Frequently asked questions

How many people will be on the retreat?

We advise there to be between 4 and 15 guests on your retreat, however, give us a call if you have something else in mind.

What shall I bring?

As you’ll be doing stuff inside and outside on your retreat, we recommend you bring the following kit:

  • Workout gear
  • Yoga gear (or comfortable clothing that you can easily move around in)
  • Trainers
  • Walking boots or other suitable footwear
  • Waterproofs
  • Swimwear
  • Wetsuit and booties (if you have them – if not, we’ll hire them for you at no extra cost)
  • Goggles
  • Water bottle
  • Other clothing for dinner etc

Can you arrange a retreat for a group booking?

We are experienced in hosting retreats for a variety of groups, whether it's groups of friends wanting an active retreat, hen do’s, families, corporate groups or sports teams, we are more than happy to arrange a retreat schedule to suit you.

Do I need to have a certain level of ability to take part in the retreat?

Everyone is welcome! This is why we every retreat customer gets a full consultation, to find out all about what you want from your retreat and build an itinerary that will work for you and your group.

Are the spa treatments included in the retreat cost?

The spa treatments are an additional cost. Treatments are a really popular addition to the retreat experience so please book them in as early as possible to avoid disappointment.

Will I lose weight on the retreat?

Whilst this isn’t a weight loss/detox retreat, if you have an active weekend with us and eat healthily, you’ll probably notice a difference in your weight.

Does everyone have to do every activity in the schedule?

No, the whole point of Sand Sea Spa retreats is that everything is optional. Think of our schedule as a menu – you can decide on the day and do as little or as much as you want.

I’d like to surf / do yoga but I’ve never tried it before – is that OK?

Our surf lessons are available for beginners or more advanced surfers. If you’re just starting out, we’ll teach you the basics. If you’ve surfed before, we’ll give you a more advanced lesson, including technical advice. It’s the same for yoga – our classes are suitable for any level. If you’ve never done it before, we’d love to introduce you to yoga in a safe and supportive environment.

What kinds of fitness classes can I expect?

Our classes cover a range of workouts, including HIIT, Abs, Bums, Strength, Boxing and Kettlebells. We’ll speak to you before your retreat so that we can tailor the classes for the group.

Is wetsuit and surfboard hire included in the price?

Yes. If you’d like to take part in the surf lessons, wet-suit and surfboard hire is included in your retreat cost.

How do I get to North Devon if I don't drive?

By train: The nearest railway station is Barnstaple (a taxi from there to the hotel takes around 20 minutes). If you’re coming from London, there’s a fast train to Tiverton Parkway.

By air: Exeter Airport is 60 miles from North Devon and you can take a taxi from there. You can also fly into Bristol Airport which is 2 hours away by car.

We have a recommended taxi company so please let us know if you’d like a cost estimate or if you’d like us to make a booking for you.

Does my accommodation need to have a tennis court to have the tennis coaching?

No, there are variety of courts we can book in the local area that we can use in for coaching.

I’ve got an injury / I’m recovering from an illness – is it OK to come on a retreat?

Kate is qualified in rehabilitation and cancer recovery training so our retreats might be suitable for you. It depends on the type of injury or illness you have had as it’s important to rest your body so you can recuperate properly. Please let us know your situation and we can help you to make a decision.

Do you offer anything else outside of your listed activities?

If there is something that you particularly want that isn’t on our list, such as mindfulness classes or a key note speaker, just get in touch and we can make it happen for you.

I’m pregnant / I recently had a baby – can I still attend a retreat?

Kate is qualified in pre natal and post natal fitness, so she’d be very happy for you to attend. Please give us a call to discuss your personal requirements so we can make sure our schedule works for you.

Do you provide babysitting?

We have a list of experienced babysitters in the area. If you let us know you would be interested in this during your consultation, we can arrange this for you.