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The Algarve, Portugal

October 4 - 10, 2020

Tricia and I visited Tuscany in October2019 in order to scout locations and activities for a potential retreat in Tuscany. Over 6 days we cruised the Tuscan hills visiting the quaint towns, enchanting hotels and scenic locales between Florence and Sienna. While we enjoyed our entire trip, we fell in love with a luxury boutique hotel, Villa Mangiacane, and it's close proximity to Florence and rolling hills and vineyards of Chianti.





Our Fall 2020 Retreat to the Algarve will be our 3rd trip to this amazing location. We fell in love with Lagos in the Western Algarve and a spectacular boutique hotel just outside of town. Vivenda Miranda is a small luxury hotel / restaurant / spa that sits atop a 200 foot cliff overlooking the Atlantic. While staying at Vivenda Miranda is a vacation in and of itself, we have lots of plans to enhance your experience in the Algarve. Our yoga / meditation classes and our 3 day trips are all included in your retreat package price. Our trip will allow you to experience the Algarve from multiple perspectives from sailing on the ocean to standing on top of region's highest mountain to braving the winds and waves of the wild western coast. The third time is a charm for this trip for yogis and non-yogis alike.

2020 Retreat Dates

Arrival: Sun., Sept. 26th, 2021

Check In: After 2:00 PM

Departure: Sat., Oct. 2nd, 2020

Check Out: Before 11:00 AM

Free Transport These Dates

Florence Train Station To & From Hotel


Part 1: Villa Mangiacane, Yoga & Relaxation 

Villa Mangiacane is a magnificent 15th century property built by the Machiavelli family, bearing the unmistakable hand of the Renaissance master, Michelangelo. Located just 12 km south of Florence, Mangiacane offers twenty-six individually designed rooms and suites and is set within 600 acres of flourishing vineyards and olive groves. The private estate produces three award winning wines and a distinctive olive oil which you can taste and enjoy during your stay. The classic beauty of Mangiacane combined with its history, art, and idyllic countryside setting create the perfect backdrop for a Tuscan Yoga Retreat.


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Ocean views are yours to enjoy from breakfast on the terrace, relaxing by the pool during the day or during some delicious and healthy fine dining. Vivenda Miranda is a unique getaway experience that offers stylish comfort in stunningly gorgeous natural surroundings. All this makes Vivenda Miranda an ideal venue for our retreat.

Our hotel boasts an amazing fine dining restaurant. Our retreat package pricing includes breakfast with delicious and healthy offerings and (3) dinners each with 3 gourmet courses. To see pictures of the restaurant and to get more details, please use these links: Restaurant Review / Sample Menu

The Villa Mangiacane Spa To see pictures and get more details, please use these links: Spa Menu / Spa Photos

Tricia will be offering daily yoga & meditation classes featuring the view pictured above. Depending on the day there will be one or two classes as determined by the day's itinerary. These classes are suitable for all levels and are totally optional for friends or family who do not practice yoga. Tricia will work in short meditations before or after the yoga classes for those who are interested.


7 days & 6 Nights at the Beautiful Boutique Hotel Vivenda Miranda.

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Full Access to the Hotel's Amenities: Pool,

Jacuzzi, Turkish Bath, and Sauna and more...

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Al Fresco Dining - Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner - 

with Fresh & Organic Cuisine.


An Onsite Spa with an Excellent Staff offering a Variety of Treatments and Products.

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Daily Yoga & Meditation Classes held at the Hotel's Indoor Studio & Outdoor Platform.


Endless Hiking & Biking Opportunities as well as Amazing Beaches In Walking Distance.


Part 2: Wine, History & Adventure 

While staying at Villa Mangiacane is a vacation in and of itself, we have lots of plans to enhance your experience in Tuscany. Our yoga classes and day trips are all included in your retreat package price. There are also optional activities at additional cost that folks can take advantage of as well. Villa Mangiacane offers complete concierge services to help organize these activities.


