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If you're looking for a spa or silent retreat kind of experience you should probably keep on browsing. If you want an extraordinary holiday, the one you'll come along maybe once or twice in a lifetime, you should probably book this one. Go full into this experience , clear your mind and it will probably sweep you off your feet. Bert en Grietje, are both experienced instructors and they treat life with a more down-to-earth and adventurous attitude. Just lean in to it and they'll take you with them on some really cool adventures! Everyday, you start and end the day with yoga, for both experienced as beginners, these classes will be all you need to calm your mind and start/end your day. But the limits of what you can do with your body won't stop here, survival, canyoning, rock-climbing, hiking & mountainbiking. These are the once in a lifetime experiences, they'll guide you through. The peaceful guesthouse is situated in the beautiful surroundings of Andalusia, right between the olive-fields. So if you want to find out how to push boundaries. You should probably go ahead and book this adventure! You won't regret it.
Wow a smile emerge on my face reading your review 🙂 We are so glad that this is the way you experienced the holiday, because this is exactly what we like to do and what we want everyone to experience. We really enjoyed the week with you. As a last minute booker you completed our group 🙂 We loved to see how you experienced that you were able to do so much more than you tought to. Muchas muchas gracias for being here!! Hope to see you again one day.
I was looking for an vacation destination in December and THIS was the perfect vacation, providing a good combination of being active (that doesn't involve skiing) and being relaxed. Grietje and Bert are very flexible to adjust guests' experience to the activities - Never once, we felt unsafe (even when had an 'unexpected' adventure involving river crossing). I find rock climbing as the highlight of this trip (recommended, even if you've never tried it before). But, I must give credit to everyone who were there this week for the overall great experience that I had. P.S: Thanks Grietje for the motivation that you gave during mountain biking 🙂
I would not described the place as a 'retreat' (which I'm glad that it's not), that most people associate with 'calmness' or 'spa'-like places. The facilities is more cozy and homely. The only improvements that I would suggest, is to have a no shoes policy in the house, as at times, the house floor feels dusty.
Thank you so much for your review. We are very happy to read that we gave you the holiday you wished for. And your right we don't offer the standard retreat with al lot of "calmness" or spa like place. This not where we believe in. We believe in balance, outdoor live, yin and yang activities and togetherness, so happy tho read you enjoyed all!! As for your tip, thanks. At the moment we have new guest and introduced it directly 🙂 And it works for all of us 🙂
Bert and Grietje, are incredibly experienced sport enthusiasts. Relaxing yoga, trail running, hiking, mountain biking, rock climbing, including the first survival trail in Spain, are some of their many specialties.
Their motto is: almost anything is possible, and we will challenge you, however nothing is obliged.
I had an amazing stay, I have learned a lot of new things regarding sports, yoga, and food. The enthusiasm they have for outdoor activities is infectious and on this picturesque location there is not a better place in Andalusia to be than at 'casa Van Dam'.
Thank you!! We learned also a lot from you. You're like a walking wikipedia page 🙂
Our stay in El Burgo was amazing, it was a really nice vacation. Bert and Grietje challenged us athletically almost every single day. Due to the great guidance, good instructions and team work we succeeded in overcoming all obstacles even though we have done some activities for the very first time. We truly reached our limits!
Besides that we really enjoyed the outdoor yoga classes amid olive trees and with an enormous view over the hills of Spain each morning; the perfect way to start a day.
Cooking and eating together was always an cultural experience. Bert and Grietje are very likeable, caring and encouraging sportsmen. We did feel secure and well introduced to all activities we have done. The beautiful nature completed our vacation - it was just astonishing. Last but not least, it was a pleasure to spend the week with an awesome group we had lots of fun with. We laughed really a lot and made great experiences together, thus we can clearly recommend a stay at Outdoor Van Dam!
Bina und Elli = the German girls
Thank you so much for your review! We also really enjoyed your energy during and out site of the activities 🙂 Elena's drawing on our van represents your stay very well. Also thanks for that again. And just that you know the typical German food is on our menu now 🙂