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8 Days Surf & Yoga Retreat in Algarve, Portugal

  • Algarve Villa, Parque da Floresta, Budens, Algarve, Portugal

Overview

Portugal Surf and Yoga Retreat

For all surfers interested in yoga and for all yogis willing to learn to surf and for all those who would like to try or already do both surfing and yoga. If you need comfort and pure bliss, you have found just the right place! After one week in Karma Surf Retreat you will be able to surf for the first time standing, have improved yoga skills, and met some great like-minded people. You are going to be fit and refueled enough for everyday life back home, and take great memories with you.

Highlights

  • Vitalizing yoga and exciting surfing
  • 2 yoga classes and 2 surfing lessons each weekday
  • Comfortable villa with pool and panoramic sea views
  • Healthy buffet breakfasts
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Vegan dinner option
  • 5 packed lunches

Skill level

  • Beginner

  • 5 days with instruction
  • English
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Stay in a luxury villa with pool, which is situated in the southwest Algarve, on the edge of the beautiful nature resort Costa Vicentina. Algarve Villa with pool. The villa is fully air-conditioned and equipped with high standard furnishing and a fireplace for cozy evenings. Chill in a large private pool with loungers and enjoy stunning views, overlooking the greens of the golf course and views onto the south coast. Mediterranean gardens surround the villa and pool. Several terraces offer complete privacy, shaded areas and grassed lawn with many corners to relax or meditate.

A Week at Karma Surf Retreat

Within the surf and yoga package you will have 2 yoga classes and surfing lessons each day from Monday to Friday.

You will start the day with a gentle yoga class in the morning in order to wake up and build up flexibility, strength and confidence for the surfing lessons. Then you will fuel up your body with a delicious organic breakfast, so you can start into the day full of energy.

After breakfast, which of course is accessible even before the yoga class, the surf instructors will pick you up for the surfing lessons and bring you to the finest surfable beaches of this region, so you will learn how to surf together. The selection of surf spots, of course, depends on your ability, as well as wind and wave conditions. After the surfing sessions you will have a tasty snack, the team has prepared for you. You will regain your strength spent for the waves.

After the surfing lessons, early in the evening a second yoga session aims at relaxation and stretching your muscles and ligaments. This will help you to recover faster from surfing and reduce the risk of sore muscles. After this, everyone is free to do whatever he or she wants. A delicious meal on the terrace, watching the sunset, relaxing with a refreshing drink or tea at the pool, in front of fireplace or simply read an exciting book in your cozy bedroom. Karma Surf Retreat is confident, that with the given variety of possibilities you will find the one that makes you happy the most.

Saturday and Sunday you can do excursions into the surroundings (for example sightseeing in Lagos or Sagres), lounge on the beach or pool or enjoy one of the plenty activities the area offers such as horseback riding, climbing, hiking, mountain biking, scuba diving and whatever you like to do – they make it happen!

After one week in Karma Surf Retreat you will be able to surf for the first time standing, have improved yoga skills, and meet some great like-minded people. You are going to be fit and refueled enough for everyday live back home, take great memories with you and for sure you will be looking forward to come back the next time.

For you who want to deepen the surfing techniques just learned, surf more and experience deep relaxation, they recommend to book at least 2 weeks. In general, this is what you need to really relax properly and get the most fun out of the waves.

  • Igor

    Igor has the ability to question life without anxiety, which opens him to meet the experience with a child’s curiosity and keeps him present. Together with Jenny, he has decided to open up to eclecticism and enrichen their yoga practice from different points of view.

  • Jenny

    Growing up in an internal world where questioning was driving, Jenny became an observer of human behavior; her own and those of her surroundings. Together with Igor, she has decided to open up to eclecticism and enrichen their yoga practice from different points of view.

The Karma Surf Retreat Algarve is situated amidst the beautiful rolling countryside in the Western Algarve, on the Parque da Floresta resort, which is one of Europe’s most spectacular golf resorts.

The resort itself is nestled in the hills between the south and west coast and is no more than 5 minutes by car to the south and 15 minutes to the west coast beaches which are some of the best surfing beaches depending on swell direction and time of the year.

The villa is elevated and idyllically situated in a quiet peaceful location on a south facing hill which guarantees sun all day, with well maintained gardens and stunning panoramic views over the 18 hole par 71 golf course right on the edge of the beautiful Costa Vicentina nature reserve. Luxurious villas and charming village houses surround the centre piece of the resort.

Apart from golf there are many other leisure activities available at the resort such as golf driving range, floodlit tennis, bowling, football, choice of several swimming pools and gymnasium, Spa and a range of bars and restaurants.

