Yoga and Hiking Holiday, Madeira, 30 June – 7 July / 1 – 8 August / 8 – 15 August

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Description

Enjoy an adventure in this award winning destination with jaw dropping views of rugged coastline and ocean. Visit waterfalls, vineyards, beaches or stay by the pool and chill.

Far off the coast of North Africa lies an island full of raw, natural beauty and adventures. Madeira may be small in size but it makes up for it by everything else being on a grand scale. To begin, it boasts Europes highest sea cliffs, over 1300 hiking trails and even showing off the worlds largest firework display annually. This volcanic island really is a sight to behold.

Pioneers of slow tourism, Madeira is an island that protects and conserves its natural assets with care both on land and at sea. In fact, two-thirds of Madeira’s 741km2 is classified as a nature reserve. Furthermore, the natural heritage of the Madeira archipelago makes it a prime ecological destination.

Honestly, there are so many adventures to be had in Madeira, we struggled to create an itinerary that squeezes it all in! However, we have created a yoga adventure that blends the best this incredible island has to offer. Hikes through the stunning trails of the levadas, cultural highlights, ocean swims and time to explore the dramatic coastline.

Venue

For our yoga holiday in Madeira, we will be staying in one of the oldest Quintas on the island. Perched high above the bay of Funchal with sweeping views across the city and out to sea it feels like home from the moment you arrive.

A vast estate, the property is a working farm with a vineyard and a long, fascinating history! The beautiful gardens offer the perfect sanctuary to escape too with a book as well as a large pool, tennis courts and ponds. This is not a remote location, we are only a 15-minute walk into the city even though feel fully secluded by the estate.

The vast property has all manor of rooms to relax and have fun in! Alongside sitting rooms, there is a library and terrace with stunning views across Funchal. Outside you can enjoy the large pool, pool room with billiards, table tennis and a piano to play on!

Madeira is famous for its flowers and the expansive gardens are a prime example. Filled with perfect spots to escape to with a book or, head to the pool to relax on a lounger.

Yoga

The yoga classes on our yoga holiday Madeira will be suitable for all levels and abilities. We love having to introduce total beginners to yoga!

We hope to make the most of the amazing climate and gardens of the Quinta and do as many classes as possible outside under the shade of the trees. There is also a beautiful indoor yoga space perfect for restorative and meditations sessions.

Our morning yoga classes will be a blend of grounding Hatha, strong flows and creative movements to energise you for the day ahead. Evening sessions will be a blissful end to the day with restorative, yin and meditation.

You will need to bring your own yoga equipment on this retreat. We recommend you bring a mat, block and a blanket.

Retreat schedule

Our days on your yoga holiday Madeira will be the perfect blend of adventure and relaxation. The hikes in Madeira are challenging – this is a volcanic island so you can expect walks that have both ascents and descents. However, we take everything at a gentle pace so we can take in the beauty of where we are and the company we are in.

A day on retreat in Madeira

7 am
Tea and nibbles served in the terrace

7.30 am
Morning Yoga in the garden

9 am
Delicious vegan/veggie brunch to fuel the days adventures

10 am – Day 1
Walk into Funchal to explore and enjoy some wine tasting

10 am – Day 2
Guided hike through the Levada trails – don’t forget to bring your swim suit for a cool off in the waterfalls

10 am – Day 3
Trip to the stunning North of the island to enjoy a sea swim and time at the beach

10 – am Day 4
Guided hike along the coastal paths, taking in the incredible views

10 am- Day 5
Day to relax at home, explore the city, go for a sea swim

4 pm
Back home to relax, unwind and enjoy a swim in the outdoor pool

5.30 pm
Restorative yoga class in the beautiful garden studio

8 pm
Two course vegan dinner

9 pm
Relax in the sitting room, music room our our on the terrace watching the lights of the city and the stars

Cuisine

The island is known for its wonderful fresh produce that grows from the nutrient-rich volcanic soils of the island.

We will be making the most of the sub-tropical climate and the abundant organic local produce to create our plant-based meals for you to enjoy.

As you are probably aware, Madeira is also famed for two of lifes’ most wonderful gifts – wine and cake! Of course, it would be rude not to, especially as our Quinta is home to a vineyard and you can experience from grape to glass from the garden!

Our post-yoga brunch will fuel your days’ adventures and evening meals will showcase the skills of our chefs and produce of the island.

As we will be out and about during the days, lunches will be from local cafes, markets and restaurants while we are out. On hike days where this is not possible, we will provide you with a delicious packed lunch.

Rooms & Prices

There are 9 unique bedrooms within the Quinta with plenty of space and character. With a traditional feel they are simple but exceptionally clean and comfortable each with views across the gardens or out to sea. Each room has a private bathroom with showers. There are a mix of private doubles and twin rooms available.

Single en-suite room: £1495

Single room shared bathroom with 1 other person: £1395

Twin room with en-suite: £1195pp

A twin room is two single beds for two people sharing

Includes

  • Traditional Madeira Quinta with lots of outdoor space and spacious bedrooms
  • Outdoor swimming pool and sun beds
  • Energising morning yoga classes
  • Restorative evening yoga classes
  • Delicious plant based brunch after yoga with our AY chef
  • Delicious plant based evening meal after yoga with our AY chef
  • Lunch if staying at the Quinta
  • Exclusive access to the Quinta
  • Outdoor pool, games rooms and tennis court
  • Three guided hikes/tours with qualified guides and packed lunches
  • Transport included for all hikes
  • Madeira Wine tasting tour

What past guests have said

“I arrived full of physical tension and I’m leaving radiating sunshine! Thank you for making this possible! I loved it ALL!”

“An amazing, relaxing and nourishing weekend, I met incredible teachers and people and go home inspired. Thank you.”

“Can’t wait to return. Please do another just the same next August. The perfect escape and I’m sad to leave but feel mended and with a happy heart.”

Location and how to get here

Madeira is easily accessible from a number of UK airports and various airlines. The flight time is roughly 4 hours.

Airport transfers are not included within your package with us so to allow for you to arrive as and when you choose. As with all of our retreats we will be able to link people arriving on the same flights to share taxis etc. The transfer from the airport to the property takes 20 minutes.

Access to the property on arrival day will be no earlier than 4 pm and departure from the property will be no later than 10 am.

Below are the departure airports that offer direct flights to Madeira.

London Gatwick – flights with EasyJet
Heathrow – flights with British Airways
London Luton – flights with Whizz Air
Bristol – flights with EasyJet

Booking

To book on to this Hiking and Yoga Retreat in the Madeira, fill in the form below. You can also email the team direct on retreats@soulseedmedia.com.

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