Tipivalley Algarve Eco Surf & Yoga Retreat

Algarve, Portugal

The Algarve Surf and Yoga Retreat offers surf and yoga retreat from May to October every year. We also promote sustainable living and tourism.

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    • Shez Australia

      BookYogaRetreats

      Tipivalley Algarve Eco Surf & Yoga Retreat - What can I say? What an amazing experience! Firstly, the staff were wonderful! I had an unfortunate start to the week at Tipivalley Algarve Eco Surf & Yoga Retreat (TPV) with loosing my bag at the airport and not being returned to me for 3 days. The TPV staff handled everything for me so i could still enjoy my time doing yoga/surfing and enjoying mingling with my new friends. They even gave me a bag of clothes/towels to tie me over until my belongings were returned back to me!TPV has a fantastic vibe. As soon as you walk into the valley, you instantly feel relaxed and in the right hands for a week of healing . I couldnt speak higher of the staff, helpful, kindhearted and interesting people, it was a delight to be around them. The surfing school was awesome, David and Ricardo who picked us up and dropped us off everyday were hilarious. Making pit stops and showing us around their town was something they loved doing, you could tell how proud they are of their country. The instructors of the school were very helpful, going through step by step of how to surf the most efficiently. Everyone always felt very safe and in good hands with the boys from the school- we had a blast!We were lucky enough to be able to experience all different types of yoga with our instructors, who were more than happy to answer any questions and to cater to any muscles soreness or injuries. For someone who hasnt done yoga before, it was a great way to be introduced into the world of yoga and will most defiantly keep it up when I return home. The Tipis were cute, very clean and very homey, with cute little lights inside for you to read or chill out whenever you needed. Food was excellent, with any dietary requirements you needed and there was always plenty for seconds. Tipi Valley attracts like minded people. Above everything else at TPV it was the stories that were had and the life long friends I have made. I already wish I was back there baking in sun and having fun with my new friends!

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    • Lisa

      Tipivalley Algarve Eco Surf & Yoga Retreat

      I had the best experience at Tipi Valley 19th-26th Sept '16. The communication from my first inquiry about the holiday was excellent. The site itself is stunning, set in a valley that looks on down to the sea, it's so peaceful and removed, perfect! At night time the light comes from the stars and moon so views of the milky-way are spectacular. The tipis and tents are great, mosquito nets and actual beds as well as a beautiful wee vase of flowers on the bedside table (definitely glamping!). The 'Moroccan Lounge' is perfect, provides a great social chill out area for the evenings after food. The food is incredible, never failed to be delicious and nutritious! I loved the lunches for the beach as well, just my cup of tea! The programme itself was very well organised, 2 yoga lessons a day with the most wonderful teachers (Jordan and Noelia) and the most spectacular views from the yoga deck. We were woken in the best way possible - firstly by the birds and then by the yoga teacher with a Tibetan gong. Post yoga = delicious breakfast then pick up by the surf school drivers who were great craic. Surf lessons were great, really good teachers Roger and Manu from Odeceixe Surf School and Jeffrey from Boa Onda Surf School. By the end of the week everyone had managed to stand the wave they caught! Beach pick up at 4 to go back to camp shower and relax before yoga, dinner and evening chill out time. I loved showering outside too. Truly one of the best trips I have been on and I would highly recommend it!!

    • Charlotte

      Tipivalley Algarve Eco Surf & Yoga Retreat

      I stayed at Tipi valley in July. The staff, the food and the yoga were really good. It offers a very unique and "off the beaten track" retreat experience in the midst of nature. The whole experience is very authentic. It was also the very first 'real' retreat to open in the area of Aljezur over 10 years ago.

      It's quaint and simple but very nice and quiet at night. The sky is amazing. Make sure you bring your mozzie repellent and a sweater for the cool nights. The group was really great and very happy with their experience too.

