fbTiny Whale Surf Lodge — Thermal
Accommodation
Private and shared rooms
Duration
7+ nights
Nearest major airport
Faro Airport (FAO)

Travel, make friends and connect with nature

"Surfing will take you around the world, help you make connections with like-minded people, and experience some of nature’s most beautiful places along the way. Become a surfer with us, discover a new passion and join this amazing community!"

The surf

Peak swell
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With more than three hundred days of sunshine per year, daily temperatures that rarely drop below 70F (20º C) even in winter, and two coastlines to surf on, the Algarve is truly a surf Mecca for everyone no matter when you come.

Seasons

Our low season happens in the months of March, November, and December. During those months, there will be sunny days with temperatures raging the 70F (20º C) and cooler evenings, waves for all levels, and the least wind. Beaches are empty, so no crowds. From April to June, expect warmer days and balmy evenings, with a very low chance of rain. Most certainly there will be waves for surfers of all levels and you will likely surf on a variety of beaches on the south and west coast. When summer starts, from July to October, expect hot days and sun all day long. Surf is better for beginners in this season and beaches and restaurants are buzzing.

The lodge

We like staying small, personal, homely, and welcoming with a hint of luxury. Our surf weeks are limited to 16 people & start each Saturday so our guests get to know each other during our introductory pizza & wine tasting evening. The surf lodge has been designed with social spaces in mind so a conversation with your fellow surf mates over your last wipeout flows organically. Equally the pool area, garden with its multiple chillout spots, and well-equipped rooms offer a contrast with solace and quiet space for deep relaxation.

From wifi in all rooms to a surf barn stocked with 100+ boards to try, a swimming pool and jacuzzi, garden yoga studio, movie lounge, BBQ, and pizza oven - our boutique surf lodge has many facilities to keep guests comfortable and entertained when not chasing waves. Along with that, our hospitality team is on hand providing anything extra you may need throughout your stay.

All of our room options come with everything you’ll need - fresh linen and towels along with cozy blankets and extra cushions for that extra homely feel. Either choose the luxury of an en-suite room, our comfortable private room, or one of our new bell tents and for everyone who likes to connect with others, we have 2 shared room options. Have a look through our options and see what fits you better.

Food

Our professional in-house chef prepares fresh home-cooked food with locally sourced produce. Her delicious meals cover breakfast, surf lunches, and two-course dinners in the evenings.

Our breakfast buffet has diversity with hot and cold items, fresh eggs from our chickens, coffee, smoothies, unlimited coffee, tea, and water - all you need to give you the energy to take on a day full of surf & yoga. While seeking the best waves, our team will also be armed with a gourmet healthy picnic, with plenty of goodies prepared by our chef. After a delicious lunch, you'll be completely re-energized for another session out in the waves.

For dinner, our chef prepares a delicious 2-course dish, so you can unwind and enjoy a healthy and well-prepared meal. We can accommodate any of your diet restrictions - let us know and we present you with healthy and delicious options. Dine with either a colorful cocktail to accompany the food or a beautiful regional glass of wine. These are all included in all our packages and we can cater to all diets through prior arrangements. When you need to unwind, we also have an outdoor honesty bar with snacks, a selection of soft drinks, and local wines and beers - help yourself to whatever you want and just write it down.

Activities

We have a lot to offer for our guests and a great variety of activities to train you to become a better surfer and that non-surfers will also enjoy. Surf skate to improve your balance, surf-inspired yoga to energize your body, and paddleboarding to give you core strength - all these activities are available in our lodge and, in addition to the fun moments, you will be working towards becoming a better yourself.

For those moments when you want to relax and recover, we have a range of treatments that allow you to indulge in some much-needed relaxation during your stay. Using a blend of classical Swedish massage with deep tissue and myofascial release techniques, our therapists will work with what your body needs and your preferences to leave you feeling relaxed and re-energized for the next day in the water.

Surf Packages

We have surf packages for all surf levels and interests, check them below:

  • Surf Holiday - 7 nights stay + 5 days of surf coaching: Surf Europe’s most consistent waves with our friendly and experienced surf instructors.

  • Surf + Yoga Package - 7 nights stay + 6 days surf-inspired yoga + 5 days of surf coaching: Practice a deeper level of yoga, improving your flexibility & surf skills with our qualified coaches.

  • Roxy Women Week - specialized week: 7 nights stay + 5 days of surf coaching + yoga + SUP + hike: Roxy Week is our exclusive women-only surf safari for beginner or intermediate surfers.

  • Roxy Women Week 2.0 - specialized week: 7 nights stay + 5 days of surf coaching + yoga + SUP + hike: Surf our stunning coastline and learn new skills in our women-only intermediate surf course.

  • Green wave riders - specialized week: 7 nights stay + 5 days of surf coaching: This week makes you a complete all-around surfer, scheduled when Portugal's best waves hit.

  • Advanced coaching weeks - specialized week: 7 nights stay + 5 days of surf coaching: Our intensive, tailored surf course, set new goals, and advance with the fundamentals of good surfing.

Interested in one of our special packages? Send us a message telling us how many people are coming, your dates, room and package of interest and we will send you a personalized quote!

Location

Getting there
Fly to Faro Airport, it's only a one-hour drive away. From there, we can help you arrange a transfer to our lodge.

We're a small team of passionate surfers, dedicated surf coaches, and hospitality pros. We all recognize that taking the time to share our knowledge about learning this fantastic sport and sharing this wonderful part of the world is not just for your benefit, it gives us pride and motivation in what we do.

We're obsessed with the buzz we get from flicking on the light switch that illuminates the world of getting better at surfing. It's not easy, but half the fun is progressing and we've built the system and have the team in place to make sure your learning curve is as fast as it can be.

Creating our coaching system was tough, but we knew we had to get it right. That's why we partnered with one of the most trusted and highly qualified coaches in Europe. We know having a structure to learning to surf and recognizable goals is crucial to improving. You'll be able to track your progress and read and understand what you've learned during each day in your own time.

Our coaches are the backbone of our company and they're long-time qualified professionals that have made surf coaching their career. We're proud that they're committed to continually learning and improving so they can offer the best for each one of our guests.

Languages: English, Portuguese
Response rate: 100%
Response time: Within 24 hours

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Questions?

What's included?
Accommodation; all the surf equipment you'll need; transport to the best beaches each day; 7 healthy breakfasts & 5 beach picnics for your surf days at the beach; 5 delicious 2-course evening meals at... read more
What's not included?
Flights, snacks, alcoholic beverages, airport transfers, therapeutic or surf recovery massages, and facial treatments.
When should I book my package?
We require Saturday as the starting day for all packages.
What's the cancellation policy?
Cancel and get a full refund within 48 hours of purchase, or at least 30 days before the trip starts.
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