Activities
  • Diving
  • Horse riding/rental
  • Massage
  • Mountain biking
  • Outdoor swimming pool
  • Swimming pool
General
  • Garden
  • Restaurant nearby
  • Terrace
Services
  • Bicycle rental
  • Child care
  • Free! WiFi
  • Room cleaning
  • Tour assistance

In the morning they serve you a healthy organic breakfast (buffet), consisting of cereal, organic fruit, bread, rolls, homemade jam, milk, yogurt, typical sausages and cheese of the region and other Portuguese delicacies. Moreover, coffee, various teas, water and fruit are at your disposal during your stay at the Karma Surf Retreat. At noon they arrange a delicious healthy packed lunch to enjoy during or after your activities. Maybe you will discover a neat typical Portuguese snack bar during your mountain bike rides to have a quick coffee. Karma Surf Retreat will organize a welcome-barbecue plus a seafood lunch (Wednesday). At all other times there is a fully equipped kitchen of the the villa at your disposal, so you can prepare your favorite dishes and dine together, for example, on the terrace watching the sky turn purple. In case you would like to eat out, there are several restaurants nearby, including typical Portuguese, seafood, grilled chicken, snacks, pizza and also a gourmet restaurant. For sure you will wind something you like. You have an even bigger variety of restaurants in Sagres and Lagos (10-15 minutes).

  • Eat out in several nearby restaurants including typical Portuguese seafood, grilled chicken, snacks, pizza, gourmet and vegetarian food.
  • Enjoy unforgettable views over the countryside and the Atlantic Ocean.
  • Enjoy one of the plenty activities the area offers such as horseback riding, climbing, hiking, mountain biking, scuba diving.
  • Prepare your favorite dishes in the fully-equipped kitchen and dine together on the terrace overlooking the sea watching the sunset.
  • Make use of all the amenities such as hammocks, deck chairs and chill out or meditation area.
  • Watch the crackling fire in the fireplace while having a stimulating conversation at the couch.
  • 5 x 2 hours yoga classes
  • 5 x 2 hours surf classes
  • 7 nights accommodation in double room (suite optional)
  • Coffee and tea
  • Culinary surprise
  • Daily fruit
  • Homemade marmalade
  • Maid cleaning service
  • Organic breakfast
  • Organization of activities
  • Packed lunch at the beach
  • Surf class shuttle
  • Surfboard, wetsuit, leash for the surf class
  • Video-analysis
  • Water and juice
  • Welcome drink
  • Welcome barbecue (seafood / picanha)
For information about the booking conditions, please send Karma Surf Retreat an inquiry.
  • Review by Simon from London, UK
    10 out of 10

    "I was not entirely sure what to expect form this holiday and had been (with other companies) to similar breaks in Morocco - however I would strongly recommend this company and this break, if you are looking for a relaxing time in a lovely location. The rooms were extremely nice and the staff could not do enough for you / to make the visit a pleasant experience. The food (although named as vegetarian) was very good and included fish and a number of traditional Portuguese dishes. It is a reasonable distance to good restaurants, so I would suggest going for the food package (for the evening meal) unless you have a car - it is also more sociable! I went on the 'climbing package' and it was good to go climbing for a few hours in the morning and then have the rest of day free to explore / walk / relax. You can also pay for a shuttle (cheaper than taxis) to pick you up at various times from the airport. However taxis are also cheap to get around to this very pretty part of Portugal. Would strongly recommend !!!"

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  • Review by Riley from Thunder Bay, Canada
    10 out of 10

    "This was one of the best holidays I have ever been on! I can't say enough about Karma Retreat and its staff :) I am a 28 year old female and have always wanted to do a yoga/surf retreat, so while I was living in London I decided to go on a solo trip for the first time. I was there with 3 other girls and we bonded so well and the best time :) The surfing was amazing and the yoga was so relaxing, we learnt so much and had the most wonderful teachers :) The staff members at Karma were more like family! So warm and welcoming, Jessica was like a sister :) We went out for dinner in Lisbon and watched the sunset at Guincho beach :) The food and accommodation at Karma is like 5 star! I would go back a million times over and hope that everyone can experience this amazing place, and have an adventure to always remember like I had :)"

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  • Review by Cecile from Aarau, Switzerland
    10 out of 10

    "It was just amazing at the karma surf retreat in portugal! the hosts were so cordial, the house so cosy, the activities so much fun, the food so tasteful and the other people so open minded! I would recommend it to everybody!"

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  • Review by Annika from Brussels, Belgium
    10 out of 10

    "I had an amazing week in Karma Surf at SUP & Yoga retreat. Everything (the villa, sceneries around, the staff, food, like minded people and programme, etc.) was absolutely perfect. The concept was brilliant: everything was carefully planned and guests don't have to worry about anything. It felt like being in luxury villa and at home at the same time. There was a gorgeous view from the terrace of the villa to Atlantic Ocean and if you sometimes felt lazy, there were hammocks and nice pool area for just to relax. Delicious and healthy breakfast was provided daily and dinner made by Leonoor were just so delicious (you have to try the lasagne)! I definitely will come back! Namaste!"

