We curate life-changing experiences in safe, stunning surroundings with the intention to nurture the lesser-tended-to sides of the self that often go by the wayside during our daily lives.
Whether it's a scrumptious meal bursting with exotic flavors paired with the perfect wine or a glorious place to rest your head, we include all the tangible and intangible components that recharge the spirit and serve as a respite for both self and soul.
Through our creative, highly-curated and bespoke itineraries we craft a unique experience that fosters connection: to yourself, the place you're visiting and the people you're coming in contact with along the way.
These are the components we believe make for a life-enhancing experience that stays with you long after the trip is over.
Getting away can be hard, so we ensure our destinations along with every meal and excursion is absolutely worth your while.
We have a list of 'essentials' when it comes to choosing our destinations because, more than anything, we want to show you a spectacular time.
We love simplicity, especially where travel is concerned so our retreats are mostly all-inclusive (except airfare) and a lunch or two.
At each of our destinations we engage with the local community in a meaningful way so that our presence is not only welcome but beneficial. From vendors to guides, when and where possible we support local women.
What renders a journey meaningful and memorable aren't necessarily the sights you see but the connections you make with yourself, others and the place you're visiting. On a Duende Retreat you can expect to find opportunities for connection, space and joy.
Be part of a community navigating life, sharing new experiences and stories.
Plenty of space and time for you to pause, reflect, heal, escape, explore, rebel - whatever you fancy.
Our well-crafted itineraries give plenty of chances to invite in or deepen a sense of joy in your daily life.
"One of the greatest privileges of my life-long career in travel is witnessing someone else's transformational shift -- that magical illumination and unveiling of something we didn't know we didn't know. About ourselves, about life or how we see the world. The 'ah-ha' moments that present themselves mostly when we are removed from our routine, our regular waking world and what's comfortable and familiar."
'Duende' is a Spanish word for which there's no direct English translation. Sometimes described as passion, inspiration, charm or magnetism, it is also the idea of being inspired by or even embodied by the muse. Often, it's associated with flamenco dancing or the emotion that is evoked when witnessing our inner genius in action.