Paella de Dani

Our friend Daniel from Valencia explained us how to make the genuine paella. We bring you the recipe not only because it is delicious but also because we really love the whole concept of the paella á la Dani. More than food it is a ritual for family and friends to come together during the…

By Casa Spa dAlma 08/09/2012 1

Hiking and Mindful

From 16 – 23 October we organize a week of hiking and Mindfulness. Everybody knows what hiking is, although probably not everybody knows the experience of hiking in Monchique. Going up a dirt road in the middle of a cork tree forest with its million shades of green and brown while rays of sunlight play…

By Casa Spa dAlma 07/09/2012 0

After de Refogado; Beetroot soup.

For the beetroot soup you need to make a refogado only based on olive oil, onions and garlic. You leave the tomatoes out. Take some fresh beetroots and wash and peel them, cut in quarters.Than you clean the same amount of carrots, cut them in little chunks and put them together with beetroot in the…

By Casa Spa dAlma 22/08/2012 0

Refogado–The Portuguese key to succes

Simplicity is often the key to great succes. This sounds like  phrase from the I Ching but in the Portuguese kitchen it is an absolute truth. The Portugese are natural born poets and they extend it from words, through music to food. They have this tendency to aim directly for the Soul or Alma. In…

By Casa Spa dAlma 16/08/2012 0

The witches cooking pot.

The Caldeirão or cooking pot is the traditional cookware in old Portuguese cuisine. A heavy iron pot placed on a tripod above a smoldering charcoal fire, the cook sits next to it on a stool with a wooden spoon in hand. Softly singen while stirring the stew to ensure that it does not burn. Herbs…

By Casa Spa dAlma 15/08/2012 0

Summer nights

Summer has arrived with high temperatures, last week they went up to 39º, sweaty weather but by now it has cooled down to 28º, which is perfect.The water in the pool is 23º and an absolute pleasure to dwell in. One of the guests wanted to sleep through the summer nights with the window wide…

By Casa Spa dAlma 28/06/2012 0

Rainy book worms in sleeping bags

A place like Spa d’Alma is rich in many ways. I already told about the abundance in nature, flowers and fruits but the real richness is in the relations that we build. We are not just a place to sleep, have a nice breakfast, enjoy sun and swimming. These things are wonderful, no doubt, and…

By Casa Spa dAlma 28/03/2012 0

New life……

It is the same every year and yet, we never take it for granted, this great explosion of vitality when almond trees and the mimosa burst into bloom. A circle has been completed and a new one starts.Every day has the potential of a fresh beginning, we can leave behind us what belongs to the…

By Casa Spa dAlma 31/01/2012 0

The need for retreat

In the past before the period of industrialization people used to live in villages or small towns. Nature was integrated, even in the towns farms were present and cows, sheep and chicken roamed the streets. In these days the necessity for retreat was merely a spiritual one. It was a period of several days of…

By Casa Spa dAlma 21/11/2011 0

Singing in the rain.

  The Monchique winter is often mild and from time to time we have rain. If it rains it is mostly for a day but it can really pour, solid water coming down like a massive curtain and then the next day the sun is shining again. Yesterday it was a gentle rain, a soft…

By Casa Spa dAlma 20/11/2011 0