Visit Portugal with one of these inspiring yoga, pilates or wellness holidays

Visit Portugal with one of these inspiring yoga, surf, pilates and spa holidays

Despite its size Portugal is packed with striking landscapes, exceptional beaches, and vibrant culture. If you think it’s time to explore this little country facing the Atlantic, have a look at these wellness and spa holidays and be ready to visit Portugal and enjoy some of the best sunsets of your life.

Yin Yoga Retreats Portugal, 11 – 17 March/13 – 19 May

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Our yin yoga retreats are for those going through a stressful life period or work situations and need to rest, heal and recharge batteries, while spending some quality time with themselves. Living in the world, balancing love, work, family, finances and health is not an easy feat. There are always incredible moments to be enjoyed but they are usually sustained and financed by long days of hard work. To maintain our health in such busy rhythm is often challenging and there are moments when one needs to take a break, a wholesome break, both for the body and the mind.

This retreat offers exactly that, quality yoga and mindfulness teachings, therapeutically holistic treatments, healthy food and lots of time and space for you to disconnect and reconnect. Welcome to this unique opportunity to heal and open your heart, supported by the softest side of yoga and the loving guidance of Jenny and Igor at Vale da Lama, Algarve Portugal.


Yoga and Detox Holiday Portugal, 15th – 21st October

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This Yoga and Detox Cleanse of the mind, body & heart in Portugal is for anyone who wishes to have a gentle detox with effective results. We meditate and practice yoga twice a day, learn a lot about nutrition and how to make life more simple, healthy and happy.

The Yoga Detox holiday is our most popular yoga retreat. Whether Yoga is new to you, or you are an accomplished Yogi, you will enjoy and benefit highly from my specific detoxifying blend of Yoga postures. The level of instruction is personalized to suit each individual.

Through the combination Yoga and healthy vegetarian food, your body will receive a boost of life energy. You will leave the holiday with a deeper understanding of yoga, a healthy body, a relaxed and clear mind, and an open heart (and sparkling eyes).


Yoga Retreat Portugal – Vale de Moses, open April to October

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Vale de Moses is a family run yoga retreat in the heart of the Portuguese mountains. Spend a week or more practicing yoga, receiving massage and acupuncture treatments, walking in forests, swimming in natural river pools and eating delicious nutritious food. Stay in one of the beautifully restored stone cottages, Soulpads or in a Tipi. Our retreat home is perfect for those in need of a break, rest and relaxation. We are surrounded by nature and forests, peace and tranquility – the perfect ingredients to restore your body and mind.

The combination of good food and sleep, clean mountain air and water, therapeutic massage and acupuncture, hill walking and river swimming, all create a highly restorative context in which to begin, or to deepen, your yoga practice. Retreat week run from April to October. A variety of styles of yoga are taught at Vale de Moses through the year by some delightful and inspiring teachers who will take care of you on your mat. Please do not worry about being “good” enough. Or flexible or thin enough. Or whatever enough. We prefer to think you are perfect just as you are. Whatever your capability or experience may be, you are truly welcome. It might be your first yoga retreat, perhaps your first yoga class, or maybe you’ve been practicing regularly for decades. Read our review!


Healing Yoga and Wellness Holiday Portugal, 1 – 7 July/15 -21 July/5 – 11 August/19 – 25 August

This healing Yoga and Wellness holiday is set to takes place at the lush and inspiring Quinta Da Rosa. We have developed a simple and effective concept that we believe will make this yoga holiday a pure unforgettable bliss: Yoga + meditation + relaxation + lush and delicious vegetarian food all surrounded by amazing oceanic environment. This holiday is all about having fun with yoga and will also teach you how to benefit and enjoy the vitality and good health that the yoga lifestyle has to offer.

Each day we will practice 5 hours of yoga in form of meditation, yoga asanas (Poses), pranayama (Breathing exercises), yoga related theory and philosophy and deep relaxation techniques. Besides this program, there is time to relax at the pool, walk to the beach, swim in the ocean and spoil yourself silly with massages. We have amazing therapists offering shiatsu, spiritual healing, and foot reflexology. The venue is in a perfect location for a retreat, just a 10 min walk to 3 beautiful beaches of your choice or not going anywhere and rest at the pool. Read our review!


