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Embark on an amazing surf and yoga retreat in the pristine nature of South-West Aletenjo, Portugal. Eco-friendly accommodations, energizing meals, daily yoga practices, and exciting surf lessons in the first prize-winning beach of Odeceixe will be the main highlight of your getaway. You will leave for your home feeling energized and renewed.
This project is inspired by the wish of two life long friends wanting to give back to the world and live closer to nature. Through this project, Vida Pura combines their private lives and their business ideas with the same underlying philosophy; a pure lifestyle both ethically as eco-friendly. At Vida Pura, the stunning natural environment brings people closer to their own inner nature.
This beautiful land and the region around it serves as the background for retreats and self-catering accommodation. Vida Pura hopes to inspire their guests and visitors to live in a more ecological way and to give back to the world. They offer the opportunity to experience more inner peace just be being here for a relaxing holiday or in one of their health and well-being retreats. Vida Pura's doors are also wide open for other organizations wanting to organize their retreats or events.
The inspiration for this one-of-a-kind apartment came from the original Portuguese name of the land, ’Moinho das Canas’, which, freely translated, means cane mill. As the name suggests, a lot of cane grows here and Vida Pura used this material to decorate this apartment. The use of other natural building materials, such as cork, wood, and stone, gives the apartment a truly harmonious feel.
As the name suggests, the natural elements apartment draws inspiration from the beauty of nature. The bedroom design incorporates the famous cork oaks of Portugal, a beautiful mosaic and wood finishes, while the bathroom is styled on the stunning vistas of the desert complete with sand dunes created with Moroccan plastering techniques.
The open-plan living room and kitchen area with also boast many natural elements, such as cork, stone, and wood.
As the name suggests, the recycle art apartment has been decorated and furnished with recycled and re-used materials that have been designed into the apartment in an artful way. The design of this wonderfully unique living space brings together a wealth of surprising materials.
The bedroom design incorporates a chestnut wooden bed mixed with 18th century carved posts from India. The bathroom has a sink made from an old wine press and the floor is made of slices of pine wood mixed with reused wine bottle tops. The living tops it off with the sofa made out of recycled jeans and in the kitchen a surfboard acts as one of the kitchen shelves.
The Vida Pura villa turns into a guesthouse format in low and mid seasons. This means you can rent each bedroom individually and the common areas such as kitchen, living room, and outside area become shared facilities.
The Vida Pura guesthouse offers the serenity room with en-suite bathroom and two smaller bedrooms, the inspiration room, and the contemplation room that share one bathroom. Each bedroom has its own outdoor access great for doing yoga, reading a good book, or just relaxing in the hammock and taking in the ambiance.
The guesthouse is equipped with a kitchen with a sink, utensils, oven, fridge or freezer and gas cooker, living area, dining area and table with 10 seats, big couch, a TV with 80 satellite channels, a DVD player, herb garden, large glass doors that give access to a 100-square-meter wooden deck, and on the south a terrace of Santa Catarina tiles.
Before the class, you will have your pre-yoga breakfast and drink some of the homegrown herbal tea, lemon water, coffee, or have some fruits or yoghurt. However you like it. Then, head to the yoga deck, start your day energized and renewed with your daily morning yoga lesson. Each day, there will be different styles. It will be either Vinyasa, Hatha, Ashtanga, or Yin.
In the afternoon (exact time depends on the tide), the surf’s up! Head to the beach of Odeceixe for your surfing lesson. You will be provided with all the gear you will need; the experienced surf instructor will guide you through the lesson. Go paddle and stand on that board! The lesson is about one and a half hours.
This retreat is located in the middle of a reserve close to the town of Odeceixe and its marvelous beach. During the day and especially at night, it is so quiet so you can hear a pin drops. The nocturnal animals sing their songs and the stream that divides the Algarve and the Alentejo trickles endlessly over the land. You can take great hikes by the river stream and up or down the valley.
The Odeceixe beach is the first price winning beach in the huge natural park that surrounds it. The beach is great for surfing, body boarding, and sunbathing. At the river side, the ocean’s waves are cancelled out and harnesses great opportunity for families with smaller kids.
If you want some more movement but not too much, you can take a bike, walk, or drive to Odeceixe, a little sleepy town but vibrant in summer. Around the area, traditionalism is very tangible and agriculture and fishery are one of the main activities. It is an area where you can still find donkeys ploughing the fields and the fish is served straight from the boat onto your plate.
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Included in the retreat package is daily breakfast with homegrown herbal tea, lemon water, coffee, fruit, or yogurt.
Spend your free time however you want! There are so many options of activities available for you to try including sunbathing, strolling, shopping, chilling, getting a massage, or getting some more yoga.
Massage is available at an extra cost. Close your eyes and render yourself. In no time, you will be in deep relaxation and at the end of the day, you will feel that body and mind have been renewed and you have gained new breath. You shall experience the necessary tranquility to appease anxieties and blockings caused by life pressure which deter you from reaching your balance.
For your treatments, you can rely on Nuno, a specialist with expertise and several techniques with a focus on your personal needs.
Please book your flight to arrive at Faro Airport (FAO). Transfer from and to this airport is available upon request.
"Lovely, laid back ethical eco-retreat in a lush valley. Lovely staff and owners. Two hours walk to idyllic beach. Food and accomodation great."
"However, not enough yoga (2 hours in 4 days) for me - but great for walking and getting away from it all."
"I would like to give them 10 stars. The owners are so friendly and everything is beautifully built and taken care of. Such a great experience. Can be a bit crazy to get there, but it is well explained beforehand. The surroundings are also amazing. Would go there again in a heartbeat."
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"It's our last day at this beautiful paradise near to some of the most amazing beaches. We loved it here and I enjoyed to have the time to join the yoga classes every morning, after watching the sunrise from our terrace. If you are looking for a place to relax and enjoy the beauty of the nature that's the place to go! We will definitely coming back."
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"What a fantastic place! I stayed for a few nights in mid-March. Great experience and an incredible location. I will definitely be coming back! Thanks guys."
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"It was an amazing eight days staying at Vida Pura! They have very warm and helpful people and we had a lot of fun with the volunteers too. The surroundings are just perfect and the animals on the site are lovely, as were the beaches nearby and the local restaurants! I definitely recommend this to everyone!"
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"What a wonderful place and they've just built a wooden yoga, meditation, and karate-platform with an amazing view over the valley! Thank you for everything. Next time, we will definitely stay longer!"
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