House of Zen

House of Zen is a yoga-friendly place offering yoga retreats. We cherish tranquility, peace of mind, harmony with people and nature.

  • Estoril, Portugal

Speaks English

from US$798

Really Good 8.7/10

Based on 14 reviews
from US$798
Price for:

7 days / 6 nights

Really Good 8.7/10

Based on 14 reviews

Laura Jane

Laura is a highly dedicated, experienced, and passionate yoga instructor with advanced certified training in Ashtanga principles. Her dance studies and acrobatic skills have influenced the vigorous yet graceful way she practices and teaches yoga. She can easily motivate and inspire people to go beyond in her classes. Laura took various yoga teacher training and other yoga-related certifications in Thailand, Hong Kong, and Taiwan. She developed her yoga teaching experience in Macau and England, and currently she is teaching in Estoril.

João Gama

João is an experienced guide and a passionate surf and rock climbing instructor. Born and raised in Cascais and with a degree in sports, he developed his outdoor sports skills since very young, nurtured by a growing love for nature. Like the palm of his hands, be it in the mountains or by the sea, he knows the best spots and routes in UNESCO Heritage Sintra Mountains and Sintra-Cascais Natural Park and surroundings. Feel captivated by João's unconditional love for his hometown region.

Cátia Pereira

Cátia is very mindful of the body-mind-spirit connection. She loves yoga, the arts of healing, psychology, and astrology. Born and raised in Portugal, she started to practice yoga in 2009. A deeper interest in yoga arose in Thailand, where she also took various healing training courses and, later, a Hatha yoga teacher training in India, in which meditation and mantra chantings had an important role. Cátia believes the yoga practice, while combining the use of sounds, breathing, and asanas, is a path to connect with one's inner self.

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  • B
    Review by Anonymous

    Belle expérience

    CONS Cons: - rien à signaler

    PROS Pros: - l'emplacement est idéal (face à la mer, à coté de Cascais et de Lisbonne) - la gentillsesse du personnel - la qualité des cours de yoga - propreté du logement

    Organizer response: Thank you so much for staying with us. We happy to know you enjoyed the classes and the whole experience! You are most welcome to return :)) Wish you all the best.

    2017-Aug-13 18:48:05

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    Review by Renske Ensing from Netherlands

    Perfect Portugese hang out

    PROS Pros: All staffmembers from House of Zen were very welcoming. Very willing to help in any way they could make out stay more enjoyable. Location is fabulous, quiet but within 5 minutes walking distance to beach and restaurants.

    Organizer response: Thank you for staying with us! Happy to know you enjoyed this short getaway in Estoril. It was a pleasure having with us nice vibe yogini instructors at House of Zen! Wish you a great year ahead :) Light and inspiration

    2017-Jul-29 17:34:53

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    Review by Caroline Kearney from Philippines

    Amazing, totally recommend House of Zen

    PROS Pros: The staff, accommodation , yoga classes. Everything was flawless

    Organizer response: Thank you for staying with us! It was a pleasure having you with us at the House and you are always welcome to return! Namaste Sending you light and inspiration! Silvie

    2017-Jul-21 16:43:42

  • K
    Review by Kerry Needs from United Kingdom

    Lovely stay

    CONS Cons: I think the only thing that could be improved is having aircon for the rooms, and a mini fridge, so we could keep ourselves/ bottles of water cool if it gets too hot.

    PROS Pros: Lovely 3 night break in Estoril. The beach is only a 10 minute walk away, with plenty of good restaurants. The House of Zen is a great place to do yoga, particularly the roof terrace. Silvie is very friendly and welcoming, and Fiona makes the most delicious breakfasts.I found the yoga very enjoyable, Laura is very knowledgeable and a good yoga teacher. There is a beautiful garden out the back with hammocks, and the shared bathroom is very nice and spacious.There's also a corner balcony to relax on and a small 'living room' downstairs. I would certainly return to the House of Zen in the future!

    Organizer response: Thank you so much the staying with us! It was a pleasure to have a nice vibe group of girls with us at House of Zen. We are happy you enjoyed the classes and the breakfasts and you are certainly most welcome to return! Yes, I know you felt too hot to sleep in the first two nights, but the weather on the weekend you arrived was totally not the pattern here in the region. In fact, the house feels quite cool and pleasant during the whole summer, especially in the evening time and the fan is usually enough. On the third night you must have felt the difference - that was our usual weather pattern. Again, you are very welcome to return, even in summer :))

    2017-Jun-24 18:18:34

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    Review by Karen Tam from United Kingdom

    Lovely hotel owners, great yoga teachers.

    CONS Cons: The back gate, used after hours, if the front door is not accessible can get stuck and you feel like you can't get into the accommodation. Spoke to the hotel owners and they immediately rectified it by getting someone in to inspect the problem.

