“The apotheosis of eco chic: a stunning hotel just 35 minutes from Lisbon, plus self-catering villas and townhouses (sleeping 2-7)”
All of the rooms, villas and townhouses are strikingly different and original, blending the best of modern Scandinavian-inspired minimalism with Indian and Moroccan styles. All have private patios or decks, bathrobes, toiletries, WiFi, wood-burning stoves or fireplaces, and geothermal heating/cooling systems; if you want a TV you have to request it.
Of the hotel rooms, 4 are large Love Rooms (Oxalá, Ouro, Nha Cretcheu and Mi Ma Bô), 5 are smaller Gold Rooms (Prata, Três Desejos, Que Voa - which is wheelchair accessible, Sete Sentidos and Ainda), 4 similarly sized Tree Rooms (Terra, Sem Hora Marcada, Olveira Princesa and Mar), and 1 huge Land Room (Jasmim). Most of the rooms have Jacuzzis or tubs, and some can be set up as twins.
All are stunning and original in design. As a flavour, Love Room Nha Cretcheu has an insanely beautiful bath with glass lanterns suspended like tears. Its bedroom is warmly decorated with a driftwood-framed bed, pure white linen, glittery silver lampshades and an air of refined luxury. Our favourite is the appropriately named Love Room Oxalá ('If only'); it's vast, with a Jacuzzi, a double shower, a mezzanine, and a large terrace framed by the deep blue of the Atlantic.
The other rooms are just as lavish, with rich fabrics, bright colours, chaise longues, polished concrete and show-stopping lights. We stayed in Gold Room Três Desejos with clean, minimal lines and a pale lemon, cream and grey colour pallette. There was a huge suspended woodburner, an antique gilded armchair, and floor-to-ceiling windows opening to a small deck with a table, a lawn and storm lanterns.
The Villas Green each have 2 double bedrooms and a twin room, all ensuite, along with a living room with a suspended fireplace, a full kitchen, a barbecue, and a private swimming pool. There’s an outdoor eating area on a private terrace, soft sofas in the lounge, and floor-to-ceiling windows letting in light all around. Kitchens are funky with blackboard paint on the walls and a full range of equipment. Similar in design, size and layout are, the Villas Blue and Townhouses Green, though we're yet to personally view these spaces.
The hotel's restaurant, Lugar da Horta, is open for lunch and dinner, and serves a selection of Portuguese-inspired dishes using its wood-fired oven and charcoal grill. There are also a vegetarian choices, and all menus change on a daily basis according to what is available and fresh; there are a few options every day and everything we ate was delicious. Breakfast is served as a buffet and includes fresh fruit, regional produce and homemade cakes.
The hotel also has a café-bar, open from 1pm-1am, where you can order tea, homemade sweets, appetisers and snacks, and room service is on offer to all rooms, villas and the townhouse.
Much of the food comes direct from the hotel's organic garden; keen foodies can enrol on a morning 'plot to plate' experience where you work with the gardeners and chef to make your own lunch; they are also keen to share advice and inspiration about agriculture, fishing and cooking in the region.
As well as the bar and restaurant, there is a grocery store on site selling vegetables from the farm, tea, olive oil, wine and artisan products. The self-catering villas and townhouses have full kitchens with coffee- and tea-making facilities, fridge-freezers, hobs, ovens and microwaves. You can also book a chef or opt into a meal delivery service from the restaurant.
If you want a change of scene, you'll need to drive out. There are various recommended restaurants nearby, including Canastra, Furnas and Mar à Vista for seafood, Sabores de Itália for Italian, and Mae D’Agua for international cuisine.
Children of all ages are welcome in the villas and townhouses, plus being so close to the dunes and beach makes the setting great fun for all.
Note that the hotel and main pool is only open to children aged 10 years and over; the spa facilities are only open to guests aged 16+.
Teens (over 12)
Each of the spacious villas and townhouses have 3 bedrooms and a full kitchen, as well as a living area, outdoor space and a swimming pool (unfenced).
The spa facilities are only open to those aged 16 and over, while the hotel pool is only available for guests over the age of 10.