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Tiny Whale Surf Lodge

Lagos, Portugal

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Private room at Tiny Whale Surf Camp in Lagos, Portugal.
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Upscale boutique surf camp tucked away in the countryside on Portugal’s stunning Algarve coast.

Surrounded by greenery and peaceful vibes, Tiny Whale Surf Lodge is a gem of a surf retreat. The retreat has been operating for years, but they recently made some major upgrades and moved into a beautiful new location with everything you would ever want on a surf getaway.

Tiny Whale specializes in week-long packages that include seven nights accommodation, most meals (by their very talented in-house chef), excellent small-group surf lessons, all surf equipment, transportation to the beaches, and other goodies.

Located in the small village of Colinas Verdes, about five minutes from Lagos on Portugal’s southern coast, Tiny Whale is surrounded by quiet countryside yet in close proximity to the nearby town and beaches.

White stuccoed walls and terracotta tiled roofing give a nod to the traditional Portuguese farmhouse, and the interiors have been updated in a cozy minimalist style with neutral hues, woven natural rugs and light wood furniture.

A generous veranda and terrace stretches the span of the lodge with plenty of space to enjoy the sunny days and starry nights. After a day of surfing the stunning coast of the Algarve, get your relaxation on at a lounge chair around the pool before enjoying an alfresco dinner with your new surf friends. Then cap the evening off with a soak in the jacuzzi and a glass or two of local Arinto wine around the fire pit.

The Lowdown

VIBE: Cozy modern farmhouse

LOCALE: Peaceful coastal countryside

ROOMS: 7 total / 4 private ensuite rooms, 2 private rooms, 1 shared room 

FAMILY FRIENDLY: Partially (babies up to 1-year-old and kids 13+ years old are accepted)

CLOSEST AIRPORT: Faro Int’l Airport (FAO), AKA Algarve Airport

PRICING: from 735€ per person per week

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Features

Inside

In the lodge there is a breakfast area, lounge, and reception where you can request anything you need during your stay. Common spaces are open and light-filled with a giant built-in couch and communal dining table. Rooms are tasteful and comfortable, with touches like cozy blankets for a homey feel. Choose from a variety of shared rooms, private rooms, or large ensuite rooms.

Outside

The beautiful outdoor space is perfect for taking advantage of Portugal’s plentiful sunshine. The property is surrounded by trees and the large terrace has plenty of options for lounging and soaking up the sun. There’s an outdoor pool, jacuzzi, dining area with pizza oven, bar, lounge area with fire pit, yoga space, ping pong table, and a surfboard/wetsuit area to store your gear.

Eat & Drink

The professional in-house chef makes fresh meals with locally-sourced produce. The stay includes almost all meals, including healthy breakfasts, beach picnics for surf days, and two-course dinners with dishes like tuna steak with salsa verde or Moroccan chicken tagine. The only meals that aren’t included are two evenings when the hosts take the group out for dinner in Lagos.

The Surf

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The Algarve’s position on the corner of the Iberian Peninsula blesses it with the widest swell window in Portugal and frequent offshores on the south coast. There’s a wide range of reef and beach breaks, and the vast unspoiled coast give you the potential for uncrowded waves. Waves can be found year round in the region, but the summer can bring some flat spells. While May to July is typically the least favorable time for more advanced surfers, if you’re just learning to surf, summer is a great time to visit, as the waves are small, and the weather and water are warmest.

WATER TEMP: 58 – 72 °F (14 – 22 °C) 

PEAK SURF SEASON: October – December

SHOULDER SURF SEASON: January – April, August, Sept

SURF EXPERIENCE: Beginner to advanced

Details

Weekly packages run from Saturday to Saturday and include seven nights accommodation, most meals, excellent small-group surf lessons, all surf equipment, transport to the beaches each day, daily video coaching or surf theory sessions, and two surf-inspired yoga sessions.

CHECK IN: 4 pm* 

CHECK OUT: 11 am

*guests are welcome to arrive earlier and enjoy the communal areas until their rooms are ready.  

