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BARCELONA.
spain.

BARCELONASTOCKHOLMIBIZAMARRAKESHLONDONLISBONMALLORCA

Barcelona.
PADEL RETREATS FOR
energetic socialites.

Overview

DURATION: 5 days / 4 nights

FLAMINGO FLOCK: Intimate gatherings, maxing out at 16

VIBE: 5⭐️ or 4⭐️ stay (Fancy vs Classic). You are not here to just play padel (though there’ll be plenty of that!). You want to chill on the beach, sip on drinks on rooftops, check out some cultural stuff, and above all, meet new people, make new friends and, if you feel like it, explore the nightlife of Barcelona!

EDITIONS: Friends | Singles | Special Edition: 40’s & 50’s

PADEL: 6 hrs Coaching + 7 hrs Free Play

What's included

Flamingos must provide evidence that they have purchased travel insurance for the duration of their trip. Remember, flights & transport from and to airports aren’t included and prices are based on either sharing a room with a friend or upgrading to your own room. If you’d like to upgrade, you can add this during the booking process. More information can be found in the FAQs.

the experience

Play + Discover + unwind

PLAY

You’ll start your days getting coached by best-in class padel coaches. It’s not just about getting better at the sport you love. It’s also about having fun and meeting new people; leaving you energised and creating great memories.

Of course, if you’re a complete beginner, that works too. This retreat is a cosy one with only 16 spots. It allows us to adjust the coaching to your level of play and focus more on you and your experience.

discover

This is your opportunity to experience Barcelona in a new light. You already know it’s an amazing city! From the architecture and iconic landmarks, to the gourmet food and music scene.

And let’s not forget: Barceloneta and its miles of sandy beaches!

unwind

To ensure you get the most out of your retreat, we’ve been busy chatting to locals and our partners on site.

We sent out the FPR team to visit, test out and select the best padel clubs, hotels, restaurants, bars and more – all this to ensure you can take this time to unwind and ‘just be’….

WHERE YOU STAY

fANCY FLAMINGO package*

5* HOTEL

Grand Hotel Central in Barcelona is a five-star boutique hotel. It’s located in the famous Gothic district.

The hotel features a rooftop infinity pool, a rooftop bar, a 250 sq m Spa and fitness centre with views over the city, and more.

superior room

Room size: 25-27 sq m

Double size bed or twin beds

Sleeps two

Extras - Just for you

Free Room Upgrade on arrival* + Free Early/late Check-in/out* + Free Sunrise Rooftop Yoga + Free use of Spa + 20% off massage treatments + Welcome Drink + Sky Bar DJ Sessions*

+ more...
*With the Fancy retreats, you get all the details like hotel, room type, and extras upfront in your booking. This is different from our Classic retreats where we pick your hotel closer to your travel date from a list we already love, to keep things more affordable. With Classic retreats therefore, you will be notified at least 30 days before your trip where you will stay on your trip. 

WHERE YOU STAY

classic FLAMINGO package*

4* HOTEL

Set in a 16th century building, duquesa de Cardona hotel is a four-star boutique hotel. It’s located in the famous Gothic district & walking distance to the beach.

The hotel features a rooftop with two pools, rooftop bar/restaurant and a gym with stunning views of the baroque dome of the Basílica de la Mercè & the port.

standard room

Room size: 18 or 22 sq m

Double size bed or twin beds

Sleeps two

extras - just for you

Free Room Upgrade on arrival* + Free Early Check-in / Late Check-out* + Welcome Drink + Rooftop DJ Sessions + Live Music

+ more...

*With the Fancy retreats, you get all the details like hotel, room type, and extras upfront in your booking. This is different from our Classic retreats where we pick your hotel closer to your travel date from a list we already love, to keep things more affordable.  The details set out here re hotel, room type, negotiated benefits, etc. are all typical for our Classic retreats (and you may in fact end up at this very hotel) but you will only have confirmation of such details once you receive an email from us (at least 30 days before your trip date).

* Hotels, Extras & Rooms are subject to change. This applies to all Classic Flamingo Retreats.  See FAQs.

WHERE YOU play

top padel clubs +
world class coaches

optimised play

We carefully selected our padel club partners for your retreat. You will get 3 hours of coaching per day, plus a tournament and free play time.

Spain is the padel destination of the world. Our coaches are hand-picked, Spanish Federation certified and with years of experience. A majority are also WPT ranked. We’ve designed our retreats so that they are suitable for all levels of play.

