Venue Spotlight: Minuvida Orchard Lodge + Retreat Center

Today’s Venue Spotlight

We are so excited to present Minuvida Orchard Lodge and Retreat Center in this Venue Spotlight. In this episode, we are speaking to Co-Founder Rimi about her beautiful venue, the Azores, and what makes for a great retreat amongst many other things. Rimi is an extremely interesting person who has lived and worked all over the world and it was exciting to learn about her journey too.

We hope you enjoy this conversation as much as we did making it and please follow up if you would like to know more information or indeed are interested in booking Minuvida Orchard Lodge for your upcoming retreat.

Please Enjoy.

Location: The Azores, Portugal


  • Introduction
  • Accommodation
  • Amenities and Outdoor Spaces
  • Retreat Spaces
  • Surrounding Area
  • Staff
  • Food and Dietary Options


Set in an acre of traditional fruit orchards, Quinta Minuvida the perfect spot for your intimate, groups, offering ample space for meditation and seclusion. Five suites with private baths can accommodate 14 guests in private or shared accommodation. Its fully-equipped retreat center is ideal for smaller groups. The Azores is the perfect off-the-beaten- path destination, bursting with natural beauty and endless outdoor possibilities. Complement your group experience with soaks in natural springs, hikes in volcano rims and runs in deserted beaches.


Minuvida Orchard Lodge provides thoughtful accommodations in a lovingly restored traditional Azorean villa. All suites include vintage or custom furniture, comfortable memory foam mattresses (in double beds), in-room bathrooms, wireless Internet and other amenities, including daily cleaning, front desk, and on site management. Outdoor spaces include many recreational areas, a Mediterranean pool and grills.

Amenities and Outdoor Spaces

Suites feature memory foam mattresses, custom or vintage furniture, modern or vintage baths, wireless Internet, heating panels and cooling fans and daily cleaning. PLUS outdoor pool, yoga studio, guest kitchen, living room with fireplace, outdoor grill, firepit, observatory, organic vegetable garden, and one acre of orchards. Beaches close by, walking trails, hot springs and bike paths, not to mention the largest fishing port in the Azores.

Retreat Spaces

Minuvida Azores retreat center is perfect for smaller groups. The center includes a fully equipped studio, a large lawn, a banana grove, and a terrace space with stunning views. Yoga space details here. Minuvida requires selection interviews before booking retreats.

Surrounding Area

The Azores is the perfect off-the-beaten-path destination, bursting with natural beauty and endless outdoors possibilities. Complement your group experience with soaks in natural springs, hikes in volcano rims and runs in deserted beaches. Try surfing, canyoning or mountain biking.


The Minuvida team work tirelessly to make sure you truly Discover and Feel the Azores. Minuvida is proud to provide full-time, year-round employment to our local team members. They also are dedicated to responsible travel.

Food and Dietary Options

Azorean cuisine is simple and tasty, taking the best from the land and the sea. Very fresh. Grilled whole fish is a must; yes it has bones. No GMOs. Cows are pasture-raised happy, and you can taste it! Dairy is awesome! Don’t miss the local cheeses and butter. Try the volcano-cooked cozido. Don’t miss the unique seafood (limpets or barnacles anyone?). Seasoning can be heavy-handed. Desserts are to die for… and don’t skip espresso and the local liqueurs.

A daily Azorean breakfast is included with your stay. Minuvida serves only local and in-season fruits and vegetables, plus local cheeses, jams, breads, yogurts and specialty items. If you or your group have special requirements just let them know. Other meals can be ordered for delivery through their partner Maria Pic-Nic. Cooking is allowed in our pavilion guest kitchen.

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