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Antara Yoga and Wellness Retreat

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Herdade Das Sesmarias Dos Nobres EN262 , IC1 - Km608,5, Azinheira dos Barros, Grandola 7570-003 Portugal
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#1 of 2 Speciality lodging in Azinheira dos Barros
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Sesmarias dos Nobres is Managed now by a new Owner and named Antara. "Antara" was created from a desire to provide a dedicated centre for healing and renewal. The retreat is located in the heart of the Portuguese countryside and offers a comfortable and inspiring environment for the nourishment of the body, mind and soul. We have a daily menu of delicious high quality farm fresh Tapas to help sustain our guests on their journey with us. The centre hosts workshops, retreats and yoga teacher trainings and is located just 1 hour south of Lisbon. “Antara" has something for everyone, from novices to experienced practitioners! We welcome you to come and live the experience here in the heart of this beautiful and peaceful rural idyll. Antara offers relaxed, Yoga Vacations and Wellness Breaks year round but you are welcome to enjoy simply the Bed & Breakfast with your family or friends. We will take care of you!
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Tim F wrote a review Oct 2018
As I said in the title, I think it's a real shame that negative reviews from past management are affecting the overall rating the Melissa and Richard's wonderful retreat. They have not had this set up for long, and you can clearly see that the negative reviews are from many years ago (2012), when the property was under different management. As for Antara Yoga Retreat, we stumbled upon this little gem when Googling yoga retreats in the area. We didn't purely want yoga, and certainly didn't want a fixed Sunday to Sunday booking type stay. What we did want was somewhere where classes were offered as an option. We also wanted somewhere with charm, character, and a swimming pool. Antara Yoga ticked all of these boxes :) The property is beautifully located in the countryside, in a lovely old converted barn. They have put a lot of effort into renovating these rooms to be comfortable and appealing by modern standards (aircon, warm lighting, tasteful little decorations), but also keep the original charm (large old wooden furniture, brick walls in the bathrooms etc.). We found it to be extremely good value for a double room, especially in the middle of summer. The grounds (the pool, lounging area, outdoor shower, hammocks etc.) are a perfect mix of comfort and rustic charm. You are in the middle of the countryside, enjoy it! The stars at night were beautiful, and often kept us up late as we couldn't stop staring at them. Melissa and John have built a wonderfully designed little outdoor dinning area, with warm lighting (lots of candles) and hanging plants/flowers. Breakfast is served here in the morning (delicious) and at night, they served a range of platters. I particularly liked the anchovies! Oh, and a great selection of local wines at very reasonable cost. We took morning yoga classes with Melissa. These are held by the pool, and I highly recommend them as the best way to start your day. On top of this, I had a deep tissue massage with Melissa because of some back pain, and it sorted it right out. Location - it is very much in the middle of nowhere, so a car is essential. However, Melides Beach is only a 30 minute drive away. Melides beach is really laid-back, not at all pretentious, and has some great little beach bars - and of course, a beautiful golden sands Atlantic beach. There's also a large lagoon for a less wild swimming experience. While there are options to eat out around Melides, we always felt like we wanted to end the day back at the resort. However, make sure you ask Richard about lunch in the restaurant in Melides. I can't remember the name, but it's amazing and very authentic. There is a train track which runs behind the property, so yes, you will hear trains go rumbling past. If you're after an absolute silent retreat, then this would be an issue for you. But we didn't find this a problem at all, and they really don't last that long. There is a highway somewhere close too, which again, can cause a little noise at times, but we didn't notice this at all unless we tried to listen for it! I found being near the highway advantageous to getting around too. We flew from Faro, and it was only a 1.5 hour drive back. Not bad at all when you look on the map! Finally, Melissa and John are not just hosts, they will become your friends. You won't feel intruded upon, but you will always feel welcome. Highly recommended :)
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Date of stay: August 2018
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Zosia P wrote a review Jul 2018
Amazing experience! We are super relaxed, our knowledge about our body got better thanks to the morning meditations and morning and evening joga with amazing jogin Melissa. Antara Yoga retreat is located in a close distance from the road and train tracks, but it didn’t bother us, because of the location itself with the swimming pool and nature. Food was delicious, everything we ate for breakfast and dinner was local and home made. We are thankful for all the tips they gave us, about places to visit and where to eat! Antara is a great place for birdwatching-the terrain is huge and you will see many wild species. If you want to calm down, meditate and relax after busy city life, this place is for you! We definitely are coming back one day!
