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Must Love Food and Wine

Women's Wellness Retreat to Portugal

Who else has had Portugal on their bucket list for this coming year? One of the hottest travel destinations of the last couple of years, this tiny European country has a little something for everyone. Historic cities, world-renowned cuisine, natural landscapes, and some of the world’s most spectacular beaches create a siren call for the adventurous traveller.

Join me and a group of other incredible women in Olhão.

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flexible payment plans available

Experience the everyday magic that is Portugal in the seaside city of Olhão.

For this retreat I have curated our time in Portugal to take advantage of a couple of extra special details, and I am so excited to share them with you. We are staying in the stunning Casa Fuzetta in Olhão, a bustling seaside town on the Atlantic Ocean. More about Casa Fuzetta below…

I chose this town versus a retreat center in the middle of nowhere for several reasons, but mainly for simplicity and ease. There is no real need to rent a car, we are able to easily walk around town, and to hire inexpensive taxis wherever we wish to travel further afield. This also gives us a chance to live like the locals…albiet the fancy locals, but we all like EXTRA every once in a while–don’t we?

I love food and wine–(I know you do too!) and this retreat offers us a sweet balance of healthy vegetarian meals prepared for us at the Casa, and the chance to eat out at least once per day–really experiencing the cuisine Portugal is famous for. Staying at a private Casa also ensures that we can purchase and consume our own wine (in moderation, of course.)

Olhão is an ancient fishing town in the eastern Algarve (southern Portugal), which has escaped over-development and mass tourism. The old town is a warren of narrow cobbled streets, cubist fishermen’s houses and the faded grand houses of merchants who enjoyed commercial success at the end of the 19th century / early 20th century.

The daily covered markets are regarded as some of the best in Portugal, if not the world. The Saturday market is extra special and we have a day planned around experiencing it to it’s fullest.

Reconnect with a slower, more seasonal way of life, and engage with a genuine community of creative, like-minded souls. This retreat offers participants a taste of the everyday magic that is Portugal. I love Olhao for it’s down to earth salty charm, warm and hospitable people, creative community, cobbled streets and faded grandeur.

Connect with Beth for more info!

flexible payment plans available

Food:

Why Food and Wine? “Food is everything we are. It’s an extension of nationalist feeling, ethnic feeling, your personal history, your province, your region, your tribe, your grandma. It’s inseparable from those from the get-go.” – Anthony Bourdain

A meal together is a chance for us to get to know one another. It’s a chance for us to get to know the place where we are immersing ourselves in for the week. Arguably, one of the best parts about going on retreat is not having to think about or make food. Not wondering where and when you will eat, it’s just there and it happens. In Olhão, we also have some chances to venture out on our own and explore foods that we want to try.

Breakfast will be made for us daily while we are in Portugal.  Lunches will be a combination of exploring town on our own and finding a lovely cafe to snack in, or wandering by the food market and picking up bread and olives, smoked fish and cheese to have on a blanket by the ocean. Two or three of our lunches are planned into our optional or included excursions. Six dinners are included in the retreat investment, five of them made by local chefs of the freshest ingredients at Casa Fuzetta.

Casa Fuzetta:

Where we will make our home in Portugal. Casa Fuzetta is a historic townhouse located in the heart of Olhão’s old town. Originally, a classical gentleman’s residence, it was lovingly restored over a three year period, between 2014 and 2016. The owners of Casa Fuzetta, our hosts, live in London and enjoy fast paced, high performing professional careers in the law, food and media industries.

Details:

  • 12 double bedrooms, each with a large ensuite bathroom
  • rooftop pool and pool bar
  • multiple terraces and outdoor sitting areas
  • games room with pool table
  • large winter living room with open fireplace
  • library opening onto a central courtyard

Extra Touches:

  • 100% cotton bed linen
  • 100% cotton luxury light terry bath towels
  • LaEva gold standard organic (wash, lotion, shampoo & conditioner)
  • Stylish hammam towels and umbrellas for the beach
  • Hand made local wicker baskets for trips to the beach or the market
  • Hairdryer
  • Top of the range ceiling fans
  • AC, where needed
  • Underfloor heating throughout the bedrooms, bathrooms and common areas

Casa Fuzetta has the luxurious feel of a high-end boutique hotel, but with the small scale of a home away from home. Common areas will be cleaned daily, though bedrooms will not have daily maid service.

Retreat Includes:

  • 7 Nights accommodation at Casa Fuzetta
  • Daily Movement Class
  • Daily Breakfast
  • Five dinners at Fuzetta with a Private Chef
  • Group Exploration to Islands off the coast of Olhao
  • Food Market Tour
  • Excursion to Olive Grove, Oil Tasting, Lunch at Villa, Shopping Trip
  • Final Dinner Outing in Town
  • Sound Bath

***Not included: airfare, ground transportation, visa fees, travel insurance, and drinks and food purchased at local restaurants

Investment:

Double Accommodation: $2795 (we can match you with a roommate)

Single Accommodation: $3595

flexible payment plans available

Sample Daily Schedule
• Yoga
• Breakfast
• Group Excursion
• Lunch
• Free Time or Excursion
• Dinner

Registration & Refund Policy
A non-refundable deposit of $500 alongside the registration form reserves your space. No refunds will be given for any portion of payment of trip unless trip is canceled by Casa Fuzetta, Women’s Room, or Beth Kruger. Travel insurance is strongly recommended.

Retreat Leader:

Beth Kruger

Beth Kruger is the owner and founder of Women’s Room. Beth is deeply committed to women’s wellness. She has been supporting women of all ages as they rise to embrace the fullness of themselves since 2005. Passionate about creating and maintaining a space in which fierce femininity is welcome and sisterhood is sacred, Beth is an entrepreneur, yoga teacher, retreat leader, and mother to two beautiful girls who works with women to help them discover their inner power. Click here to learn more…

Photo Credits courtesy of Casa Fuzetta