FAQ

 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Everything you need to know to better prepare your journey

 

ABOUT THE RETREAT

What is the difference between a resort and a retreat?


Our facilities and services are for persons whose intention for travel includes: exploring the yoga practice, deepening an existing practice, connecting with themselves, nature, and other like minded people, or simply enjoying a period or rest and relaxation in a quiet environment. The way of life at the retreat is designed to support a journey inward through our offerings: regular yoga and meditation classes, plant-based whole-food meals, wide-open spaces / gardens, a relaxed atmosphere and warm, friendly staff. We equally encourage mindful interaction and connection. We regularly host events & gatherings that bring together guests of the retreat and members of the local community to celebrate the unity of our existence.




Does Lotus Shores offer accommodation?


Yes. We have four accommodation options: Options include: Villa intended for small families or groups of friends. Each villa can accommodate a maximum of four (4) adults or up three (3) adults and two (2) children 12 and below. Private Rooms our private rooms can accommodate up to two persons. We have two types of private rooms: with toilet and bath en suite and with detached toilet and bath. While detached, the toilet and bath of these private rooms are not shared with any other rooms or guests. Shared Rooms intended for solo travelers open to sharing a living space with others. Each shared room accommodates three persons. Booking is per bed space. We have three (3) shared rooms: two (2) single sex rooms (male & female); and one (1) mixed room.




What is Lotus Shores rating in terms of facilities?


According to the Department of Tourism’s Grading System, we are a three-star accommodation and retreat: “Accommodation is deemed very good. More spacious public areas, higher quality facilities and a great variety of services.”




What facilities do you have within the retreat?


Facilities include a plant-base café and restaurant, 15-meter lap pool, and two-dedicated spaces for yoga and meditation practice.




Are the room rates inclusive of Yoga Classes?


Rooms are inclusive of breakfast and use of facilities (e.g. swimming pool). Guests with accommodation booked at the retreat (in-house guests) are given a discounted participation fee for their yoga classes. Kindly see our website for the current prices. We also offer 3, 6 & 10-day immersions that are inclusive of accommodation, yoga classes, meals, etc. You can learn more about these programs here.




Is there a minimum number of nights stay at the retreat?


Yes. We require a minimum of two (2) nights stay at any of our accommodation.




Can families / parent(s) with young children stay at the retreat?


We welcome families with small children at the retreat. Guests with children below thirteen years must book the villa accommodation. Our private and shared rooms are located in one building. Because of the closeness of the rooms, and our commitment to providing guests with a quiet / tranquil environment, only children above thirteen years may be accommodated here, following the maximum capacity of each room.




Does Lotus Shores offer any in-house programs / immersions / retreats for solo travelers, couples or small groups?


We have in-house programs travelers of all kinds can begin any time. The way of life at Lotus Shores is such that one can have the experience of participating in a retreat, with the added convenience of beginning any time. We have 3, 6 and 10-day immersions that come with unlimited participation in our regular class schedule, full board (breakfast, lunch, and dinner), massage/surf lesson, under the guidance of a program coordinator. For more information: Blossoming Lotus




I am a surfer / interested in learning how to surf. Would Lotus Shores be a good place for me to stay?


Lotus Shores is located at the heart of General Luna, Siargao’s main surf and tourist town. We are 2.5 kilometers from the famous surf break, Cloud 9. From the retreat, most of the island’s spots can be accessed by motorbike and / or boat within 10-30 minutes. We offer a great space to rest, recover and prepare for surfing. We offer yoga classes for surf strengthening and recovery and can arrange surf lessons for beginners.




Does Lotus Shores offer any detox programs and spa services?


Apart from massages, we do not have any spa services at the retreat. There are day spas near us that our guests can visit. Lotus Shores does not offer any detox programs (e.g. enemas, fasts, etc.). We are a yoga school set in one’s of the world’s most beautiful places. Our main offerings are: classes, community (satsang) and closeness to nature.




I am a yoga teacher / yoga retreat organizer. Does Lotus Shores host teachers with their own yoga programs?


Yes. Kindly find more information (here).




Is Lotus Shores a vegan establishment?


