Join Kendra Thomas for 5 nights / 6 days of yoga, fitness and adventure in the Azores, Portugal!
The Azores are a volcanic land, full of natural, raw beauty, a temperate climate and outdoor activities. Truly an adventure lovers paradise, and just 5 hours from New York, these islands are known as the "Hawaii of the mid-atlantic" and are not to be missed!
We will be staying on the "Green Island" of Sao Miguel, home to vibrant blue volcanic lakes, black sand beaches, lush natural preserves, and panoramic cliffs. Our days will include hikes to some of the most stunning vistas on the island, soaks in natural hot springs, and exploration of neighboring towns and beaches. Free days can be filled with optional activities such as: cooking classes, horseback riding, canyoning, additional hiking, gin tastings and winery tours / tastings.
Daily Yoga or HIIT classes with Kendra will be offered, and there will also be plenty of time for relaxation amongst the property of our oceanfront, 4-star eco-beach resort. All meals (with the exception of 2 lunches) are included, and will be nourishing, fresh, and delicious, so that you can get a true taste of Azorean fare.
A €500 non-refundable deposit is required to hold your spot on this retreat. The balance is due 120 days prior to departure. Payment plans can be set up at no extra charge. Simply email firstname.lastname@example.org to inquire.
Please read on for important info on: What is Included, What is Not Included, Passport, Immunization & Covid-19 Entry Requirements, Flight Parameters, Our Cancellation & Refund Policy, and Required Travel Insurance.
*5 Nights / 6 Days lodging at Santa Barbara Eco-Beach Resort
*Breakfast & Dinner Daily (Arrival day no breakfast, departure day no lunch or dinner)
*Lunch on Arrival Day, and Picnic Lunch on Excursion Days (no lunch on free days)
*Early Check-in on the morning of your arrival to the resort
*Two group hiking, hot springs, and town visit excursions, including all guides and transportation
*Daily Yoga or HIIT classes with Kendra
*Roundtrip airport transfers from Ponta Delgada Airport (PDL) to SBER and back (about a 15 minute ride each way). See FLIGHT PARAMETERS below.
*Airfare to Ponta Delgada (PDL). We fly SATA (Azores) Air direct from Boston.
*Lunch on your two free days
*Additional excursions or cab rides
*Massages (can be booked directly at SBER)
*Required Travel Insurance
You must have a valid passport to travel to the Azores. Please check your passport expiration date and make sure it is valid for at least 3 months after the end date of your retreat.
Currently, there are no COVID testing or vaccination requirements to enter the Azores or mainland Portugal.
See more detailed info here: https://www.azoresairlines.pt/en/mandatory-procedures-for-entry-to-destinations#raa
We will keep you posted if this changes prior to your retreat. However, registrants are personally responsible for complying to local laws, at their own expense. Such expenses may include, but are not limited to:
For non-stop flight options, we recommend booking flights directly through Azores Air out of New York (JFK) or Boston (BOS). I would recommend securing these flights sooner than later, as historically, we have seen flight prices go up over $1000 round trip in the months leading up to departure. A good price is between $700-$850, again, historically.
You will be flying into Ponta Delgada Airport (PDL).
Feeling adventurous, and have some extra PTO? Look into "stop over" packages which would allow you to continue on to Lisbon or Porto for very little extra money. These are usually sold through TAP Portugal, and operated by Azores Air and TAP jointly.
Retreat departure date: Friday, May 19th
Yes, this is correct - the direct flights are red-eye flights, so you leave Friday night and arrive in the Azores early on the morning of Saturday, May 20th, the start date of your retreat. Everyone's rooms are held for an early check-in, so you will have an opportunity to get settled and take a nice nap. The first event of the retreat is a lunch at the resort at roughly 1PM. If you are arriving on a flight other than the direct options from JFK and BOS, you should arrive at Ponta Delgada by 11:30am on Saturday, May 20th in order to make this meal.
Retreat return date: Thursday, May 25th
Check out at the resort is noon. The last programmed events are Thursday morning leading up to and including breakfast. We will offer multiple shuttles to Ponta Delgada airport, and/or hotels in Ponta Delgada, during the day according to people's travel itineraries. The resort will safely store luggage, and you are welcome to enjoy the restaurant and grounds if you schedule an evening flight on the 25th.
Azores Air offers direct flights to both JFK and BOS on May 25th, 2023, leaving at 6PM.
If you book flights outside of these dates, you may be responsible for paying for your own taxi (budget about 20 Euro for this each way), but we can still help to coordinate a taxi for you.
