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8 Days Surf and Yoga Holiday in Aljezur, Portugal

Arrifana Surf Lodge, Ûrb Vale da telha Sector B Lote 58, Aljezur, Faro, Algarve, Portugal

Portugal Yoga and Surf Retreat

Arrifana Surf Lodge takes pride in offering the all-inclusive surfing and yoga package holiday. Arrifana Surf Lodge will supply all the equipment, transport, great food and drinks, great surf and also yoga tuition. The program provides you with all the skills you need. The groups are kept to a maximum of 8 people per session so everyone will get a chance at one to one tuition. This package will leave you feeling rejuvenated and full of energy.

Meet the instructors

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Highlights

  • 6 full days surf classes
  • 5-morning yoga classes
  • Accredited surf instructors
  • 1 session of relaxation massage or Craniosacral session
  • 7 Continental style breakfasts
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • 7 buffet-style lunches
  • 5 x 3-course dinners

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Yoga styles


6 days with instruction
The maximum participants in the group is 8
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
12:00
Check-out Time:
10:30

Facilities

  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Barbeque facilities
  • Fireplace
  • Kitchen
  • Lounge
  • Special menu request
  • Terrace
  • Yoga deck
  • Board rental
  • Free bicycle
  • Free Wi-Fi

The property is new with 4 large private guest bedrooms including king or twin options, 1 shared room and 3 large guest bathrooms. Arrifana Surf Lodge offers shared lounge and kitchen facilities and in the winter, they even have a roaring fire to keep you warm and cozy.

There are two huge terraces with views out to the Atlantic ocean where breakfast and dinner are served daily. Recently, they have added an outdoor yoga terrace and plunge pool. Take a look below and check out all the great features Arrifana Surf Lodge has to offer:

  • Private twin room
  • Private double room
  • Private king size room
  • Private triple room
  • Large bunk room with en-suite bathroom. Custom built bunks with individual reading lamps and built in storage. This room sleeps a maximum of 6 people.
  • Two huge terraces with sea views
  • Yoga terrace
  • Plunge pool
  • Two lazy hammocks
  • Sun loungers and outdoor bean bags
  • Open plan lounge and kitchen area
  • Computer, TV with DVD and CD player
  • Free Wi-Fi access throughout
  • Free use of bikes
  • Unlimited tea / coffee / fruit juice
  • Bed linen with comforter and bath towel

Program

Monday to Friday

  • 08:00 Energizing morning yoga session
  • 09:00 Breakfast
  • 09:30 Loadup surf gear
  • 10:30 Surf school
  • 12:30 Lunch break
  • 14:00 Surf school
  • 16:30 Head back to lodge for shower/relaxation
  • 17:00 Relaxing or sports massage session (1 x session per week included in the package price)
  • 19:30 3-course evening meal will be served (Except on Thursday and Saturday as you have the option to eat out or use the kitchen facilities
  • 21:00 Time to kick back and relax and get some much-needed rest

About Craniosacral Therapy

Biodynamic craniosacral therapy is a fully-clothed, gentle holistic therapy that works on all levels to encourage well-being, the immune system, and the body’s own healing and balancing abilities. ‘Biodynamic’ means that the body is treated as a whole with the understanding that it has everything within it to heal itself and come back into balance.

Focusing on inherent health, rather than imbalance, it is also fantastic when pain is acute as it is so gentle. It is profoundly relaxing and suitable for all ages and almost all conditions including pregnant mothers. One client actually commented that she had started to feel her whole life was becoming more authentic since having regular sessions.

Truth and health are actually one and the same and always present underneath injuries, illnesses, and the general snowstorm of day to day living! The work uncovers this "truth/health" physically, emotionally, psychologically, and spiritually and is great for tired surfers and physical aches, strains, and injuries. Sophie is also a qualified Reiki practitioner and this also benefits the treatments she gives.

Surf Flow Yoga

Every class is a thoughtfully handcrafted collection of asanas (postures). Connecting the body with the breath in a creative flow. A morning flow will awaken and stretch the body, creating power for surf and an evening flow will soothe and nourish your salty souls. Meditation and Pranayama (breathe work) will also be a part of your practice; all levels are welcome.

About Lomilomi

Lomilomi is the word used today to mean “massage therapist” or “Hawaiian massage.” In the Hawaiian language, the word used traditionally, called lomi, means “to knead, to rub, or soothe; to work in and out, as the paws of a contented cat.” Lomilomi practitioners use the palms, forearms, fingers, knuckles, elbows, knees, feet, even sticks, and stones.

Instructors

Aldo

Antonio

Lauren Hill

Sophie

Retreat location

Arrifana Surf Lodge is situated in the Costa Vincentina natural park and is located only 3 kilometers from Arrifana beach a perfect beach for learning to surf.

During your stay, you are sure to visit one, if not all of the three beaches listed below. These beaches are all within 10 minutes drive from the lodge and are the main beaches where Arrifana Surf Lodge holds their surf lessons. The waves can differ on each beach depending on swell and wind direction.

Amoreira

Amoreira is Monte Clerigo's sister beach due to the proximity of their locations. Amoreira works on the same conditions as Monte Clerigo but due to the river that creates a beautiful lagoon the banks at this beach vary from that of Monte Clerigo creating different waves on different tides thus making it a great alternative to Monte Clerigo.

Arrifana beach

A west facing beach that works best with a north northwesterly swell with a north to north easterly wind. Due to the direction that Arrifana is situated it has protection from big northerly swells and can hold swell up to 3 meters.

