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Clean, quiet, peaceful, well-equipped for all your practical needs and well-situated for all your spiritual needs on the banks of a beautiful singing river. Nathalie could not have been a more attentive or thoughtful host.
This is one of my favorite places. I try to make it to see Nathalie and have time at Le Refuge, which is truly my sanctuary, at least once a year. Beautiful setting, warm and cozy place to stay, amazing hostess and guide, with incredible food and amazing conversation. Nathalie's knowledge on mindfulness meditation is incredible, all done in her French accent, which just adds to the experience. Her ability to guide meditations for all levels of meditators is impressive, as she meets you where you are at. She has a gift for massage that includes energy work and vibration of singing bowls and tuning forks. It is a beautiful place to unwind, relax, and journey back to your most authentic self.
What a pleasant surprise we had upon arriving at Le Refuge. Nathalie made us feel at home. We (wife and I) both had massages from Nathalie. My massage was an experience I loved. We also were introduced to Yoga and guided meditation. Both outstanding experiences. I would highly recommend Le refuge as a place to stay in Vail. Very private and close to activities.
Nathalie greets you with a warm welcome and smile. Immediately when you walk into her home you feel a sense of relaxation and peace. Before my massage she was sure to ask how I was feeling both physically and emotionally. Her intuitiveness is felt during the massage, where she has a wealth of talent and healing traits. I would highly recommend Nathalie for a massage...treat yourself to self care and leave feeling energized and better than when you first walked into her home.
I had to go to Vail to give a TED talk and stayed at Nathalie Nguyen's Le Refuge. Her gracious hospitality and gentle concern that everything go well made my stay and visit a very pleasant experience indeed. I heartily recommend Le Refuge if you are staying in the Vail area.
Le Refuge Retreat is an enclave of peace in an otherwise hectic world. While the accommodations are great, it is Nathalie who makes it special. Her warm, accepting hospitality make guests immediately feel welcome and accepted like family. And her abilities as a teacher and guide in the meditative arts offer new beginnings and healing. I cannot thank her enough for giving of herself and the knowledge shared. It was a fresh start for me and one I will forever be thankful. I will visit again.
Nathalie is a marvelous host. Le Refuge is a thing of beauty. The location is in the trees on the beautiful river in the heart of Vail. Her accommodations are spacious and comfortable. She made me feel right at home. Her yoga and mindfulness meditation retreat helped me to find the beauty within. Her food is delicious and her stories are engaging as she speaks in her lilting Parisian accent about living in the moment. Thanks Nathalie for such a wonderful and healing experience, it was just what I needed. I am looking forward to returning for more and bringing my husband along.
Not only was everything as advertised on Home Away but it was extraordinarily comfortable and elegant beyond the descriptions in the ads. All of the items in the unit were selected for quality and so much so that it did not feel at all like a commercial property but rather that a cool, sophisticated, wealthy, enlightened friend had loaned you her home while she was not in town.
And then when you meet Nathalie and sample the other offerings of the wellness retreat it is clear that this is a great place to spend that valuable vacation time.
The bed was SO comfortable (Therapedic mattress) that we had no back pain upon awakening for the first time in years and we changed the mattress we have at home!
Loved the wood-burning fireplace.
I went to La Refuge for a weekend get away and had the pleasure of meeting Nathalie who came highly recommended to me. WOW, what an amazing weekend it was! As a full-time working Mom with two little kids, I had completely reached a burn out and needed a weekend away and some time to myself to re-group. Little did I know what kind of experience I was in for. Immediately I felt welcomed and quickly realized I was exactly where I needed to be. It was informal, and there was no agenda - I was free to take this time and spend it how I wanted to, after all it was MY retreat. She gave me a wonderful massage, cooked delicious nutrient dense foods for us, and simply took care of me when I was there. We did a joint yoga and meditation session where she showed me specific breathing exercises. Most importantly she gracefully shared some wisdom and knowledge so lovingly that I still think about and it has made a profound impact on my life. The whole experience was extremely relaxing and worthwhile. I left there calmer and armed with new tools and special nuggets of enlightenment to take back with me to my busy life where I can continue to work on being more authentically present in the moment and slowing down. Nathalie is the real deal with a special soul and beautiful spirit - she showed me nothing but love, and wonderful hospitality. I felt at home and I can't wait to go back - I would love to make this a bi-annual retreat at the very least! I feel so fortunate to have met her and thankful she allowed me into her home and heart, while creating a space where I was able to do some much needed self work. It was a priceless experience and one I'll never forget!! See you again soon Nat! 🙂
We definitely enjoyed our second stay with Nathalie. She is an excellent host, always available for any questions or needs we have. The location is wonderful - very close to Vail Village and Lionshead, but also very quiet for an evening in. We found all the kitchen utensils we needed to cook dinner, and Nathalie even gave us some wonderful vegetables straight from her garden to take home with us. On our previous trip, we also scheduled a meditation session with Nathalie, which was very calming and left us feeling very centered. I would highly recommend!