Yes. We invite non-vegan guests to adopt the lifestyle during their stay. It is the perfect opportunity to experiment and discover a new way of being with the guidance and support of a community. We ask guests to refrain from bringing non-vegan food and product into the retreat. We are known to serve the best tasting food on the island. We readily share our café’s recipes and other tips / techniques to inspire anyone considering or transitioning into a plant-based, compassionate lifestyle.




I have a gluten, legume, and nut intolerance. Will the retreat be able to cater to my needs?


Yes. Our kitchen team is well-versed in preparing food for all kinds of needs. After making your room reservation, you will a receive an email with a link to a brief questionnaire that will help us prepare for your arrival and stay. One portion of the questionnaire covers nutrition and diet.




Apart from Yoga, meditation, and surfing, what other activities can we participate in when we stay at Lotus Shores?


We can arrange nature tours to the following sites: Caob or Sugba Lagoon, and Sohoton Cave. We can also organize multiple island tours, hikes, and visits to tidal pools and waterfalls. We can coordinate paddle board tours along the mangroves and island picnics. You can explore these sites on your own or with a local guide.





 

YOGA CLASSES

 

What is the difference between a resort and a retreat?


Our facilities and services are for persons whose intention for travel includes: exploring the yoga practice, deepening an existing practice, connecting with themselves, nature, and other like minded people, or simply enjoying a period or rest and relaxation in a quiet environment. The way of life at the retreat is designed to support a journey inward through our offerings: regular yoga and meditation classes, plant-based whole-food meals, wide-open spaces / gardens, a relaxed atmosphere and warm, friendly staff. We equally encourage mindful interaction and connection. We regularly host events & gatherings that bring together guests of the retreat and members of the local community to celebrate the unity of our existence.




Does Lotus Shores offer accommodation?


Yes. We have four accommodation options: Options include: Villa intended for small families or groups of friends. Each villa can accommodate a maximum of four (4) adults or up three (3) adults and two (2) children 12 and below. Private Rooms our private rooms can accommodate up to two persons. We have two types of private rooms: with toilet and bath en suite and with detached toilet and bath. While detached, the toilet and bath of these private rooms are not shared with any other rooms or guests. Shared Rooms intended for solo travelers open to sharing a living space with others. Each shared room accommodates three persons. Booking is per bed space. We have three (3) shared rooms: two (2) single sex rooms (male & female); and one (1) mixed room.




What is Lotus Shores rating in terms of facilities?


According to the Department of Tourism’s Grading System, we are a three-star accommodation and retreat: “Accommodation is deemed very good. More spacious public areas, higher quality facilities and a great variety of services.”




What facilities do you have within the retreat?


Facilities include a plant-base café and restaurant, 15-meter lap pool, and two-dedicated spaces for yoga and meditation practice.




Are the room rates inclusive of Yoga Classes?


Rooms are inclusive of breakfast and use of facilities (e.g. swimming pool). Guests with accommodation booked at the retreat (in-house guests) are given a discounted participation fee for their yoga classes. Kindly see our website for the current prices. We also offer 3, 6 & 10-day immersions that are inclusive of accommodation, yoga classes, meals, etc. You can learn more about these programs here.




Is there a minimum number of nights stay at the retreat?


Yes. We require a minimum of two (2) nights stay at any of our accommodation.




Can families / parent(s) with young children stay at the retreat?


We welcome families with small children at the retreat. Guests with children below thirteen years must book the villa accommodation. Our private and shared rooms are located in one building. Because of the closeness of the rooms, and our commitment to providing guests with a quiet / tranquil environment, only children above thirteen years may be accommodated here, following the maximum capacity of each room.




Does Lotus Shores offer any in-house programs / immersions / retreats for solo travelers, couples or small groups?


We have in-house programs travelers of all kinds can begin any time. The way of life at Lotus Shores is such that one can have the experience of participating in a retreat, with the added convenience of beginning any time. We have 3, 6 and 10-day immersions that come with unlimited participation in our regular class schedule, full board (breakfast, lunch, and dinner), massage/surf lesson, under the guidance of a program coordinator. For more information: Blossoming Lotus




I am a surfer / interested in learning how to surf. Would Lotus Shores be a good place for me to stay?


