This is what 2 times British Proffesional Surfing Champion Alan Stokes had to say after his recent retreat experience at Surf Shanti

'We really enjoyed our stay at Surf Shanti. We ran our first Wild & Free Adventures retreat in Portugal, it involved a lot of hard work and organisation. The crew at Surf Shanti were amazing. Always offering great ideas and solutions, we found it a pleasure to not only stay at this beautiful, secluded haven but also to work with all involved. Thanks everyone at Surf Shanti - The Wild & Free Adventures Team.

Thanks Stoksey. Was an absolute pleasure. Welcome back any time !

Alan Stokes / April 2018

"Litmus" movie director and incredibly talented Jon Frank, surf photographer and water cinematographer stayed at Surf Shanti Lodge with Marieka. And this is what they had to say..

"We absolutely loved our time at Surf Shanti. The accommodation was beautiful, light and airy and the natural surrounds exceptionally peaceful and tranquil. Steph and Laurie were absolutely wonderful hosts - so kind and generous. Highly recommended."

His film 'Litmus' was voted in the top twenty surf movies of all time. He has photographed films, TV shows and advertisements that have been broadcast in over 70 countries worldwide.
Jon has been nominated in U.S. Surfer Magazine's film awards in the categories of Best Cinematography and Best Film five times and has won twice.

Jon Frank and Marieka Frank / May 2018

Frederik & Anouk from Belgium. Couples cottage. July 2017.

Surf Shanti has been a dream experience for our family of 5. The little house is just fabulous, in the middle of green hills with breathtaking views on the ocean -and this from the living room, bathroom and bedroom upstairs. It is so quiet and peaceful with all privacy, you just become part of nature, whilst only 5 min drive from the beach and from the village. It is nicely decorated with eye for detail and quality. We had amazing daily surflessons and yogalessons for the whole family, which Stephanie had organised for us. It was the perfect stay to make our 5 hearts sing ;-). A 5 star-experience for sure!

Ali from the UK. Sea Breeze apartment. August 2017.

My husband and I stayed here with our 3 teenagers. Surf Shanti is a very special place. If you are looking for a resort or nightlife outside your door this is not the place for you. If you want beauty, peace, tranquillity, calm and a oneness with nature then you have found your nirvana. Secluded and peaceful with the most beautiful views - we LOVED staying here. The place is newly built (I think we were only the 3rd group to stay here) and everything is finished to the highest standard while maintaining a laid back vibe - barefoot luxury. Yoga on the deck every morning was a joy surrounded by the valley and an unending view to the sea. You are an easy drive to the most beautiful beaches you can imagine - and the best surfing! Aljezur is a 10 minute drive away where you can find a supermarket and restaurants. All the closest beaches also have one or two small local restaurants also. Stephanie was amazing at coming back to us when we had any questions or wanted to book surfing - she arranged it all. Can't recommend enough - I want to be back there tomorrow!

Andy and Yvette, Sea Breeze apartment. July 2017.

Surf Shanti is a special place. Waking up  and looking out across the beautiful valley to the sea, and hearing the rush of the waves, is a great start to the day. The house is well appointed with plenty of space for the family. There is everything you need for a great stay and you are within a few minutes of two great surf beaches and within 30 minutes of dozens of secluded coves or big surf breaks. It really is a magical place where you can chill out, connect with nature and have a fantastic holiday.


Very very nice apartment! You will enjoy! A beautiful terrace, you can see an hear the ocean. The apartment is very nice and we enjoyed 10 days in this absolutely quiet area. Don't forget to watch the stars in the night!

Silvia from Germany, Shanti apartment. July 2017.


Our stay at this apartment was perfect. It was way better then expected. The pictures don`t show the true beauty of the apartment and its views. The host was really friendly and helpful. The surf lessons that the host can provide is really recommended. We had a great time surfing. 

Merel from the Netherlands. Sea breeze apartment. August 2017 

Bruno from Barcelona - Spain. Shanti apartment. August 2017

The place was amazing and the house is full-equipped, clean, new, modern, quiet, ....better than our own home.... The welcome, support and assistance were just excellent. A great place to recommend and to come back

Katy Dalie, Austen Texas, USA. Shanti Apartment. August 2017


This was truly an incredible place to stay. The apartment is super clean and a modern minimalist dream. I enjoyed having wine on the deck every morning/evening and enjoying the view and the sunsets. You feel the peacefulness of being in nature, but are also very close to Aljezur (for groceries, gas, etc.) and a short drive to some of the most beautiful beaches I've ever seen.  Stephanie set up surf lessons for me and we had an extremely relaxing yoga session. I hope to return again someday.

Anouk from Amsterdam - The Netherlands. Shanti Apartment. June 2017



I stayed one week in the Shanti Apartment. It was the perfect place to calm my mind and live free in nature. The lodge is situated in the middle of a stunning valley in the West Algarve. I surfed every day, there are different kind of world class spots closeby. So for me - as surf lover - it's the place to be. The lodge is perfect to do yoga, there is a an amazing spacious yoga deck. The lodge has everything you need, comfy beds, a kitchen with all the necessities and the atmosphere and interior look and feel is really sophisticated. Surf Shanti nature lodge is an amazing place to visit!

John Barker, UK. Sea Breeze apartment. August 2017


Sea Breeze apartment was just as expected and did not fail to delight. Wonderful location, great view, close to Aljezur and a number of splendid beaches, although a car is necessary. Stephanie was very welcoming and helpful. 

We've been 8 days at the smaller appartement near by and felt like home. It's a very quiet spot sourrounded by nature and within a perfect distance to perfect beaches! The very comfortable apartement with two terraces offers every ameneties you need during holidays. All facilities of daily needs as well as stylish retstaurants with unique food make this spot one of the best for downshifting! After two days at surf shanti you Beel like having a week off already!!! Try it!

Jennifer from Hamburg - Germany. Couples Cottage. June 2017

I stayed 2 glorious weeks in Surf Shanti & loved every minute. I own a Resort myself in New Zealand and I am very picky.. It's super clean & very comfortable with beautiful linen & great kitchen. All decor very well appointed.The afternoon garden deck is gorgeous & provides a haven from the sun & is perfect for wine & aperitifs. The hidden location is super quiet & private and is 5 minutes to a selection of stunning beaches and 5 minutes to Aljzeur village which offers everything you need... except good coffee! A wonderful holiday l highly recommend to couples & families too. Kind thanks to Stephanie for her local knowledge & advice :-)

Tracey from New Zealand. July 2017