Yoga Surf Holiday Portugal, 17 – 23 June, 9 -15 September

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This retreat will offer you the opportunity to combine the wonderful surf of the Portuguese South West coast with a healing and insightful yoga practice. Surfing is awesome, everyone will tell you that, whether you are a beginner or a seasoned surfer, the ocean doesn’t care; it will play with you and remind you of the child inside. The famous surfer Clay Marzo says it very beautifully: ‘Waves are toys from God’. What not so many people will tell you is that it is also a hard art. The ocean is extremely powerful and we are small creatures, so we do take a bit of a beating every time we get out there. A small price to pay, but a price non-the less.

Yoga will give you the opportunity to enjoy this week without breaking your body. We’ll stretch and warm you up for the ride in the mornings and take care of your happily exhausted bodies at the end of the day with a wonderful restorative and relaxing session. You’ll come back home with a giant smile, a tan and a new understanding of how amazing this yoga stuff really can be.


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Join Yogaion for an unforgettable Nourish, Yoga and Surf Retreat and experience the most amazing settings of the Algarvian west coast of Portugal. In a stunning ​eco, ocean view beach house, set amidst a coastal national park. It’s completely self sustainable and off the grid. All the electricity comes from solar panels and the water is provided from a well. Come and experience a wonderful, nourishing mixture of superb Iyengar based yoga, great surf by highly qualified teachers and the best healthy, nutritious, yummy food.

This retreat is the perfect package for those who want a bit of everything! 10 Yoga classes, 3 days of surf with a highly qualified and experienced surf teacher and a cooking workshop on the surf-free day to learn some of the delicious recipes that are being prepared. All combined with yummy healthy food for ultimate nourishment. The surf will give you a chance to connect with the ocean and see some of the most beautiful beaches around. Read our review.


PILATES REJOICE: Easter Pilates & Family Yoga Retreat at Monte Velho Portugal, 31st March – 5th April

Our Easter Pilates & Family Yoga Retreat at Monte Velho Portugal is a retreat for friends – old and new. Together with Mareile Paley of Pilates Retreat Asia and Berlin-based Evelyn Dann, we invite you to join us in a beautiful retreat center in Portugal to celebrate a week of friendship, movement and being together. Other than our regular retreats, the emphasis here is on family – offering kids Yoga classes besides Pilates & Yoga classes for the adults. There is also lots of free time to explore the beaches around Carrapateira, go surfing, swim and enjoy life together. We would love for you to join us – alone, with a friend or bring the whole family! Great big Easter Egg Hunt included!

Our home for this retreat week will be Monte Velho, a breath-taking yoga retreat venue with a stunning round yoga hall, sitting on top of the hills of the Algarve’s west coast. The spaciousness of the retreat and its surroundings invite to get lost and fully immersed in nature. Adjacent to a holistic riding center and not far from the Atlantic sea, Mote Velho feels like a world apart.

The holistic center is designed to offer all the comfort and space we will need for our practise and own time. The main temple Casa das Pinhas with its heated floor will be our practise and movement space. Between activities you can relax or study in a variety of calm and peaceful spaces that were placed for the purpose of joy and contemplation, all with amazing views of the surroundings. A large common living room invites to make new friends and exchange experiences, while the cosy bed rooms and suites serve as your personal little oasis.


Classic Yoga Retreat with Jenny & Igor, Portugal 11 – 17 February/31 March – 1 April/8 – 14 April

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Hatha flow, alignment, yin yoga, pranayama, meditation and yoga psychology. A classic yoga retreat for those of you with a regular practice or with the intention of starting one. A week course that will give you the base to build your spiritual practice on or, if you already have one, the perfect opportunity to go deeper. Our classic yoga retreat is where all the elements of the yoga practice will be explained and explored in a simple yet profound way. This retreat is an overview of all that yoga has to offer. It can be considered a crash course for the beginner or curious new comer or also an opportunity to develop depth for the seasoned practitioner.

