Estilo de Vida Reviews

Estilo de Vida Reviews

4.9

Excellent - based on 35 reviews

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Reviews (35)
JOSSELYNE PLARD
JOSSELYNE PLARD
2024-02-05
J'ai beaucoup aimé mon séjour à Estilo De Vida, chez Alejo. Accueil chaleureux et attentionné, séjour très bien organisé tant pour les cours que les activités variées et très intéressantes. J'ai découvert une région magnifique, rencontrė des personnes très sympathiques et, bien sûr, progressé en espagnol avec un professeur très pédagogue, attentionné, patient et heureux des progrès de son ėlève. J' y reviendrai avec grand plaisir !
Reply from Estilo de Vida 2024-02-08
Muchas gracias, querida Josselyne! Fue un placer compartir contigo una semana y lo será aún mayor recibirte si quieres continuar nuestra conversación. Esta es tu casa. Un fuerte abrazo, amiga mía.
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Angel's Heart
Angel's Heart
2023-12-26
My time at Estilo de Vida was memorable! I have been re-doing my review many times as it always ends up being too long I really want to share it all so that when looking at this review you don’t think twice and reach out to Alejo to kick start your journey with the Spanish language! But I will make it brief and relevant I hope. The stay at Estilo de Vida was everything I expected and more. This means that I came to kick start my Spanish-speaking journey and have a better understanding of the language’s rules and pronunciation and I left the place with more confidence and hope that I can actually make it and learn a third language easily. Alejo is a great teacher as he knows how to bring out the best in you so you have the confidence to try and celebrate your mistakes. He will be there to gently correct you so that you are always learning. He will also adapt to how you learn to bring the best student out of you, making the learning process so much more efficient, at least for me. He will also encourage you to get out of your comfort zone to speak and use what you have learned, but he is there cheering you up so you dare, and it pays off :D! Then, the activities, are …can I describe them even I am not sure, between cultural sightseeing and nature walks and the people we meet… wahoo, it makes this immersion magical to me, true, authentic and memorable! I have discovered how rich of history the area is, how nature can enchant you and how the people you meet can warm your heart up…from a song to a life story, to a simple chat, a painting, or a sculpture, every aspect of this immersion was for me exactly was I was looking for. If you are considering this immersion with Estilo de la Vida, I would 200% encourage you to go for it, for the classes, the incredible teacher, the experiences, the discoveries and the extra super boost in your learning curve of the Spanish language…this is the real deal!
Reply from Estilo de Vida 2023-12-30
Angélique, ¡eres un tesoro! Muchísimas gracias por tu reseña. Fue un lujo para mí compartir contigo una semana de aprendizaje. Tienes una sensibilidad extraordinaria. Cuando quieras, ya sabes donde tienes un amigo que estará encantado de seguir acompañándote en tu aprendizaje de español o simplemente conversando. Un fuerte abrazo.
Mike Lithgow
Mike Lithgow
2023-11-03
My two week educational and cultural immersion trip with ‘Estilo de Vida’ in October 2023 was an eye-opening and enriching experience. One-to-one interactive language learning combined with diverse cultural experiences, which included meeting and spending time with Alejo’s friends, afforded a unique insight into ‘Las Merindades’ and the local way of life. Alejo’s attention to detail, careful advance planning and passion in execution, facilitated a unique insight into the language, history, traditions, and customs of this wonderful part of Spain. The wide range of activities, which included language classes, visits to heritage sites, iglesias y ermitas, necrópolis, caves, waterfalls, restaurants and bars, to mention but a few, provided a complete and unparalleled perspective. ¡Mil gracias a ti, Alejo! - this experience will stay with me forever.
Reply from Estilo de Vida 2023-11-10
Oh, Mike, lo que has escrito es precioso! Saber que así es tu recuerdo de Estilo de Vida es el mejor regalo que podría recibir para terminar la temporada 2023. Muchísimas gracias. Será un placer acompañarte como un amigo en tu aprendizaje de español. Y ojalá pueda visitarte en Edimburgo! Sabes que esta es tu casa. Un fuerte abrazo.