    PROS Pros: The personalised touch made to the healthy breakfasts. All made fresh by Silvie daily. The fresh juices are very tasty. Also the ambience the place provides, the calmness, the zen. The yoga teachers (I had Athena and Kimma) knows their stuff, proud to be a yogi there! Silvie and Michele were great hostesses, very friendly and helpful. The accommodation was extremely clean, and is cleaned daily. Bed comfortable, rooms are decorated to a high standard. The wifi connection was strong.

    Organizer response: Thank you so much for your generous review! We cannot but to feel encouraged to continue giving our heart while working and welcoming our guests. I am happy that you enjoyed so much the morning healthy breakfasts! Fruits and veggies are always the best choice for starting the day and this is what we offer in a simple and creative as much as possible.I love eating, so for me it is a pleasure preparing the juices and bowls. Glad to know you liked the classes too :). I will pass the message to Kimma and Athena - it will sure bring a smile to their faces! Sorry for the inconvenience regarding the backdoor. It is already repaired and it opens and closes again smoothly now. You are most welcome to return when you wish! Thank you! <3 Light and inspiration Silvie House of Zen

    2017-Jun-11 18:51:27

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    Review by Sevil Yesiloglu from United Kingdom

    Organizer response: It was really nice meeting you girls! We hope you enjoyed the yoga and the beaches around our place. Keep us posted please! Sending you a warm hug! Silvie and Michele

    2017-Jun-11 00:03:39

  • A
    Review by Ailsa Malone from Ireland

    Organizer response: Thank you so much for staying with us, Ailsa! Sending you light and inspiration from Estoril!

    2017-Jun-01 06:09:28

  • M
    Review by Mia Hull from United Kingdom

    Organizer response: Thanks for having stayed with us! We were very happy to know you enjoyed the House of Zen experience and the outdoors in the region! It is always a pleasure to have nice tranquil and good vibe people with us. Wish you a gorgeous year ahead!

    2017-May-29 18:33:04

  • S
    Review by Sue Tideswell from United Kingdom

    Delightful stay at House of Zen

    PROS Pros: We really enjoyed our stay. The room was charming as was Silvie the owner who gives everything a personal touch . The yoga was great and Laura was in tune with the needs and abilities of participants .

    Organizer response: We simply feel happy if our guests feel comfortable and enjoy their time during their stay! In fact, if our guests are nice people, this is really an easy task for us, because we do it with pleasure. Thank you for coming! Namaste

    2017-May-09 12:07:09

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    Review by Mads Thomsen from Denmark

    Portugal on the beach

    PROS Pros: Really great stay. The bed n' breakfast was amazing, the yoga was inspiring and the beach city was great.

    Organizer response: Thank you for staying with us! You were an amazing guest and hope to see you back soon!

    2017-Apr-21 10:15:03

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    Review by Hayleigh Bosher from Netherlands

    Absolutely Wonderful!

    PROS Pros: Lovely place and amazing people !

    Organizer response: Dear Hayleigh, We are so happy to know you enjoyed the experience at House of Zen! Thank you so much for staying with us. We are open all year round, so you are definitely most welcome to return! Namaste a big hug from House of Zen team

    2017-Apr-18 12:14:02

  • A
    Review by Amy Flood from United Kingdom

    Relaxing mini break

    PROS Pros: The House of Zen is perfect for a quiet, relaxing break. The house is clean, cool and calm. Very nicely decorated and maintained. Silvie and Michele are very accommodating to your needs and provided a healthy tasty breakfast each day. The yoga studio and classes are definitely a highlight. Laura is a fantastic, warm teacher who to tailored the experience to each pupil. Overall, a great experience. Many thanks!

    Organizer response: Hi Amy! Thank you so much for the review. We are glad to know you enjoyed the stay and the classes. Best wishes and... see you soon! from all of us at House of Zen

    2017-Apr-18 12:09:09

  • Review by Steven V.
    9 out of 10

    "Nice and quiet B&B in Estoril. Close to the beach and train station, so you can easily walk. With the train you can be in Lissabon within 30 minutes and in 5 minutes in Cascais. Very friendly staff: I felt (almost) like home. With no yoga experience at all, the teachers helped me in a very positive and supportive way. I can recommend this B&B to everyone!"

