Pine Cliffs, a Luxury Collection Resort in the Algarve, has introduced a Nature/Nurture holiday for those that want to improve their physical and mental state of mind.
The needs of travellers have changed significantly over recent years. Although I sometimes feel like a stuck record stating the following, the fast-paced, information-on-demand, stressful world we live in is causing havoc to people’s minds and bodies, and many want to head to places where they can relax, heal and re-centre themselves.
Fortunately, some places are taking this onboard, and one of them is the Algarve’s Pine Cliffs resort which has introduced some great ways to help heal the mind and body.
One of the best ways to reduce stress is by heading out into nature. Pine Cliffs Resort’s new holiday allows guests to experience the natural beauty of the resort’s surrounding areas and its wildlife, combined with some nurturing treatments and activities at the five-star resort to relax and rejuvenate.
The Seven Hanging Valleys Walking Trail is one of Europe’s best hikes. It is a winding, fragrant trail covering 7.46 miles (out and back) that takes you along a stunning section of the coastline where the warm ochre-coloured cliffs combine with the turquoise ocean to create the quintessential Algarvian seascape.
This scenic route runs from Praia da Marinha in the east to Praia de Vale Centeanes in the west. It offers numerous notable stops at the Alfanzina lighthouse and the Benagil and Carvalho beaches.
The Ria Formosa Nature Park (above) is not only a serene spectacle of sand islands in a blue lagoon but also the most important wetland in the south of Portugal. Located just off the coast from Faro, it is best explored by boat or by walking. The park is famous for its bird watching, with many birds resting and feeding here during winter. One of the most popular species of bird that you can spot here is the Flamingo.
Dolphin Watching is a popular activity in the region as the Algarve is blessed with these much loved and intelligent creatures, and at different times throughout the year, whales and porpoises as well. A dolphin-watching boat trip from Albufeira Marina or Sagres Harbour is also a great opportunity to see the stunning coastline, caves and rock formations.
Kick back at Serenity SPA – The Art of Wellbeing. Guests can relax and be nurtured in the Thermal Oasis, which is a sanctuary of relaxation and rejuvenation complete with a hydrotherapy pool, saunas, steam room, jacuzzi and spacious indoor and outdoor relaxation areas. The spa offers authentic signature treatments that draw inspiration from the indigenous cultures, healing traditions and ingredients of the Algarve, including the first CBD spa treatments in Portugal.
Longer Wellbeing Programmes – offer a truly holistic approach to well-being encompassing all elements of a healthy lifestyle, designed to banish burn-out and regain vitality to become a sought-after, year-round ‘must do’ experience – perfect for couples, friends or solo travellers. Five Wellbeing Programs are on offer, including Detox, Weight Management, Fitness Journey, Yoga, and Pilates.
Get fit at ACTIVE by Serenity: guests can use the outstanding fitness facilities at Pine Cliffs by joining a group class in Pilates, yoga, meditation, active cycling (spinning), fit ball, boxing fit, golf, or cross-fitness, or they can work out independently in the fully-equipped gym. For those who like exercising outside, there is a new circuit training, ‘Bootcamp Active’, a circuit composed of obstacles inspired by military training techniques, including a 250m running path.
Re-Balance – Guests can savour deliciously healthy cuisine, detox supplements and juice boosts from the resort’s dedicated Zest Restaurant throughout their stay. In addition, they can have a personal consultation with Pine Cliffs’ resident nutritionist, returning home with a bespoke dietary plan to help maintain their regime.
Pine Cliff’s concierge can arrange and book all activities according to the guests’ individual requirements and the time available.
Stay at Pine Cliffs Hotel start from €216.00 per night, including breakfast, based on two adults sharing a deluxe room resort view in November 2022. To book, visit www.pinecliffs.com.
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