Mostly All-Inclusive Packages

7-night Surf Package

 

What’s Included:

  • 7 nights accommodation (Saturday – Saturday)
  • 7 healthy breakfasts
  • 5 beach picnics for your surf days at the beach
  • 5 delicious 2-course evening meals at the lodge (made by their talented in-house chef)
  • 5 carefully structured days surfing with ISA level 2 coaches based on your individual surfing goals
  • Your own surf coach for the week, teaching in a 1 to 4 coach-to-student ratio or less
  • Daily video coaching or surf theory sessions
  • All the surf equipment you’ll need
  • Transport to the best beaches each day
  • 1 surf-inspired yoga sessions
  • WIFI available in all bedrooms
  • Daily tea, coffee, and cakes back at the lodge after your surf sessions
  • Use of all surf lodge facilities including pool, jacuzzi, garden, etc
  • Optional deep tissue massage to relax and restore
  • Tiny Whale’s experienced team on hand

The Lowdown on Dinner:

  • The in-house chef prepares dinner on Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday nights, and Saturday night is DIY Pizza Night. Dinner consists of aperitifs and cocktails served by the hosts by the pool, followed by a two-course dinner.
  • On Monday and Thursday nights, your hosts take the group out to dinner in Lagos. Dinner and drinks on these nights are not included in your weekly package tuition.

RATES

Low Season (Mar, Nov, Dec)
Shared: €735
Safari Tent: €835
Private: €935
Ensuite: €1135

Mid Season (Apr, May, June)
Shared: €935
Safari Tent: €1035
Private: €1135
Ensuite: €1335

High Season (July, Aug, Sept, Oct)
Shared: €1035
Safari Tent: €1135
Private: €1235
Ensuite: €1435

*All private and en suite rooms are priced per person based on double occupancy. All private and en suite rooms can be shared by up to three people. Extra 175€ for a private room, bell tent, or en suite room for 1 traveler.

7-night Surf & Yoga Package

 

What’s Included:

  • 7 nights accommodation (Saturday – Saturday)
  • 7 healthy breakfasts
  • 5 beach picnics for your surf days at the beach
  • 5 delicious 2-course evening meals at the lodge (made by their talented in-house chef)
  • 5 carefully structured days surfing with ISA level 2 coaches based on your individual surfing goals
  • 6 carefully planned surf focused yoga sessions guaranteed to restore, refresh, and energize
  • Your own surf coach for the week, teaching in a 1 to 4 coach-to-student ratio or less
  • Daily video coaching or surf theory sessions
  • All the surf equipment you’ll need
  • Transport to the best beaches each day
  • WIFI available in all bedrooms
  • Daily tea, coffee, and cakes back at the lodge after your surf sessions
  • Use of all surf lodge facilities including pool, jacuzzi, garden, etc
  • Optional deep tissue massage to relax and restore
  • Tiny Whale’s experienced team on hand

The Lowdown on Dinner:

  • The in-house chef prepares dinner on Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday nights, and Saturday night is DIY Pizza Night. Dinner consists of aperitifs and cocktails served by the hosts by the pool, followed by a two-course dinner.
  • On Monday and Thursday nights, your hosts take the group out to dinner in Lagos. Dinner and drinks on these nights are not included in your weekly package tuition.

RATES

Low Season (Mar, Nov, Dec)
Shared: €825
Safari Tent: €925
Private: €1025
Ensuite: €1225

Mid Season (Apr, May, June)
Shared: €1025
Safari Tent: €1125
Private: €1225
Ensuite: €1425

High Season (July, Aug, Sept, Oct)
Shared: €1125
Safari Tent: €1225
Private: €1325
Ensuite: €1525

*All private and en suite rooms are priced per person based on double occupancy. All private and en suite rooms can be shared by up to three people. Extra 175€ for a private room, bell tent, or en suite room for 1 traveler.

Good to Know

  • Tiny Whale Surf Lodge is open from March 12 – November 26, and typically closes for the winter months (from late November to mid-March).
  • Tiny Whale only accepts children 13 years of age and older, and babies up to 1-year-old. The lodge can provide baby beds, high chairs, and also a babysitter service for an additional cost.

Location

Lagos, Portugal

Tiny Whale Surf Lodge is located in the small village of Colinas Verdes in the Algarve region in southwest Portugal, about a five-minute drive from the nearest town of Lagos. The Algarve is known for its stunning coastline, picturesque countryside, and beautiful beaches. The area is also known for having good consistent surf, as this region has one of the widest swell windows in Europe.

