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This amazing surf and yoga holiday is taking place in the beautiful and 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.
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.
How to get there
Arrival by plane
Please book your flight to arrive at Faro Airport (FAO). Transfer from and to this airport is available upon request.
Arrival by bus
It is also possible to come by public transports. Faro airport is 1hour and 30 minuted away and Lisbon is 3 hours and 30 minutes away. From Lisbon you have a direct bus to Odeceixe. You can check the schedule here: www.rede-expressos.pt
Coming from Faro you have to go to Lagos and from Lagos to Odeceixe. Please check www.eva-bus.com. You will be picked up at the bus stop.
If you wish to rent a bike, please let Vida Pura know in advance, so they can contact the bike rental company.
Going in town or to the beach by taxi is also very easy and in a good price range.
As this holiday has seasonal prices, please be advised that prices may vary depending on the season you choose:
Prices starting from 382 EUR per person (based on low season).
Please enquire us for the availability and more informations.
The yoga deck will provide you with soaring views of the surrounding countryside, the perfect space for a carefully developed yoga practice suitable for both experienced yogis and those new to the practice. Whether you prefer a dynamic flow with Vinyasa or a Hatha practice in which you will learn more about controlling the body and the breath, a deep meditative Yin aiming at the energetic body and connective tissues, or an intense challenge with Ashtanga, each day you will have the opportunity to experience new styles and new teachers. Your inner yogi will see its needs met.
All yoga classes will teach you more about pranayama breathing techniques, meditation, shapes or postures, and asanas. Yoga classes will be held daily, in the morning. You will always have the option to intensify your practice, whether you are new to yoga or more advanced with afternoon classes.
You will have plenty of free time to spend either through activities such as taking a surf lesson, riding waves at the marvelous beach of Odeceixe, or hiking one of the many routes of the Rota Vicentina, an awarded network of walking trails in southwest Portugal along the beautiful coastline. You can also relax completely by sunbathing at the beach, strolling around the endearing town of Odeceixe, or treating yourself with a de-stressing treatment from one of the partner therapists.