      I had heard so much over the years about an amazing off the beaten track retreat experience with the ethos of yoga truly at its core. which I believe is what Tipi Valley manages to offer. Because it's the longest and original running retreat, it's also obvious in the organization and spirit of this operation and it is why it continues to get such strong credibility. I have seen many places in villas, hostels, urbanized areas calling themselves "retreats" (which after visiting them are really a type of hostel) but Tipi Valley is - in my view - really a ' retreat'.

    • Kathy Mexico

      Trip Advisor website

      A beautiful valley place with a unique combo of Yoga and Surfing. Amazing peaceful place. A lovely getaway for beach lovers. You get to visit 3 different beaches and do yoga and surfing there. This was our first retreat in the journey, wish we could stay longer and enjoy the beauty of nature. The instructors are loving and give personal care and instructions. The yoga instructor Lauren, Cindy from the Surf School & Pedro the masseuse, were a great pleasure to be with. The beauty of the place lies in its location , right in the lap of nature.It was a pleasure just to breathe in pure air. We are on a yoga retreat tour in Europe and India. Definitely a place I would suggest for all eco lovers, those who want to enjoy the rustic beauty and simplicity of Nature - both greenery and beaches - with the rare innovative blend of yoga and surfing.Highly recommended for surfers and yoga and beach lovers.

    • Georgia United Kingdom

      Trip Advisor website

      Tipi Valley has been beautifully set up in a lovely part of the Algarve. The tipis are very comfortable and everything is well organized - great yoga teachers, delicious food and then each day surf lessons on the beach. Above all though the staff is incredibly nice and genuinely care that their guests have a wonderful time. For anyone wanting a short break from modern life this is the place to go. Don't expect phone signal or Wi-Fi.

    • Galatea United Kingdom

      Trip Advisor website

      I loved being a guest at TipiValley. It's such a special place, unspoilt and wild, welcoming and secretive at the same time. Highly recommended for whoever is searching to reconnect with nature, is easy going and sociable and is not scared of water ;)But Tipi Valley is also so much more then a surf and yoga centre. This retreat glamping site is a space that is in complete harmony with its natural setting. I'm so pleased I stayed there!There's the hope in me that things around that area of the Algarve are never going to change, as it really feels like it's the kind of place Europe should treasure and protect from touristic exploitation and unconsidered development.The staff is also amazing, everyone is so genuinely helpful!Expect outdoorsy blissfulness, no internet connection, solar powdered showers and beautiful night skies :)

    • Sacode Palha Portugal

      Trip Advisor website

      Freshly returned from a wonderful week spent at Tipi Valley and I miss it already. It was the perfect retreat for a few days well spent in a peaceful and relaxing environment. A happy balance between physical activity and moments of rest in this Algarve valley surrounded by nature and dream beaches.Everything is impeccably organized; from the day we are greeted by a fantastic team that does everything to provide us a comfortable and cozy stay. The quality and variety of the meals was TOP! Made with fresh and organic ingredients extremely well made! Simply delicious!The daily routine of yoga and surf activities are well balanced, yoga is accessible to everyone and surf lessons are given by a team of dedicated professionals!Congratulations Tipi Valley and thank you!

    • Kathi and Anas United Kingdom

      Trip Advisor website

      I don't know where to start, as I was truly impressed by this holiday, probably one of the best holidays I ever had so far.This retreat is very well organized, and the carers are real sweethearts, all very professional and simply great. I can't thank enough Gabriel, for his kindness and care, our fantastic yoga teachers Dakota and Shivani, who truly made me love yoga, our brilliant cooks, who cooked delicious and inspiring healthy food, and our surfer instructors, especially Joam, Roger and Jeffrey who tried very hard to get me up on the board for the first time, and never gave up on me.This place is a haven of peace, nice weather all along, great nature. We were around 14 people from all around the word, all very friendly, and enjoyable to be with.We cannot express enough our gratitude to all the organizers, I definitely recommend this place to all the people who want to reconnect with nature, and get away from daily stress, and don't be afraid if you are a beginner in yoga and surfing, it doesn't matter, the teachers are so great, they will make you love it.