Once you have secured your flights, please forward your flight confirmation email itinerary to email@example.com.
The purchase of travel insurance is required for this trip.
Most policies protect you against potential trip delays or cancellations due to airline issues, family emergencies, illness, injury, etc. The travel insurance will also demonstrate to the host country that you are able to pay for any emergency services which may be necessary during your stay.
SolSeed is not authorized to sell travel insurance. Any offer to purchase travel insurance that you encounter during the checkout process are third party offers. You are free to select your own policy provider. If you would like to review options in a convenient online marketplace, we like what www.insuremytrip.com has put together. We have also had great experience with Trawick International and their customer service, and heard very good things from AAA and AMEX Members who have purchased their travel insurance through those respective agencies.
We strongly encourage you to speak with a travel insurance agent to discuss your specific coverage needs, and to clear up any questions you may have relative to travel insurance coverage, including questions about COVID-19.
Please make sure you purchase a plan that includes coverage for COVID-19 related trip cancellations and trip interruptions as not all do.
All retreats include a €500 non-refundable / non-transferable deposit, which is required to hold your spot on the trip. Any balance payments made are also non-refundable / non-transferable. SolSeed Retreats can only make an exception to these terms if:
If SolSeed must further postpone or cancel the trip for any of the above reasons, all registrants will receive a refund of all deposits paid less €200.
If you refuse to comply with the entry laws of the host country, region, town, etc; SolSeed will not consider this a valid reason for receiving any refund. SolSeed will ensure to the best of their abilities that all registrants comply with all then current laws and regulations.
Below you'll find all of our available accommodation packages. If you're wondering which is the best type for you, and possibly your travel buddy or group of friends, please follow this link to our handy ROOM SELECTION FLOW CHART.
In addition to the packages below, the resort also offers limited Luxury Level Accommodations, which all feature private hot tubs. These packages are available by request only. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to inquire about pricing and availability.
All Villas are equipped with: LCD TV | Independent air conditioning | Wi-Fi | Hair dryer | Bathrobes | Electronic safe | Kitchenette equipped with microwave, fridge and utensils | Coffee machine with capsules
This beautiful villa features two bedrooms and two bathrooms, one with a stand up shower and one with a tub. The Double Occupancy Bedroom option means that there will be two people in the bedroom; this other person may be your friend, a family member, your significant other, or a thoughtfully selected fellow retreat participant, depending on how you register.
There is also a common living area with kitchenette, which separates the two bedrooms, as well as a beautiful outdoor seating area. Common areas are shared with 1-2 other people, who will occupy the second bedroom of the villa.
Your bedroom will contain two twin beds, and a full bath with stand up shower.
**Please indicate your roommate's name upon registration. If you do not sign up with a roommate, we will pair you with a like-minded retreater. If you would like your own private bedroom and bathroom within a Two Bedroom Villa, please register for the Single Occupancy Bedroom option. If you and your bedroom-mate would like more privacy, please register for the 1 BR Villa - Double Occupancy Villa option.**
**IN ORDER TO RESERVE THIS ROOMING OPTION YOU MUST REGISTER WITH A ROOMMATE. IF YOU DON'T HAVE A ROOMMATE, PLEASE REGISTER FOR THE ONE BEDROOM VILLA - SINGLE OCCUPANCY BEDROOM.**
This beautiful one bedroom villa is ideal for two friends or a couple seeking a bit more privacy.
It can be configured with one double bed OR 2 twin beds, and has a private bath. The Villa also comes with a living room, small kitchenette and private outdoor seating area.
Please indicate your roommates' name upon sign-up and whether you'd like 1 double bed or 2 twin beds.
These private studios feature an open style floor plan with one double bed, private bath, kitchenette, and living area. The studios also have access to a plunge pool, which is private to only the Studio Guests.
If you'd like to share this room (1 Double Bed) with a partner, the cost is an additional €1999 Contact email@example.com to book this option.
This beautiful villa features two bedrooms and two bathrooms, one with a stand up shower and one with a tub.
By selecting this Single Occupancy Bedroom option within the two bedroom villa, you will have a private bedroom with one double bed, sink, toilet and European style soaking tub with handheld shower-head.
There is also a common living area with kitchenette, which separates the two bedrooms, as well as a beautiful outdoor seating area. Common areas are shared with 1-2 other people, who will occupy the second bedroom of your villa.
NOTE: If you would like to share a 2 Bedroom Villa with a friend, and each have your own private bedroom and bathroom, please indicate your friend's name upon registration so we can pair you up in the same villa. You and your friend must each register for one of these retreat packages.