GM M
GM M
2023-09-23
Eine Woche lang komplett eintauchen in die spanische Sprache und Kultur – das war mein Ziel, als ich mich bei Estilo de Vida angemeldet habe. Ich unterrichte selbst Spanisch, hatte aber das Bedürfnis, meine Sprachkenntnisse wieder mal aktiv im Land zu „boostern“. Die Mischung aus Unterricht am Vormittag und auf Wunsch auch nochmal am Abend und Ausflügen am Mittag/Nachmittag hat mir sprachlich viel gebracht. Alejo ist sehr flexibel und stellt sich wirklich auf individuelle Fragen und Bedürfnisse seiner Schüler ein. Er gibt ausführliche Erklärungen, eine Fülle an anschaulichen Materialien und viele viele gute Tipps. Die absolute Ruhe ist zum Lernen in Las Viadas ideal, das kleine Dorf ist liegt wunderschön inmitten von Natur. Das übrige Programm war wirklich abwechslungsreich: Bei Begegnungen und gemeinsamen Essen mit Freunden, Besuchen bei Künstlern, Entdeckung kunsthistorischer Schätze und hervorragender Restaurants in abgelegenen Winkeln, Besichtigung uriger Dörfchen, beim Baden im Fluss oder am Wasserfall, beim Gespräch im Auto unterwegs lernt man, ohne es zu merken. (Kleiner Tipp: Wer sehr zu Reiseübelkeit neigt, sollte wegen der vielen kurvigen Strecken Vorsorge treffen. Aber es lohnt sich und der Fahrstil wird auch angepasst). Fazit: Viel Spanisch-Input, die Entdeckung der spektakulären Landschaft und Schönheit der Natur der Provinz Burgos und des Baskenlandes, viele schöne Erlebnisse und Begegnungen – eine wirklich bereichernde Woche. Danke Alejo! Ich habe die Woche noch mit ein paar Tagen in Bilbao ausklingen lassen. Sehenswerte Stadt, nicht nur wegen des Guggenheim-Museums!
Reply from Estilo de Vida 2023-09-23
Qué gusto da leerte, querida Gabriele, cuánto celebro que hayas sentido que EdV es un abrazo. En él permanecemos y ello somos sin pretensión. Gracias por compartir con estos amigos tu belleza. Esta es tu casa.
Judith Amtmann-Katz
Judith Amtmann-Katz
2023-09-14
Spanischunterricht im Estilo de Vida mit Alejo ist anders; es ist viel mehr. Wir waren 2 Schüler, kannten uns vorher nicht und erlebten eine außergewöhnliche Woche. Alejo gestaltete den Unterricht sehr abwechslungsreich und passte ihn an unser Niveau perfekt an. Er verpflegte uns nicht nur in seinem Haus gut und gesund, er lud uns auch täglich in sehr gute Restaurants zum Mittagessen ein. Alejo zeigte uns diese wunderschöne Gegend, die in meinem Reiseführer mit keinem Wort erwähnt wird: Wir besuchten kleine und größere Dörfer, die nahe gelegenen Salinen, Eremitenhöhlen, waren im Ebro schwimmen und fuhren SUP, wanderten, spazierten durch die Sonnenblumenfelder, plauderten mit seinen Freunden, besichtigten Burgen, Museen und Kirchen, diskutierten, philosophierten, lachten viel, verbrachten einen Abend im entzückenden Frias – es war wie zu Besuch bei einem Freund. Und als Draufgabe starteten wir jeden Tag mit Qi Gong – danke Philipp! Alejo begeisterte uns nicht nur für Spanisch und die philosophisch-sprachlichen Spitzfindigkeiten von „ser“ und „estar“, er ist auch ein herzlicher Gastgeber und ausgezeichneter „Reiseleiter“. Vielen Dank für diese wunderschöne, abwechslungsreiche und lebenslustige Zeit!
