Noah Surf House

Santa Cruz, Lisbon Coast, Portugal Book from Book from £137 per night

A family friendly, eco-chic surf hotel on the sands of Portugal's Silver Coast, just 40 minutes from Lisbon
Waking up to glorious sea views on a crisp, sunny morning, I face a tricky choice of what to do today: surf, paddleboard, trek along the cliffs, stroll along the beach, yoga... or hit the skate park? While contemplating my options I get my fireplace going, sink into a comfy beanbag with a cup of coffee, and watch the waves for an hour. Pure bliss.

Acutely Instagrammable, Noah Surf House, with its upcycled décor and ultra-chilled vintage vibe, is one of the most beloved beach hideaways on Portugal’s beautiful Silver Coast. Sister property to the stunning Areias do Seixo, it started life as a funky restaurant and surf school; in July 2018, the opening of 21 rooms and bungalows turned it into an uber-cool hotel. Families are especially welcome, and older kids will love the wealth of facilities and activities.

This is a great place to unplug and catch the waves on fabulous Física beach. Later, if a day by the sea still hasn’t fulfilled your aquatic needs, a dip in the infinity pool or Jacuzzi will fix that. Evenings are spent singing with local musicians around a firepit on the rooftop (or inside the restaurant in colder months). Afterwards, you can drag your tired but sun-kissed-and-windswept body back to your room and fall asleep to the sound of lapping waves. Plans for the next day? Wash, rinse and repeat.

Highs

  • Stunning beachfront location with boho interiors and a happy vibe
  • Sensational food that fuses local and international dishes, plus long communal wooden tables and an easygoing ambience
  • Big on sustainability: solar panels, recycled water and upcycling, plus an organic garden and lots of happy chickens
  • Incredibly warm, helpful staff and a genuine community feel
  • An eclectic mixture of guests: 3-gen families, solo surfer dudes, hipster couples, mindfulness seekers, and even retired adventurers

Lows

  • Some might miss air con or a bathtub, but it’s in line with Noah’s impressive sustainability concepts, so worth the sacrifice
  • No spa or sauna, but sister hotel Areias do Seixo has a fantastic range of spa treatments; 5 mins' drive
  • Very few vegetarian and vegan options on the menu
  • Leaving! (I’m still not over it)
World Favourite Family Hideaway

    Best rooms for families

    Terra Rooms can fit up to 8 guests in extra beds and have a small terrace garden but no fireplace (communal kitchen); Mar Bungalows can fit 1 baby cot/extra bed and have a living area with fireplace and a balcony (communal kitchen); Mar Rooms can fit 2 baby cots/extra beds and have a living room with fireplace and a balcony (communal kitchen); Mar & Cook Bungalows can fit 2 baby cots/extra beds and have a living room with fireplace and balcony and a full kitchen

    Parents should know...

    The hotel pool and Jacuzzi are unsupervised. There are steep staircases in the public area and Mar Rooms

Baby cots

Some equipment may need to be requested in advance

Children’s menu in the restaurant

  • Heated pool
  • Surf school
  • Skate park
  • Kids yoga
  • Bicycle rental
  • Paddleboarding
  • Beaches

Great for...

Beach
Eco
Family
Foodie
Great Outdoors
  • Boutique Hotel
  • 21
  • Restaurant & bar (open daily)
  • All ages welcome
  • Closed: 23-25 Dec and 6 Jan-4 Feb
  • Heated Pool
  • Spa Treatments
  • WiFi
  • Babysitting
  • Creche / Kids Club
  • Beach Nearby
  • Off-street Parking
  • Pet Friendly
  • Disabled Access
  • Restaurants Nearby
  • Air Conditioning
  • Guest Lounge
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Gym
  • Bicycles Available
  • Skate park
  • Paddle boarding
Room:

Rooms

The 8 rooms and 13 bungalows are spacious and comfy, with twin or queensize beds, and huge, floor-to-ceiling windows. With a funky industrial-eco feel, expect earthy shades, reclaimed wood and upcycled furniture. Most have stunning sea views and fireplaces, as well as private terraces with seating and surfboard racks.

