- What is Yeotown?
- Where is Yeotown?
- How do I get to Yeotown?
- What do I need to bring with me?
- Will I have to participate in all the activities?
- What level of fitness is required in order to participate?
- What if I have never done yoga before?
- What is included in the cost?
- Will I have access to the internet or my mobile phone?
- What sort of food will I eat on my Yeotox and where does the food come from?
- Will I go hungry on a Yeotox?
- Is Yeotown a boot camp?
- How many people will be on my Yeotox programme?
- Are there laundry facilities?
- What is the weather like during different times of the year?
- What will my accommodation be like?
- Can I bring my pet?
- Can I stay longer than 6 days?
Yeotown is the home of complete wellbeing and an award-winning, sustainable alternative to fat farms and weight loss boot camps. Winner of the Tatler Life-Changing Spa Award and Conde Nast Traveller Best Spa Retreat UK, we are an idyllic rural getaway set deep within the lush green rolling hills of North Devon and Madeira. At Yeotown you are educated by passionate experts in modern health, fitness & nutrition alongside being exposed to optimum ways to integrate holistic disciplines and ancient wisdom into your everyday life to nourish the mind and spirit.
Yeotown is located in Madeira. The address is Yeotown, Caminho do Verde, Madeira, Portugal
Plane: Many guests fly from Heathrow/Gatwick to Madeira and then it’s a 25minutes taxi from the airport.
Once you have booked your space we will send you a detailed packing list and general information sheet.
We strongly encourage full participation in order to get the most out of our programmes but no guest will ever be pushed beyond their physical limits.
All of our programmes are customised so that they are accessible for all fitness levels. As a general guideline if you are joining us for a Yeotox you should be able to walk five miles. If you have any serious back or knee injuries please discuss these with us before booking your space to ensure the programme is suitable for you.
The Yeotox is NOT a yoga retreat. Our 6-day programme does include yoga-inspired stretching which is an important part of warming up and cooling down the body for and from the day’s activities in order to avoid muscle cramping, soreness and fatigue. Yeotown’s Co-Founder Mercedes Sieff is one of the UK’s leading Vinyasa Flow Yoga teachers and all of the yoga instructors at Yeotown have the ability to engage everyone from the complete novice to advanced practitioner/teacher. We have the ability to split the group into two varying sessions (beginners and experienced) so every level is catered to.
All of our Yeotown instructors are experts at teaching multi-level classes where beginners are given the guidance they need to flourish and benefit from this ancient yet relevant practice. Therefore it doesn’t matter if you have never done any yoga. It has been our experience that the guests who arrive the most afraid of the yoga during the Yeotox programme end up being the ones loving it the most!
All prices quoted are inclusive of beautiful accommodation, all activities, meals, juices, VAT and transfers to/from the train station at designated times. The cost also includes all of the massages and there are absolutely no extra costs.
Many guests come to a Yeotox to enjoy a digital detox. As Yeotown is located in the countryside mobile phone coverage is limited. There is wi-fi connection in the main house and the bedrooms where you will be able to check emails etc, however, there will be recommended times so as not to disturb the other guests or distract from your programme. For this same reason, mobile phones are only permitted outside of the communal areas however as coverage is limited we will give you a landline number for your family and friends to call you on should they need to get in touch. Mobile phones are not permitted during the programme’s activities such as hiking (except for pictures), yoga, training sessions etc.
All of the Yeotox food is lovingly prepared by one of Yeotown’s talented chefs. It is seasonal and local and mostly organic. The Yeotox diet is a nutritionally dense plant-based diet but does include some fish (vegan options available). Most of the vegetables and fruit you will eat at Yeotown come from local farmers markets and suppliers.
All of of our dry stores, pulses, rice quinoa, kaniwa, herbs etc come from Wholefood stores
Fish wherever possible is caught locally in the Atlantic ocean responsibly and ethically.
It wouldn’t be very difficult or creative to starve guests in order to guarantee weight loss however Yeotown is all about sustainability and balance. For this reason, we serve healthy, nutrient-dense foods that should fulfil you. On a Yeotox your meals will be plated and portioned and most likely less than you normally eat however most guests express their surprise at how little hunger they experience. With this in mind, you are served healthy meals each day, along with nutritious snacks to keep blood sugar levels even. This programme is safe, designed to deliver optimum results and is not a juice fast so at no point is the body or mind starving. At any point, you may ask for more food if needed.
Yeotown is NOT a Bootcamp nor is it a Fatfarm, Raw Food retreat or Juice Fast. The dietary restrictions on the Yeotox menu including the exclusion of meat, dairy, refined sugars and caffeine are in place to give your body, mind and digestive system a break. But, by no means are we suggesting these are things you need to give up forever. For more information please visit Our Philosophy page to read about our vision and ethos.
Yeotown prides itself on offering personalised care and attention to all who visit. On a Yeotox numbers are capped at 12 people staying on site.
On your Yeotox programme, laundry will be done every day in the mornings and returned to you in the afternoons.
Madeira, Portugal is typically a mix of seasonal weather. The late autumn/winter months tend to run cooler average temperature highs of 10-14 degrees Celcius while during spring/summer highs can reach up to 23-26 degrees Celcius. As it is on the Atlantic ocean it can rain any time of the year, however, when dressed appropriately some guests find it more enjoyable to hike in wetter/cooler weather rather than very hot/dry weather hence a Yeotox can be enjoyed during any season. We encourage guests to reconnect with the great outdoors hence we do at least one outdoor activity such as hiking or cycling or even sea kayaking every day of the programme.
Yeotown is beautiful, stylish and comfortable. It is a former House & Garden ‘Home of the Decade’ winner and its owners have a background in Interior Design and Art & Antiques. We like to use the term ‘Rustic Luxury” to describe the feel. For full details please see our Yeotown Accommodation page for images, prices and descriptions.
Apologies however due to health and safety reasons, no pets of any kind are allowed at this time. Should you require, there is a kennel in nearby Lee that can take care of your dog or cat during your stay. Please inquire for more details.
Yes, you can. Yeotown offers a longer Yeotox over 2 weeks. We are not open on the 2 days between but we have superb local hotel recommendations and advise guests to take a well-deserved rest, ready to return to Yeotown the following Wednesday. Yeotown is also available for bespoke escapes and can cater to groups of family or friends, PR Launches and Corporate Entertaining.