Reply from Estilo de Vida 2023-08-08
Judith, se me saltan las lágrimas al leerte... Nada me paga más que saber que disfrutaste tanto. Ya os he reservado la última semana del mes de julio del año que viene. Gracias , Judith. Gracias, gracias, gracias... <3
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Vanessa Crivelli
Vanessa Crivelli
2023-08-20
Ho soggiornato due settimane a Las Viadas partecipando all'immersione linguistica di Estilo de Vida, organizzata da Alejo. Ho passato dei bellissimi momenti, imparato tante cose e conosciuto posti e persone molto interessanti. È stata un'esperienza davvero fantastica della quale serberò ricordi bellissimi! Grazie mille Alejo, continua così!
Reply from Estilo de Vida 2023-08-20
Querida Vanessa, fue un lujo tenerte en casa, tan joven, tan alegre, tan sencilla, tan serena, tan buena escuchadora, tan integralmente guapa. Creo que todos los que te conocen deben estar tan orgullosos de tu amistad como lo estoy yo. Tú también, sigue así, querida amiga. Y aquí tienes tu casa cunado te apetezca conectar --¡que para desconectar ya está en día a día en las ciudades! :-). Te envío un fuerte y cariñoso abrazo.
Bonnie Williams
Bonnie Williams
2023-08-20
I can only agree with the other 5 star reviews about the wonderful experience of learning and discovery with Alejo in Las Viadas and Las Merindades. It was a memorable, beautiful and enriching 4 day immersion for me. The icing on the cake was that I really learned a lot, beyond my expectations! I arrived with a certain level of speaking and comprehension, which considerably improved in the short time I spent at Estilo de la Vida. As did my confidence :-) What a great way to deepen one’s understanding and develop language skills while being welcomed into a very special part of the world. Thank you Alejo for being an excellent guide in this process.
Reply from Estilo de Vida 2023-08-20
Querida Bonnie, participo del agradecimiento, que es mutuo y es también agradecimiento a la fuerza que nos invita a descubrir la novedad de cada día, de cada amistad; y a disfrutar de la belleza que hay en la novedad. Gracias, amiga, por la generosidad de tu sonrisa. Aquí tienes tu casa.
Margaret Greenwood
Margaret Greenwood
2023-08-14
My experience at 'Estilo de Vida is unforgettable. The school is located in a part of Northern Spain which I had never heard about What a surprise! The mountainous region has rivers, waterfalls, forests and lush vegetation. It was like beng in a living Van Gogh painting with sunflowers all around. But, enough of the nature. Alejo's dwelling is located in the hamlet of La Viadas His home is rustic, spacious and comfortable. The classes are held in the house during the morning and again at the end of the day. Before my immersion Alejo and I spoke about my requirements, my interests and about what I hoped to gain from the experience. From our discussion Alejo created my experience which was interesting and challenging. Alejo is knowledgeable and passionate about language. He is friendly, patient and extremely generous with his time. We spent the afternoon exploring the beautiful area which has so much to offer and depending on your interests Alejo will create an enjoyable experience. He is knowledgeable about the nature and the history of the region. There were many opportunities to meet his friends who have many different life experiences and through conversations I gained some insight into their lives. There was a warmth and generosity demonstrated by those that I met that doesn't exist so freely in many towns and cities. I am very happy that I have dipped my toes in the waters of Las Merindades - both literally and metaphorically. It is definitely an 'Estilo de Vida'
Reply from Estilo de Vida 2023-08-14
Margaret, queridísima amiga, ¡es un lujo vivir en el abrazo que nos une! La belleza está en la mirada. En ella está la Varita de Hermès, que convierte en oro todo lo que toca. Mil gracias por tu excelente disposición. Te visitaré en Manchester este invierno. Aquí tienes tu casa, amiga.
