Yoga Alliance RYT 200 (Yoga)
Rose is qualified to draw from various practices and incorporate them into classes that offer a relaxing yet energizing experience for her students. Through a variety of postures in each class Rose helps her students to build strength, flexibility and balance through stability.
ISA-2 (Wave Surfing)
Aldo was born in South Africa and has been surfing for over 17 years. Aldo understands the importance of good instructing and you will always see him in the water with his pupils pushing students onto waves and yelling plenty of encouragement!
As a youngster Braulio was always seen playing at the shore rolling on the foams, first bodysurfing and after a time with a boogie board. He is qualified with the Portuguese Surfing Federation. He is also a trained & qualified lifeguard and first aid.
Antonio's creative approach to his classes ensure everyone has a fun and memorable time. As a qualified homeopath he also likes to add his alternative knowledge including yoga in his lessons.
Simina Jonker Netherlands
This year I decided to come to Portugal for the first time and do what has been on my bucket list for some time now, learn how to surf! I couldn’t have found a better place to go to than Arrifana Surf Lodge! Sarah, Aldo, Glenn, Braulio, Antonio, Lance, Heather, Pedro & the rest of the team are the best! Arrifana truly lives up to their tagline “your home away from home”. Everything was just perfect, food, accommodation, people, yoga, massage and surfing lessons ! They made a surf girl out of me, I’ll be definitely coming back this year. Don’t look any further, go to Arrifana Lodge, enjoy one of the best things Portugal has to offer and I’ll guarantee you’ll have a fantastic time! Oh and you must book a massage by Sonia, best one ever!
A traveler United Kingdom
I had a fabulous holiday. Sarah and Aldo are a great mix of easy going, fun and professional. They are so helpful. The vibe of the lodge is relaxed and friendly whilst getting you up, out and learning about waves and surfing. The other surfing instructors are great fun, whilst knowing their stuff and had my unco-ordinated self out in the green water and standing up within a few days. They cater for a wide range of dietary needs with apparent ease. The food is amazing and healthy. Tip: Don't forget your zinc for feet, face and lips as whatever the temperature feels, the sun is super strong and unless you already have a serious base tan/very olive skin normal waterproof sun cream won't cut it! I very much enjoyed hiding under the shelter away from the sun at lunch :) Thoroughly recommend this surf-yoga retreat.
Arrifana Surf Lodge, exceeded my expectations. It gets maximum points and some on top for every aspect. I was a single guest for the first visit and it felt like home. Accommodations, foods, surf classes, yoga, as well as the communication with all guests were great and that was owed 101% to Sarah and Aldo, that were successfully creating a very welcoming environment. When they say that you will be served dinner, they fail to mention that you are in for a delicious feast. Gold star!
I stayed for a week and had a fantastic time. Everything was perfect - amazing location, fantastic food and a really friendly atmosphere. The surf lessons were great with a very individual approach to really focus on improving your surfing. Oh and the beach is amazing. I would also recommend the local hiking trails or exploring on the free bikes - the area is a national park and very beautiful. All in all a brilliant place, I can't recommend it highly enough and will definitely be back.
a traveller Netherlands
We had an amazing trip with the three of us in Feb. 2016 Aldo and Sara are really relaxed people and share their surf-inspired life in an awesome way with their guests. The surf lessons (we were all newbies) were perfectly led by Braulio and man, we had fun! Then lunch.. some great relaxing time on one of the terraces or at the fireplace... and then an amazing evening dinner every single day. When Aldo throws in his Afrikaner braai experience things really take off (aldo Sara clearly is the best cook in the house and does great things with the local Portuguese ingredients!) Being fond of hiking, I really enjoyed stretches of the coastal long distance path, Rota Vicentina. This lodge would serve as a great starting point.
Faz Z Australia
What an amazing house! What amazing hosts! What an amazing location! I cannot speak highly enough of what is offered by Sarah and Aldo at Arrifana Surf Lodge. I actually didn't have much of an idea of what I was heading for as one of my friends had booked this for me. I loved it. One week was definitely not enough and it was actually really hard to say goodbye at the end. This place is really just like home! The surfing, the teachers, the food (oh my God the food), the people, the hosts, the accommodation, the location ... just brilliant! Thank you Sarah and Aldo for any amazing experience. I can't wait to come back! :)
We stayed in Arrifana Surf Lodge and were amazed at how awesome the place is. Very well organized and feels just like home. Aldo is a terrific surf coach and a motivator. Sarah, on the other hand looked after us just like a mom would. Thanks guys!
Stayed here for two weeks for the second time and again had an awesome time. When Aldo picked me up in Lagos he said: 'Let's go back to paradise!' And he is right, to me Arrifana Surf Lodge is something like paradise. The surf is really good and the enthusiasm an passion with which Aldo and his surf instructors will help you to push your skills to a whole new level! After a day of surf at the nearby beaches, when you get back to the lodge it feels like coming home. The ambiance in the house is really relaxing, warm and cosy. And then there is the food. The meals (and the sandwiches prepared for the days at the beach) are delicious and just the right thing to refuel your batteries after a long day of surfing. Looking forward to my next trip in spring!
Joost and Christa Holland and Germany
Arrifana Surf Lodge website
Thanks Sarah and Aldo for the great week in Arrifana! Never thought it could be so fantastic!! When so much passion for surfing and food comes together it's called: Arrifana Surf Lodge!
Arrifana Surf Lodge website
Wonderful people! Thank you for having us and making us feel like part of the family. Aldo; you're a great teacher and Sarah; you're an amazing host. The surf was awesome and I look forward to coming back again to catch some more giants!
Yvonne United Kingdom
Arrifana Surf Lodge website
I don't want to go home! I've had a fab week here. I've learnt loads about surfing and had an amazing time. I think you're doing all the right things here and I love it! I hope to come back!
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