“A stunning eco-hotel near the ocean dunes just 45 minutes from Lisbon, with romantic rooms, glamping 'shelters' and family-sized villas with private pools”
Wherever you stay, make the most of an on-site restaurant and bar featuring the hotel's (delicious) organic produce, an Ayurvedic spa, an outdoor pool and a decked path leading to sand dunes and the Atlantic. Service is effortlessly impeccable: we were greeted on arrival with irresistible homemade cake and fresh lemongrass tea (from the garden, naturally). 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
- Although it's close to Lisbon, you'll really want to hire a car to get here and get around
- The hotel is the destination, which is another way of saying that there isn't much to do in the neighbourhood - no restaurants or bars in walking distance
- Land rooms do not have a sea view, while Shelters are a WiFi-free zone
- We have serious trouble pronouncing the hotel's name (areeas doo sey-shoo). How about you?
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- Eco Hotel
- 15 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
Accommodation ranges from glamping 'shelters' to 3-bedroom villas with private pools, but all of them exude the same sense of natural luxury and eye-catching aesthetics.
The conventional rooms combine modern Scandinavian-inspired minimalism with Indian and Moroccan chic. Expect rich fabrics, bright colours, chaise longues, polished concrete and show-stopping lights> All have a private patio or deck, indulgent toiletries, a wood-burning stove or fireplace, and a geothermal heating / cooling system; some have jacuzzis or tubs. There's WiFi but no TVs (unless you ask, of course). The Land Room is huge (but lacks a sea view); Love Rooms are large and particularly lovely; Gold Rooms a tad smaller (one is wheelchair accessible), as are Tree Rooms. All of them are stunningly original in design.
Our favourite rooms include vast Oxalá ('If Only'), with its Jacuzzi, double shower, mezzanine, and a large terrace framed by the deep blue of the Atlantic; and Nha Cretcheu , with its insanely beautiful bath, its glass lanterns suspended like tears, and its driftwood-framed bed. Both of these are Love Rooms. Of the Gold Rooms, Três Desejos (where we stayed) has a lovely lemon, cream and grey palette with clean minimal lines, a huge suspended woodburner, an antique gilded armchair, and floor-to-ceiling windows opening to a small deck with table, lawn and storm lanterns.
To get closer to nature with your loved one, grab one of the Pine Shelters. Set among the trees on the edge of the dunes, this is about as luxurious as glamping can be. You get a super-comfy queensize bed, a freestanding bathtub, and a cosy fire pit for romancing under the stars. Bliss.
As for families and friends, the 3-bedroom villas and 'townhouses' - in a separate area facing the hotel - are perfect, with 2 ensuite doubles and an ensuite twin each. All continue in the same driftwood-chic vein, and offer a living room (with open fireplace, comfy sofas and floor-to-ceiling windows), a full kitchen, a private dining and BBQ terrace, and a private swimming pool. Top-of-the-range Blue Villas are detached, and boast the widest views. Greens also have sea views, with the Superiors offering more space. Townhouses are the most budget-friendly option, being smaller and having the least open views.
- 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 16 years and over; the spa facilities are only open to guests aged 16+. Families may prefer to stay at sister beach hotel Noah Surf House which welcomes all ages.
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 16. The villas and townhouses have unfenced private swimming pools.
Areias do Seixo is south of Peniche on the west coast of Portugal, about 45 minutes north of Lisbon.
Areias do Seixo is a 45-minute drive north of Lisbon airport, along the coast. The hotel can arrange transfers. Alternatively you can hire a car or take a taxi. The hotel is not accessible by public transport.
Detailed directions will be sent to you when you book through i-escape.com.
More on getting to Portugal and getting around
- Lisbon Portela 46.0 km LIS
- Oporto 300.0 km OPO
- Beach 0.2 km
- Shops 12.0 km
- Restaurant 12.0 km