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  • Review by Elisabeth from London, UK
    7 out of 10

    "Overall the experience was good, I enjoyed the activities and the relaxed programme. The people were friendly and the hosts (Jessie) were mostly at hand to offer recommendations. However, the water-based activities are run by a partner and not by Karma. This meant that these could be quite poorly organised in terms of transportation and timings. The classes were shorter than promised and the transportation was unreliable. It would have been nice to have someone from Karma present more often, the host Jessi and tour operators were often away surfing or taking a day off. The yoga was good for beginners but didn't allow for individuals to improve their practise further. There is wifi in the house but this does not reach to some of the rooms."

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  • Review by Robyn from London, UK
    10 out of 10

    "Last year my daughter and I went to Karma for the first time and fell in love with the place, the team, the teachers and their philosophy. So it was inevitable that we'd go again. This year, I travelled solo and the whole experience was just as special. I felt taken care of, met some like minded people, had such fun and had time to relax, unwind, take stock and also got to explore nearby places - Cascais, Sintra.... I will be back, hopefully not alone next year... Thank you all so much - Leonora, Jessi, Silvia, Timo and Jans."

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  • Review by Abigail from the Netherlands
    10 out of 10

    "My daughter and I have just returned and Are missing this magical place already. One week here will give you the feeling of a 3 week break, I have never experienced such a relaxing holiday, our group was fantastic, really nice people of all ages and backgrounds. When we arrived the lovely Jessi saïd " welcome home" .. And that is exactly what this place feels like.. Home. The food is excellent, cooked by the gorgeous Leonore, Healthy and very tasteful, and so sweet of her to share her recipes with us! Everything about this retreat is amazing, I never consider going back to the same place twice but for Karma Surf I think I will make an exception .. Thanks again for a great holiday"

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  • Review by Peter from Helsinki, Finland
    10 out of 10

    "We stayed at the Karma Surf retreat and took part in the surf lessons on Guincho beach. The trip was amazing cause we got the chance to meet and befriend such a lovely group of people from around the globe! And of course the great pack of people who stood behind the whole thing. Especially Leonore, Jessika and last but not least Partick! As I said on the last days; The everyday (named above) people at the house really brings the Karma into the Karma Surf Retreat! Otherwise it would just be a Surf Retreat :) We are already looking at next years surf & yoga trip! Definitely again!"

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  • Review by a traveler
    10 out of 10

    "I actually don't have anything negative to say about my stay at the karma surf retreat except I wish it was longer. The whole team went over and above what I expected, providing travel arrangements and arranging activities according to when you want them and there was no pressure to do everything. Jessi is pretty much on hand 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and full of enthusiasm. Exactly who you want representing your facilities. Many thanks to you all, it was my first time at the retreat but definitely not a forgettable one."

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  • Review by a traveler from Berlin, Germany
    10 out of 10

    "The week at the Yoga & Surf Retreat was definitely the highlight of my year 2014. Everything about the accommodation was just excellent and the nature breath-taking. I can recommend a stay truly to everyone who wants to relax and feel a little closer to heaven . "

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  • Review by a traveler from the Hague, the Netherlands
    10 out of 10

    "Our stay at Karma Surf Retreat was excellent and the combination of surfing and yoga was perfect. Nice people, great accommodation, a superb breakfast, nice things to see and do, nice waves and last but certainly not least great instructors and hosts. If youre looking for an active and relaxing holiday, look no further and book a week in Karma Surf Retreat."

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  • Review by a traveler from Brabant, Belgium
    10 out of 10

    "Our family of four (children aged 5 and 7) decided to spend a week in Portugal in July to get a taste of surfing and do some yoga. The retreat indeed arranged this very well and though neither my husband nor I will ever be great surfers, we had a lot of fun trying. Our youngest child did not like the surfing but this was no problem as babysitting was easily available. Although the retreat is mainly set-up as a house party we were put up in a lovely little cottage 1-minute walk from the main house. The big plusses are that everything is seamlessly arranged with absolutely lovely breakfasts and lunches (The healthiest breakfast I ever encountered so far). Dinner options are good and plentiful within 15-minute driving radius. Other big plus is location, location, location, probably one of the best places to stay in Portugal. We rented a car and therefore could easily reach a great number of attractions: Lisbon (25 minute), Cascais (10 minute), Guincho beach (5 minute), Sintra mountains with its fairytale castles and gardens (20 minute). Timo and Jens who run the place do a very good job in making everything run smoothly and people feel welcomed. There were couples, groups of friends, single people and families present when we stayed and I think all of them had a great time. I felt it to be a very nice alternative for a family with young children to a week's resort holiday. Definite a feel-good experience."

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Lisbon, Portugal

The Karma Surf Retreat in Portugal offers surf & yoga holidays in small groups, housed in a luxurious, stylish villa set in a peaceful and tranquil environment.

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8 days / 7 nights

Availability

Arrival: Saturday October 28, 2017
Departure: Saturday November 4, 2017

Low season
  • October – May

 

High season
  • June - September

 

Arrival on Saturday, departure on Saturday.

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