Bathrooms are super-stylish and well-designed concrete affairs, with double rainbow showers, wooden shower floors, large sinks, fluffy towels and Damana bath and body products. Being eco-conscious, they don't supply plastic or glass bottles of water in the rooms. Instead, you'll be given an eco-bottle upon arrival, which you can refill with filtered water in the lobby whenever you please.

Terra Rooms are the biggest, measuring a whopping 75 sq.m, with a living area, a mezzanine floor with extra beds, and a terrace with sunrise views. We loved our Mar Room, the next biggest, with the addition of a fireplace and sea views. However, the bungalows are definitely the way to go here. They have a brighter, breezier feel and more privacy in general. If you want to self cater, book a Mar & Cook Bungalow, with a fully equipped kitchen; otherwise, the Mar Bungalows are perfect.

Features include:

  • Coffee / tea making
  • Coffee maker
  • Fan
  • Fireplace
  • Hairdryer
  • Phone
  • Safe box
  • Toiletries
  • WiFi

Eating

A delicious and artistically presented breakfast is served in the huge, quirky restaurant-bar-lobby-lounge with hypnotic sea views. Alongside the usual suspects, there’s homemade granola and jams, freshly baked cakes, eggs courtesy of the happy resident chickens, and fabulous tea concoctions - we particularly loved the lemongrass-based cuppa.

The insanely cool Noah’s Restaurant & Beach House is across the road; a beach shack, with breathtaking views across Praia da Física. Expect a fusion of local and international dishes, with long, communal wooden tables and a boho vibe. We loved our swordfish and giant prawns, washed down with a crisp white wine. For dinner, we opted for great Portuguese fare: fried cuttlefish and pica-pau (beef stew with pickles in a light beer sauce), followed by a super yummy lime pie.

Features include:

  • Bar
  • Children's meals
  • Coffee / tea making
  • Coffee maker
  • Restaurant
  • Restaurants nearby
Eating:
Activity:

Activities

  • This coast is 'surf central' with a brilliant beach on your doorstep - and some seriously good waves nearby, including Ericeira, Peniche and Nazaré . You can rent equipment and book surf lessons at the hotel
  • Sports, sports and more sports! There’s paddleboarding, a skate park, guided trekking along the cliffs, personal training at the gym, a yoga studio, bike rentals - and the area is fantastic for runners, too
  • After all that beach fun, head over to Noah’s nearby sister hotel, Areias do Seixo, for a relaxing massage
  • Explore the Silver Coast, which is dotted with quaint little fishing towns
  • Take a day trip to the picturesque, fortified town of Óbidos, with its medieval castle, whitewashed houses and cobbled alleys

Activities on site or nearby include:

  • Cycling
  • Hiking
  • Kayaking
  • Kitesurfing
  • Mountain biking
  • Nightlife
  • Paddle boarding
  • Surfing
  • Swimming
  • Trekking
  • Well being
  • Windsurfing
  • Yoga

Best Time to go

The Silver Coast is a great destination year-round. The summer months can get extremely hot, while late spring and early autumn are sunny and warm - and you won’t have to put up with the crowds. In winter, it’s serene and quiet, perfect for snuggling up in front of your fireplace.

Our Top Tips

Pack light and don’t bother lugging your sports gear here - you can rent it all at Noah. Remember your slippers if you're coming off-season: the concrete floors can be cold.
Kid Friendly: Cut down for Kids N/L Dec 2018

Location

Noah Surf House is located in the village of Santa Cruz on Portugal's Silver Coast, about 40 minutes northwest from Lisbon by car. They can book transfers for guests.

By Air:
Fly to Lisbon's Portela Airport (63km away). From there, you can take a transfer or hire a car.

Detailed directions will be sent when you book through i-escape.

