Casa Arte

near Lagos, Algarve, Portugal Book from Eur155

Airy design hotel with a pool and tranquil grounds, near beautiful beaches
Hidden amongst citrus and olive trees, a short drive from stunning beaches, lies this Moorish-influenced, architect-designed villa. Casa Arte, with its 5 lovely guest rooms, is magazine-worthy: whitewashed walls are illuminated by striking art, designer chairs line the high terrace, and the gardens are creatively landscaped. Linger over breakfast as you decide where to while away your day - relaxing by the pool, walking in Costa Vicentina Natural Park, visiting historic towns (Lagos is 6km away), or lazing on unspoilt west- and south-coast beaches.

A play on words, the property is named for owner Sarah's love of art, and also for her family heritage - her surname, Kunst, is the Dutch word for 'art'. This marvellous hotel is the fulfilment of her long-held dream, and she goes above and beyond to ensure your enjoyment here. Families are welcomed with open arms, couples will find romance in secluded corners of the garden, and friends can laze on the terrace sharing wine and laughter. Casa Arte isn’t just beautiful, it’s a home from home - except in this luxurious home, you’ll feel like a superstar.

Highs

  • Rustic-chic bedrooms with subtle touches of luxury and private terraces
  • Gorgeous grounds, with olive, lemon and palm trees
  • Beautiful pieces by artist Eric de Bruijn hung throughout the property; a number are for sale
  • An excellent breakfast, with a daily changing special
  • The small size of the property ensures truly personal service

Lows

  • You’ll need a car; there are no restaurants within walking distance
  • Breakfast doesn't start until 9am - not ideal for early risers / families (although you can request an earlier meal if you need)
  • Tricky to find - be sure to take the directions provided when you book through i-escape

Best time to go

Our favourite times of year are April-June and September-October, as the weather is wonderful and the crowds of July and August are yet to descend or already gone. That said, we visited in February this time, and while it wasn’t hot, the sun shone and we were able to really explore the area (rather than just lazing on the beach).

Our top tips

Drive out to Cape St Vincent to watch the sun set into the Atlantic, accompanied by the sound of waves crashing into the cliffs. We found it spine-tinglingly beautiful. Wrap up warm though, as the wind coming in from the ocean is freezing!

Great for...

Beach
Family
  • = Recommended
  • = Best in region
  • = World favourite
  • Boutique Hotel
  • 5
  • Breakfast (+ lunch/dinner on request; drive to restaurants)
  • All ages welcome
  • Open all year
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Spa Treatments
  • WiFi
  • Pet Friendly
  • Disabled Access
  • Beach Nearby
  • Off-street Parking
  • Restaurants Nearby
  • Air Conditioning
  • Guest Lounge
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Gym
Room:

Rooms

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.

Features include:

  • Bathrobes
  • Central heating
  • Coffee maker
  • Coffee tea making
  • Cots Available
  • Extra beds
  • Fan
  • Hairdryer
  • Minibar/fridge
  • Mosquito net
  • Nespresso coffee machine
  • Safe box
  • Smart TV with movies
  • Terrace
  • Terrace
  • Toiletries
  • WiFi
  • Wifi internet

Eating

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.

Features include:

  • Bar
  • Breakfast
  • Children meals
  • Coffee maker
  • Coffee tea making
  • Dinner by arrangement
  • Lunch by arrangement
  • Minibar/fridge
  • Room service
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Activity:

Activities

  • You’re perfectly located for a range of great beaches. We love Arrifana and Amoreira on the west coast, and Meia Praia and Baleeira on the south coast
  • Walkers should head to the South West Alentejo and Vicentina Coast Natural Park, where there are numerous trails; we’d like to try the 120km fishermen’s trail
  • Explore Lagos, a pretty Portuguese town on the bank of the Rio Bensafrim. Be sure to visit its Old Town, which is surrounded by 16th-century walls and packed with cobbled streets, quaint praças and whitewashed churches
  • Sagres is the most south-westerly point of Europe, with breathtaking, empty views over the Atlantic - you can understand why people thought it was the end of the world!

Activities on site or nearby include:

  • Birdwatching
  • Boat trips
  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Historical sites
  • Horse-riding
  • Sailing
  • Shopping / markets
  • Swimming
  • Well being

Kids

Casa Arte welcomes kids of all ages, and little ones will enjoy exploring the grounds and splashing in the pool.

Best for:

Babies (0-1 years), Toddlers (1-4 years), Children (4-12 years)

Family friendly accommodation:

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.

Babysitting:

By prior arrangement

Baby listening:

There's a baby monitor to borrow

Baby equipment:

  • Baby cots
  • High chairs
  • Bottle warming on request

Remember  baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking

Children's meals:

Sarah can tailor breakfast on request, and there are family-friendly restaurants a drive away

Kids Activities on site:

  • Each bedroom has a Smart TV with movies
  • The pool

Kids Activities nearby:

  • Beaches
  • Lagos Zoo

Families Should Know:

The pool is unfenced. Sarah has a cute dog (called Harry). He barks but he is very friendly

Distances:

  • Airport: Faro (an hour's drive)
  • Hospital: 10 minutes' drive (Lagos)
  • Shops: 5 minutes' drive
Kid Friendly:

Our guests' ratings...

9/
Rooms
9/
Food
9/
Service
9/
Value
9/
Overall

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