If you’re looking for a mindful connection with nature, immersed in an environment full of earthy experiences; then Villa Epicurea and its “barefoot luxury” philosophy is your perfect eco-lodge.
About 45 minutes from Lisbon, located in Fetais, Portugal is an eco-lodge Villa Epicurea – a “barefoot luxury” – or a privilege for mindful vacationers submerged in nature as it is dedicated to honest beauty.
It all starts with the team, since hotel personnel plays a large role in the comfortability of the guest experience. According to Marianna Yakobson, owner of Villa Epicurea, “We have the best staff in the world, and we welcome everyone as a good friend.” In order to deliver an authentic experience like home, Yakobson is committed to introducing a “timeless elegance and attention to detail, as well as giving the space to lend itself to Epicurus’ philosophy.”
Epicurus was a Greek philosopher, who believed in the ethical approach of simple pleasures, and that the pleasure of oneself is of the utmost importance. In the words of Epicurus,
“He who is not satisfied with a little, is satisfied with nothing.”
This is why Villa Epicurea keeps it simple with its concept. There is a great natural view from the relaxing oasis, surrounded by serene forests where guests are encouraged to wander freely throughout the property in order to recharge by feeling naturally calmed.
All of the rooms at Villa Epicurea have a simple but luxurious ambiance. What’s more is that you will not find any technology. There will be no television or additional devices included in your stay. This encourages guests to venture outdoors and explore nature, try activities they’ve never done before, and take advantage of the wonderful amenities this eco-lodge has to offer.
There are a plethora of experiences and excursions to be done at Villa Epicurea, one being taking a dip in the eco-infinity pool which, “Shows our guests the water treatment of the pool can be done free of chemicals, hopefully motivating them to make better choices for our planet in the future,” said Yakobson. This pool is one-of-a-kind in Portugal, which is what attracts a multitude of guests to this stay.
In addition, a Women’s Herbal Wellness Program is offered throughout the eco-lodge. Ladies will be empowered by facilitator Kate Sotero, who grew up in Arrábida where as Yakobson explained, “She developed a passion for medicinal plants from her grandparents as they lended wisdom. She started to realize early on, the importance of medicinal plants and food for our physical and psychological balance.”
Sotero guides women on an exquisite walk through nature, and throughout the duration of this encounter, she shares her knowledge and passion for the topic. Just as her grandparents did.
Another relaxing treat offered at Villa Epicurea is the spa, which delivers various types of serene massages. Yakobson said “I’m really a fan of the Shiatsu massage myself, and not too many people have a chance to try it. We offer many massage options as we are happy to introduce something new to the lives of others. I encourage our guests to also try the Ayurvedic massage. It is healing, as well as something new and exciting.” She refers to the infusion of essential oils in treatments that increase circulation and improve the functionality of one’s immune system.
Aside from the breathtaking natural experiences, Villa Epicurea isn’t only driven to fill your soul, but also your stomach. Yakobson said, “Amazing vegetarian/vegan chef Lotte Brun is a hidden gem of our place. All of the vegetables and fruit she uses are from a local bio-farm right next door, that is what makes her dishes taste so amazing.”
Brun, resident chef from Belgium, has mastered the art of cooking with the freshest and most delectable produce imaginable. She puts her own creative flare into every dish. It is abundantly apparent that she cooks with love. The staff believes that feeding and nourishing our bodies has a prominent importance on the balance between state of mind and soul. The mission is to create a holistic dining environment which fuels the body.
The goal of the menu is to “Serve vegetarian and vegan dishes to those who do not partake in those diets; showing that it can be tasty, healthy and something to consider for the betterment of the earth,” said Yakobson. Overall, the food at this establishment will undoubtedly leave guests feeling satisfied, energized and renewed.
The location of Villa Epicurea is simply flawless for those searching for a natural, beautiful vacation with no distractions. It is designed to connect with the outdoors and be at one with nature. Outside of the eco-lodge, the Lisbon area presents the opportunities to go: hiking, biking, canoeing, surfing on incredible beaches and much more. Staying in the area is truly fulfilling, primarily for free-spirited adventurers.
“The goal is to help people,” Yakobson said, “to recharge and spend quality time with whoever you come with.” Yakobson wants all of her guests to discover the magnificent region of Lisbon and what it has to offer. She said,
“We want to introduce healthy habits into people’s lives and help them learn more about sustainability. We do our best to lead by example.”
The staff at Villa Epicurea shows guests the importance of using less plastic, recycling paper and glass, utilizing all organic materials, opting for solar energy and so much more.
It is evident that Epicurus’ philosophy has been exemplified through Villa Epicurea’s “barefoot luxury,” connecting mind, body and soul. When the desire to recharge is irrepressible due to the stresses of daily life, your home away from home might just be in the remote hills of Fetais.