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Date of stay: July 2018Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from AntaraRetreat, Owner at Antara Yoga and Wellness Retreat
Responded 30 Aug 2018
Thank you So much Zosia! It is very important for us to receive your feedback. Your review gives us so much happiness and strength to improve our work. We hope to welcome you back one day and share with you the changes :) Big hug from Melissa and I. Have a beautiful week. Richard
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Luís M wrote a review Jul 2018
The rooms where really confortable and clean with everything you need. I don't remember resting so much. The food was amazing and well balance. Everything was organic or from around and made me really appreciate how lucky we sometimes are of having such amazing things in our life. The space itself is beautiful and very organized while not being at all exagerated. The hosts where super friendly and really helpful respecting our privacy all along! I would love to comeback!
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Date of stay: July 2018
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Response from AntaraRetreat, Owner at Antara Yoga and Wellness Retreat
Responded 30 Aug 2018
Thank you very much for your kind review. It is important for us to receive your feedback as we really want to make the difference! We will keep improving to be able to receive you even better next time :) Share of a beautiful day. Richard
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Alice i wrote a review Jul 2018
Lisbon, Portugal
Passamos um fim-de-semana em família e amigos no Antara Yoga e gostamos muito desta quinta alentejana! Dormimos muito bem e o espaço exterior é amplo e muito agradável com uma boa piscina, muito limpa, que fez as delícias dos mais novos, havendo á disposição também matraquilhos e mesa de ping pong. Excelente espaço. Uma palavra muito especial para o Richard, que gere este espaço com a esposa há cerca de 1 ano que, além de muito simpático, esteve sempre acessível a ajudar em tudo o que precisamos, mais que superhost. Já com a reserva feita vi o anterior comentário e tivemos algum receio, mas não temos nada a apontar, julgo que as queixas tenham a ver com a anterior gestão, pois o espaço foi remodelado e, pelo que soube, o Richard gere este espaço há apenas 1 ano. Recomendo vivamente. 5* (Excelente para grupos) ……. We spent a weekend with family and friends at Antara Yoga and we really enjoyed this place in Alentejo! We slept very well and the outdoor space is large and very pleasant with a good swimming pool, very clean, which made the youngest guests delight, and there are also table football and table tennis. Excellent space. A very special word for Richard, who has run this space with his wife for about a year, who, in addition to being very friendly, was always available to help in everything we need, more than superhost. With the reservation made I saw the previous comment and we had some fear, but we have nothing to point out, I think the complaints have to do with the previous management, because the space was refurbished and, from what I learned, Richard has been running this space for only 1 year. Highly recommend. 5 * (Great for groups)
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Date of stay: July 2018
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Response from AntaraRetreat, Owner at Antara Yoga and Wellness Retreat
Responded 30 Aug 2018
Ola Alice, Muito brigade mesmo pelo o seu comentário :) Pois nao foi fácil recuperar o Monte mas acreditamos que podemos oferecer algo de diferente. Obrigado igualmente pelas as suas criticas que para nos forem importantes e que nos ajuda a melhorar o espaço. Esperamos vos rever com a sua família e poderão usufruir das novidades :) Abraço. Richard
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ATtripper wrote a review Jul 2012
We were greeted with spider webs, dust, and bugs in our room. Does anyone clean or inspect these rooms? A clean room is the basic minimum in a hotel or inn! Bathroom shower didn't stay up so it had to held the entire time. Turned the faucet knob slightly and it scalded me. Towels looked like they had been used since the 80s - stiff and stained. There is a train track with trains passing every hour. Sound of trains was nothing in comparison to the blaring music from a party a few meters down the road from their guest house which kept us up past 4am! Breakfast was served in the main house occupied by dogs and cats - lovely to see their fur in my food - oh and did I mention the flies sharing our jam and bread! Yuck! No one could pay me to sleep here one more night.
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Date of stay: August 2011
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PRICE RANGE
US$92 - US$164 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
LOCATION
PortugalAlentejoSetubal DistrictGrandolaAzinheira dos Barros
NUMBER OF ROOMS
8
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Frequently Asked Questions about Antara Yoga and Wellness Retreat
Which popular attractions are close to Antara Yoga and Wellness Retreat?
Nearby attractions include Centro Ciência Viva do Lousal - Mina de Ciência (2.6 miles) and Museu Mineiro do Lousal em Grândola (2.7 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Antara Yoga and Wellness Retreat?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, a pool, and an on-site restaurant.
What food & drink options are available at Antara Yoga and Wellness Retreat?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Antara Yoga and Wellness Retreat?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Antara Yoga and Wellness Retreat?
Conveniently located restaurants include Armazem Central Restaurant, Restaurante Pèrola Ermidense, and Café Natal.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Antara Yoga and Wellness Retreat?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Does Antara Yoga and Wellness Retreat have an airport shuttle?
Yes, Antara Yoga and Wellness Retreat offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Is Antara Yoga and Wellness Retreat located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.2 miles away from the centre of Azinheira dos Barros.
Are pets allowed at Antara Yoga and Wellness Retreat?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.