Airports:

  • Lisbon Airport 63.0 km LIS

Other:

  • Beach 0.1 km
  • Shops 0.5 km
  • Restaurant 0.5 km

Our guests' ratings...

Based on 6 independent reviews from i-escape guests

9/10
Room
9/10
Food
9/10
Service
9/10
Value
9/10
Overall

During this trip we also stayed in some exceptional hotels in Lisbon and, so we saw a full spectrum of what Portugal had to offer. I thought the value for the room was therefore quite good: enormous room with beautiful views, excellent high-ceilinged stone bathroom and exceptional design. Some of the shabby chic was a little on the edgy side - we didn't realise that the scaffolding suspended in the reception was part of the decor until day two! Lovely staff and feel like they made good personal connections. Our only criticism was the food was quite expensive for what it was, although the meal on the beach on the first night was memorable for the wonderful location and the meal on the second night (in the main hotel) was actually really delicious. The service in the hotel was the let down - lovely waiter, very friendly, but we were sold the wrong wine and no recompense was offered, and we waited 30-40 minutes for desert. When we complained the waiter went and made it himself; a cold creme brûlée and a day old pastry from the kitchen counter. But the breakfast was delicious and the some of the tapas dishes we had were very memorable, all for the right reasons! We had yoga session overlooking the beach, which was excellent and good value for money. I know the hotel is changing its philosophy for next year, making all the skakeboarding, yoga, training, watersports and other services included in the price (presumably there will be a price rise in the room rate, which we could accept). This was advertised on their website, which made it feel a little like we were being short changed. But I can appreciate that they had to go through that process and I hope it works out for them next year. Really lovely place to hang out and a great spot to explore from. We will be back, hopefully!

8/10,

This is a great hotel. The staff are incredibly upbeat and friendly. Our bungalow was lovely and we used the fire on two evenings (we didn't really need to, it just was so tempting)! The breakfast was good and also the meals we had at the main restaurant and down at the Beach House were tasty. The Beach House has a really nice atmosphere in the evening (despite the power cut)! The pool and deck areas are great and we enjoyed the pool deck barbecue one evening. We didn't use any of the other facilities but there is definitely plenty to keep you occupied if you wish! The only down side is the location as Santa Cruz is (to put it politely) a "bit grim".

9/10,

The newly developed Noah Surfhouse is a fresh, cool and relaxed place to be holidaying with the family. The design and ethos of the place is perfect for our liking, rough eco style creatively put together from beach scrap and items creating a relaxed and inventive environment where small children and teenagers alike can enjoy it without parents being too scared of letting them roam around exploring. Its spacious yet not too big to feel lost or indeed lose children in. The rooms were amazing, again in a rough but very beautifully put together. Simple, yet with lot of character. Gorgeous white cotton bed linen and exciting bunkbeds with fishnets were fun for the teenagers. The big bean bags a huge plus and the private courtyard/garden area for lounging, snacking, showering and drying wet swimwear was perfect. Gorgeous huge window/ doors to slide open!! Food war great, very tasty and fresh. Staff was very good, friendly and taking care of every need. They cater for you if you have allergies and can book you in for lunch at Noah fish restaurant at the beach below. We had excellent surf teachers and yoga teachers, and could wish we had time for more. It was such a pleasure on all levels. The little town just by was very quiet, as it was pre- season, but very charming and excellent for sunset walks in the evening. Would love to visit again!

10/10,

The hotel was amazing on every level, the staff looked after every
detail with genuine care. Everybody working there was
really happy to be there and took genuine pleasure & pride in
their jobs. The location was perfect and the design gorgeous
and inspired. Oh and the breakfast was fantastic also -
and their commitment to the environment & being truly
green in every aspect was so well done. There was nothing I think they could’ve done better. Our new favourite hotel!

10/10,

Noah is fabulous.

10/10,

Food wise they should think about more big healthy salads. The instructors were amazing. Suggestions:
1. Make it easier to book sports sessions
2. Sport instructors amazing
3. Make bike rental by the hour

9/10,

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