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“Truely professional, and at the same time; most personal”

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The Island Experience
Ranked #74 of 96 Ilha Grande B&B and Inns
Reviewed 6 December 2011

A week attending the Yoga Program in Ihla Grande was superb! Covering needs of relaxation, inspiration, learning, mindfulness and pure joy. Great facilities, and even better: People running the place and program that really seem to care about their work, The Planet and the people attending the program. We had a terrific week exploring the Island, with the rain forest and the clear blue waters, the yoga lessons tought, the delicat and healthy foods, and the small intimate groups. This is, by our experience, a truely professional and at the same time a most personal offer for a great week. Go if you can! Elin

Room Tip: They all face the sea. Consider if you want to pay extra for the bigger rooms on the second floor.
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  • Stayed: November 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 16 November 2011

This is my second time in three years to The Island Experience. What has changed? - The facilities are much improved. They are in a new location on the same Island. The facilities before were charming but more basic. Now there is a swimming pool, jacuzzi, steam room and of course endless views of the sea, tropical flower beds through out, hammocks all over. Imagine paradise - really imagine. This is it. What hasn't changed? The rigorous yet forgiving attitude toward peronal transformation via yoga, kayaking, hiking, and healthy eating. The owners, Martin and Adriana, and all the guides and yoga instructors create an atmosphere of encouragement, ease, possibility and yes love that I have never experienced any where before. If you are looking for something different, activity filled, in amazing nature, where life takes on a different meaning, this is the place to go...

  • Stayed: November 2011, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 23 June 2011

Fabulous experience; beautiful, wonderful people running the program; incredible setting; -- who could ask for more?

  • Stayed: June 2011, travelled solo
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Reviewed 17 May 2011

The Island Experience is a top notch, intense and powerful detox/retreat/back-to-nature escape.

The lodge itself is beautiful, located on its own private little beach on Ilha Grande, and accessed mainly by boat. The rooms are comfotable and rustic, rather than luxurious (this is not a 5* hotel, more of a eco-lodge). Both rooms I stayed in were spacious and comfortable, with balconys overlooking the water and perfect views of the sunset from their hammocks.

The food is delicious - if you like no diary, no meat, no caffeine and no alcohol. I do - and so wolfed down everything that was put in front of me. The portions are sufficient for what you need, but not excessive, and so whilst on the retreat I lost a couple of kgs due to the amount of exercise we were doing. Larger portions are always available, but do be prepared to be serious about the restrictions on your diet - if you crave coffee or find it very hard to do without meat then you may find yourself having to tough it out through the week!

The hiking, kayaking and snorkling on the island are world class, and the instructors patient, skillful and experienced. If the weather is good then you will have some of the most magical experiences - the hike to the top of Parrot Peak opens out to a superb view over the mainland and all the other islands, which is well worth the slog up! Daily yoga helps to soothe and stretch tired muscles and prepare for the next day's activities.

I loved my week on the Island - my fellow guests were kind, compassionate and interesting people with whom I'll stay in touch. Spending a week exploring the island by boat and foot was wonderful. I slept like a baby, and left refreshed and invigorated to continue my trip through Brazil.

To get the most out of the experience I'd reccomend that you do your homework before turning up, and be prepared to fully engage with the challenges and opportunities that the Island Experince will give you. The trainers are flexible and accomodating, and will work with you so that you get what you need from your time at the lodge. However, its solitude and regime are probably not for everyone - so do be prepared for the diet, the routine and the exercise!

  • Stayed: May 2011, travelled solo
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Reviewed 7 May 2011

Beautiful lodge with great detox program that makes you feel like being reborn after a week (or preferably two to really get back in great shape). Perfect "no frills" service, very comfortable rooms, great amenities, all on a beautiful island with amazing beaches and fantastic hiking trails. A way to detox and have lots of fun at the same time.

  • Stayed: April 2011, travelled solo
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Reviewed 19 April 2011

Before we came to TIE, we read all the reviews. As world travelers, always read tripadviosr reviews with some caution. This place had so many long wordy reviews, so many worded over the top positive, so we had some doubts, come on it can't be that great.

Well it is ... Plain and simple ... We travelled from the west coast of Canada, 12000 k's each way for a week at TIE. Well worth the effort and cost.

As a man, shocked to hear only 15% of the guest are men ... Don't understand that one. Guys don't let the women go alone ... Lol ... You will miss out on some great stuff. The exercise level is as hard as you want it. The daily massage is awesome ...

The food ... I am no light weight, arriving at TIE around 225lbs, not sure what I have lost but close to 10lbs. The food was more than enough. Quality was outstanding, and more available if you needed it, tried hard not to give in to the "want more please" . Theses folks know their stuff ... Had enough energy to complete the week, and even after our long trip home yesterday I am sitting here writing this review without being exhausted.

Read all the reviews ... But really go experience the TIE for yourself ... It is worth it.

Thank you everyone at TIE ... You have something special going on there ... Keep it up ...

  • Stayed: April 2011
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1  Thank ReneLes
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Island_Martin, Manager at The Island Experience, responded to this reviewResponded 29 April 2011

We are grateful for your wonderfully kind words - thank you! It was truly a pleasure having you both with us for a great week and we are excited to hopefully having you join us for another 'Experience' in Patagonia!

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Reviewed 21 October 2010

Everything about The Island Experience was perfect. The guides were patient and knowledgable along with being some of the nicest people I've ever met. The food was delicious and the activities highlighted just how beautiful the scenery is there. I would go back a million times over...top notch facility!

  • Stayed: August 2010, travelled solo
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Address: Estrela da Ilha | Praia de Freguesia de Santana, Lagoa Azul, Ilha Grande, State of Rio de Janeiro 23968-000, Brazil
Region: Brazil > State of Rio de Janeiro > Ilha Grande
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #74 of 96 B&Bs / Inns in Ilha Grande
Price Range: £208 - £224 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located on the spellbinding island called Ilha Grande, just off the coast of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, our unique adventure spa and fitness program is a seven-day program designed to detox your body and de-stress your mind. A typical day is filled with meditative yoga, challenging physical activities accompanied by experienced trainers, delicious and healthy meals that purify and energize, and euphoric massage that leaves you completely relaxed. The combination of all these elements are truly life transforming. ... more   less 
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The Island Experience Ilha Grande, Brazil

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