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  • Review by Elizabeth Little from Ireland
    9 out of 10

    "The House of Zen provides a fantastic opportunity to develop your yoga practise with a wide range of teaching styles, thoughtful and experienced. I would highly recommend it from beginner to more intermediate yogis! "

    "The accommodation provides the ideal backdrop: clean, calm, relaxing. There is also a beautiful roof terrace and garden to spend some free time. The breakfasts were varied, nourishing and pleasantly served. "

    "Our hosts could not be more accommodating! Daily we were checked upon, advised of what the surrounding area has to offer and guided as to the best yoga sessions to attend for our requirements. "

    "Will definitely be heading back in the future with some more guests! "

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Testimonials

  • Review by Natalia Madrás
    10 out of 10

    "I tried yoga in two different places before coming to house of Zen and it was good but never really felt a “connection”. In House of Zen I found a great combination. I did morning yoga lessons with Laura (more active and challenging for me) and evening lessons with Nivea (slower-paced and great to get a feel for the poses with more time for corrections) and from the first day I fell in love with their positivity, helpfulness, energy and the way I felt after the practice. The house itself is nice and peaceful and Michele and Silvie always welcome you with a smile. I am gonna miss you this winter!see you in spring."

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  • Review by Jacinta Moulakas
    10 out of 10

    "The location is absolutely amazing, so close to Sao Joao train station and the beach and to Cascais which is a lovely walk along the promenade. The owners are friendly - morning breakfast chats were very personal and they genuinely wanted to talk to you and see if everything was okay, or to give recommendations (or just have a general chat). The rooms are simple yet clean and stylish. The 3 shared bathrooms are really nice, always clean and it didn't end up bothering me abouthaving to share a bathroom as I stayed downstairs and I think there was only one other room next to mine and we never had to wait to use it. The breakfast in the morning was fine (lacto-ovo vegetarian) but no soy/plant milk options. Nonetheless, the morning juices are made fresh and were delicious. And that garden! The yoga classes I attended were with Laura and Simona who were lovely and really knew their stuff. They are great at keeping the yoga practice all about the body, mind and spirit and it is easy to stay focused in such a quiet, open and sunny yoga room. As I only stayed three nights, I didn't feel that the retreat deepened my practice per se, but it was a great way to feel revitalised and relaxed during my time by the coast. "

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  • Review by Erin Kilborn
    10 out of 10

    "From the warm welcome, the comfortable surroundings and the delicious breakfast with fresh juices everyday, to the super good yoga classes with lots of variety, the house of Zen really delivered on what I needed- a relaxing vacation practicing yoga in a beautiful location. It's close to the beach and some really great little cafes and restaurants and there are extra activities offered as well to suit a variety of tastes, like massage, surf lessons and hiking tours. Easy access from Lisbon, for me this was a five star experience- thank you ladies!"

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  • Review by Natalia Madrás
    10 out of 10

    "I tried yoga in two different places before coming to house of Zen and it was good but never really felt a “connection”. In House of Zen I found a great combination. I did morning yoga lessons with Laura (more active and challenging for me) and evening lessons with Nivea (slower-paced and great to get a feel for the poses with more time for corrections) and from the first day I fell in love with their positivity, helpfulness, energy and the way I felt after the practice. The house itself is nice and peaceful and Michele and Silvie always welcome you with a smile. I am gonna miss you this winter!see you in spring"

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  • Review by Mitra Modaressi
    10 out of 10

    "I did prenatal Yoga with Kimma here. I absolutely enjoyed my time and the relaxation that came with it after class. The space is excellent- clean, newly renovated and fantastic staff. I totally recommend this place, especially for non Portuguese speakers. Namaste."

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  • Review by Carmen Cruz Guerreiro
    10 out of 10

    "Was such a great experience at House of zen! I felt very welcomed, everything very nice and clean! I felt at home and the owner was very available and friendly ! Is located in a really nice area and felt a lot of privacy and comfort! "

    "Highly recommended!"

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  • Review by Heli Xir
    10 out of 10

    "Had a wonderful 5-day stay in House of Zen and can warmly recommend this place to anyone! Beautiful house in a convenient location near the sea, run by lovely and caring people. I felt very welcome and zen in this place. Both yoga teachers are also true professionals and warm-hearted wonderful people, enjoyed their classes very much. This is a place where you arrive as a guest but leave as a friend - with recharged batteries and a big relaxed smile on your face! * * * <3 * * * Thank you again for everything, guys! Wishing you all the best! Namaste! xx"

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  • Review by Lucie Benesova
    10 out of 10

    "I always love to come back to House of Zen. Honestly, I had visited many yoga studios, but in none of them I felt so much professional care. At the same time the atmosphere is very positive and friendly. Wish you success - but even more happiness from what you do, guys. Obrigada. L."

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  • Review by Shima from United Kingdom
    10 out of 10

    "House of Zen is a fab little Yoga B&B just a five minute walk away from the beach and 30 min walk away from the more bustling Cascais. You can also quite easily access travel to the Sintra mountains from where House of Zen is located - I spent a lot of time there and loved it! The house really does have a lovely, friendly and very Zen feel to it. The breakfasts were lovely with good coffee and fresh juices. And the rooms were always spotlessly clean along with the shared facilities. I attended the early morning yoga classes with Simona who I think is an excellent yoga teacher! Challenging and very compassionate in her approach to teaching - thank you again. And thank you to both Silvie and Michelle for providing such a lovely experience at House of Zen. I had the best solo break that I have had in a long time."