Philipp Moon
Philipp Moon
2023-07-25
If you are looking for a well equipped location and a A4 standardized spanish course, this is not your place. But.. It was just amazing. Alejo is running the one man show with the transfer service, yummy, healthy breakfast and dinner. He does some funny singing and freestyle dancing as well. I have been there for a week together with an unknown Austrian girl, but it worked out perfectly as the whole course. After morning lessons we visited all the best places around and we met many of his friends, one of them is the famous artist Carlos Armiño. We practiced spanish every day in the restaurant, bar,café, museum and with his many friends until late evening. A local wine tasting contest and table football contest will be also remembered for the rest of my life. We had a lot of good discussions about life and philosophy, but due to my limited Spanish skills had to switch over to English. I really recommend Estilo de Vida by Alejo.
Reply from Estilo de Vida 2023-07-25
Jajajajaja, Phillip! Me encanta, ¡qué divertida fue la semana pasada! Mil gracias por tu actitud... ¡y por las dos sesiones diarias de Qi-Ging y Tai-Chi! Bien sabemos que seguiremos viéndonos, amigo.
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Markus Mooser
Markus Mooser
2023-07-17
Rustique mais efficace… Alejo n’a pas une minute à perdre pour essayer de nous apprendre l’espagnol et cette région isolée d’Espagne. Pour ceux qui cherchent du dépaysement et de l’authentique c’est difficile de trouver mieux. Pour les débutants le challenge sera de freiner Alejo qui va plus vite que son ombre. Bref une expérience unique.
Reply from Estilo de Vida 2023-07-17
Jajajaja. ¡Y lo repetimos tantas veces como hizo falta! Creo que ya no dirás más veces "es bien" :-D Aprendí un montón de ti. Fue un lujo pasar dos semanas contigo y con Vanessa. Gracias, amigo. Ojalá volvamos a vernos, aquí o en Lausana. ¡Un fuerte abrazo!
Vivien sheard
Vivien sheard
2023-06-26
What an absolute delight. So much more than I expected. Reignited my love of learning Spanish and introduced me to a beautiful área of Spain. Alejo is an attentive teacher, adapting to his clients' needs as well as being an excellent host. The accommodation is traditional but very comfortable. Highly Recommended.
Reply from Estilo de Vida 2023-06-26
Oh, Vivien, muchas gracias por tu reseña. Hicisteis todo tan fácil que yo solo dejé que ocurriera. Ojalá puedas venir más veces, y no dudes de que pasaré por Manchester a visitarte. Por cierto: justo ahora estoy ayudando a Carlos con su casa nueva y me está dando cariñosos recuerdos para ti. Un fuerte abrazo de corazón.
Jane Heyworth
Jane Heyworth
2023-06-15
I had a wonderful experience learning Spanish with Vivien , taught by Alejo at Estilo de Vida. I can highly recommend it as it is so much more than just Spanish classes. Tried to express this in the poem below: Estilo de Vida When I think of Estilo de Vida I think of many things Friends and fiestas, landscapes and lushness, learning and life Conjugations, conglomerates and clarity that Alejo brings Culture and sculpture, cuisine and chalar, wonder and wildlife Senses tantalized by all in The Valley of Torbalina When I think of Estilo de Vida, I think of Alejo, un profesor magnífico Wry humour, nurturing our Spanish, pursuing pronunciación, Challenging with conjugations, teasing out tenses, ah no subjunctivo! Lessons lightened by levity fly by, bringing satisfacción He beguiles us with conversacións deep and diverse His passion, power naps, energy, attentiveness inspires When I think of Estilo de Vida I think of magic and majesty Frias, Oño, Herron, Medina, Puntedey and San Bernabé Spires of mountains, cathedrals and castillos Monasterios, museos, & history seeping into our souls I think of Carlos, Janfry, Yosu- their love of their land, their oases These and more, all the treasures of Las Merindades When I think of Estilo de Vida I think of sound Silence of the night, broken only by distant cuckoo calls Soulful serenades of men of long lives, strong in voice and proud Warbling of birds and the wonder of waterfalls Solitude of nature, winds whispering through grasses, Conspiring with us to enjoy life, all enthrals When I think of Estilo de Vida I think of our learning From hapless to hopeful, frustrated to fascinated, Awed by lengua, despacio confidence has grown When I think of Estilo de Vida, I think of lasting friendship and all we have gained Thank you Alejo
