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7 Day Yoga and Qi Gong Holiday in the Algarve with A Sunset Party

Bela Vista Retreat, Quatrim Norte 8700-127 Moncarapacho, Olhao, Portugal

Sea View Yoga Holiday in the Algarve

Imagination is a preview of life’s coming attractions - Albert Einstein. This is a small group retreat of one to eight people maximum, where you will practice Hatha Yoga, Vinyasa Yoga as well as Tai Chi and Qi Gong. It will create an enjoyable time while you can relax into attracting positive energy. The space is magical, a real journey into the senses in nature. The garden is huge and contains four acres of forest, lots of fruit trees: Figs, pomegranate, lemon, almond, and more. Smell and hear nature: the birds, the cicadas, butterflies, and gorgeous sea and mountain views. All this beauty is available whilst you practice Yoga or Qi Gong or simply enjoy the pool. There are two little cats and a dog at the retreat, they are super friendly, so you must enjoy animals to book this retreat. This is an eco retreat, warm water is mostly provided by solar panels and rain water collected for summer months. They keep improving the efficiency of the space in a road to becoming more self sufficient.

Meet the instructors

Débora
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Highlights

  • Daily yoga / QiGong classes
  • Our Yoga Shala has beautiful sea views
  • Once weekly enjoy a party with a DJ, music, and drinks
  • Locally-sourced delicious breakfast with local fruits and fresh bread
  • Healthy vegetarian options, homemade yogurts, smoothies, and shakes are available
  • Practice in a small group
  • 6 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate

Yoga styles


7 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: Portuguese
Group size: Maximum of 6 participants
Airport transfer available:
Faro Airport (US$30 per person)
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
15:00
Check-out Time:
12:00

Facilities

  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Barbeque facilities
  • Café
  • Dining area
  • Fireplace
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Lounge
  • Meditation garden
  • Multilingual staff
  • Yoga deck
  • Bicycle rental
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Internet access
  • Ironing / ironing board
  • Laundry
  • Wireless internet

There are three houses in the property, one with four rooms, and two with two rooms. Bathrooms are private because we are operating in small groups. The rooms in the houses have beautiful views of the sea or garden.

Amenities

  • Outdoor pool
  • Complimentary fast Wi-Fi
  • BBQ facilities outdoor

Program

Bela Vista Retreat provides bicycles, so pick one up and adventure into the “ecovia”, only a 5 minutes cycle from Bela Vista and through the whole of the coast of the Algarve. The views are gorgeous, by the sea, lots of birds, flamingos and sometimes chameleons on the way, its super safe without cars for most of the path :) You can also cycle to the beach: Cavaco's beach is a 5 minutes cycle, Fuzeta beach is a 30-minute cycle, or to one of the lovely nearby towns: Olhao, Fuzeta. Nearby there are a couple of cafes and a couple of restaurants and a small market where you can buy local fresh fruit, vegetables, and local eggs, fish, or meat.

The breakfast is included and served in a community setting, usually outside, and includes fresh bread and more healthy alternatives, homemade kefir yogurt, orange juice, smoothies, chia pudding, and fresh fruit.

For lunch and dinner, you can either cook yourself in the community kitchen, or there are a few nearby restaurants, a couple at walking distance.

Once weekly, your host, Sara, will plug in the music DJ decks and play some chill out house music. If guests wish the volume can be turned up a little and you can dance and let some steam off.

Bela Vista Retreat welcome digital nomads to their retreat if you fancy working here, you can. They have just set up ultra-fast internet and there are meeting rooms available if you need to take conference calls, just inform them so they can set up space so you can work easily.

Sample Schedule

  • 08:00 - 10:00 Breakfast
  • 08:00 - 09:00 Yoga class
  • 09:00 - 09:30 Meditation
  • 18:00 - 19:00 Weekly Qi Gong class
  • 20:00 - 00:00 Weekly party with DJ, food, and drinks

Yoga

Yoga practices follow fluid movements inspired by Hatha Yoga, Vinyasa Flow, Yin Yoga, and Therapeutic. The practices are structured with the intention of stretching and strengthening the body, calming and toning the nervous system, and nourishing a peaceful, focused, and full of concentration mind, where you can create your own space, your moment of surrender.

Bela Vista Retreat's Shala is in nature with beautiful views of the sea, enjoy all the birds singing, and a slight breeze while your practice takes place.

Instructors

Débora Gonçalves

Retreat location

It is located in the tranquility of the Algarve countryside with stunning views of the islands. Just 20-30 min from Faro airport and 5 minutes from Olhao, you can get here via taxi or if you want to explore the Algarve, Bela Vista Retreat recommends a car. There are many beaches nearby, but the closest is only a 20-minute walk or a 5-minute drive. If you like to cycle there is always the option to rent a bike. Nearby there is a famous fish restaurant; Primo dos Caracois, they also offer meat dishes.

Distances

  • Olhao - 5 minutes
  • Beach - 20 minutes walk or 5 minutes drive
  • Faro Airport - 20-30 minutes

This Yoga Retreat is vegetarian-friendly

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Food

Breakfast is included and served in a community setting outdoors as weather permits most of the year. Bela Vista Retreat provides vegetarian food that is locally sourced. Breakfast is eaten together with a community feel, but outdoors whenever possible to keep guests safe.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast

The following drinks are included:

  • Coffee
  • Tea

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

  • Vegetarian
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)

  • Surf lessons
  • Cooking classes
  • Water sports
  • Horse riding
  • Boat trip

What's included

  • Breakfast
  • Meditation, yoga, Qi Gong, and Tai Chi classes
  • Weekly party with DJ
  • 6 nights accommodation

What's not included

  • Transfers to and from the airport
  • Lunches and dinners
  • Drinks
  • Smoothies
  • Horse riding
  • Boat trip

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Driving direction from Faro

Bela Vista Retreat is only 30 minutes drive from Faro Airport, pass Olhao through EN125 and its through a blue and white gate right next to an outdoor furniture shop "Sesil in and out living" .

Driving directions from Fuzeta

Just within 5 minutes, drive towards Olhao and pass Restaurant Primo dos Caracois, you will see a sign on the right side of the road "Rua das Fontes Santas", it will be on the next right after the sign through and blue and white gate

Driving directions from Olhao

It is only 5 minutes drive from Olhao through EN125, continue towards Fuzeta/Tavira direction, and it is just after Restaurant Marim and right after an outdoor furniture shop "Sesil Living Out Living" through a blue and white gate.

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Faro Airport (FAO). Transfer from and to this airport is available upon request. It costs about 25 EUR.

Airport: Faro Airport Airport transfer available: Faro Airport (US$30 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 25.41% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.
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Early bird discount

There is an early bird discount applicable if you book 2 months before the start of the retreat. Please send an inquiry for more information.

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