Our mission is to ensure that all guests leave thinking their time with us exceeded expectations.

'Business' has always been a word that opposes the ideology of a true retreat so we aim to uphold an ethical business approach. All of our exceptional external staff who conduct our yoga and personal training sessions and guided walks are paid directly and in full. We do not take any commission whatsoever.

Whilst developing our programme here we know that the highest standards can be achieved without the need for extra costs so here at Alegria, our pricing structures are focused on value for money.


Nicola, Founder

Nicola learned to play tennis at a young age and at 12 years old she went to the renowned Bollettieri Tennis Academy in Florida where she trained with some of the world's top players and coaches. Later Nicola developed a passion not just for playing this multi-faceted sport but for teaching it. For several years she was the summer resident coach at Quinta do Lago in Portugal. She spent a season as Tennis Director at the Four Seasons in Hampshire and a year as the head tennis professional at the Four Seasons in Nevis. When not on the tennis court, she works as a fully-qualified chef. Nicola gained the Cordon-Bleu diploma at Tante Marie in England and also trained at Ballymaloe Cookery school in Ireland.

Alongside running the Alegria Retreat, Nicola continues to practise private tennis coaching and cooks for her many clients throughout England, Portugal, the United States and the Caribbean.

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Tommy, Guests Relations Manager

Tommy is a graduate of the world-renowned Glion Hospitality School. After years of working at luxurious London establishments, he decided to pursue a career offering a more personalised guest experience. He now works alongside Nicola to create the ultimate retreat in Portugal. As a trained mixologist, guests can look forward to an evening enjoying his creative cocktails.