    • Kristina S Germany

      Trip Advisor website

      I have just come back from a week in Tipi Valley, I booked my stay quite spontaneously and ended up having one of the best holidays in my life.The camp is located in a natural park, in a valley hidden among beautiful hills, olive trees and dog rose bushes all around. Everything was very well organized, every day was perfectly structured: yoga one hour in the morning and in the evening, surfing and beach from 11 to 4. I have never tried surfing before but by the end of the week I was finally able to stand up and ride a wave. Kudos to teachers, they were extremely helpful and friendly, even when I snapped once or twice in frustration! And all three beaches we went to were stunningly beautiful.Yoga is suitable for all levels of practitioners (although I must mention that its not really the place if you are seeking for an advanced yoga retreat).Sleeping in a tipi was one huge adventure; it feels great waking up to the birds singing in the morning. Although I must mention in Portugal it gets really cold at night, make sure you ask for one or two extra blankets. Food was delicious, toilets and showers are not much different from home, except for the open sky above. The Tipi Valley staff is very friendly and helpful and really looks after you.Important tips: when you read that you must bring a repellent spray and a torch - take it seriously. There are no electric plugs at the camp, bring everything with you to the beach when you go surfing, you can charge it at one of the beach cafes (and enjoy exceptional coffee).Plan your itinerary well. Public transportation is quite unreliable in Portugal and bus connections are not very good. Book a taxi in advance through one of Faro taxi companies and you can get to Aljezur for about 80 EUR. Or get a bus from Faro to Lagos (5 EUR) and then taxi to Aljezur (around 30 EUR).On Thursdays, there is life music in one of the surfers bars in Amoreira. Its definitely worth going!Use sun block! Even on a cloudy day. I cannot stress this enough.Room tip: For single accommodation book a small tipi.

    • a traveler Switzerland

      Trip Advisor website

      I just got back from one week of yoga and surfing in Portugal while staying in a tipi valley. The setting is beautiful, and as we were joking during our stay, it was worth getting up at night to go to the WC just to see the stars. LolAccommodation is very comfortable, I was expecting a camping mat and ended up having a French size bed with a new matress, bed linen and a night stand. Tents are spread around the camping grounds, but far enough from each other to enjoy your privacy. The days flew by quickly, due a full day program activities, that don't really leave you with much - nothing to do - time. Organization was impeccable, stuff friendly, teachers at the surfing school always smiling and willing to motivate you to learn to surf. A program is not a must, if you feel like having a day on your own, you can do so.I was enjoying the company of amazing people that made my stay simply superb and eased the pain of hundred mosquito bites we endured. I was there first week of May, which was also the first week of the season, and hills were full of flowers. Absolutely beautiful! The only downside was the food; majority of participants were health freaks, and the food (for me) was a cheap version of a vegetarian meal. Mainly carbs (cereals and grains) with a bit of veggies. Almost no proteins, not even once tofu or fish a d rarely a fresh salad. It would be more enjoyable to go and eat in local restaurants than chewing another portion of beans, or white pasta. Seemed like the cooks were changing all the time, and there was no concept behind the weekly meals.The yoga level was basic and oriented for people who have never tried yoga or are the beginners. There was one teacher during the week and for people who stayed whole week had an opportunity to have another teacher during weekend. The same concept applies for the surfing school. Looks like they offer a 5 and 7 day stay which is a bit strange, especially when half of the group leaves on Saturday and the rest on Monday.The location is not easily accessible and as mentioned in previous reviews, the bus connections are not so frequent. If you book a taxi from tipi valley, it will cost you more than if you do the other way around (ex. Trip from Faro airport to tipi valley costs 120 EUR booked from tipi valley and 80 EUR if you take the taxi from the airport to tipi valley).

