Join Petra Ledkovsky van Aarem for 5 nights / 6 days of yoga and adventure in the Azores, Portugal! The greens and blues of these islands put a spell on us, so much so that we are heading back next spring for our second retreat at this magical location.
The Azores are a volcanic land, full of natural, raw beauty, a temperate climate and outdoor activities. Truly an adventure lovers paradise, and just under 5 hours from Boston, 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.
Daily Yoga classes will be offered by Petra, 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, but we can certainly be flexible with this and can set up a payment plan for you if needed. Please email email@example.com to inquire about payment plan options.
*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 excursions, including all guides and transportation
*Daily Yoga classes with Petra
*Roundtrip airport transfers from Ponta Delgada Airport (PDL) to SBER and back (about a 15 minute ride each way)
*Airfare to Ponta Delgada (PDL). See Flight Parameters below. We fly SATA (Azores) Air direct from Boston and they let you bring one checked bag AND one personal piece of sporting equipment (surfboard, bike, etc.) for FREE!
*Additional excursions or cab rides
*Massages (can be booked directly at SBER)
*Required Travel Insurance
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 Euro 200.
If SolSeed must further postpone or cancel this trip for any of the above reasons, registrants who applied their travel voucher to their registration will receive a full refund of all their additional deposits paid.
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 has put together. We have also heard very good things about AAA from AAA Members who have purchased their travel insurance through AAA.
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.
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.
SolSeed is uncertain exactly what the VISA and Immunization requirements may be at the time of your retreat. As of April 1, 2021, in the autonomous region of the Azores, US Tourists have been allowed to visit by presenting a negative RT-PCR SARS-CoV-2 test taken within the previous 72 hours. This website contains the most up to date information directly from the Azores government agencies:
If you refuse to comply with the 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.
Registrants are personally responsible for complying to local laws, at their own expense. Such expenses may include, but are not limited to:
You will be booking flights on SATA (Azores Air). They are the only airline that flies direct from Boston to the Azores.
If you are planning to fly out of a different airport, you will want to connect through Boston and take advantage of the direct flight listed below.
1) Go to www.kayak.com
2) Enter departure city of Boston (BOS) and arrival city of Ponta Delgada (PDL)
3) Enter departure date as Friday, April 22nd (yes, this is correct - the flight is a red-eye so you leave Friday night and arrive in the Azores early on the morning of Saturday, April 23rd, the start date of your retreat)
4) Enter the return date as Thursday, April 28th (unless you're staying longer)
5) Select this flight option -
Azores Airlines 224 - 9:15pm departure from BOS, arriving in PDL at 6:10am on 4/23
Azores Airline 225 - 5:10pm departure from PDL, arriving in BOS at 7pm on 4/28
If you book flights outside of our parameters, you will be responsible for paying for your own airport transfer (20 - 25 EURO each way).
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.
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.
**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**
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.
If you and your bedroom-mate would like more privacy, please register for the 1 BR Villa - Double Occupancy Villa 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.
If you would like more privacy, please register for the 1 BR Villa - Single Occupancy Bedroom option.
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.
**You must have a roommate in order to book this room option.** Please indicate your roommates' name upon sign-up and whether you'd like 1 double bed or 2 twin beds.
This beautiful one bedroom villa is ideal for the solo traveler seeking the most privacy.
It comes with one double bed and a private bath, as well as a living room, small kitchenette and private outdoor seating area.
The most luxurious of all of our housing options, 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 heated plunge pool, which is private to only the Luxury Studio Guests.
If you'd like to share this room (1 Double Bed) with a partner, the cost is an additional 1550 EUR. Contact email@example.com to book this option.
**Availability of this room type will be confirmed once you put your deposit down. These private luxury studios are per resort availability only.**