Have you been dreaming of going on a yoga retreat in a natural environment, practicing yoga, surfing and waking up to the sound of the waves breaking on the shores? Then this yoga holiday is simply perfect for you. Star Pine Lodge was created by outdoor sports enthusiasts who found the perfect set up to follow their passions in the Natural Park of Sintra-Cascais. Perfectly situated just above Praia Grande beach and surrounded by the hilly forests of Sintra, you can enjoy your days practicing yoga, surfing, rock climbing, mountain biking, hiking or horseback riding, among others. The cozy and friendly atmosphere of Star Pine Lodge makes it easy to meet like-minded travelers and settle in from the first moment. Star Pine Lodge is also a good base to enjoy the stunning nature of this region, visit the UNESCO world heritage town of Sintra, or take a day trip to Cascais or Lisbon.
The main idea behind Star Pine Lodge was to create a happy place where everyone can feel home. We think that an inspiring surrounding helps you to just be yourself and that is what the Star Pine Lodge is. Built by a team of travelers from all over the globe we managed to create a great mix of art and nature, color and forms, materials and styles which go side by side in harmony and make you feel welcome.
These rooms come with 140 cm beds and nice views. Shared bathrooms are cleaned daily.
These rooms come with a big double or two single beds and nice views. Shared bathrooms are cleaned daily.
These rooms come with 140 cm beds and are facing the garden area.
These rooms come with a big double or two single beds and are facing the garden area.
In the individual decoration and harmonious furnishing of the rooms, recycled wood was used to keep the environmental impact at a minimum. For a good night of sleep, all beds are equipped with anti allergy mattresses from Molaflex.
Go for a nice splash in our pool, hang out under the waterfall or just relax in the sun and listen to the murmur of the water. There is always on sheltered space waiting for you somewhere around the pool.
We love our Pavilion and all of us would like to live in it. Built only of recycled wood and windows we managed to create a gorgeous 70 m² space with ocean view that can be opened or closed according to weather conditions. Twice a day we welcome you to join our yoga classes or just stretch or train in that peaceful environment. You will find various training equipment waiting for you.
Our 1200m² garden is there for relaxing; find yourself a hammock and chill under one of the 20m high Star pines in the shade, or just find your own little space. Our garden is completely surrounded by 2-3m high reed and gives you the privacy you need.
As some of us don´t want to eat out every day and would rather spend the money on other stuff, we prepared a fully equipped kitchen for you. Here you will find everything you need to prepare your food the way you want it.
With a daily fish market and several butchers around, feel free to light up a fire and enjoy a BBQ any time.
A cozy lounge area with comfortable sofas, TV and a fireplace. Here you can have your breakfast, hang out in front of the fireplace or just meet some other guests. Free tea and fruit are always waiting here for you.
The surf classes will be arranged according to the levels of participants.
In the beginner classes, you will be safely introduced to the fascinating sport of surfing. The experienced and certified instructors will guide you patiently through your first steps, from handling a surfboard, through catching your first waves, to standing up on the board and riding a wave to the shore. The practical part of the classes will be mixed up with theory units where you learn more about safety rules, the ocean, the waves, surf etiquette and so on.
In the intermediate classes, it aims at the surfer who has previously had 3-5 days of classes or more. You should know the basics like safety rules, how to choose and catch a whitewater wave, and the take-off technique. In the Intermediate classes, the certified instructors will focus on your individual goals. No matter if you want to improve your take-off in the whitewater or are ready for the first attempts in the unbroken or "green" waves, the highly experienced instructors will be there to get you to the next level. Theory units and exercises on the beach like diving or turning techniques will round out the practice in the water.
In the private advanced clasess, it aims at the surfer who already has some experience, who feels comfortable on the outside in small to medium sized waves, who knows the priority rules, is able to catch a "green" wave and ride it parallel. From their profound experience in surf teaching, Star Pine Lodge thinks that at this level private classes with a maximum of 3 students allow for much better progress, as it becomes so much more important to work on each surfer's individual errors and goals. In order to put your surfing to the next level, the certified and highly experienced instructors will analyze your surfing and sit down with you to define your goals for the duration of your course.
The one-hour evening yoga sessions focus on restoring your energy by relaxing your muscles and calming your mind after an action packed day. The evening yoga class will be held before dinner.
The Star Pine Lodge is surrounded by the green hills and the mystic forests of the natural park of Sintra & Cascais to the east and the deep blue Atlantic Ocean to the west. The surrounding is so diverse that we would have to write a book about all the things you can see, experience and discover here. If you cannot find what you are looking for here, then you won’t find it anywhere. That we can promise.
The extensive Praia Grande and its little sister the scenic Praia Pequena with its steep cliffs are only a short walk from Star Pine Lodge. Great beaches for surfing. Here, you find little restaurants, snack bars as well as a surf shop. Take a short bike ride or a 20-minute walk and you get into Praia das Macas, a nice little beach with a little village that offers restaurantes, little grocery stores, bakeries and cafes.
Besides these, more wellknown beaches the area also has some more hidden bays on offer, where even on a summer sunday you will hardly find any people, if you don't mind a little hike down the cliffs. In a radius of 30 kilometers to the south / east (Cascais / Lisbon) and north (Ericeira), you find dozens of more beaches, bays and reefs offering perfect conditions for all kinds of water sports.