Yoga Classes


Tricia will be offering daily yoga & meditation classes. Depending on the day's itinerary, we will have either morning or afternoon classes. These classes are suitable for all levels and are totally optional for friends or family who do not practice yoga. Tricia can work in short meditations before or after the yoga classes for those who are interested.


Tuscan Adventures


We have organized the retreat to offer a variety of different Tuscan experiences during your week. In addition to the amazing food and wine we will enjoy throughout the week, we have planned some active adventures designed to burn off the extra calories. Excursion highlights include:

1) A guided tour of Florence


Dining in Tuscany


We have organized the retreat to offer a variety of different Tuscan experiences during your week. In addition to the amazing food and wine we will enjoy throughout the week, we have planned some active adventures designed to burn off the extra calories. Excursion highlights include:

Lagos is a vibrant and cosmopolitan town with a very rich history and a charming old town that is best explored on foot. Lagos features a beautiful harbor, an amazing fish market, many fabulous restaurants and an active nightlife. It is also centrally located for the variety of day trip destinations that we have scheduled, including: the hillside vineyards and wineries above Portimão, and the stunning coastline hiking trails of Sagres. In travel (as in real estate) it is always about location - location - location, and for us Lagos is the perfect destination.

As we are located close to a number of amazing beaches and cliffs, we have organized day trips that will offer different perspectives of this enchanting region. Our first day trip will take us down to sea level as we sail on a catamaran to view the explore the hidden caves and beaches along the Golden Coast of Lagos. The next trip takes us to the summit of the highest mountain in the Algarve for lunch after visiting 2 of the areas best wineries for tastings and tours. Our final trip takes us to the natural wilds of Sagres, Portugal's "End of the World", for a hike, a lunch of fresh seafood and an experience an amazing sunset over the Atlantic.


Optional Additional Activities

  • Sea Kayaking To Nearby Ponta da Piedade Caves & Beaches

  • Small Boat Tour of the Amazing Benagil Caves past Portimao

  • Bike Rentals or Downhill Mountain Biking Adventures

  • Play Championship Golf Courses

  • Vespa & Scooter Rentals

  • Visit Lagos - Markets, Shopping & Nightlife

  • Meals at Michelin Rated Restaurants in the Region

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Lagos features a beautiful harbor, many fabulous restaurants and an active nightlife.

Day Trip 1 - .A Sail along Golden Coast of Lagos with a Stop for Lunch & Swimming.

Day Trip 2 -  The.Monchique Range and the Vineyards and Wineries in the Valleys Below.

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Day Trip 3 - .A Hike near Sagres, Europe's "End of the World" with a Sunset over the Atlantic.


Many Fun Activities on our Quiet Unscheduled Days like Biking, Sea Kayaking and more...

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Enjoy the Many Famous Algarve Beaches below our Hotel or Just Around the Corner.

Selecting Your Room at Vivenda Miranda

Retreat room options: Our retreat has been allocated 10 rooms: (2) Classic Double Rooms, (1) Superior Double Rooms, (2) Deluxe Double Rooms, and (5) Junior Suites.


Room amenities include: Minibar, Telephones, Flat-Screen TV, Air Conditioning, Safe, Ironing Facilities, Wake-up service/Alarm clock...


En-suite bathroom amenities include: Bathtub and/or Shower, Free toiletries, Bathrobe, Towels, Slipper and Hairdryer...


Hotel services included in your price: Continental breakfast buffet served at the restaurant, Access to the pool, Daily housekeeping services, Private parking, Wi-Fi access and concierge services.


Due to the limited room supply, we are not offering single occupancy at this time. All rooms accommodate double occupancy and have private bathrooms. The Deluxe Suite can accommodate triple occupancy. Please use the tool below to become familiar with your room options as well as our current availability.

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Classic Double Room
Classic Double Room

Classic Double Room 269 Square Feet Located in the Villa Mazzei, these rooms are equipped with queen sized beds and luxurious marble bathrooms. With easy access to our private gardens you will find yourself engulfed in the breathtaking views.