    • a traveler United Kingdom

      Trip Advisor website

      I spent an amazing week at Tipi Valley. It was blissful from the moment I arrived! I stayed in the large tipi which was beautiful, very comfortable and clean. The programme was extremely enjoyable, we had an excellent yoga teacher (thanks Oli), a master-mind chef (Bertie I miss all those delicious and healthy meals) and surfing was super fun and challenging! The team at Tipi Valley are very helpful and their warm personalities make you feel right at home! The programme activities were nicely structured which allowed you ample free time to read, relax or get a massage! I really miss waking up to beautiful blue skies and tranquil environment. Thank you Tipi Valley, a place that is truly special!

    • a traveler United Kingdom

      Trip Advisor website

      If you need some time away from it all in a spectacular location in Algarve this will do the job! I chose the 5 day yoga surf package and was lucky to have a really fun group staying with me. The food was excellent, the staff were really friendly and the quality of the yoga instruction in particular was excellent. The beaches were beautiful and really fun places to try the surfing. The site is in a lovely wooded valley, with amazing stars at night. I stayed in the hill top tent which was spacious with a great view.In all honesty the site could do with some renovation and making it water tight (if you happen to be unlucky and time it with a rainy spell!). Be prepared for a lot of mosquitoes - to be expected in such a natural setting of course but they did make it hard to properly relax in the yoga sessions. It's very much camping rather than glamping, so if you go with that expectation you won't be disappointed. You can find similar packages around which you may find more comfortable, but if you want to escape from it all, be amongst friendly people, see a beautiful part of Portugal and get good yoga and surf instruction then you won't be disappointed. The hilltop tent is good value since it's larger than other ones of similar price, but it can feel quite isolated in the woods at night since it's a bit separated from the others, so for some people that may be a positive and others may prefer to feel nearer the group.I'm glad I went and definitely feel better for the break. I flew into Faro and got the train to Lagos, then the bus to Aljezur which was easy and cheap to do. If you leave on a Saturday, which I did, bear in mind there is no bus in the afternoon and so you'll have to be prepared to pay for a taxi to Lagos which is around 40 euros if you're not sharing. I think it's worth doing that and getting the last day of activities rather than getting the early morning bus that day. Some people flew into Lisbon and were able to get a direct bus in both directions so that's another option.

    • Rosalee and Jonathan United Kingdom

      Algarve Surf and Yoga Retreat website

      Just thought I'd drop you a note to thank everyone for such an enjoyable stay at Tipi Valley. You have a really great team in Carl and co keeping the wheels oiled and the camp running smoothly. Great food, great company, and a willingness to go beyond the call of duty to make our stay as enjoyable as it could be. Even the other guests were great! You were a fine host, as chilled as I imagined, knowledgeable about the area, and patient enough to answer without complaint (to us anyway!) what must be the same questions every week from guests. I really hope you manage to keep Tipi Valley going for years to come. I returned to the UK exhilarated and chilled out from the experience. Thanks for the update, Laurie! We had an absolutely amazing time at Tipi Valley, and actually ended up getting engaged in Spain a couple of weeks after we left (August). So, we will always remember our time there.

    • Liz Montalbano United States

      Algarve Surf and Yoga Retreat website

      I'm back in NYC and just wanted to say what an amazing experience it was coming to your camp. You've really created something special there. It's truly impressive what you have done in terms of the construction, the vibe, the level of service and the community you have there. I feel fortunate to have been introduced to Portugal in this way and to have experienced that unique part of the world in general. It really is magical! Please once again extend my thanks to the folks there...you're an awesome bunch.

    • Wendy, Kate, and Izzi from USA

      Algarve Surf and Yoga Retreat website

      Just a quick E to let you know how much we all enjoyed our stay with you. Your staff are amazing, the location fantastic and the holiday was everything we could wish for, but too short! Please pass our thanks on to Cherie and Karl.

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