from Great Britain, October 2017
A great trip in great company, despite the dodgy weather at the beginning of the week. Magda's yoga was energising & blissful. Jens patiently got me standing on a surfboard. Albeit briefly! The riad - not the usual one - was stylish & comfortable. The Karma team made it a very sociable & relaxing trip, ideal when travelling solo. What Yassine doesn't know about Essaouira (& who he doesn't know) isn't worth knowing.
Naomi G. Ireland
I stayed at the Karma Surf Retreat in October 2016 and would recommend it, especially if you want to learn or practice German. I'm being somewhat sarcastic :) The resort hosted 15 to 16 people when I was there, and all but one other spoke German. Great effort was made to include us English-speakers (Both guests and staff were all so nice!); therefore, if you want to immerse yourself in German language, it is a great spot.
Doing yoga twice a day and just relaxing in the afternoon was exactly what I needed. I read two books in the space of a week. I also really enjoyed the mountain biking; challenging at times but very fun! Lots of climbing and the guide (Isa) was phenomenal. Great to chat with and also provided good instruction and tips while we were out on the trails. If I were to go back again, I would take one afternoon and go into Cascais by taxi (super cheap in Portugal) and spend a few hours walking around the city. The weather in October wasn't bad.
I was still able to eat my breakfast outside each morning although I did wear a sweater. Evenings were pretty cool. There's not much around the resort for evening activities except to read and chill, so it's a great opportunity to catch up on sleep - which we all needed! If you're traveling there solo, expect to share a room with another person. The breakfast buffet is the best! I couldn't get enough of the fruit, fresh bread and the coffee!
Fulya Altay Germany
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It was a perfect week at Karma Surf Retreat Algarve. The booking procedure was smooth. The villa was beautiful and calm. There is enough space for everyone. Sabine and Jamie were great hosts - very friendly, helpful and always there when needed. Catja and Tanja did a great job as well providing us delicious breakfast and lunch every day. The welcome and lunch bbq were very yummy, too.
Our yoga teachers Igor and Jenny prepared us very well for our surf classes. The morning classes were more strengthening and the evening classes were more stretching and relaxing. Our surf teachers Duarte and Francisco were very eager to get us standing on the board. They were also very successful :) The combination of Yoga and surfing is perfect. We were a great group. We spent a lot of time together and had a blast. We all want to come back again - soon! Thank you, Karma :) Karma-Lover forever!