a traveler Netherlands
My stay at Omassim was amazing. It was better than I could have hoped for. The yoga lessons were extremely good. The morning lesson was quite active and I learned a lot from Lia, who is an excellent yoga teacher. I also enjoyed the evening meditation session and yoga lesson a lot, which are more slow and relaxing. The food is in 1 word: excellent. I spend most afternoons reading in a hammock, but you can also go for a walk along the beautiful coastline or go the beach (all on walking distance). Or you can take a surf lesson. I would recommend Omassim to everyone, especially if you just want a week where you don't have to think about anything, just relax. Most guest traveled alone to Omassim and I met a lot of lovely people during my stay there. The travel from Lisbon Airport to Omassim is also easy by public transport and you can be picked up from the bus station in Ericeira. I will definitely be back next year.
a traveler Canada
I had an amazing time at Omassim, and am so excited to share with friends, family and other travelers how great it was. I thoroughly encourage anyone who is considering going on a yoga retreat to do it. It was one of the best experiences travelling that I have ever had. The yoga was excellent, offering 3 classes per day from 2 different instructors, plus 2 meditation sittings per day. There were also a variety of other meditations or activities that you could try. I tried surfing twice with the great instructors from Progress Surf School, the waves in Ericeira are consistent and great for learning. I have to talk about the food, I am not vegetarian, but I could happily eat Eduardo's cooking every meal of everyday. Lunch & dinner were different and so fresh every meal, with flavors and dishes that suited everyone's taste, from all different cultures. I can definitely see why people end up staying 2 or more weeks and continue to come back to Omassim year after year. Everything is done with love and an open-mind, it is clear that Lia, Eduardo and the team do this out of love and passion for sharing this experience with others, not for commercial reasons or a drive for money. Most people were travelling by themselves so by the end of the week, we felt like a family. I would love to come back to Omassim in the future and bring my friends and boyfriend to experience it too.
Cornelius James S
Please visit this magical place. Lia, Eduardo, Alex, and all the staff are wonderful hosts and made me feel so welcome. The quality of yoga is excellent, the food is absolutely delicious and the hostel is really clean and beautiful. The beach is so close and the surf lessons were very fun and taught by awesome surf instructors. If you want a memorable, amazing and truly uplifting experience stay in this wonderful guesthouse. Thank you Lia and Eduardo for being so kind and providing an incredible service! Peace and lov
Sue W Marlow, United Kingdom
I had an immensely enjoyable week feeling quite away from normal life. Lia and Eduardo did everything they could to make us feel at home, relaxed and content. The yoga classes were super, catered for all levels, and there was a choice of times. The food was excellent and plentiful. The room was simple, attractive and adequate. The additional activities were well thought out. I recommend Omassim to anyone who likes yoga, rocky coastlines, sandy beaches and relaxing by the pool in the sun.
I don't usually write reviews, only when a place really steals my heart. And it was the case with Omassim, I fell in love with this place so much that I didn't want to go away! If you have to choose a yoga retreat, go here without any doubt. There is everything you need to have the most beautiful experience ever: a wonderful location, next to the cliffs and the ocean, with a beautiful garden and swimming pool, with the most adorable people working to make you feel as good as possible: Eduardo, the Portuguese vegetarian chef, offering an incredible variety of vegetables cooked with love and savoir-faire, Lia, one of the best yoga teacher I've ever had, generous and always present, and all the other people, Zarqa, Clara, Alex,and the volunteers staying for a shorter period of time. You have yoga classes twice a day, or even three times if you want to do more, and you can take surf and stand up paddle classes whenever you like it, go for a walk near the ocean or visiting the amazing places surrounding Ericeira (Mafra and Sintra for example). Thank you Omassim, I'll be back!
I'm feeling so happy, refreshed, healthy and grateful for this life and body after a wonderful week at Omassim! Lia and her husband Eduardo own the retreat - he does all the cooking, there’s an array of delicious and creative vegetarian foods and flavors and plenty of it! I never went hungry and have been inspired to recreate dishes at home. Lia teaches the morning yoga and she’s one of the best yoga instructors I’ve had. She does Vinyasa flow. At night there’s meditation and another yoga sesh with a woman called Olga, who is also good. They split the Surfing up from beginners to intermediate - and the trainers are very patient with the newbies and if you're a bit more experienced and confident they take you out the back to catch the unbroken waves giving tips while you're out there but letting you do your own thing. The water is cold because it’s the Atlantic (which doesn’t warm up) but they give you wet suits and booties, which you need because the ground is rocky, so they protect your feet. I never felt cold in the water, in fact I found it to be quite refreshing. I did the lot: yoga, surfing, all meals and a massage. I think this is the best way to do it because it's not close to an array of restaurants etc. so everyone eats together, plays together, sleeps together, etc. so you become really close with everyone. The Ayurvidic massage was incredible too, almost spiritual. In your down time you can just laze by the pool or in the hammocks with the rolling farm hills in the background. It really is so picturesque. Or you can walk into Ericeira which is an hour from the retreat. There were all sorts of people: friends, families, singles - and it’s a nice way to travel if you’re on your own because they organised everything for you and its easy to make friends with like minded people around you. It's a great price for the quality and experience you receive. Extras are optional so you can pick and choose what you take part in, but I'm so happy I did it all. Since I've been home I've not stopped talking it to everyone/anyone who will listen. I couldn't recommend it enough. Thank you Lia, Eduardo, Olga, Zarka and the guys at Progress Surf School for a wonderful week! I want to go back now!
Ericeira Surf Progress website
I'm arrived in Ericeira, I didn’t know anybody there, and then I was introduced to Joana, the surf babe in town. She took me by my hand and showed me the beauty of Ericeira. Joana showed us how to surf, how to feel the waves, how to treat them, how to catch them and to cherish them as long I could. What a feeling!
Ericeira Surf Progress website
I came to Ericeira in May, and it was so good surfing those amazing waves with Filipe, that I had to come again in September. It’s one hell of a place to surf in Ericeira, and I’ll be back.
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