“The apotheosis of eco chic: a stunning hotel just 35 minutes from Lisbon, plus self-catering villas (sleeping 2-7)”
There's a restaurant and bar featuring the hotel's organic produce, a decked path leading to sand dunes and the Atlantic, an Ayurvedic spa and an outdoor pool. And when you arrive, you're warmly greeted with fresh lemongrass tea (from the garden, naturally) and homemade cake. How better to begin your stay in one of Europe’s most original hotels?
- The décor is sensational, with rich colours and textures, and stunning ultra-modern fixtures and fittings
- Eco concerns are high on the agenda, with energy monitoring, eco schemes, photovoltaic solar panels, recycling, composting and more
- Nature pervades everything - the wood and pebbles in the interior design, the pine trees and sand dunes beyond - and gives a sense of calm
- The relaxed but attentive service put us at ease straight away
- The location is quiet and unspoilt, but you're within easy reach of Obidos and Lisbon if you need a city fix
- You'll need to hire a car to get here, or take a taxi/transfer from Lisbon, plus this is a quiet part of Portugal without the many attractions of, say, the south coast
- The hotel is the destination, which is another way of saying that there isn't much to do in the neighbourhood - you'd need to drive if you wanted a change of scene, restaurant wise
- We have serious trouble pronouncing the hotel's name. How about you?
- A 2-night minimum stay in the villas and townhouse at all times
- Land rooms do not have a sea view
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Our top tips
- Eco Hotel
- 14 rooms + 10 villas
- Restaurant and bar (open daily)
- 10+ year olds in the hotel; all ages in the villas / townhouses
- Open all year
- Outdoor Pool
- Pet Friendly
- Disabled Access
- Beach Nearby
- Off-street Parking
- Restaurants Nearby
- Air Conditioning
- Guest Lounge
- Daily Maid Service
- Towels & Bedlinen
- Concierge Service
- Bicycles Available
- Food and eco experiences
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, 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). The Land Room (Jasmim) is huge but lacks a sea view. 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.
Facing the hotel, the 3-bedroom Villas are designed for families (2 ensuite doubles and an ensuite twin). Though design varies between them, they each have a living room with fireplace, a full kitchen and a private swimming pool. There’s a private dining and bbq terrace, comfy sofas in the lounge, and floor-to-ceiling windows. Villas Blue are detached and arguably have the best uninterrupted views. Villas Green have better sea views while the Villas Green Superior having more direct views and more space. Townhouses Green are the most budget-friendly option, being a little smaller and having less of a sea view.
- Barbecue in villas
- Cots Available
- Extra beds
- Geothermal heating/cooling
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 decadent buffet and includes fresh fruit, regional produce, cheeses and homemade cakes, plus eggs to order.
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. Guests are welcome to join the team every evening for a glass of wine at 7.30pm around the fire. There is also a more casual beachfront restaurant, Noah, which guests can get to using the bikes or complimentary shuttle service.
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'll work with the gardeners and chef to make your own lunch. They are also keen to share advice and inspiration about agriculture, fishing and local regional cooking.
The on-site store sells 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.
For a change of scene, drive out to one of the various recommended restaurants nearby: Xakra and Tasca do Joel in Peniche or Clube Naval in Assenta.
- Farm shop
- Organic produce
- Room service
- Vegetarian menu
- Meal delivery service (villas and townhouse only)
- Relax in the hotel, walk on the beach, swim in the sea, eat in the restaurant, watch a film in the cinema room then take a glass of wine out to the fire circle and watch the stars in the inky sky
- Swim in the spa pool, then unwind in the sauna and Turkish bath - access is free. Or book a massage and pamper ritual at the spa. It specialises in Ayurvedic treatments and also does massages, facials and body treatments, as well as half-day programmes
- Borrow the hotel's bikes and explore independently
- Join a yoga class – times will be chalked up in reception
- Book one of the hotel's experiences. We like the look of 'Your hands in the sea', a fishing/mussel harvesting morning after which you cook your own lunch, as well as the 'plot to plate' experience working in the organic garden and kitchen. You can also do farm, spa, eco and compost experiences (most are charged extra)
- Head to the beach and learn to surf or paddle board at the hotel’s own surf school
- Spend an afternoon or evening in Lisbon. Portugal's capital is only half an hour away by car; explore the Design Museum and Gulbenkian modern art galleries, then stop for an espresso and a custard tart. Nightlife doesn't get going until gone 10pm in the city
- Spend an afternoon in the well-preserved walled medieval town of Obidos, 25 minutes away, with its winding streets and whitewashed houses
- Play golf at 1 of the 3 courses nearby: Praia D'El Rey, Bom Sucesso or Campo Real
Activities on site or nearby include:
- Cooking classes
- Eco-discovery days: tree planting, introduction to composting, 'plot to plate' cooking experience
- Historical sites
- Museums / galleries
- Plantlife / flora
- Star gazing
Children of all ages are welcome in the villas and townhouses, but the layouts and unfenced pools don't lend themselves to accommodating small children. On the upside, 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)
Family friendly accommodation:
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).
Kids Activities on site:
- Bikes to borrow
- Classes, such as travel writing and baking, can be arranged
Kids Activities nearby:
- Dunes and beach
- Mountain biking
Families Should Know:
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. The villas and townhouses have unfenced private swimming pools.