Reply from Estilo de Vida 2023-06-15
Oooooh, Jane, lo que has escrito es tan bonito que ¡me están saltando las lágrimas de la emoción! :-D Gracias, las que trajiste con tu mirada alegre y tu sonrisa profunda. Si no vuelves por aquí tendré que ir a Perth a visitarte. Esta es tu casa, amiga mía. Voy a enviar tu mensaje a todos los amigos que conociste. Hasta pronto. Alejo
Anthony Davies
Anthony Davies
2023-05-24
What a marvellous experience at Estilo de Vida with Alejo! Individualised Spanish classes for 2.5 hours in the morning, followed by superb sightseeing in the afternoon typically coupled with a meal at an authentic local restaurant and then a 1.5-hour language debrief and consolidation session before supper. This truly is immersion in both language and culture!! Alejo is an attentive host, guide and educator and his passion for life is infectious. The Las Merindades area is a hidden gem with remarkably few tourists (late spring). With Alejo you will visit sites that you won’t have considered as an independent visitor. Alejo ensures that there are multiple Spanish conversations on your excursions which really helped us improve our comprehension of the spoken language. So in essence this immersion of Spanish course is well suited to those who want to develop their linguistic abilities and cultural understanding of the country. Tony and Mary, UK
Reply from Estilo de Vida 2023-05-24
Oh, ¡qué bonito, amigos! Nuestra alegría íntima es como la varita de Hermès: todo lo que toca lo convierte en oro. Es un verdadero placer compartir con personas como vsotros el gozo de vivir, con la excusa de aprender un idioma; porque devolvéis ese gozo multoplicado. Un abrazo, amigos; aquí tenéis vuestra casa por el norte de Castilla.
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Evelyne
Evelyne
2023-03-12
Estilo de vida es un lugar original para mejorar el idioma en total inmersión y descubrir la región de los merindades.. Alejo es muy simpático y carismático. Todo fue maravilloso.. Volveremos, es cierto Magali y Evelyne
Reply from Estilo de Vida 2023-03-12
Muchas gracias, queridas Evelyne y Magali. Me lo he pasado muy bien esta semana con vosotras. Confío en que volvamos a vernos en otoño para seguir aprendiendo mutuamente. Un abrazo!
Mary Capes
Mary Capes
2022-11-29
What a unique week! I thoroughly enjoyed my Spanish immersion week with Alejo in his rustic, village home in Las Viadas. Alejo is a very personable chap, and an excellent host. He is passionate about his subject and the quality lessons were tailored to my learning needs. The week was jam-packed and provided a wide variety of opportunities to practise Spanish, from daily trips to places of interest and quaint towns throughout the stunning Las Merindades region, to chatting to the locals and friends of Alejo. It was also great to visit a different restaurant each day and sample delicious, local cuisine. All in all a fantastic immersive week.
Reply from Estilo de Vida 2022-11-29
¡Ay, Mary!, qué semana tan divertida hemos pasado, y te aseguro que se debe a tu actitud. Gracias a ella, el mal tiempo de finales de noviembre no ha sido inconveniente para disfrutar. ¡Cuánto me alegra leerte! Ya sabes dónde tienes un amigo. ¡Gracias!
alison c
alison c
2022-10-05
What a fantastic language school this is! Alejo made me so welcome during my stay in September and his lessons were perfectly pitched to improve my knowledge of Spanish. It is clear that he is sincerely interested in teaching his language and the classes were a pleasure. But there was so much more: every day we visited a different village, historical site, museum or church and met with some of Alejo’s many friends in the area. It was wonderful to explore such a beautiful area with Alejo and to meet so many of his friends who were generous enough to give of their time and share their knowledge. The whole experience was a joy. Alejo, ¡viva la pepa!