Lotus Shores is located at the heart of General Luna, Siargao’s main surf and tourist town. We are 2.5 kilometers from the famous surf break, Cloud 9. From the retreat, most of the island’s spots can be accessed by motorbike and / or boat within 10-30 minutes. We offer a great space to rest, recover and prepare for surfing. We offer yoga classes for surf strengthening and recovery and can arrange surf lessons for beginners.




Does Lotus Shores offer any detox programs and spa services?


Apart from massages, we do not have any spa services at the retreat. There are day spas near us that our guests can visit. Lotus Shores does not offer any detox programs (e.g. enemas, fasts, etc.). We are a yoga school set in one’s of the world’s most beautiful places. Our main offerings are: classes, community (satsang) and closeness to nature.




I am a yoga teacher / yoga retreat organizer. Does Lotus Shores host teachers with their own yoga programs?


Yes. Kindly find more information (here).




Is Lotus Shores a vegan establishment?


Yes. We invite non-vegan guests to adopt the lifestyle during their stay. It is the perfect opportunity to experiment and discover a new way of being with the guidance and support of a community. We ask guests to refrain from bringing non-vegan food and product into the retreat. We are known to serve the best tasting food on the island. We readily share our café’s recipes and other tips / techniques to inspire anyone considering or transitioning into a plant-based, compassionate lifestyle.




I have a gluten, legume, and nut intolerance. Will the retreat be able to cater to my needs?


Yes. Our kitchen team is well-versed in preparing food for all kinds of needs. After making your room reservation, you will a receive an email with a link to a brief questionnaire that will help us prepare for your arrival and stay. One portion of the questionnaire covers nutrition and diet.




Apart from Yoga, meditation, and surfing, what other activities can we participate in when we stay at Lotus Shores?


We can arrange nature tours to the following sites: Caob or Sugba Lagoon, and Sohoton Cave. We can also organize multiple island tours, hikes, and visits to tidal pools and waterfalls. We can coordinate paddle board tours along the mangroves and island picnics. You can explore these sites on your own or with a local guide.





BOOKING & RESERVATIONS

What is included in the accommodation rate?


Room rates include complimentary breakfast and use of the facilities. Complimentary breakfast is served at the restaurant between 7:00 – 10:00 am. Breakfast cannot be converted to cash or other services. If you will be attending our morning classes or going to surf and would like breakfast after 10:00 am, please inform the kitchen team and they can set your order aside. Otherwise, breakfast is forfeited.




What is your reservation policy?


To guarantee room of choice, payment must be made in full. Kindly visit our website to book your accommodation. Please observe the maximum occupancy for each room. If you are unable to place a booking online, kindly send us an email namaste@lotusshores.com.




May I arrange for a private lesson?


We can accommodate individuals or groups for private lessons. All private lessons are to be conducted at the retreat, in one of our dedicated spaces for practice. House calls (classes in other establishments) are not possible. Kindly coordinate with our front office via email or mobile (call and SMS). Kindly specify preferred style or teacher, if any. To guarantee the schedule of your choice, kindly provide ample lead time (2-3 days) to make your booking.




What is your cancellation policy?


Only cancelations 24 hours from the time of booking are refundable, minus transfer fees. Cancelations made fifteen (15) days before the date of check-in will result in the forfeiture of 50% of the amount paid, minus the transfer fees. Cancelations made less than fifteen (15) days before the date of check-in are non-refundable and / or non-transferable.




What if our flight / ferry is cancelled due to bad weather or other acts of God?


For guests whose flight / ferry into Siargao is cancelled due to bad weather or other reasons given by their airline / seacraft, their booking will be forfieted.




What if I would like to leave earlier?


For whatever reason, a guest leaving before the original check-out day forfeits the value of the days remaining.




Do you offer long term rates?


Yes. We offer guests stay 21 days and over 10% discount. Kindly contact namaste@lotusshores.com.




Do you offer group discounts?


Yes. Kindly send us an email at namaste@lotusshores.com. If you would like to arrange a yoga retreat, kindly visit our Organizer’s FAQs here.





