“A contemporary country retreat with a spa and imaginative food, hidden among pine trees a short drive from some of Portugal’s best beaches”
The 14 rooms are spread across the main building (where the restaurant, spa and reception are) and a separate annex 10m away. All-white minimalism is consistent, complemented by statement pieces such as gnarled wooden tables or Oriental porcelain urns. Grey concrete headboards and floors add to the contemporary feel, and lyrics from Gloria Gaynor’s ‘Can’t Take My Eyes Off You’ are frosted onto the windows, which look out over private terraces to the trees.
The spacious 2-storey Guest's Suites are worth plumping for if you can. All have an open bathroom on a mezzanine level, and a kingsize bed and sitting area (plus a separate toilet) downstairs. The Owner’s Suite on the top floor of the main building is the pick of the bunch, with 2 private terraces (one with a Jacuzzi tub) overlooking the infinity pool, and a wood-burning fireplace for cosy winter stays. The Friend’s Rooms are the smallest options (some have kingsize beds, others queensize), but they share the same airy style.
The hotel restaurant is a welcome addition to Comporta’s growing culinary scene. The elegantly simple dining space is surrounded by windows overlooking the pool and pine forest; on balmier nights, you can sit outside beneath a canopy of stars.
David João, a young chef from Lisbon, heads the kitchen. His training with Michelin-starred Joaquim Koerper shines through in his innovative Portuguese creations, and many dishes use ingredients from the on-site organic garden or whatever the local fishermen have caught that day. Dinner is a 5-course tasting menu, which can be matched with fine regional wines. Expect the likes of clam risotto, or pumpkin soup with star anise and scallops; pudding might be pineapple and pink-pepper ravioli with a red berry coulis. Lunch is a lighter affair, with a simple menu of salads, soups and sandwiches. The continental breakfast is a tasty buffet featuring regional cheeses, rustic country bread, fresh fruit platters, yoghurts and cured hams.
Children are welcome, although this is more of a couples’ retreat. Guest’s Suites have sofabeds which can accommodate 2 children up to the age of 14 (or 1 guest over 14), and babysitters can be arranged on request. Note that no baby cots are available.
Children (4-12 years), Teens (over 12)
Extra Beds Available
Available on request