We have two daily practices, morning and evening, where asana, meditation and breath are explained slowly and thoroughly, both in moving and still sessions, giving you the perfect chance to establish a solid foundation for your future practice. We will also include assisted self practice sessions along the week to help you design your routine for when you are back home and inspiration to carry on with a meaningful yoga practice for the months to come.


Yin and Yang Yoga Retreat Under Portuguese Skies, 15th – 20th May 2018

Join us for a five day yin and yang yoga retreat in luxurious and tranquil accommodation, nestled in the streets of the Old Town of Olhao, a charming fishing town, just a fifteen minute away from Faro airport.

This place is stunning, with incredible views and a rooftop pool, and the possibility to just step out into Olhao without having to travel! In the middle of the day, the time is your own to do as you please. You will not be short of options: you could choose to explore the islands or maybe book a massage in one of the treatment rooms. Take the time for some ‘you time’!

During these five blissful days in sunny Portugal you will get a chance to relax and unwind, but you will also have the opportunity to step up your practice on our rooftop, with a variety of styles on offer (Jivamukti, Rocket, Vinyasa, Yin and Nidra). Elodie’s retreats are fun, sweaty whilst still giving you your independence. You can choose to join in as little or as much yoga as you want and there will multiple options given to make the practice more challenging or softer.

Elodie has a wealth of experience in movement; from contemporary dance, to yoga, as well as body weight training. Thanks to this, you will without a doubt find your way into a deeper, and stronger practice.

Not only will you deepen your understanding of asana, pranayama, meditation and anatomy, but you will also feel refreshed, restored and nourished, thanks to the chef’s beautiful vegetarian brunches and dinners. Expect to leave with new friends, chomping at the bit, energised and best of all… happy!.


Family Yoga Retreat with organic food in Portugal, 22nd – 28th July

A week in nature, in a permaculture farm, organic meals, supervised children activities during the yoga classes, gardens, pool and farm activities on the premises, the beach 40 minutes walk away (5 minutes by car). Safe without being totally secluded, relaxed but without boring the kids to death. And with two ‘Yoga for Parents’ classes a day on the menu, you’ll get those sweet little breaks that are so necessary for us parents.

Jenny and Igor are our teachers and apart from years of teaching yoga, they are also parents and know how hard it can be to practice, get some grown up time and at the same time knowing that their child is safely taken care of and having fun  provides a unique opportunity for parents and children vacationing together and all doing what they enjoy and at the same time get some quality time together.


Luxury Yoga Retreat in Cabanas Velhas, Algarve 5th -12th May

Join us for our luxury Yoga Retreat in Cabanas Velhas. Each VIVA retreat experience is designed to ensure you have a week of complete and utter wonderfulness. From the breath-taking views of the ocean waves as you step onto the yoga decking to the delicious food lovingly prepared and served to you, we are committed to providing you with the most amazing retreat from your day to day life.

The morning discussion time will start with the power of intention setting at the beginning of the week – letting go of the old and creating space for the new things you want to bring into your life. We will then check in each day and use some simple techniques to help you break through anything that’s holding you back. You will have some optional journaling and other exercises to complete through the day to help you make the most of your time.

Everyone will have the chance of a 1:1 session with our yoga teachers Alison to either look at a personal yoga practice plan or enjoy coaching on your life goals be they big or small. In a world where we spend most of our time just being busy, we know how important it is to take time out from our usual demanding schedule. We want to give you an opportunity to escape from that crazy rush into a haven where you will be completely nourished and nurtured.

You can come with the intention to have a really great healthy holiday with yoga included, or with a deeper intention to make a life change, big or small.


Spa Hotels and Resorts

Algarve Spa and Health Club, Quinta do Lago Algarve

Located in the stylish Quinta do Lago, set within two thousand acres of the Ria Formosa National Park and just five minutes from the unspoilt beaches of the Algarve coastline, the Conrad Algarve Spa & Health Club is one of the most luxurious and desirable spas in Portugal, if not Europe. A haven providing holistic therapies, combining meditation and relaxation, as well as special body treatments. This oasis of calm adopts a contemporary approach to rekindling your energy and rediscovering your spirit.

