4 independent reviews for Portugal yoga & massage holiday

Reviews for Portugal yoga & massage holiday

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review 16 Sep 2015

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

So many things to choose from. The beautiful location, the fabulous people I met, the whole experience was beyond my expectations. I think the most memorable thing though, was the love that Andrew, Von and the whole team bring to their work.

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

Don't hesitate! I had never done any yoga before but if you are a beginner, don't be put off as everyone is so welcoming and encouraging.

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

Yes.

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

Excellent.

review 22 Jul 2015

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

The most memorable part of the holiday is the warm welcome from the Winter family and the wonderful team who work there, along with the whole retreat package of yoga classes, inclusive thai massage/acupuncture treatments and the Ayurvedic food menu. From the very beginning of the retreat and throughout the week, no details were missed and all our needs were met, ensuring every guest were properly looked after. If you are looking for a retreat holiday, this comes highly recommended. I had no expectations and came away feeling refreshed and relaxed.

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

One thing maybe to consider, is the time of year to book and check the weather temperature is suitable for you.

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

Yes. The Winter family's philosophy is working towards sustainability and self sufficiency and making people more aware of the natural surrounding environment.

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

It was a very magical place where you could relax and have complete rest with a wonderful team of people looking after you.I would highly recommend and would make a return visit again.

review 11 Jan 2014

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

The remote mountainous location way out of the tourist routes, the wonderful people organising and running the week, and my tiny, monastic room literally immersed in the hills.

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

This is a holiday for people who want or need to offer time to themselves, stepping out of their daily life for a week and literally cleansing their body on every level, whether physically, mentally or spiritually.

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

Yes, local people will have seen an increase in their turnover as they supply food and services to the house, while the recycling activities in the house itself, including the amazingly efficient compost toilets, certainly eliminate any negative environmental, transforming it into a strong positive force.

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

Excellent! A holiday I would, and have, recommended to people.

review 24 Aug 2013

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

The holistic integrated nature of it and the range of activities included. Great yoga, treatments, food and classes. I had a wonderful bedroom with a picture window looking out on the valley which raised my mood every time I looked out. It was a little like childhood holidays going to visit family for the warmth of the welcome.

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

Travel light, you don't need much for the week. Be confident that you will enjoy it.

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

Yes it would seem so. The sense I had was that there was much concern for the environment and for integrating the yoga centre into the local community and hopefully is bringing renewal . We met some interesting older inhabitants from the community. Water was recycled.

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

I had a terrific holiday and would like to return. Met wonderful people. Andrew and Von were the best of hosts and such multi-taskers. Their yoga centre is a wonderful achievement and their energy and enthusiasm knows no bounds. Liese the yoga instructor was the perfect teacher and shared her knowledge with generosity. Cat cooked delicious meals everyday, always something new, healthy and delicious. The two Spanish girls were so delightful and friendly. Oli's silent walks in the morning were a great start to the day. Delight. Other participants were interesting and friendly. Great holiday to do alone.

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