“Airy design hotel with a pool and tranquil grounds, near beautiful beaches”
Expect subtle luxury from the 5 guest rooms. Whitewashed walls are adorned with original art, underheated stone floors feature hand-woven rugs, and all open onto a private terrace with deckchairs. A Nespresso machine and Smart TV with a hard drive of movies are ideal for lazy days. Bathrooms are equally spoiling, with huge rainfall showers, locally produced toiletries and fluffy bathrobes.
Each room is special, and we’d find it hard to pick a favourite. We stayed in Amira, whose huge terrace overlooks the countryside; we’d probably choose this for a summer stay as it’s perfect for evening drinks. If we were coming in winter, we’d opt for romantic Riaz, which has a fireplace. Moura has a huge, standalone bathtub; Cantara has its own living room. Family Room Qssim has a double and twin bedroom.
At the heart of the striking building lies the breakfast room, where Sarah treats you to a daily feast. We loved the thick, creamy yoghurt, which we lathered over muesli and topped with local honey. Fresh fruit was sweet, bread rolls crisp, croissants warm, and cheeses full of flavour. We were also treated to exceptional scrambled eggs from next door’s chickens.
Light lunches (daily) and informal suppers (on request 3 days per week) are available, and Lagos is a 5-minute drive away, with a multitude of restaurants. O Camilo is the place to go for seafood, perched on a cliff overlooking Praia do Camilo. For a relaxed lunch we’d recommend Bahia Beach Bar, which sits on the sands of Meia Praia: we enjoyed a huge prawn salad as well as baked goat’s cheese with honey and walnuts.
Casa Arte welcomes kids of all ages, and little ones will enjoy exploring the grounds and splashing in the pool.
Babies (0-1 years), Toddlers (1-4 years), Children (4-12 years)
All rooms can fit 1 extra bed for a child, or a baby cot. Qssim has 2 bedrooms (a double and a twin) so is the best option for a bigger family. Cantara has a small living area, Moura has a bathtub; these 2 rooms can interconnect.
By prior arrangement
There's a baby monitor to borrow
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking
Sarah can tailor breakfast on request, and there are family-friendly restaurants a drive away
The pool is unfenced. Sarah has a cute dog (called Harry). He barks but he is very friendly