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Surf Shanti – Nature Lodge and Retreat Venue

Sometimes it's our readers that give us tips. Two weeks ago, a friend asked me for some peaceful logging suggestions along the Algarve west coast that would be perfect to combine with surf. I gave her my favorites but they were all already fully booked. She then found a beautiful nature boutique lodge and retreat venue and forwarded it to me – Surf Shanti Lodge!

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What makes the perfect beach? We think we’ve found it!

It’s an argument we’ve had time and again on the Travel desk: what makes the perfect beach?

There’s no such thing as perfection, of course — some killjoy will always pick holes — but, despite the lost tempers, we’ve reached a loose consensus. And, last summer, we may have stumbled across an arc of sand that ticks almost all of our (highly subjective) fantasy-beach boxes. The best beach in Europe? We’re sticking our necks out and saying yes.



And, last summer, we may have stumbled across an arc of sand that ticks almost all of our (highly subjective) fantasy-beach boxes. The best beach in Europe? We’re sticking our necks out and saying yes.Martin Hemming

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Article by : Martin Hemming January 8 2017, 12:01am, The Sunday Times


If you’ve scrolled through Instagram within the last year or so, then you already know that Portugal is the place to go. It has turned up on more must-visit lists lately than nearly anywhere else. And no wonder—the sun-soaked, western sliver of southern Europe has much to offer: rich culture, beautiful architecture, and a dazzling culinary scene. (Not to mention the well-styled hotels that are the stuff of social media dreams.) While scores of travelers are drawn to the vibrant cities of Lisbon and Porto, would-be visitors should also look to the south—namely, the Algarve region—for an under the radar coastal retreat that’s full of authentic Portuguese,” which is scrambled Latin used by designers to mimic real copy. 


Although equal in beauty to neighboring Mediterranean mainstays like Majorca and St.-Tropez, the Algarve is still enjoying relative obscurity—but with glittering new resorts popping up along the coastline, a handful of Michelin-starred restaurants, and a delicious type of wine you won’t find anywhere else, it’s only a matter of time before that’s no longer the case.

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JULY 1, 2017 3:00 PM



Everything changes where the motorway ends. Suddenly, just beyond Lagos, there are no more superstores, no more water-parks, no more billboards for party nights; the pinky-white condominia of the central Algarve no longer glimmer on the horizon. The cars on the road look dustier and older; wind down the window and the scent of eucalyptus and ozone-packed sea air floods in.

For a hit of relaxed beach life, it's no longer enough to simply head south; you also need to go west. And the long stretch of pristine coastline from Cape St Vincent at the far south-western tip of continental Europe to Sines, two hours south of Lisbon, is just about perfect for those of us still nostalgic for the innocent pleasures of European seaside holidays as they used to be before the crowds descended.

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The perfect nature boutique lodge and retreat venue in Aljezur! This must be one of my favorite accommodations throughout the whole trip. We ended up staying here for 4 nights and enjoyed EVERY second of it! There are currently 4 different lodges located in the most serene valley right between Aljezur town and the beach! If waking up with sunshine and the singing of birds for a calming yoga session is your thing, or even if you’re just looking for a relaxed place to stay during your surf/family vacations – this is your place. Surrounded by hectares of pristine and untouched private land and dreamlike ocean views this really is the ideal place to unwind and relax! In total there are two charming and beautifully appointed self-contained apartments and a studio all coming with private terraces and views on the mountains and ocean in the distance. Both apartments and studio are very spacious and beautifully designed with tons of attention to detail (especially love the minimalist and eco-friendly design aspects)! Big plus, there are 2 lovely cuddly dogs that say hi during the morning and evenings!

Photo credit the tasty k

Photo credit the tasty k