Getting There

Fly into Faro International Airport (FAO). Discounted airport transfers can be arranged from/to Faro Airport. Private Taxi (up to 4 people): 109€ each way / Private Mini Bus (up to 8 people): Ask for a quote
* If you’re bringing your own board, you’ll need to book a Private Mini Bus.

The Small Print

Terms & Conditions

 

PACKAGES & ACCOMMODATION

Payment Policy

  • To secure a booking a 25% deposit will be taken in advance.
  • Payment of the final balance (75%) is required no more than 60 days before your holiday commences.
  • We recommend taking out travel insurance, as no cancellations can be accepted within 60 days of your holiday commencing.
  • It is only possible to receive a full refund of any balances paid if you give a minimum of 60 days’ notice prior to the booking commencing. When refunds are given a 25€ cancellation fee will be applied.
  • Reservation dates can be changed up to within 21 days of the holiday date commencing with an administration charge of 25€. Any changes are subject to availability.
  • Bookings are taken on a first come first paid basis.
  • A late check-in charge of 25€ per booking will be charged for arrivals between 11.00 pm & 7:00 am.
  • Prices are subject to change without prior notice unless the initial deposit has already been paid.

Activities (Surf & SUP school + 3rd party providers)

Payment Policy

  • To secure a booking a 25% deposit will be taken in advance.
  • Payment of the final balance (75%) is required no more than 30 days before your activity commences.
  • In the event of cancellation, notice must be received 7 days prior to the activity commencing. A cancellation fee of 25€ will be charged and will be taken from your initial deposit.
  • Refunds will not be issued for cancellations made within 7 days of the activity commencement date. If you have to postpone your booking, we will try and arrange a mutually convenient alternative date for up to one year from the initial date the deposit was paid.

Safety

  • For any activities taking place in water, it is required that all clients can swim a minimum of 25 meters.
  • Clients are strictly required to follow the instructions of their teacher within the activity they are taking part in at all times.
  • All the activities we provide ourselves are fully insured to cover any miss-practice on our part where a customer may become injured.
  • The client is not covered by our insurance for ‘acts of god’ which are uncontrollable by the surf school such a weaver fish stings & lightning strikes etc.
  • Any dry land surf coaching on skateboards is not insured as part of our surf school operation and clients take part at their own risk.
  • We are not held responsible for the operation of any activities by 3rd party providers we book on behalf of our clients.

Surf Conditions

  • The Algarve offers some of the most consistent surf in the world, however, if we are unable to find suitable conditions by 2:30 pm we reserve the right to only offer a tour of the local area or dry land-based surf coaching. Due to the uncontrollable aspect of the surfing environment, we are not able to give refunds when nature does not deliver.

Airport Transfers

  • It is the client’s responsibility to read the joining information for the transfer within the email sent by us prior to arrival.
  • It is the client’s responsibility to find the transfer desk and check in with them within 30 minutes of the plane landing.

Travel Insurance

  • We recommend taking out good quality travel insurance for your holiday.
  • If traveling from the UK we recommend you have an up to date EHIC card or equivalent for any medical services you might need.
  • http://www.nhs.uk/NHSEngland/Healthcareabroad/EHIC/Pages/about-the-ehic.aspx
  • We are not responsible for any robbery, theft or damage of personal items that occur whilst you are in our care or staying at our accommodation.

Rental Equipment

  • Any loss or damage to any rented or borrowed equipment of ours in clients care will be charged at our discretion to fix or replace the item.

Coronavirus Guarantee

 

Tiny Whale Covid Guarantee

  • These additional terms cover both new customers and customers who have already booked a trip at Tiny Whale, and give peace of mind in dealing with any Coronavirus-related last-minute changes such as flight cancellations or quarantine rules.
  • All holidays booked for dates between January 1, 2022 – January 31, 2023 can be rescheduled just 48 hours before your arrival date to account for any last-minute changes like flights being canceled or new quarantine rules when returning to your home country. Tiny Whale Surf Lodge reserves the right to ask for evidence for any Covid-related changes.
  • Rescheduling your trip is free of charge.
  • Trips can be rescheduled up to December 31, 2023.