Since 2012 offering retreats for self-care, healing & transformation.

Reviews (31)

Dennis Schutten

from Netherlands, October 2019

Very warm nice persons...great surroundings and great vegan food...

Vera Sergeeva

from Russia, September 2019


I like Paula’s hospitality. She trusted us as her family members. The food is delicious! And classes were outstanding! The place is very closed to the beach with beautiful waves. If you’d like you even can learn how to keep balance on a surfing board. Exellent recreation and the best impressions!


from Norway, July 2019

Wonderful retreat! Very relaxing. Right by the beach.

Experienced instructors who accomodated each class to everyone's level.

Delicious food!! Would definitely go back.

Iva Sedlackova

from Czechia, April 2019

"Truly healing space"

The whole atmosphere of this place with incredible loving Paula is such a blast for the soul.

Cannot express my gratutude in words. The home is very cosy, food is just delicious, qi gong and yoga lessons were absolutly amazing I have learnt so much, therapy from Romi and ayurvedic massage helped me to see and realize many things about myself.

The location is so peacefull and very close to the ocean through such a wonderfull path.

It was magical time for me.

And loving and carying Paula on top witj her beautiful family.

Many thanks

Marilyn Smith

from France, November 2018

A very, very special place. Calm and serene with homely, simple accommodation in a beautiful location not too far from the magnificent Atlantic coast. A place to heal your body and mind in the care of some of the warmest and kindest people we have ever met. Paula, Romi, Sarah, Rita, Jorges and the other team members are committed to their work. Twice daily yoga (with the brilliant teacher Sarah), Qigong, Reflexology and massages along with a strict detox programme of soups and juices tailored to individual physical needs. We are so grateful to Paula and her staff for their knowledge, gentle guidence and support. It is a strict and challenging detox programme but by the end of the week my two sisters and I each felt physically, emotionally and spiritually lifted and well. Just wonderful. Thank you to Paula for everything.


from Finland, October 2018

The food was excellant and facilities were quite good. The place was very clean.

Ivana Maxova

from Czechia, September 2018

"wonderful place for think and relax"

very thanks to Paula for her nice care and awesome healthy kitchen; thanks to Sara for her hatha yoga lessons (she teach me relaxe)


from Switzerland, September 2018

"My detox week"

Le lieu, très calme, à moins de dix mnutes de marche de la plage, les cours de yoga et qi gong

Christine Eloy

from Belgium, September 2018

"Nice place but can do better"

The surroundings are nice and the sea is really close and it’s such a beautiful scenery to watch.

The people working there are nice and helping, and would do what they can to help.

The qi gong class was excellent, as the teacher, Jorge who would explain not only the movements but also their effect on the body and also the big lines behind qi gong philosophy


from United Kingdom, September 2018

"Enjoyable holiday"

The food was excellent and always plenty of it. The volunteers who work there are extremely friendly and welcoming. They have great enthusiasm which creates a great atmosphere. The yoga teacher Sara was very friendly with good advice about the area. The yoga is varied and interesting but very challenging. The surfing was great fun and met some lovely people at the surf school. Uber is avaiable if you want to travel into the centre. Its about a 10minute drive. You can get a bus to sintra but due to the tight schedule i couldnt make it. 2 yoga sessions a day. 7am and 7pm with surf in the middle. Foz alexander is a lovely beach. About 30 minute walk from the location. But again a rocky climb at times. There are some cafes here where u can watch the surf have a few drinks or chill on the beach.

Laura Magin

from United Kingdom, August 2018

"Amazing life changing experience! "

Lovely warm welcome from our hosts Paula, Yanina and Estaban. They are truly wonderful people. The food was beautiful, Vegan and incredibly nourishing, healthy and prepared with lots of love. Nothing was too much trouble for our hosts. My mum was ill (sunstroke) for one of the days we were here and they all took wonderful care of her. We had two Ayurvedic massages whilst we were there and they were fantastic.

Our room was beautifully decorated, incredibly clean and with lots of lovely personal touches, ornaments and unique furniture. It was a very comfortable place to stay. The surroundings are so peaceful and maintained beautifully. There are two beaches nearby which are fantastic. We enjoyed some wonderful days out to Sintra, Mafra and the local beaches.

The Yoga with Sara (twice a day) was amazing. It was a small class (usually only two of us) in beautiful surroundings. She was incredibly patient, kind and friendly.

We were very sad to leave everyone and we feel like we have made some lovely friends. The whole experience really was life changing. I’ve never been anywhere so warm, welcoming and kind before. I would definitely recommend this to anyone looking for something peaceful, rejuvenating and unique. We’d love to go back.

The surfing was ok but we only went once. I must stress that this is provided by an external company and not run by the retreat. Very friendly but understaffed and a bit disorganised. We preferred to enjoy our retreat instead!!