Monte Clerigo

Monte Clerigo is a great summer break due to its north westerly facing position. It receives all swell from the Atlantic Ocean and works best on a south to easterly wind. You will always find a wave at Monte Clerigo when Arrifana is flat.

Nearby places

  • Aljezur - 10 minutes
  • Amoirera beach - 10 minutes drive
  • Arrifana beach, 3 kilometers or 15 minutes walk
  • ATM - 5 minutes drive
  • Monte Clerigo beach - 10 minutes drive

Food

All the food served at Arrifana Surf Lodge is homemade using the freshest ingredients possible. Arrifana Surf Lodge knows how hungry surfers can get after a long day spent on the beach and in the waves so they always offer a three-course menu, five nights a week with the option of dining out at some great local restaurants for the other two nights.

Continental breakfast is served daily and includes a selection of cereals, fresh milk, yogurt, fresh bread, jams, honey, homemade nut butter, ham, cheese, fresh fruit, and eggs, any way you like.

Lunch is provided from Monday to Friday, guests are supplied with a lunch buffet to make their own sandwiches on freshly baked rolls or they can make a salad box. Loads of fresh veggies, salad fillings, and brown rice or quinoa are supplied. There is also fresh fruit, biscuits, and potato chips available. The lodge also takes a large cooler of filtered water to the beach.

Evening meals are provided on Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday. There are no meals provided on Thursday and Saturday. Dinners always consist of three courses of homemade goodness. The lodge always offers a wide range of vegetarian options and they cater to all food intolerances and diet plans.

Exclusions

Evening meals on Thursday and Saturday are not included in the price. Guests have the option to eat out at one of several great local restaurants close by or they can make full use of the kitchen facilities at the lodge.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Snacks
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Soda

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
  • Lacto-ovo Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Gluten Free
  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
  • Pescatarian
  • Lactose Free
  • Other dietary requirements on request
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

  • Horse riding
  • Bike trails
  • Hiking

Spa treatments

A 60-minute relaxation or sports massage is included one afternoon in the week. Also available upon request is a lomilomi massage or a Craniosacral therapy session. These treatments are only available if guests have booked a private room as the treatment will be given onsite in your accommodation.

What's included

  • 5-morning yoga classes
  • 6 full day surf course including equipment
  • 1 session of relaxation massage or Craniosacral session
  • 5 x 3-course dinners
  • 7 freshly made lunches
  • 7 Continental style breakfasts
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Bath towel
  • Bed linen with comforter
  • Free use of all the facilities

What's not included

  • Evening meals on Thursday and Saturday
  • Alcoholic drinks
  • Airport transfers
  • Airfare

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Please arrange your flight to arrive at Faro Airport (FAO). Arrifana Surf Lodge is located about 1 hour and 15 minutes drive from this airport. They offer free pick up and drop off in Aljezur and they offer two free transfers per day in Lagos at either 12:30 or 19:30. Lagos is about 30 minutes drive from Arrifana Surf Lodge and is about 10 minutes drive from the town of Aljezur.

There are several ways to get to the lodge from the airport such as rent a car, shuttle transfer, train, bus, and private airport transfer/taxi. Guests also have the option of flying into Lisbon and catching a bus service direct to Aljezur. It is a four-hour journey and bookings can be made directly online.

Driving directions from Faro Airport (FAO)

  • You can hire a car at Faro Airport to reach the lodge. Rent a car is available from Autorent for around 70 EUR - 120 EUR per week.
  • When you exit the airport, you need to follow signs towards the highway - A22 towards - Portimao / Lisboa.
  • Keep following the signs until you get on the A22 and take the Portimao / Albufeira direction, going west.
  • Follow the A22 all the way to the end past Albufeira, Portimao, and Lagos.
  • You will see a turn off for the N120 Aljezur / Sines when the highway ends.
  • You will remain on the N120 for approximately 20 kilometers.
  • Just before you get to the town of Aljezur, you will see a turn off on your left for Arrifana beach / Vale da Telha.
  • Turn left at the sign and follow the road (steep hill) till you come to the top of the road (T junction) and take a left towards Arrifana / Vale Da Telha.
  • Keep on this road for 2 kilometers.
  • You will come to the tiny village of Vales, directly after Vales there is a turn off for Vale Da Telha on your right.
  • Turn right at the signpost for Vale Da Telha and immediately take a left.
  • You will pass an old school on your left and a builder's merchants on your right.
  • You will come to a roundabout, at the roundabout turn left, (3rd exit / Arrifana Beach).
  • Follow the road (very short distance) until you come to a set of large flats.
  • Turn right on the road before the flats and Arrifana Surf Lodge is the second house on the right B58.

Arrival by bus

The bus station in Faro is located within 200 yards of the train station and is the cheapest option to getting to Lagos. To check bus times check out http://eva-bus.com. From Lagos, there is a bus that runs to Aljezur at 15:20 and arrives at Aljezur at 15:55. They will have someone from Arrifana Surf Lodge meet you and take you to the retreat.

Arrival by shuttle

Airport transfers are offered to Lagos for around 20 EUR per person. Someone will meet you in arrivals at Faro and drop you off in Lagos. When booking the shuttle transfer please state Lagos Marina Club Hotel as your drop off point. From there, Arrifana Surf Lodge will pick you up to the retreat center at either 12:30 or 19:30.

Arrival by train

There is a regular train service which leaves Faro train station and arrives at Lagos train station. It costs around 7 EUR each way.

Arrival by taxi / private airport transfer

There is a direct private transfer offered to Arrifana Surf Lodge. The private shuttle transfer/taxi costs around 120 EUR each way and is a great option if you are traveling in a group or if you arrive late in the evening and are unable to arrange another method of transport.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 25% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 30 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.

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