Reply from Estilo de Vida 2022-10-05
Jajajajaja. Oh, Alison, ¡me da tanta alegría leerte! La alegría se hace infinita cuando se encuentra consigo misma. Sí, ¡viva la Pepa! :-D
Jane Vickery
Jane Vickery
2022-09-18
I travelled from Australia in September to spend a week at Estilo de Vida prior to catching up with family in the UK. I was looking for an immersion experience to help improve my spanish and engage with the local community. I was not disappointed! Alejo, the owner of Estilo de Vida, put much thought into preparing our daily spanish classes to help me prepare for DELE B1..un monton! He also sent me all of the resources so that I can continue to use them. However the learning/immersion did not stop there. Conversations whilst exploring the beautiful region of Las Viadas, lunch in local restaurants, socialising with Alejo's friends, going food shopping to name but a few. Alejo's home is charming and comfortable, set in a small but beautiful village I cannot recommend highly enough!
Reply from Estilo de Vida 2022-09-18
¡Qué gozada de semana, querida amiga! La he disfrutado por lo menos tanto como tú. Muchas gracias por tu actitud alegre y positiva. Ha sabes dónde tienes tu casa en España.
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Lynn Dee
Lynn Dee
2022-08-07
I had a great experience for 2 weeks with Alejo at Estilo de Vida in Las Viadas, España. Alejo is a very kind and considerate host with a variety of experiences to offer to his clients. The classes were very well planned and thorough and tailored to my Spanish level. Everyday we ventured out to a different area or town of Las Meriendades and visited a variety of sites including a castle, churches, we did a few hikes with amazing views, remote chapels, abandoned towns, and local waterfalls. We also visited Bilbao, attended a concert and a couple of town festivals where he always ran into and introduced me to someone he knows! Alejo is very passionate about learning and sharing his love for language and history with others. I really enjoyed meeting his friends and hanging out with them. They are also very kind and welcoming as well as passionate about what they do! Alejo also takes pride in providing healthy local food both in his home and at local restaurants. And, if you’re lucky, you might get to go cherry picking with him in June or see the sunflowers in July! I know I have a friend in Spain who will welcome me with open arms and I look forward to a lifelong friendship:)
Reply from Estilo de Vida 2022-08-08
Oh, Lynn, that's so beautiful... Por lo que me habías dicho, pensaba que las profesoras de español no eran emotivas en Nebraska :-D Mil gracias, querida amiga, también a mí me ha emocionado leerte.
Martin Spörri
Martin Spörri
2022-07-13
Im Mai verbrachte ich 2 Wochen bei Alejo. Unglaublich wieviel ich gelernt und erlebt habe. Die Kombination von individuellem Sprachunterricht und Ausflügen wie Wanderungen, Kirchen- und Museumsbesuche, Stand-up Paddling usw. haben es mir ermöglicht meine vor 35 Jahren erworbenen Spanischkenntnisse schnell wieder auffrischen Ganz besonders gefallen haben mir die Gespräche mit Alejos Freunden, einerseits weil es sympathische und interessante Leute sind und andererseits weil ich so nochmals verschiedene Akzente und Vokabeln mitbekommen habe. Vielen Dank Alejo
Reply from Estilo de Vida 2022-07-13
¡Muchísimas gracias, querido amigo! Participar en vuestra alegría fue un placer para Estilo de Vida. Carlos y Josu me preguntaron por vosotros el sábado pasado en Oña :-). Ojalá tengamos la ocasión de seguir compartiendo charlas y descubrimientos. Un fuerte abrazo para los dos.
Vera Wild
Vera Wild
2022-06-03
Wir haben bei Alejo zwei wunderbare Wochen verbracht. Am Morgen hatten wir Spanischunterricht auf unsere Bedürfnisse abgestimmt und vor dem Mittag zogen wir los, um die Umgebung zu erkunden. In Las Merindades gibt es erstaunlich viel Interessantes zu sehen und zu tun (kulturell, sportlich, Natur etc.) und Alejo hat überall nette und interessante Freunde. Wir hatten eine super Zeit und haben viel gelernt! Vielen Dank Alejo!
Reply from Estilo de Vida 2022-06-06
Muchísimas gracias por la semana tan enriquecedora y divertida que hemos compartido, Vera. Ha sido un verdadero lujo para Estilo de Vida. ¡Un brindis por la amistad! :-)