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superior room
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1 Suite Available $2.599.00 per person / Double $2.299.00 per person / Triple

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7 Deluxe Rooms Available $2,499.00 per person / Double

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Retreat Room Inventory Pricing


Standard Room - 1 Available

(Double) = $2,399.00 per person


Deluxe Room - 7 Available

(Double) = $2,499.00 per person


Deluxe Suite - 1 Available

(Double) = $2,599.00 per person



Email Toby Here To Book Your Room

How To Register & Book Your Room For This Retreat

This retreat is open to everyone. No one is required to participate in any of our scheduled yoga classes or other group activities. This open approach makes our retreats great for your non-yogi friends, spouses, and family members, who might want to vacation with you but are concerned about the yoga component. Rooms are allocated on a first pay - first serve basis. Each retreat participants must pay a deposit of $700.00 to secure a room reservation.

Email Toby Here To Book Your Room

Deposit Policy:

A $700.00 non-refundable deposit is required for every retreat participant. This deposit guarantees your room reservation until the Final Balance Payment Date.


Final Balance Payment Deadline – Aug. 1st, 2021

Retreat participants will use an automated installment payment plan to cover the costs of the retreat. This plan divides the balance due into equal monthly installments. All retreat package balances must be paid in full by Aug. 1st, 2021. Beyond this deadline, the reservation may be cancelled, and the room may be allocated to the wait list and/or put back on sale.


Cancellation Policy:

In the event you must cancel your trip, your entire payment will be refunded less the $700.00 deposit, if your cancellation is made before Aug. 1st, 2021. These deposits can be applied to future Twisters Travel retreats. Should you need to cancel after this date, for whatever reason, we will not be able to provide a refund or credit. However, we permit the transfer of your deposit or reservation to another person assuming that Twisters is given advanced notice to determine feasibility. No partial refunds or credits will be given for participants who arrive late or depart early on the retreat. For this reason we recommend that all retreat participants purchase travel insurance that allows for trip cancellations.


Travel Insurance: Strongly Recommended

We strongly recommend the purchase of travel insurance in the case of any unexpected events or changes to your plans before or during your trip. Please review all policies carefully to ensure you get the coverage you want, including: trip cancellation or delay, personal property loss, medical treatment and emergency medical evacuation. The policies that offer "Cancel for Any Reason" benefits often require that you purchase this insurance within two weeks of your trip's first expense, i.e. the deposit. Use this link to review different insurance options and companies, Reviews.com - Travel Insurance.

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If you have questions regarding the room reservation process or you require additional information about the retreat, please don't hesitate to reach out to us for answers. Just email us below, and we will get back to you within 24 hrs. to provide whatever information you may need.

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What's Included

* 7 Days & 6 Nights at the Boutique Hotel Villa Mangiacane with Daily Breakfast​


* Access to All Hotel Amenities, Including: Pool, Sauna, Turkish Bath, Gardens...


* Welcome Cocktail Sunday Night


* Wine Tour & Tasting at Villa Mangiacane


* Six Group Dinners: (2) at Mangiacane Restaurant, (2) in Florence, (1) In Greve and (1) in Impruneta.


* Two Group Lunches: (1) at Antinori nel Chianti Classico Winery and (1) in Volpaia


* Daily Yoga Classes


* Excursion 1: Guided Walking Tour of Florence


* Excursion 2: Hot Air Balloon Ride with Champagne Breakfast


* Excursion 3: All Day Guided Bike Tour from San Gimignano to Sienna


* Excursion 4: Guided Hike from Radda to Volpaia followed by a Visit to the Panzano Wine Festival


* Shuttle Between Florence Airport / Train Station and Hotel on Arrival & Departure Day

* Air & Train Travel to Florence


* Select Meals: 3 Lunches


* Spa Services


* Optional Activities: Golfing Boating Biking Shopping and much more...


* Misc: Souvenirs, Personal Items and Alcohol / Wine Beverages


* Hotel & Tour Gratuities


* Travel Insurance (Highly Recommended)

What's Not Included