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  • Review by Dawn from France
    10 out of 10

    "Just spent an amazing week at House of Zen. Everyone was extremely welcoming and helpful. Great peaceful location and lovely space. Varied yoga and pilates classes. All of the teachers were amazing and as someone with limited yoga experience, they took time to explain alternatives and correct body position. I can't recommend it enough for anyone thinking of going on a yoga retreat."

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  • Review by Berti from Switzerland
    10 out of 10

    "Small hotel with lovely bright and airy rooms. The bathroom is shared, but it was always spotless. The yoga classes were excellent and the hosts made you feel very welcome. They have a rooftop terrace with seaview and a garden to relax. Happily go back there anytime."

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  • Review by Paul C
    10 out of 10

    "This was a great retreat experience! I loved the house and the facilities, with a gorgeous sea view terrace, the simple yet very well decorated bedrooms, the staff, Silvie and Michele, are always ready to assist you. I really enjoyed the yoga classes with Laura and Catia. Great vibe, great place!"

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  • Review by a traveler from Switzerland
    10 out of 10

    "I enjoyed my stay at the House of Zen very much! The rooms are so nice and have everything you need and the shared bathrooms were very, very clean all the time. Especially all the staff were so friendly and helpful. Thank you, Sylvie, for your great tips. The yoga classes with Laura and Nivea were outstanding, they take the time to really help you and the teaching style is just great! I can highly recommend the House of Zen to everyone who is looking for a sweet, small accommodation, very close to the wonderful beach!"

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  • Review by Heli
    10 out of 10

    "Had a wonderful 5-day stay in House of Zen and can warmly recommend this place to anyone! Beautiful house in a convenient location near the sea, run by lovely and caring people. I felt very welcome and zen in this place. Both yoga teachers are also true professionals and warm-hearted wonderful people, enjoyed their classes very much. This is a place where you arrive as a guest but leave as a friend - with recharged batteries and a big relaxed smile on your face! Thank you again for everything, guys! Wishing you all the best! Namaste! "

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  • Review by Louise Johansen
    10 out of 10

    "Me and my friend had tried yoga previously, but stopped practicing for a time. So this was a really nice way for us to pick up the yoga. The instructors are very patient and because the groups are small, so they do provide a very personalised teaching. The location is really close to the sea. There is a very small beach called Azarujjinha which I found specially pretty and quiet. The Portuguese grilled fish is delicious and you have restaurant choices by the sea boardwalk. I do recommend!"

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  • Review by a traveler from Portugal
    9 out of 10

    "New space in a peaceful area of Estoril, not far from Lisbon, and a few minutes from the seashore, if you would like to take a stroll to the beach. Cozy guesthouse with a good spirit to stop for a while from the busiest hours of work. Stayed there one night, they had just opened a few days before. Great staff."

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  • Review by Carla Alves Ribeiro from Portugal
    10 out of 10

    "I enjoyed the very friendly and cozy environment, the delicious and healthy breakfasts, the top-quality yoga instructors, and the beautiful surroundings. In need of peace and quiet, you cannot ask for more!"

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  • Review by Julie G. from Ireland
    10 out of 10

    "I stayed here for three nights with my six-year-old daughter. It is a lovely, spotlessly clean house with a tranquil atmosphere. Bathrooms are shared and also were impeccably clean. We were made feel very welcome by Sylvie and Michele and my daughter felt right at home and even joined a yoga class with Nivea. There is a lovely safe shaded garden space with hammock type swings and various terraces to chill out on, including a rooftop one with fabulous views. Optional yoga and meditation are available and the quality of the classes was excellent. A fabulous, family-friendly beach was a five-minute walk away and also a supermarket and very good beachside restaurants. I would highly recommend and would love to come again for a weekend break soon with friends."

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  • Review by a traveler
    10 out of 10

    "I thoroughly enjoyed my stay at the House of Zen guesthouse. The staff were friendly and helpful, the guesthouse is comfortable and clean with lovely outdoor spaces, including a rooftop terrace with views of the sea and a peaceful garden. There are stunning beaches within walking distance and easy transport links to Lisbon. Would highly recommend it!"

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  • Review by Jane C.
    10 out of 10

    "A wonderful, clean, spacious, and relaxing guesthouse, just five minutes from the beach in the center of Estoril. This place is truly special with perfect rooms, its very own yoga studio, stunning views of the sea from the rooftop terrace, great value for money, wonderful staff, and a very homely feel. Definitely coming back here again soon!"

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