Forward-thinking and seductively opulent, the Conrad Spa is all about you, embracing and blending a holistic approach to your wellbeing using cutting-edge treatments and personalised treatment programs, delivered by intuitive therapists with expert hands. Treating each individual as a whole; the treatment menu uniquely combines high touch and high tech disciplines that specifically target each guest’s individual needs and goals. Their Australian Intraceuticals brand is fantastic, try out on their oxygen-infused facials or uplifting Aromatherapy Associate oil massages.Outside the treatment rooms lie cabanas, ice fountains, experience showers, infinity pools and a world of natural sunshine.

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Longevity Luxury Spa and Wellness Resort, Armação de Pêra Portugal

Located on cliffs overlooking Praia das Gaivotas and the Atlantic Ocean, with direct access to a golden sand Algarvian beach, Vilalara Thalassa Resort features a luxurious spa, 6 outdoor pools and 2 restaurants. Spacious suites are surrounded by extensive landscaped gardens and 4 tennis courts.

Vilalara Longevity Thalassa & Medical Spa is a unique fusion of Thalassa, Spa and state of the art wellness and anti-ageing solutions. An integrated experience to help you relax, revitalize, reenergize and rejuvenate.

The resort has one of the best thalassotherapy centres in the world and offers a roster of fitness, detox, stress-management and weight-loss programmes. There are group-friendly boot camps and a hardcore 15-day Fast Slimming and Detox plan.  A fleet of doctors, nutritionists and fitness trainers is at your disposal.

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Four Seasons Spa Hotel Ritz Lisbon

The Four Seasons Hotel Ritz Lisbon is one of the most regal hotels in the city with private terraces, elegant restaurants and a giant gym on the roof with a wraparound view. It was built in 1959 by the dictator Salazar to prove that Lisbon could do luxury as well as any other European capital. More than half a century later it is still setting the bar. The spa is undoubtedly the best in Lisbon, with an 18-metre lap pool as its centre piece. Products are from Sodashi, Swiss Perfection and ESPA; manicures use Spa Ritual’s vegan nail care products. Four treatments rooms offer treatments such as honey and almond scrub, the four handed “Symphony massage” and facials from Swiss Perfection, which deliver effective anti-ageing treatments.

The 11th floor fitness area features an outdoor running track overlooking Lisbon and the indoor swimming pool overlooks the hotel gardens and Lisbon’s Eduardo VII Park. Not a bad place to work out from and be inspired and motivated by the views! Highly qualified trainers are available to help guests explore the latest trends in exercise. Featuring three floor-to-ceiling glass walls, the exercise room has a total area of 157 square metres (1,690 square feet), and offers up-to-the-minute equipment including treadmills, bicycles and elliptical machines. With an area of 52 square meters (560 square feet) each, one of the studios is a fully-equipped Pilates room, and the other provides stands for resistance training.

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Altis Belém Hotel & Spa, Lisbon

Altis Belém Hotel & Spa is a 5 star design hotel in Lisbon, located in Belém overlooking the Tagus River, representing a contemporary view of the Golden Ages of Portugal during the discoveries in the 15th and 16th centuries. The hotel wows you with its striking architecture

The theme of the discoveries is intricately threaded throughout all of the hotel’s 50 luxury rooms (including 5 suites) absorbing and tempting you to embark on an exotic journey displayed in a series of illustrated wall panels, giving each room a bespoke atmosphere. A design hotel in Lisbon that allows you to go on a journey from Mauritania on the West coast of Africa, through Arabia, India, Siam, Osaka and across to the tropics via Brazil.

Here you can also find the BSpa by Karin Herzog, an awarded signature spa that is unique in Portugal and where oxygen therapy and ancient oriental traditions of relaxation ensure the ultimate wellness for body and mind. As you dive into the rooftop pool with amazing views of the white city, feel the chilled out Iberian vibe drive out every last trace of worry.

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Healthy restaurants

Happy Cow have an extensive list of vegan and vegetarian restaurants in Portugal.

Read Timeout’s article on the healthy restaurants in Lisbon and for those visiting Porto, the best Vegetarian and Vegan restaurants from the Culture Trip.

For tips on where to stay and other recommendations, get yourself a Lonely Planet Guide!.

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