 

RETREAT POLICIES

What is included in the accommodation rate?


Room rates include complimentary breakfast and use of the facilities. Complimentary breakfast is served at the restaurant between 7:00 – 10:00 am. Breakfast cannot be converted to cash or other services. If you will be attending our morning classes or going to surf and would like breakfast after 10:00 am, please inform the kitchen team and they can set your order aside. Otherwise, breakfast is forfeited.




What is your reservation policy?


To guarantee room of choice, payment must be made in full. Kindly visit our website to book your accommodation. Please observe the maximum occupancy for each room. If you are unable to place a booking online, kindly send us an email namaste@lotusshores.com.




May I arrange for a private lesson?


We can accommodate individuals or groups for private lessons. All private lessons are to be conducted at the retreat, in one of our dedicated spaces for practice. House calls (classes in other establishments) are not possible. Kindly coordinate with our front office via email or mobile (call and SMS). Kindly specify preferred style or teacher, if any. To guarantee the schedule of your choice, kindly provide ample lead time (2-3 days) to make your booking.




What is your cancellation policy?


Only cancelations 24 hours from the time of booking are refundable, minus transfer fees. Cancelations made fifteen (15) days before the date of check-in will result in the forfeiture of 50% of the amount paid, minus the transfer fees. Cancelations made less than fifteen (15) days before the date of check-in are non-refundable and / or non-transferable.




What if our flight / ferry is cancelled due to bad weather or other acts of God?


For guests whose flight / ferry into Siargao is cancelled due to bad weather or other reasons given by their airline / seacraft, their booking will be forfieted.




What if I would like to leave earlier?


For whatever reason, a guest leaving before the original check-out day forfeits the value of the days remaining.




Do you offer long term rates?


Yes. We offer guests stay 21 days and over 10% discount. Kindly contact namaste@lotusshores.com.




Do you offer group discounts?


Yes. Kindly send us an email at namaste@lotusshores.com. If you would like to arrange a yoga retreat, kindly visit our Organizer’s FAQs here.





 

TRAVELLING TO SIARGAO

What is included in the accommodation rate?


Room rates include complimentary breakfast and use of the facilities. Complimentary breakfast is served at the restaurant between 7:00 – 10:00 am. Breakfast cannot be converted to cash or other services. If you will be attending our morning classes or going to surf and would like breakfast after 10:00 am, please inform the kitchen team and they can set your order aside. Otherwise, breakfast is forfeited.




What is your reservation policy?


To guarantee room of choice, payment must be made in full. Kindly visit our website to book your accommodation. Please observe the maximum occupancy for each room. If you are unable to place a booking online, kindly send us an email namaste@lotusshores.com.




May I arrange for a private lesson?


We can accommodate individuals or groups for private lessons. All private lessons are to be conducted at the retreat, in one of our dedicated spaces for practice. House calls (classes in other establishments) are not possible. Kindly coordinate with our front office via email or mobile (call and SMS). Kindly specify preferred style or teacher, if any. To guarantee the schedule of your choice, kindly provide ample lead time (2-3 days) to make your booking.




What is your cancellation policy?


Only cancelations 24 hours from the time of booking are refundable, minus transfer fees. Cancelations made fifteen (15) days before the date of check-in will result in the forfeiture of 50% of the amount paid, minus the transfer fees. Cancelations made less than fifteen (15) days before the date of check-in are non-refundable and / or non-transferable.




What if our flight / ferry is cancelled due to bad weather or other acts of God?


For guests whose flight / ferry into Siargao is cancelled due to bad weather or other reasons given by their airline / seacraft, their booking will be forfieted.




What if I would like to leave earlier?


For whatever reason, a guest leaving before the original check-out day forfeits the value of the days remaining.




Do you offer long term rates?


Yes. We offer guests stay 21 days and over 10% discount. Kindly contact namaste@lotusshores.com.




Do you offer group discounts?


Yes. Kindly send us an email at namaste@lotusshores.com. If you would like to arrange a yoga retreat, kindly visit our Organizer’s FAQs here.





 
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