What is a dormitory and shared accommodation ?

The Salty Pelican Surf & Yoga Retreat offers affordable accommodation for yogis travelling on a budget. Accommodation is usually in deluxe dormitory rooms, which have shared bathrooms and toilets close by in the hallways. Shared accommodation is a great social experience to meet other travellers while you have a good time listening and sharing stories with each other. Usually we attract 95% of our guests being solo travelling women aged between 22 - 55yrs of age, here for a relaxing week of yoga. Shared accommodation at The Salty Pelican is part of the reason why The Salty Pelican experience is so great. The hardest part about your stay will be having to leave us ;-) If you have any doubts, please read our reviews on TripAdvisor and Im certain they will ease your fears. I cannot always guarantee all female dorms but it most likely will be the case.

What do i need to check-in ?

You must have an ID-card or passport. No other proof of identity will be accepted.

When is check-in / check-out ?

Check-in: You can check in from 14:00pm and if you’re arriving earlier, we will do our best to have a bed ready for you as soon as we can. Please note: Reception closes at 22:00pm without prior notice. Check-ins after this time are only accepted by appointment via email or phone call beforte this time has expired. Check-out: Anytime in the morning up until the latest of 11:00am.

When is breakfast served? Is it included ?

Breakfast is served in the guest lounge between 7:30am and 10:00am. Breakfast is included in the price and is an all you can eat buffet of fresh bread, local fruits, cheeses, eggs, sliced vegetables, muesli's, yogurts, organic teas, coffee, soy milk, freshly baked pastries and fruit infused water.

Should i bring my own linen or towel ?

Linen is included in the price and beds are premade before your arrival. Don’t forget to bring a towel for the beach. You can also rent a towel at reception suitable for bathroom use. The price is €3 per towel.

Do you have lockers in the rooms ?

Yes we do... Every shared room has a personal locker for each guest under your bed.

What can i do with all my bags after check-out ?

You can store your luggage in our day storage for free after checking out. We are only allowed to hold your luggage till the end of that day only.

How do I arrive from Lisbon Airport ?

BUS FROM THE AIRPORT: The #705 bus is leaving from the airport to Areeiro bus station. Once you have arrived there, you can take bus #161 which will take you to the center of Costa da Caparica. There is two departures from Praca do Areeiro every hour between 8:00 and 19:00. At the weekends the departure times are at 15 and 45 minutes past the hour while Monday to Friday departures are on the hour and 30 minutes past the hour ** Subject to change The Salty Pelican is located just 1km walk away from Costa da Caparica bus station. Takes approximately 15 minutes to walk ** An UBER from the bus station to The Salty Pelican is very cheap and recommended with heavy luggage. Ticket price: Approximately €6 Journey time: 55 min+ PRIVATE TRANSFER FROM THE AIRPORT: We can book you a direct transfer from the airport straight to The Salty Pelican. Please send an email with your flight details including flight number to book. Price: €40 EACH-WAY 1-4 person sharing. Journey time: 20 min UBER FROM THE AIRPORT: UBER is still legal in Portugal and definitely cheaper than a normal taxi ride. A trip from the airport to Caparica will cost you €24 - €30, depending on traffic. Make sure to download the app on your smartphone beforehand and also familiarise with the pickup location: Journey time: 25 min

Do you sell alcohol, food or drinks ?

We have a fully stocked bar with all your favourites, including a large selection of local craft beers, local wines and water. We also have delicious and healthy smoothies available all day.

Is there a curfew or lockout ?

No... we trust you but in return we do ask that you respect the other guests and be quiet when you return to The Salty Pelican.

Can i be in a room with my friends ?

We try our best to allocate beds in the same room for friends travelling together. However, this is not always possible. Please contact us directly for any special requests, including accommodation in the same room.

Can I bring children ?

We do not recommend that young children stay at our retreat, as the atmosphere tends to be rather peaceful and mature. However, under special request we may be able to accommodate children depending on the season and retreats capacity. Children under 16 may only sleep in the same room as the parent and can only be in private room accommodation.

Can i bring visitors into the surf & yoga retreat ?

You are welcome to bring friends into the garden/patio of our retreat. Visitors are not allowed beyond the reception and lobby areas. This is for the security of all our guests who expect us to be able to identify everyone in the building and to provide a secure environment. Please understand that there are no exceptions to this rule. We are more than happy to point you the direction of nearby cafes, bars and restaurants where you can take your visitors.

Do you have wifi or internet access?

We have free wifi everywhere within the retreat.. even in your rooms.

What is your cancellation policy ?

Cancellations or changes to your booking must be made by direct phone call or by email to Cancelling or modifying a booking up to 7 days before date of arrival, no fee will be charged.... the following cancellation and modification fees apply: 50% deposit non-refundable within 7-days of arrival.

Do you have laundry facilities ?

Yes we do.. you have access to a washing machine ( €3 ) and dryer ( €2 ) per use.

Can i smoke in the yoga retreat ?

Our yoga retreat is a non smoking building. Anyone who breaks this rule will be asked to leave without any refund. We do however, provide the exclusive use of our outside patio, multi-level garden and balcony’s for smoking.

Do you have a guest kitchen ?

We have a fully equipped kitchen with fridge, cooking elements, microwave, toaster, utensils, cups, plates, glasses, etc.

Do you have female only accommodation ?

Usually 95% of our guests are solo travelling women between the ages of 22 - 55yrs of age... all here for week of relaxing yoga. So an all female dorm would mostly be the case but we can only guarantee all female rooms for bookings made in the deluxe 4-bed and the deluxe 4-bed with private ensuite.

Reception hours ?

The reception is open for check-ins between 7:30am - 22:00pm. We can only accept arrivals later than 22:00 when requested beforehand via email or phone call only. Depending on the day, the reception may not be open later than 20:00 for already checked-in guests. If you have an early flight and need to leave before 7:30am, please arange check-out and balance payments the day/night before departure.

Where can we park our car ?

Theres plenty of space to park your car in the residential streets surrounding The Salty Pelican for free.

I don’t have a credit card. How can i book ?

You can book using the booking widget found on our website pay via PayPal or send us an e-mail containing your booking request and your contact details. We will get back to you as soon as possible with the information required to make your booking.

Do you accept group bookings ?

Yes we do, please view our “Group Bookings” inquiry page to make a booking for more then 10 persons only.

Can i pay in another currency or with a credit card ?

We only accept euros or diamonds ;-) You can also pay with credit cards at the reception but please note that a service charge of 3% will apply for all card payments