YOUR PROGRAMME

typical itinerary

day 1

🛎️ Check in at the hotel, pack up and chill

🦩 Unless you are on a late flight, you can join us for welcome drinks in the early evening and meet your fellow retreaters!

🍽️ If you need help with finding a good restaurant, ask us for recommendations.

day 2


🍳 Enjoy a wonderful breakfast and hit the padel club!

🎾 Meet our coaches, get your play evaluated, and enjoy 3-hours of coaching! Don’t worry, we’ll pick you up & drop you off to hotel!

🍽️ Drinks, snacks and lunch provided at club

🏝️ Hit the beach or pool, go sightseeing and/or shopping

🥘 You’re invited to our secret spot for dinner where you’ll have the chance to get to know your fellow flamingos a bit better!

day 3

🔄 Think of what you did yesterday…same deal today: Breakfast + coaching + lunch & drinks at the club!

🦩 We’ve arranged a surprise activity/event for you. It’s on us and completely optional.

👠 Explore Barcelona at night on your own or with your fellow retreaters! If you need help, ask us for recommendations

day 4

🥯 Time for desayuno (you know…’breakfast’ in Spanish…)

🎾 You’ve been coached; now get ready to play! It’s time for some friendly tournament + lunch at the club

👋🏽🍽️ A farewell dinner is just good manners….again, it’s on us

🍹 Remember, you are sleeping in tomorrow so if you want to go a bit crazy after dinner and explore Barcelona at night, this is your chance!

day 5

✈️ If you went out last night, you’ll enjoy this breakfast….and if you still have it in you, play even more padel until you need to catch your flight!

Questions & Answers

(a) You simply click on a ‘Book’ button anywhere on our website & fill out the form. Remember that your trip is not guaranteed until we have at least 6 people signed up for the retreat.

(b) To secure a booking:you must pay us (or our authorised travel agent) a deposit or  make full payment if the booking is made within 30 days of your “Retreat Start Date” (i.e. the day you are required to check-in to your hotel at the relevant retreat destination). It might be a good idea to  contact us if you are booking so close to a retreat date!

(d) You are required to pay the full balance at least 30 days before the Retreat Start Date if you’ve only paid a deposit.

Note that when you submit your booking request, we will treat this as a ‘not-guaranteed’’ booking, at this point the booking is only provisional and is not confirmed. Your booking is accepted and becomes definite only from the date when we send you an e-mail to confirm that your ‘on request’ booking has been confirmed. For bookings made via our website, any acknowledgement of your booking request we send to you in the meantime is not a confirmation of your booking. 

Please refer to the Flamingo Padel Retreat Booking Terms & Conditions (the “Booking Terms” for full details).

We accept any card payment from Visa or Mastercard and depending on payment method, also American Express. 

We accept payments in up to 30 currencies, depending on the payment method. 

We generally accept payments made using a prepaid, debit or credit card, Apple Pay, Google Pay or Revolut Pay.

There is more information on currencies and  payment methods here.

No. Timing of flights, from which airport, what cabin, arrival times, etc. – you are the expert in this department, so we leave it to you to book your own flight and transportation to and from airports. Of course, we are always here to assist if you have any questions or need other help.

In order for a retreat to be guaranteed we require the minimum group size to have been met (typically six people). Once your retreat is confirmed by our team, you can go ahead and book your flight.

For all destinations we strongly recommend that you purchase flexible flight tickets as well as travel insurance that includes Covid-19 cancellation cover in the event you need to amend or cancel your flight tickets.

We will confirm that a retreat is going ahead no later than 30 days prior to the date your retreat is due to start.

Fly into and out of Josep Tarradellas Barcelona–El Prat Airport, and also known as Barcelona-El Prat Airport (BCN).

We recommend taking a flight that arrives before 12 pm on Day 1, so you can unpack, chill by the pool & freshen up before the welcome drinks (typically around 6pm local time).

It’s your last day, so it’s really up to you. If you can handle it, we offer more padel play (but no coaching) on your last day until you need to catch your flight! If all other fellow flamingos are flying early, we can do our best to hook you up with 3 other Spanish players to play with. Just let us know before your retreat start date.

You do not normally need a visa if you’re visiting as a tourist from the EU, UK, USA, Australia or Canada. Please check with your local consulate/embassy if the country you are travelling from requires a visa.

