Frequently Asked Questions
Following are some of the more common questions we are asked about the Escape Haven retreat experience. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions about our women's surf camp in Sagres, Portugal.
- What's included at Escape Haven Sagres surf and yoga spa retreat?
- How much does it cost?
- How do I get to your women's wellbeing retreat?
- What's the climate like in Sagres?
- What time is check in/check out?
- What is the food like at Escape Haven Sagres surf camp and yoga retreat?
- Is alcohol available at Escape Haven retreat in Sagres?
- What spa treatments can I choose from?
- Is it mandatory to participate in all the wellbeing retreat activities?
- What is a typical day like at Escape Haven retreat?
- What age and nationality is a typical guest at this surf retreat? What about solo travellers?
- If I want to stay in a shared room, can I come to Escape Haven alone?
- Do you have internet access at your women's surf resort?
- How much money should I bring?
- Is there shopping nearby?
- Do I need to rent a car?
- Is there an age minimum?
- Do you offer discounts?
- Do I need to know how to surf before coming?
- Can I bring my own surfboard?
- I have never done yoga before. Is it difficult?
- Do I need to be a good swimmer?
- Do I need to know Portuguese?
- What should I pack?
You’ll enjoy a 7 day all-inclusive surf, yoga and wellbeing spa retreat package at Escape Haven women’s retreat in Sagres. A luxury surf camp and yoga retreat that includes luxury villa accommodation, daily surf lessons, gourmet cuisine with most meals provided including snacks, beverages, daily yoga retreat activities, spa treatments and more. There are no hidden costs. Excludes three meals to allow guests to sample some of Portugal's fantastic eating experience.
With an all-inclusive vacation surf or yoga retreat package, there are no hidden costs at Escape Haven Sagres. Luxury has never been so affordable with all inclusive packages starting from just €UR1,895 per person. Current rates at Escape Haven Sagres surf camp and yoga retreat.
The airport code is FAO – Faro, Portugal (1hour to retreat) or LIS – Lisbon, Portugal (3hours to retreat). We do not provide transfers to retreat however our booking team are on hand to assist you if required. When you receive your Travel Dossier you will find details for transfer companies who will be able to assist.
For guest arrivals and departures outside our transfer times and range, it will be necessary to organize your individual transport to or from the retreat at your own expense.
The temperature during the retreat weeks is pleasant around 74° F or 24° C with 12 hours of daily sunshine on average and low chance of rainfall. The water is comfortable temperature at 20° C, a short wetsuit is advisable.
We want to be as flexible as possible at Escape Haven Sagres. Check in is from 2pm. Our first activity, yoga, at our women’s surf camp, starts on day one at around 5pm, followed by our welcome meeting and our famous candle lit, poolside opening night banquet. The retreat finishes at 11am on the last day. For late transfers, we offer a shower and changing room to freshen up and also to store your luggage. You have full access to this until your transfer leaves (up to 10pm).
It’s fabulous and something we are incredibly proud of! We have been fortunate to have on staff a leading Therpeutic Chef. As part of your all-inclusive surf retreat package, you’ll enjoy healthy organic cuisine that is absolutely delicious. Check out our trip advisor reviews to hear praise of our food from our guests. It will definately be a highlight of your week with us.
Yes, alcohol is available at an extra charge.
As part of your all-inclusive vacation spa retreat package, you will receive up to 2 hours of massages by our professionally trained spa therapists. The revive package includes 1 hour and the refresh package includes 2 hours of spa treatments.
All our spa retreat activities at Escape Haven Sagres are optional, so it’s up to you how much or how little you do. You choose the level of activity or rejuvenation to fit your goals and ideals. After a week-long surf and yoga vacation, you’ll feel recharged and ready to face the world again!
This depends upon which package you choose – revive or refresh.
- 7:30am Yoga
- 9:00am Fresh, bountiful breakfast
- 10:00am Chosen package activity eg. Surf lessons OR spa treatments
- 12:30pm Delicious lunch
- 1:30-4:30pm Afternoon free to follow your bliss - activities vary in the afternoon and include;
- afternoon excursions, spa treatments, yoga class, shopping, or simply lounging by the pool or beach.
- 4:30pm Sunset Surf (tide depending, optional) or sundowners on the beach
- 7:00pm Dinner and Dessert
*Schedule and times may change
Typically, our guests range in age from mid 20's - to late forties. However, we have had many younger and older guests. What unites guests at Escape Haven surf and yoga vacation spa is not so much their age or nationality; but rather, their fun loving attitude and spirit for adventure and the wisdom they share.
About 70% of our guests are solo travellers and meals are served communally. Most of our guests make firm friends, staying in touch long after their surf camp and yoga retreat finishes. Escape Haven Sagres is a safe and ideal place to stay as a solo woman traveller.
Yes, of course! If you are traveling solo, we will match you up with a great roommate with a compatible profile. Many friendships have been formed at Escape Haven.
We have complimentary WiFi available at Escape Haven Portugal. Please bring your own laptop. Alternatively, there are numerous cheap internet cafes close by.
As this is an all-inclusive vacation surf spa retreat, the only things you will need to pay for are any incidentals (such as alcoholic drinks, phone calls, extra spa treatment services) and the 3 meals not included where you get to explore some of the fabulous restaurants nearby.
If you wish to do any optional extra activities or go shopping while staying at Escape Haven Sagres, there are plenty of ATMs available nearby, where you may withdraw money.
Yes, Sagres has some great boutique shopping covering fashion, footwear, jewellery, home wares and art.
You don’t need to. If you choose to do so, the coast line is beautiful and so if you like to independently explore, then please do so. We drive you to all scheduled activities. On your free time you can wander on foot from the villa which is located nearby to some good shopping, spas, restaurants and the beach. Taxis are very cheap and affordable.
Yes, guests must be 18 years or older to attend Escape Haven Sagres unless otherwise agreed to by management and under supervision of a guardian.
We do offer Escape Haven discounts for early reservation and for groups of four or more. Check out our current rates. We also offer a discount for our treasured previous guests (alumnae).
No. Our specialty is teaching beginners how to surf right from step one. We'll start with the basics and you'll be riding waves by the end. We also cater for many intermediate and advanced surfers as well. Sagres has many breaks to choose from so this coupled with our small group sizes, allow us to cater for all levels of surfers.
Although Escape Haven has a great range of soft top and expoxy surfboards for you to choose from, if you are more comfortable with your own board, please bring it along.
Note: Don't forget that airlines charge extra for surfboards so please make sure you check with your airline prior to arriving at the airport.
Yoga is one of the most wonderful forms of exercise and complementary to your surf program. Not only will you be experiencing countless benefits of yoga during your wellness retreat, but you can carry on your yoga practice at home and throughout your life. Our yoga classes are suitable for beginners through to advanced and our instructors will adapt classes to suit all abilities.
Although beginners will be learning at a gentle break, it’s important that you feel comfortable in the ocean. All our surfing happens in the ocean, close to shore. For a fulfilling and positive surf experience, we ask that our guests be competent swimmers and in reasonably good physical condition.
No, most Portuguese speak English and love speaking it with foreigners. All our staff are fluent in English as are the guides we partner with.
Here are some suggestions: several swim suits, sunscreen, running shoes, hat for sun protection, a dress for a night out, sandals, beach towel, yoga clothes, light comfy pajamas, personal toiletries and a few light jumpers for the occasional cooler evening. We provide bath towels, all surf and sporting equipment.
Book your surf spa retreat using our secure booking system.