“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 2014 opening of this hotel has added to the area’s allure. Tucked away a few km outside town, the main terracotta building houses modern Italian design mixed with ethnic pieces - a nod to the owners’ international travels (he’s a pilot, she a former air hostess). Spread out around it are 14 minimalist all-white rooms and suites with private terraces. Sleek as they are, they don’t steal the limelight from their natural surroundings - 17 hectares of fragrant pine forest, visible through floor-to-ceiling windows. And that’s not all - there’s a rim-flow pool, a spa with an indoor pool, and a restaurant that provides healthy competition to the gourmet eateries nearby.
- Romantic, relaxing rooms with swish bathrooms
- Innovative food from David João, one of Portugal’s emerging culinary talents
- The spa with its sleeping pods - perfect for reading and dozing after a swim, steam or massage
- The outdoor pool terrace, with a firepit for evening drinks and the hotel’s forest as a backdrop
- Carvalhal and Pego beaches are among Portugal’s most beautiful and they’re within a 10-minute drive or cycle
- Since our visit, 20 new villas have been added. This will have changed the feel of the place, but we'll be stopping by soon to check out the new set-up
- You’ll need a car to get here, to get around and to get to other restaurants if you want a change of scene
- Not ideal for children; this is a peaceful couples’ retreat
- Some rooms have open-plan bathrooms - not to everyone’s taste
- You might not fancy the 5-course tasting menus every night, though lighter meals are available on request
Best time to go
Our top tips
- Boutique Hotel
- Restaurant & bar (open daily)
- All ages welcome but not ideal
- Open all year
- Pet Friendly
- Disabled Access
- Beach Nearby
- Off-street Parking
- Restaurants Nearby
- Air Conditioning
- Guest Lounge
- Bicycles Available
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.
Since our visit, the cabana rooms, suites and villas have been added - we are yet to personally view these spaces, but they look achingly stylish. We're particularly enamored with those featuring private pools.
- Air conditioning
- Coffee maker
- Extra beds
- Underfloor heating
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.
- Coffee maker
- Organic produce
- Picnics on request
- Get scrubbed and rubbed in the spa, after a dip in the indoor pool or outdoor rim-flow pool. There’s also a steam room, a sauna and semi-private sleeping pods. Or Zen out with a yoga class (arranged in advance)
- Hire a bike and cycle to local beaches or Lake Açude, where you can make use of the hotel’s kayaks (free of charge) and tuck into a gourmet picnic lunch (available on request)
- Learn to surf at Carvalhal’s surf school (the best time is autumn), or ask staff to arrange horse riding along the sand or through local rice fields
- Learn the secrets of modern Portuguese cuisine during cookery classes with head chef David João, then taste fine wines at Herdade da Comporta, the village’s reputable winery
- Head to the Estuário nature reserve, north of Comporta, for a spot of birdwatching accompanied by a specialist guide
- Golf enthusiasts might want to take a class at Troia’s golf course, 28km from the hotel
Activities on site or nearby include:
- Cooking classes
- Plantlife / flora
- Private guided tours
- Well being
- Wine tasting
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)
Family friendly accommodation:
Extra Beds Available
Available on request