Portugal yoga vacation, Iyengar retreat

“Perfect for beginners dipping their toe into the world of yoga, this health kick of a sunny, soul-searching trip screams 'brand new you'.”

Highlights

Portugal | Algarve | Quinta Mimosa | 2-hour Iyengar yoga practice twice daily | Home-cooked vegetarian meals | Beautiful cottage accommodation | Optional therapies | Ria Formosa nature reserve

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25 Mar 2017
600
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29 Apr 2017
850
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19 May 2017
695
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21 Jul 2017
695
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28 Jul 2017
695
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19 Aug 2017
600
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21 Oct 2017
850
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Our top tip:
Yoga retreats are social, but peaceful - not a party.
Trip type:
Small group, 4-16 adults.
Activity level:
Lesiurely - all levenls welcome.
Accomm:
7 nights pretty cottage.
Solos:
Solo travelers welcome. Single rooms available for a surcharge.
Meals:
6 brunches, 6 dinners.
Included:
Accommodation, complete yoga course, professional instruction.
Vouchers
Accepted

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Responsible tourism: Portugal yoga vacation, Iyengar retreat

Environment

Wildlife: We have excellent knowledge of local wildlife and provide information on birds, flowers, seasons etc and encourage clients to go out and explore the nature that is all around us, not just go for the beach life (although that's pretty good too!)

Quinta Mimosa is a renovated farm so the land is steeped in farming history. There are 5 hectares of olive, almond and fruit trees lovingly cared for by the gardeners and guests are able to wander freely throughout and learn about the fruit that is produced, pick oranges, grapefruit, lemons and even avocados and bananas.

We have a herb garden and guests are also prompted to make herbal teas fresh from the plant rather than using shop bought products. Our cooks also provide fresh herbal iced tea at meal times for those who prefer not to drink alcohol.

Waste: We have well marked recycling units throughout the property and encourage guests to use them well. We also highlight recycling programmes available locally.
Water: We highlight the sensible use of water, and inform our guests of the need to save water, particularly in areas such as the Algarve where every drop is precious. At Monte na Luz, a water filter system is used and guests are provided with fresh water daily so minimal plastic bottles of water are used as guests simply refill their water bottles from the main water supply.
Food: We provide, where possible, meals made with locally grown food of the season. We support our local farmers markets and regularly promote them to our clients.

Community

We support our local community by sourcing all our therapists, caterers and helpers locally and building a team who are committed to living and working in the Algarve. We have tried and tested them ourselves and can certainly vouch for them as being experts in their field, caring and skilled therapists and dedicated to serving the community of the Algarve.

We encourage our guests to explore our local area and sample the wonderful variety of shops, restaurants etc which are locally owned and which provide traditional Portuguese products. There has been a resurgence of demand for local crafts such as soap making, weaving, cork products and rug making and we are proud of what our host country can produce so we encourage our guests to take home these kinds of souvenirs and continue to support the local people.

We also help clients to discover other areas of Portugal by recommending travel routes, hotels and guests houses that are more traditional and also support our own ideals. Many of our friends and colleagues are involved in projects such as volunteer work on farms, environmental projects etc.

Reviews of Portugal yoga vacation, Iyengar retreat

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I am reborn! Simply the best vacation I have ever been on
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
Very enjoyable
It was OK
A bit disappointing really

Reviewed on 06 Aug 2016 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


Rachel is an outstanding yoga teacher who is able to differentiate her classes so that the most inexperienced are able to enjoy and improve whilst the most experience are stretched and challenged. The environment is conducive to rest and relaxation and the food is exquisite - prepared with care and love.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Be prepared for seriously good vegetarian food. No real need to hire a car as transfers are well organised and taxi drivers knowledgeable and helpful. In fact, travel light as there are washing machines on site as well as books, magazines etc.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Very much so. There was a real sense that local people were involved and benefitting from Orange Tree Yoga. The environment is well served by recycling facilities and although food is plentiful, it certainly wasn't wasted.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


Outstanding. This is a seriously good vacation.

Reviewed on 30 Oct 2016 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


The wonderful group of fellow yogis, amazing yoga classes!
Our teacher, Rachel was excellent one of the best yoga teachers I have
encountered ever!, in addition the food was incredible prepared with love and zest by Wendy! I have stayed at 5 star hotels where the food was not as great as this! All vegetarian but creative and we even converted a meat eater!

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Rustic accommodation, bring a flashlight, mosquito spray, Don't overpack be prepared to be completely relaxed and feel amazing! Yoga was suitable for
beginners and bring enough cash for a massage which was also fantastic!

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes definitely far from the crowd, a lovely local town, Loule, to walk into, about 25 minutes, very natural setting, very eco conscious and not wasteful of resources.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


5 stars excellent

Reviewed on 04 Aug 2014 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


The yoga classes, the extraordinary vegetarian food and the peaceful location.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


If you are looking to a relaxing vacation with great food and most of all to practice your yoga, this is the place. Rachel is very nice and most of all professional. The location is also great with plenty fresh fruits from the trees, a swimming pool and the town of Loule 'is just about 1 hour walking away if you fancy a day out.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes, especially the food grocery stores in the village nearby and also the professional massage therapists available on site.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


9 out of 10!

Reviewed on 15 Dec 2013 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


The combination of the very warm welcome, excellent teaching and the wonderful food. All the elements were carefully put together with experience and a real commitment to the well being of the quests. The location was beautiful too.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Go for it- if you enjoy yoga and good company , you will get a lot out of this vacation.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes- every opportunity was taken to recycle and to use local produce.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


It exceeded my expectations- it was my first time and I did not know quite what to expect. Rachel is a very good and dedicated teacher- able to respond to all levels of ability and I think everyone experienced the benefits during the week.
The walks, the treatments and the food were all a bonus and altogether I had a wonderful week. I will certainly return and have already recommended it to friends.

Reviewed on 24 Aug 2013 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


Undertaking a new experience (YOGA). Great food. A relaxing vacation in good company

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?




3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


Excellent

Reviewed on 29 Nov 2013 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


The Quinta and surrounding land was like paradise in August; flowers and fruit in abundance, and one got a sense of it being a special,loved place. This feeling was echoed in the food that was carefully and imaginatively prepared using fresh local ingredients.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


The weather in August is VERY hot and whilst this is fine if you wish to relax by the pool, exploring in the middle of the day is not really feasible. The Quinta is fairly remote from public transport, so this really is a retreat location.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


I did feel this, the Quinta had a history and integrity that was evident. There was a family feel amongst the staff.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


A wonderful enriching experience.

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