Melina Mandelbaum

from United Kingdom, August 2018

"Wonderful experience "

This is a magical place for people looking for a quiet retreat and transformative nutritional experience. The house and location are absolutely beautiful, but what makes it even more special are the beautiful people taking care of you during your stay. Paula is an incredible host, immensely thoughtful and caring, and the exercise instructors are fantastic as are all other staff members. My partner and I had a fantastic time during the detox programme that will have a sustainable impact on our daily life back home. Thank you very much for everything - we couldn't recommend the house more!

Georgina Steed

from United Kingdom, July 2018


Everything was amazing I felt so at home at Paula’s. Was so sad to leave, had an incredible week here

Mariana Schenone

from Peru, June 2018

"Very pleasant accommodation"

I was there for 7 days and Paula is really an amazing person.

She treats everybody really good.

I really like my detox there.

Naima Gherdaoui

from Belgium, June 2018

"A nice place to take time for yourself"

The place felt like being at home filled by love, in the middle of the nature. I liked the fact that it was authentic and of good quality. Everybody was nice and concerned with providing you the best care possible and were happy to go beyond when need be. I needed a bit of time to rest so I enjoyed the quiet place, the nature, the home made food, the wise health advices, the lovely yoga classes, the relaxing massages and the 'powerful' Qigong! The logistics/transport were also great. Thank you all.

Ronni Goddard

from United Kingdom, June 2018

"A home away from home"

The location was beautiful and peaceful. Paula and Romi did everything for us - cooking, cleaning, advice on places to visit. Even drove us to the shop or bus stop when we went exploring. Absolutely nothing was too much for them. It was my birthday while I was there and Paula kindly surprised me with a cake and everyone sang 'Happy Birthday' - at that point it felt like we were all one big holiday family. The gardens are lovely to relax in and the atmosphere was calm and welcoming. This was my first yoga retreat and my first solo holiday and it was a very positive experience

Keren Bezner

from Bulgaria, May 2018

Paula is absolutely wonderful! She is so helpful, caring and genuine. The house is cosy, the grounds are beautiful, and the classes are lovely and nurturing. The area of Ericiera has a lot to offer as well!

Kristin Skaanes

from Norway, April 2018

"An excellent stay to relax and re-energize "

Paula was the most amazing host, whom really made an effort at all times. Heartwarming place with really eco friendly and re-energize food. I choosed the detox program which I have tried to follow now, even after the vacation. I received great tips especially suited for me. I will definitely visit again.

Kerry Cobb

from United Kingdom, March 2018

"Simply Perfect"

The welcome, the location, the food, the atmosphere, the yoga sessions - there are no frills - just simple, honest and wonderful :)

Sabina Mendes

from Germany, July 2019

"A wonderful week at Quintinha do Mar"

There were so many things I enjoyed at Quintinha: Paula`s company and her talent of asking the right questions, the excellent food she serves for lunch and dinner, the healing space she provides, the teachers and facilitators she invites to teach Yoga and other methods of relaxation. At Quintinha people are helpful, understanding, non-judgemental, creative and inventive. Not surprisingly, I enjoyed being part of this family-run project.

It is also a nice quiet location, very close to S. Julião beach.


from Netherlands, March 2019

"Retreat filled with miracles"

This retreat just had it all... a wonderful garden, beautiful yogaspace inside, great location close to the ocean, delicious vegan food, very skilled teachers and lovely company of Paula herself. Everything came together for me and it changed my life! When you pay attention... there's miracles around you every day.

Elisa Wielandt

from Germany, August 2018

"Nice but in the middle of nowhere"

The staff,Paula and the yoga teacher were very nice!! You meet a lot of different cultures.

Christina Floß

from Germany, July 2018

"A great place to calm done, relax and enjoy!"

The warm welcome from Paula and her great food were amazing! It was so great to stay in her house and we really could enjoy the time there. The house is very close to the sea where you can stay, relax and whatch the waves and the surfers.

The food was so great and it was so nice to stay in the kitchen with the other guests. The yoga was also good and my body felt better with every day. Thank you a lot for this great week!

Caroline Warzycha

from United States, July 2018

"One of the best places ever!"

The owner Paula is one of the lovliest persons ever! Talking to her makes you think about life in another way. The place is just a five minute walk from the beach and if you ever need a lift to somewhere, don't hesitate to ask - they never refused to give me a ride. The food is just delicious and the atmosphere and the vibe of the place is one in a million! You will feel at home within the first few minutes of arrival. There are heaps of great places around and I'm glad I didn't miss out on this experience. Definitely one of the best trips ever taken.

(BTW I'm not from the USA but from Germany)

Lisa-maria Schreier

from Germany, May 2018

Really good Detox. Felt so good afterwards. Thanks to Paula for her kindness