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The Island Experience

Estrela da Ilha | Praia de Freguesia de Santana, Lagoa Azul, Ilha Grande, State of Rio de Janeiro 23900-060, Brazil
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
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    5 of 5 stars
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    5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

My intention was to rest, relax, read and restore after a roller coaster year and it fulfilled all of this and more. The location is stunning. You approach my boat to the most beautiful yoga studio that appears as if it is perched in a tree, overlooking the ocean. Accommodation is simple, clean and comfortable with the sound and views... More 

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015

I spent two amazing weeks at The Island Experience this past November. I went with my friend who was returning for her sixth visit. The first week included guests from all over the world who were fun, interesting and adventurous. The second week's group was replaced with several "Debbie Downer's" that really put a damper on my experience. I feel... More 

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Colton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015

I cannot wait to go back to this beautiful island retreat. The whole "Island Experience" helped me to reevaluate and rediscover what is really important in my life. The location is so stunningly beautiful it takes your breath away! There is a programme of activities, that includes yoga, trekking, sea kayaking.... you choose what you want to do depending on... More 

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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014

I went on this trip with my sister (she has also reviewed the "experience") as she had been a few years ago and loved it. It is an expensive trip, so I had high expectations. Unfortunately, we were both disappointed. Although the property is beautiful, the management was chaotic and unpredictable. From being told that we "might" not have hot... More 

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Danville, Pennsylvania
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2014

I first went to "The Island Experience" in 2008. I am a returnee to the experience. The lodge has moved and the experience has changed, but I still went home feeling rejuvenated, relaxed and refreshed. I would not have changed a thing about the new location. Different than the first experience, but all the better! The staff is so welcoming... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014

As I eagerly returned to spend a week at The Island Experience in November, 2014, I found myself thinking that I might make this an annual retreat if the program was as great as it was the first time I attended in October, 2007. The island retains it rain forest beauty. Unfortunately, I was sadly disappointed with the deterioration in... More 

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Island_Martin, Owner at The Island Experience, responded to this review

Thank you for you honest feedback Kristyn. We were very sorry to read your review, the first negative one we’ve had here on tripadviser, as well as surpirsed that it warrented this rating. We take all feedback as an opportunity to improve and so we'd like to tell you about some adjustments we're making to our program. First of all,... More 

Toronto, Canada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2013

We went for our honeymoon (okay not a classic choice), and it was incredible. Once you arrive on the island it is like being part of a different world. There are rules: no caffeine, no sugar, no meat, no alcohol, so you have to be willing to invest in the concept. The food is all planned out by a dietician... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2012

After years lurking on Trip Advisor without writing any reviews myself, my recent week at the Island Experience has compelled me to stop being a lurker and sing its praises. I can’t remember the last time I felt so peaceful and healthy – and I can’t remember ever going on a vacation that felt so much like home. First of... More 

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London, England, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2012

Daily life is fast complicated and stressful. So sometimes we need to get away to get things done, mostly things we need to do for ourselves, thats what I did with the Island Experience in Patagonia Argentina. It was like traveling with fiends, organised , fun but tough. From the hikes to the food to the yoga everything was special.... More 

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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2012

This is a good experience for someone who is looking for a reset on your exercise program, an Ayurvedic detox diet and a beautiful island to play on. The exercise is optional, but it may not be presented as optional at times. Just do what you want and feel comfortable with doing. The kayaking is ocean kayaking with moderate currents,... More 

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Island_Martin, Owner at The Island Experience, responded to this review

Thank you for your comments, we hope you're enjoying the recipes you received following your stay and we'll keep you posted as soon as Adriana's cookbook comes out! The week gradually grows in intensity and while all activities are optional, we offer options and tailor the day to the level of the group, both on the trails and in the... More 

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