be with yourself and either read, sketch or mix with others..

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

Yes. Those running the yoga centre have to employ a number of people to keep the place going: builders, gardeners, cleaners, a local guide etc

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

It was just what we needed.. An escape from the city to experience a breather for ourselves, get back to looking after our bodies with the yoga and eat carefully selected vegetarian food. It was good to mix with like minded people too and we have made some new friends as a result.

review 10 Sep 2013

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

Where to start! One personal highlight that I can't promise others will experience is the amazing lighting storm we witnessed in the middle of the night. It approached us through the valley until it was right overhead lighting up the sky, blinding us temporarily with no gap between the flash and the clap of thunder! Experiences others can enjoy are the outdoor shower, the fabulous Bhajan chanting (I was sceptical at first but once you relax into it its so relaxing and a lot of fun) and the food! Oh the food!!! Its just delicious and plentiful (and even amazing when the cooks had to work with out electricity or water!)

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

Fly into Portugal the night before. We spent Friday night and all day Saturday in Lisbon which is beautiful and the pastries are to die for! We also had the following Saturday to wander about as our flight wasn't until the evening which was really nice. Whilst on retreat take the opportunities to go walking in the forest, pop to the river to swim etc...its a good way to see the surrounding areas. Take a torch for getting about the grounds at night, but also be sure to turn it off and look up every now and again as the stars are incredible. Other than that I'd just recommend turning of your phone and forgetting about home, work and reality for a few days.

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

There is literally nothing at property that doesn't benefit the locals or protect the natural environment. You'll find all the compost toilets (extremely clean, comfy and odour free!), recycling, natural building materials and local produce that you would expect from any 'eco' lodge / resort but what these guys have done is gone that one big step further. Everything has been built to comply with local tradition. With a little help from local stonemasons, carpenters and builders Andrew, Vonetta and the kids have preserved the old buildings they originally bought and hope to be able to pass these skills on to newcomers moving to the area to ensure that these skills aren't lost and the landscape remains unchanged. By learning the language,attending and working at the local school, offering treatments to the elderly and becoming friends with those who have lived in the villages for generations the whole family have become an integral part of the community and they benefit from this as much as the locals benefit from the retreats.

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

It was amazing and fabulous and life changing. One of the best holidays I have ever been on, I just wish it could have been longer!!

review 26 Apr 2013

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

The love and warmth of the Winter family made you directly feel at ease and at home. The yoga classes were of good quality and inspiring. Loved the silent walks in the morning.

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

This would be a perfect and highly recommendable holiday if you're: interested in nurturing your mind and body by yoga and healthy tasty food, would like to be outside your daily environment, are looking for a place where you can be you and are valued for being you, an intense but accessible yoga experience.

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

One of the beauties of this holiday was knowing that local people have been involved in rebuilding the properties and are still involved in the daily business of the yoga retreat.

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

An A+, definitely

review 3 Apr 2013

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

So many memories and amazing times. Probably the most exciting was swimming in fast flowing rivers and waterfalls around the house!

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

Book it! Was an amazing relaxing time away with excellent food, brilliant yoga teacher and lovely family in a spectacular location.

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

Yes, it was a very environmentally friendly house, the food was as far as possible sourced locally (neighbouring farms), household emissions were minimal. The air was so clean and fresh and there were good relationships with the local people- we often visited the tiny cafes in the area, supporting their businesses. From speaking to the family, they planted almost whole forests and also cultivate some of their own vegetables with the intention of expanding their self-sufficiency in the future.

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

A brilliant holiday and I'd definitely go back.

Read the operator's response here:

And you'd be welcome here anytime Laura. We are all very touched by your kind words. Thank you so much. Love Andrew, Vonetta, Josh, Eloise, Olly and Ashley.

review 2 Apr 2013

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

The massage and acupuncture therapy. Meeting wonderful, caring people. Incredible food - sometimes it felt there was more eating than asanas!

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

Come to this retreat to get away from it all and be pampered in a family environment. Bring layers, it can get hot and also very cold in the evenings - especially early in the season. This is a rustic and wonderful experience - do not expect a luxury hotel-style retreat. Bring walking boots and a swimsuit. Bring eco-friendly wash products and extra money in case you choose additional therapy sessions,

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

Yes, the family have built (with their own bare hands) a fantastic ecologically sound home - compost toilets, local produce - food from the garden as much as possible. I didn't hear a motor vehicle during my whole stay. (opps apart from the trip to the river for swimming)

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

Excellent. A great set up - the family open their home up to everyone and give you the chance to be part of their rural existence in splendid isolation. The facilities are good - Tonnes of amazing food, you can chip in with everything at any stage. Yoga really makes you think back to the essential elements. Then the massage therapy and acupuncture to tackle all the things that need to be tackled!

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