From 2024, ETIAS travel authorisation will be an entry requirement for visa-exempt nationals travelling to European countries. 

We recommend that you have at least six months validity remaining on your passport and can show a return ticket.

Our pricing for each retreat is based on a shared hotel room but there are options. You can either (a) team up with a friend and share a room, (b) upgrade so you can have a room all to yourself, or (c) get on our list for guests who are excited to meet new people and are happy to share a room with another retreater. 

In the case of (c), we will do our best to find you a suitable roommate but we cannot guarantee anything. All you need to do for this option is to pay a small deposit which will be refunded to you if we don’t manage to find someone suitable to share with.

We heard what solo travellers were saying and rolled out two types of Flamingo retreats: ‘Classic’ and ‘Fancy’. The Classic ones are still premium but more wallet-friendly, especially if you’re not into sharing rooms.

Here’s the scoop on main differences:

(1) with the Fancy retreats, you get all the details like hotel, room type, and extras upfront. With the Classic ones, we pick your hotel closer to your travel date from a list we already love, to keep things more affordable. Details re your hotel, room type, negotiated benefits, etc. described on our website are all typical for our Classic retreats (and you may in fact end up at that very hotel) but you will only have confirmation of such details once you receive an email from us. 
 
We should point out that we still reserve the right to make changes to your Fancy retreat (including choice of hotel, benefits, etc.) in some circumstances – although unlikely. See our Booking Terms for full details. 
 
(2) hotels we have pre-selected for our Classic retreats are all premium (at a minimum) 4* rated (or equivalent) hotels. Fancy retreats go a step further, usually landing you in 5-star spots, and typically lager rooms and fancier facilities.

Don’t worry, though. We’re all about quality, so whether it’s Classic or Fancy, you’re in for a treat.

You can always expect a carefully selected and vetted hotel or other accommodation that is at at least 4* rated (or equivalent). All our hotel selections will have rooftops and at least one pool (either indoors or outdoors). Plus, we have sent our best negotiators to each hotel and managed to get the best benefits, discounts, and offers for your stay.

Yep, everything listed here is part of your retreat!
 
✔️ 6 hours of padel instruction by elite coaches
✔️ 4 hours of tournament play with 16 Spanish players
✔️ 3 hours of free play on your final day
✔️ Free use of facilities at our partner padel clubs including changing and shower facilities, gym, and pool (amenities may vary)
✔️ Transportation between your hotel and padel club (x3 days).
✔️ Lunch (x3 days) prepared by Padel Club Chef with Michelin star restaurant experience + snacks + choice of 1x soft / alcoholic drink
✔️ 2x dinners out on us (welcome and farewell dinners including wine, beer, soft drinks and water)
✔️ 1x welcome drinks on us
✔️ One surprise activity/event
✔️ 4 nights of stay at Grand Hotel Central with breakfast (pricing based on a shared room)  
✔️ Complimentary Welcome Drink on arrival (water, coffee, tea, soft drink, cava or wine)
✔️ Complimentary room upgrade on arrival (subject to availability)
✔️ Complimentary room early check-in and late check-out (subject to availability)
✔️ Complimentary access to the rooftop pool and Thermal Suite Spa area (excluding treatments)
✔️ Complimentary rooftop Sunrise Yoga every Friday and Sunday morning
✔️ Complimentary access to fitness centre
✔️ Rooftop Sky Bar Dj Sessions (subject to season and availability)
✔️ 20% off at Spa Unico on all massage treatments
✔️ 20% off at Bistro Helena (food + drinks)
✔️ A Flamingo Padel Welcome Pack
✔️ Concierge like service including recommendations / assistance for restaurants, bars, clubs bookings

Yep, everything listed here is part of your retreat. Just a heads-up: for Classic Flamingo retreats, we’ll nail down some specifics closer to your retreat date. We’ve marked all the things this applies to with an *.

