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.

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!


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.


Classic Yoga Retreat with Jenny and Igor, Portugal 7th – 13th October

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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

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.


Relax & Revive 5 Day Retreat – Boutique Hotel Vivenda Miranda, Portugal open March – November

Escape everyday life and treat yourself to an indulgent 5 night stay at Boutique Hotel Vivenda Miranda with maximum pampering and minimum stress. This is the perfect spa getaway experience just for you with your partner or a friend guaranteed to rejuvenate, relax and de-stress.

Boost your energy levels and establish new healthy habits with our selection of spa treatments and restaurant menu. This Relax & Revive offering includes 5 nights in a room with a beautiful sea or garden view, a welcome smoothie or juice on the hotel’s panoramic terrace with stunning views of the sparkling ocean and endless sky, super-food breakfasts with dairy free alternatives, fresh fruit, vegetable juices and smoothies. A two course lunch is included on two days of this relaxing break, to be taken on days of your choice as well as one evening four course dinner with vegetarian, vegan and raw food options.

As part of the retreat you can enjoy four organic treatments in the hotel’s Neal’s Yard Remedies of Covent Garden London Spa the first overseas spa of its kind. This includes Indian Head Massage, Body Harmony Treatment, Relaxing Back Massage and a Facial. Morning yoga sessions are included every other day and you will also enjoy unlimited access to the wellness pool, sauna and steam room.

So relax and completely unwind with us, it will make a world of difference to your health and wellbeing and see you returning home completely renewed.


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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