YES!! Here they really get what wellness is all about! You know it´s always a struggle to find the best Spa & Wellness hotels and retreats, where everything is just right and where they offer the high standards of quality that we have set as our benchmark. Over the years we have visited more than 200 wellness hotels and so far only 40 have made it through to our list. But this year we have definitely added a true gem in the field of Wellness; Longevity Cegonha Country Club in Vilamoura, Algarve.
We are always a little apprehensive when visiting a new wellness hotel or retreat. Will it be as nice as it looks in the photos? Will the staff be friendly? Will the food be good? Will the rooms be comfy? Yes, yes, yes and YES!!! All this and even more…
When you arrive at the reception at Longevity Cegonha Country Club you are welcomed with a smile and you will find this smile in every corner of the resort. The waiters, the therapists, the nutritionist, the cleaners, the trainers, everybody welcomes you and everybody is so helpful and really do their utmost to ensure your stay is an unforgettable one.
Longevity is a well established wellness company, who have been offering their wellness programs at the Vilalara Resort in Portugal for many years. But Vilalara is a 5* Resort and this is reflected in the price. With the launch of Longevity Cegonha Country Club, they opened their own 4* Wellness resort in 2017, where they offer all types of wellness programs at much more affordable prices. We were there for a 3 day ¨taster¨ of what they have to offer. We took part in the exercise classes, indulged in some treatments, enjoyed the diet and relaxed in the Spa facilities. We were very impressed with what this team has been able to establish in such a short time.
Whether you choose to come for a Detox, Weight loss, Yoga, Fitness or Rebalance program the diet is always healthy. However if it is not already included in the program, we would recommend adding the meal plan full board option. Consisting of 3 meals a day + 2 snacks. The diet can be personalised and focused on Low Calorie, Low Carb, Detox or Gluten Free. It´s also possible to follow a liquid diet (detoxifying & anti-inflammatory shakes, juices and soups).
We tried the healthy low-calorie menu, which was absolutely amazing. Breakfast was a feast for the eyes with all different kinds of small bites, for lunch some tasty and colourful salads, for dinner the best tuna ceviche ever and some fresh fish with coriander and garlic flavoured wild rice, to give you an idea. The juices were also a delight!
Our days started with a healthy breakfast after which we went for our first activity. The biggest plus of Longevity Cegonha Country Club is that they offer 5 to 6 physical activities a day, 7 days a week. Regardless of the number of guests, these activities ALWAYS run! Activities range from Yoga, Pilates, Stretching, Tai Chi, Meditation, Core Training, Tone & Fit, Fitball, Walks, Dance, Jogging, Bike Tour, Zumba, Cooking Workshops etc. We tried the stretching class and we went for the bike ride through the beautiful surroundings of Vilamoura. Both guided by Diogo, an incredibly happy and knowledgeable personal trainer, who knows how to motivate people and make them work just that little harder for the best results! With this number of activities available every day you can make your stay at Longevity Cegonha Country Club as intensive as you want. However if you are looking for a more relaxed wellness holiday, then you can just kick back, lay by the pool, read a book or have a little snooze… You decide, it is your wellness holiday!
We had our treatments during the day. The Spa is small, but it is brand new, complete and of high quality. The therapists were super friendly. All of their products are organic and locally sourced from the Algarve. We enjoyed a sea salt body scrub and we could choose between 4 different ¨flavours¨, lavender, orange, coffee or rosemary. Even the massage we had the following day was carried out with giant seashells from the Atlantic Ocean. A really nice detail!
We were really impressed by how well estalished Longevity has become in such a short time and we feel it is all thanks to the team and their attention to detail. Although brand new, thanks to their professionalism, it feels like they have been running wellness programs for years! We are super happy to have found this wellness hotel and it would appear that all the guests we have already sent to Longevity Cegonha Country Club for their wellness holiday feel the same way! Here are just a few of the reviews we have received:
“Thank you for such a wonderful holiday. It was the first time I have ever travelled on my own, or followed a Detox, but I could not have wished for a better experience. What lovely and helpful people. Beautiful and luxurious accommodation. The food was lovely and I was very lucky with amazing weather. It took me a while to ¨land¨, but then I could really enjoy myself and I even lost 3,5 kilos, without even having the feeling of being on a diet! Thank you for the great experience!”
“It was so uplifting and I made new friends for life!”
“Great and completely as expected! SIS you offer many choices, have listened well to what I wanted and have totally delivered. Thanks!”
If you are also interested in a wellness program at Longevity Cegonha Country Club, click here for an overview of the available programs and take your pick!
We made a video of our stay, interested? Have a look here.