“Cool, contemporary boutique hotel close to a long sandy beach (and to Spain); great for families”
The 40 suites share the same simple, clean design, with light decor and striking faux-bookshelf wallpaper in the bedrooms. Beds are so comfy that I slept for 10 hours on my first night. All suites have a balcony, small bedroom, separate living room with sofabed as well as a kitchenette with hob, microwave and nespresso machine (but no chopping board, toaster or kettle, yet). Compact bathrooms are generally black slate with powerful rain showers; bathrobes can be requested. Wardrobes have plenty of space.
The suites come in two flavours: Garden View Suite on the 1st (ground) floor, looking into the pine woods; and Panoramic View on the 2nd floor, with better views over the treetops to the distant ocean. Either type can become a Family Suite when the sofabed is used; cots are free. All are the same size, but the Garden View Suites have a bath and overhead shower, whereas Panoramic Suites suites have shower only.
A further 25 rooms are being added to the 3rd floor, which promise magnificent views across the ocean as far as Spain. We haven't seen them yet, but we have seen the view at sunset and it was stunning.
Their stylish restaurant, A Terra, offers tasty, rustic dishes such as braised baby chicken (with herbs from the garden), cod with chickpeas and coriander, or local fish stew served in a black Le Creusot casserole dish. Windows open out for alfresco dining and it has a welcoming feel, with big wooden tables, flexible eating times and a relaxed vibe. Don't miss the crispy pizzas from their wood burning oven and tempting desserts including a carob crumble and homemade raspberry sorbet. We ate very well.
Breakfast is a simple buffet with plenty of just-baked breads and pastries, cereals, fresh fruit, healthy juices and scrambled eggs. In summer you can get light lunches by the pool - sardine sandwiches, steak burgers - or of course head down to the beach for fresh fish or pasta. We recommend Pezinhos N'Areia with fabulous views and food and service to match. Back at the hotel, an impressive gin menu offers over a dozen varieties for a stiffening aperitif.
All ages are welcome and the flexible accommodation and catering options make it a popular choice with families, especially in the summer holidays. All rooms have a sofabed, most in a separate living room along with a kitchenette (ideal for rustling up simple meals).
Praia Verde offers a selection of free kids' activities in the summer months, aimed mostly at 5-11 year olds. During the holidays their might be face painting, dressing up, kids cooking classes (pizzas or local carob chocolate biscuits), movie nights with popcorn or even a visit from the local dog school.
Babies (0-1 years), Toddlers (1-4 years), Children (4-12 years)
All Suites have a double sofabed for up to two children and space for a baby cot too. When booking, a Family Suite is the same as the regular suites but with the sofabed made up. Panoramic and Garden View Suites have a separate living room with kitchenette, while the new rooms on the 3rd floor will have the sofabed within the room and no kitchenette.
Babysitters can be arranged through reception
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking
Free kids' club for 5-11 year olds in the summer holidays with a weekly events calendar that includes treasure hunts, theatrical play, carnival face painting, Mediterranean cuisine workshops (pizza and carob biscuits)
Children's menus are available and the atmosphere in the restaurant is relaxed and friendly. The pizzas were a winner with our daughter.