Our latest overseas retreat

The Detox Barn Algarve

We are delighted to announce the launch of our latest retreat,

The Detox Barn - Algarve.

This exquisite venue is the perfect place to launch our truly transformational wellness programme.

Set in a nature reserve surrounded by pink flamingos and overlooking the Castro Marim salt marshes, it's truly beautiful. Castro Marim itself is a charming village in the Algarve with cobbled streets, whitewashed walls and terracotta roofs.

Characterised by bright blue painted motifs and geometric patterns on the facades of the neat little cottages, this is a picture-perfect place to relax and unwind. Castro Marim is hidden between a nature reserve and the Spanish border, surrounded by wetland, salt ponds, and sandwiched between a 13th century castle, and a 17th century fortress. The surrounding area is filled with saltpans and the Reserva Natural do Sapal, a 2,000 hectare marshland.

This unique ecological habitat is best known for the flamingos which stop off here to feed. It’s also just a ten-minute drive to the stunning coastline and breath-taking beaches.

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The Detox Barn Algarve

Our 5 day Programme

The Gavin sisters are passionate about health and wellness but like to deliver their expertise in a down to earth, relatable manor. The programme is designed to inspire you to want to make healthy changes but being a comedy double act they bring laughter and relatability to their retreats too.

The retreat is a five night, five day programme focusing on creating healthy new habits that stick, the stories we tell ourselves and how to change these stories to become the best possible version of ourselves.

Each day builds on the previous. It is a retreat that focuses on nourishing rather than deprivation, with nutrient dense local organic food cooked by our natural plant-based chefs. A retreat that is filled with laughter and will leave you feeling like a brand new person. 

The programme is an extension of The Detox Barn in Suffolk. Listed in Conde Nast as one of the best wellness retreats for 2023. It has been featured in The Times, The Guardian, The Telegraph, The Observer, Metro, Good Housekeeping, Psychologies and many more.

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See what To Expect!

As part of your investment in health, our five-day programme offers a diverse array of activities and experiences carefully curated to nourish your body, mind, and soul. Please note that the timetable will be sent closer to the time of the retreat, and adjustments may be made depending on weather conditions.

  • Fresh Leaf Organic Tea and Organic Funki Coffee: Start your mornings with a rejuvenating cup of organic tea or coffee, lovingly prepared by the Gavin Sisters themselves.
  • Daily Yoga: Embrace the serenity of the sea or the villa surroundings with daily yoga sessions led by experienced instructors.
  • Cold Water Swimming: Awaken your senses and invigorate your body with refreshing dips in the pristine waters.
  • Visit to Natural Mineral Spa: Indulge in relaxation at the Portuguese "dead sea" salt ponds, known for their immune-boosting properties. Enjoy a full-body mud mask and soak in the mineral-rich waters for ultimate rejuvenation.
  • Guided Mindfulness & Meditation: Find peace and clarity through guided mindfulness and meditation sessions, designed to help you cultivate inner calm and balance.
  • Digital Detox: Disconnect from the noise of technology and reconnect with yourself and nature during our digital detox sessions.
  • Nutritional Workshop: Delve into the world of nutrition and gut health with workshops led by our expert vegan chef, focusing on delicious plant-based meals that nourish from the inside out.
  • Half-Day Safari: Embark on an adventure through the Castro Marim nature reserve, observing local fauna and flora up close in a 4x4 safari experience.
  • Open Kitchen Night with the Gavin Sisters: Join us for a fun-filled evening of plant-based cooking alongside the Gavin Sisters themselves.
  • Traditional Local Farm Tasting Experience: Discover the flavors of the region with a tasting experience at a traditional organic farm, sampling delightful delicacies straight from the source.
  • Sound Bath Session: Immerse yourself in the healing vibrations of sound with a rejuvenating sound bath session, designed to promote relaxation and inner harmony.
  • Five Nights Accommodation: Retreat to the comfort of a beautiful villa nestled in the heart of the nature reserve, with all rooms featuring en-suite facilities for your convenience.

Please note that additional treatments are available upon request. This retreat is fully organic, plant-based, and alcohol-free, ensuring a holistic approach to your well-being.

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Who's it for?

Welcome to our five-day reset, a transformative journey designed for those who are ready to break free from the confines of feeling stuck and embrace a healthier, more vibrant way of living. Whether you're battling exhaustion, seeking inspiration, or simply in need of a fresh start, our programme is here to guide you towards a brighter, more energized future.

This reset is for anyone who is tired of feeling tired and yearns to reclaim their vitality. It's for executives weighed down by burnout, parents navigating the challenges of raising children, individuals recovering from illness, loss, or trauma, and for those who simply need a reboot to reignite their passion for life.

Whatever your reasons for joining us, our five-day programme is designed to equip you with the tools you need to prioritize your well-being and cultivate habits that truly stick. Through a combination of workshops, activities, and experiences, we'll help you tap into your inner strength, unleash your potential, and emerge feeling rejuvenated, empowered, and ready to take on the world.

By the end of our programme, you'll not only feel great and look fantastic, but you'll also be armed with the knowledge and inspiration to continue your journey towards optimal health and happiness long after you've returned home. It's time to invest in yourself, unlock your true potential, and embrace a life filled with vitality, joy, and purpose.

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We cant wait to see you!

How to get to Castro Marim?

Castro Marim is in the Algarve right on the boarder of Spain. Nearest airport- Faro airport.

It’s a fifty-minute drive from Faro.
We will be providing one transfer bus for flights arriving around the same time.

Contact us for car hire details.