✔️ 6 hours of padel instruction by elite coaches
✔️ 4 hours of tournament play with 16 Spanish players
✔️ 3 hours of free play on your final day
✔️ Free use of facilities at our partner padel clubs including changing and shower facilities, gym, and pool (amenities may vary)
✔️ Transportation between your hotel and padel club (x3 days).
✔️ Lunch (x3 days) prepared by Padel Club Chef with Michelin star restaurant experience + snacks + choice of 1x soft / alcoholic drink
✔️ 2x dinners out on us (welcome and farewell dinners including some wine, beer and non-alco drinks)
✔️ 1x welcome drinks on us
✔️ 4 nights of stay at Duquesa de Cardona with breakfast*
✔️ Complimentary room upgrade on arrival (subject to availability)*
✔️ Complimentary room early check-in and late check-out (subject to availability)*
✔️ Complimentary access to the rooftop pool*
✔️ Complimentary access to fitness centre*
✔️ Rooftop Dj Sessions & Live Music (subject to season and availability)*
✔️ A Flamingo Padel Welcome Pack
✔️ Concierge like service including recommendations / assistance for restaurants, bars, clubs bookings

We’ve designed our retreats so that they are suitable for all levels of play – although our  focus is on beginners and mid-level players. Our coaches will evaluate individual levels at the beginning of the first coaching session to optimise the groups’ coaching experience and assign each retreater a rating (more on ratings here).

Players will typically then be coached in groups according to their rating. In our experience, even if you are a total beginner, you will only need 1 hour of tuition to be able to enjoy padel at the amateur level.

If you are an advanced player with a rating of 5 and above (according to the LTA Padel Rating System), and you feel that you would benefit more from 1-on-1 coaching, then we are happy to arrange that for you at an extra cost.

If our partner club is not walking distance from your hotel, we typically chauffeur you to the padel club and bring you back to the hotel. 

In short, no. But we would really love it if you did! Why: (1) from our experience, getting to know your fellow retreaters has a great impact on your overall holiday experience, (2) we’ve carefully selected and tested the restaurants and bars for our planned outings; you really don’t want to miss out, and (3) it’s included in your package! Please do tell us in advance if you are not participating in any of our activities.

We’re obsessed about you meeting new people, but we know not every flamingo fancies the same flock! That’s why we’ve crafted tailor-made trips: the ‘FRIENDS EDITION’ for those keen on kindling new friendships, and the ‘SINGLES EDITION’ for the happily single adventurers eager to mingle with fellow solo flyers. And because we love shaking things up, we occasionally launch ‘Special Editions’ – unique, experimental retreats. Right now, we’re excited to offer a Special Edition Retreat specifically designed for folks in their 40’s & 50’s!

We know being 30 years of age and under can often be challenging from a 💸 perspective. There is so much fun to get up to but your boss refuses to give you that raise! Our Under30 pricing allows you to travel in style but on a slightly lower budget. Just contact us in advance!

You Are Welcome!

To cancel your retreat you must tell us in writing (email or by post) as soon as possible. Your notice of cancellation will only take effect when it is received in writing by us and will be effective from the date on which we receive it.

You must pay a termination fee which covers our administration costs and compensates us for the risk that we do not resell your retreat. The fee is based upon how long before your Retreat Start Date you tell us you want to cancel and is a percentage of the total price of your retreat.

Period before your Retreat Start Date within which notice of cancellation is received by us in writingCancellation charge as a % of total booking price*
31 days or moreLoss of deposit (at this point, you will only have paid a deposit amount & not the full booking price)
30 – 26 days70% 
25 – 21 days90%
Less than 20 days100%

Remember that if you are on our list of guests who are looking for another person to share a room with, and you have paid a small deposit, you will not have a confirmed booking in place. In such cases, we will simply refund you the deposit money if we don’t manage to find you a roommate.

Please refer to our Booking Terms for full details.

We require our guests to secure adequate travel insurance (including health insurance) before travelling to our retreats. 

Our Booking Terms are set out in a separate document, and accepted by you when you book the retreat with us. It can also be downloaded from our website. The terms and conditions contained in our Booking Terms will at all times prevail over any information provided in the FAQ section of our website, the Q&A section of the relevant destination on our website and any other representation (in writing or orally) or document. Accordingly, in the event of any discrepancy or conflict, our Booking Terms will govern.

Please find our Booking Terms here

Yes. They apply to all Barcelona retreats. Our FAQs on a separate page apply to all our retreats, including this one. We recommend that you take a look at these as well as they may answer other questions you may have re your trip! 

Please be aware that the itinerary, activities and hotels are subject to change. These changes can happen with little notice due to availability, poor weather, seasonal changes, or other circumstances beyond our control – but we’ll always do our best to ensure it has little impact on your experience. From time to time, we may also make changes to your itinerary because the team have explored new places and we think it’s worth shaking things up a bit!

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