The Natural Park of Sintra-Cascais, spreading out from the mountains of Sintra to the beaches of Cascais, represents a unique diversity of landscape and without doubt the most breathtaking region in Portugal. It includes sand dunes, rugged coastline with high cliffs and sandy bays, dense forests and calm lakes, with the majestic Serra de Sintra overlooking it all. The centuries old symbiosis of manmade Sintra and the surrounding nature has gained the whole area the status of UNESCO cultural heritage.
It is in its approximately 145 square kilometers where most of your activities take place, and where you never stop to marvel at the countless historical and natural wonders.
15 minutes inland from Star Pine Lodge lies Sintra, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This historic town has been a summer residence for the Portuguese Royal families from the 14th to the 20th century and thus there are several impressive royal buildings to visit. Dominating the city's center, you find the Palacio Nacional, with its two famous conic chimneys. On top of the Monte de Pena, you can see the fantastic 19th century Palacio da Pena from as far away as Lisbon. Surrounded by a beautiful and exotic garden, this combination of Neo-Gothic, Neo-Manueline, Neo-Islamic and Neo-Renaissance architecture is a must-see and the view of the surrounding area will blow you away.
The remains of the Castelo dos Mouros, the Castle of the Moors, date back to the 8th century, the period of Arab occupation of the Iberian peninsula. Nowadays, the ruins of the castle invite the visitor to get lost in time and enjoy the majestic view from its ancient walls. Brightly illuminated at night it still seems to protect the city of Sintra.
Further sites not to be missed include the Palacio da Regaleira estate, a romantic palace and chapel surrounded by four hectares of park, featuring fountains, lakes, grottoes and wells and declared UNESCO World Heritage Site, or the Palacio de Monserrate with its laid back park, where you find one of the richest botanical gardens in Portugal.
Cabo da Roca, as part of the Sintra-Cascais Natural Park, marks the western most point of mainland Europe. Its impressive cliffs reach up to 140 meters above sea level and the stunning view over the Atlantic ocean gives a real end-of-the-world feeling. 16th century Portuguese poet Luis de Camoes honored Cabo da Roca as the place "where the land ends and the sea begins".
Some hidden beaches and amazing tracks around the cliffs allow for your own little discoveries.
The coastal towns of Cascais and Estoril are culturally and naturally rich and offer innumerous sight-seeing attractions. Great shopping, beaming nightlife and the Casino of Estoril, Europe's largest casino, add to the attractions of these twin cities in the Greater Lisbon subregion.
Colares is a little traditional village a short bike ride from the camp. A nice place to have a coffee and enjoy its quiet charms. In Star Pine Lodge Portugals opinion, it is one of the nicest small towns in the area where Portugal is still Portugal.
The Portuguese capital is one of the oldest cities in the world and less than a 40-minutes drive from Star Pine Lodge. Rich in architecture and culture, it is also a very vibrant city and a must-see for everybody coming to Portugal. It can be easily reached from the camp for a daytrip. Highlights include the view from the Castelo Sao Jorge on the top of the oldest district Alfama, a stroll through the shopping districts of Baixa and Chiado, a tram ride with the traditional Nr. 28, taking you up and down steep, narrow streets or the modern architecture of the Parque das Nacoes, with the Ocenarium, one of Europe's largest aquariums. And don't miss out on a night in Bairro Alto, a quiet neighbourhood during the day but turning into the center of nightlife after the sun has gone down.
Between Lisbon and Cascais, Star Pine Lodge suggests a stop at Belem, where you can visit the Mosteiro dos Jeronimos, a huge monastery giving impressive proof of Portugal's former wealth and importance during the Age of Discoveries. Built in the 16th century, it was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983. Close by at the river shore, you find the Torre de Belem, a 16th century watch tower guarding the entrance of the river Tagus. UNESCO World Heritage as well, the Tower of Belem is one of Lisbon's famous landmarks. Once in Belem, don't forget to taste the world famous Pasteis de Belem! Finally, a visit to the top of Cristo Rei, the 80-meter tall Jesus statue on the hills on the south shore of the river, allows for a breathtaking view over Lisbon.
Daily breakfast buffet and lunch package are include in the price.
Breakfast will be served from 8:00 – 11:00 a.m. You´ll find yourself struggling to decide at our rich breakfast buffet. Choose between various kinds of fresh bread and rolls, cereals, jams, honey, different kinds of ham and cheese, vegetables, fruit, eggs, yoghurt, milk, soy milk, coffee, tea, water, juices and more. Don´t they say it´s the most important meal of the day?
Pack yourself a lunch at our breakfast buffet, including a self made sandwich, a 0.5 L drink, a fruit and a cereal bar. Ready for an exciting day!
Enjoy a nice glass of wine or beer while waiting for fresh fish, tasty meat and fresh vegetables gaining that special BBQ flavor. BBQs connect people.
We can arranged 3 course dinners for groups of min. 8 persons. This service is not always available and need to be booked in advance.
You can book various styles of massage at our reception. Please be aware that they have to be booked in advance.
The nearest airport is Lisbon Airport. From there, Star Pine Lodge can arrange an airport transfer at an extra cost.