Sublime Comporta

near Comporta, Lisbon Coast, Portugal Book from Book from £197 per night

A contemporary country retreat with a spa and family villas, hidden among pine trees a short drive from excellent beaches
Thanks to its understated yet chic vibe, unspoiled beaches and destination restaurants, the sleepy fishing village of Comporta in Portugal’s rustic Alentejo region has become the holiday destination of choice for international fashion designers, artists and royals. As Gonçalo Pessoa, owner of Sublime Comporta, puts it: ‘It’s what Saint Tropez was like in the 80s’. Staying in this area feels like you’ve been let in on a secret, yet it’s just an hour’s drive south of Lisbon.

Sublime Comporta adds to the area’s allure. A few kilometres outside town, the main building houses a modern yet natural reception, restaurant and bar - a mix of ethnic pieces are a nod to the owners’ international travels. Spread out around it are minimalist all-white rooms and suites, plus a growing collection (currently around 35) of 2-, 3- and 5-bedroom 'cabana' villas. 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 small spa with an indoor pool, and a restaurant that provides healthy competition to the gourmet eateries nearby.

Highs

  • Romantic, relaxing rooms with swish bathrooms - perfect for couples
  • 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
  • All villas have a private pool - if its peace and quiet you crave this is ideal

Lows

  • The staff are charming and keen, but some are inexperienced and lack direction
  • Dinner is pricey and the food is yet to quite hit the mark
  • You’ll need a car to get here, to get around and to visit other restaurants
  • Some rooms have open-plan bathrooms behind a curtain - not to everyone’s taste
  • The hotel now welcomes families in the villas but its aim is still to offer a peaceful retreat

Best time to go

Any time between mid-May and mid-September, when the weather is sunny and the sea warm enough for swimming. Surfing is best in September, October and November. Daytime winter temperatures hover around 15C - still warm enough for beach walks, picnics and horse rides.

Our top tips

Head to Praia do Pego for a walk along the sand dunes, stopping for a lunch of fresh, local fish at the excellent Sal restaurant. We also recommend a pre-dinner cocktail at the hotel bar - the aptly named ‘Sublime’ is a take on the classic Bellini, replacing peach with guava juice.

Great for...

Beach
Family
Great Outdoors
Honeymoon
Spa
  • Boutique Hotel
  • 14 rooms + 15 villas
  • Restaurant & bar (open daily)
  • Children welcome, esp. in the villas
  • Open all year
  • Pools
  • Spa
  • WiFi
  • Pet Friendly
  • Disabled Access
  • Beach Nearby
  • Off-street Parking
  • Restaurants Nearby
  • Air Conditioning
  • Guest Lounge
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Gym
  • Bicycles Available
Room:

Rooms

The original 14 rooms are spread across two terracotta hued buildings The 2- 3- and 5-bedroom villas are dotted around the grounds. 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 windows look out over private terraces to the trees.

The rooms and suites range from 25 to 50 sq.m., but all share the same airy style. Entry-level Friend’s Rooms are the smallest, some with kingsize beds, others queensize and all have their own private terrace. We liked the spacious 2-storey Guest's Suites: 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 spa building, has 2 private terraces (one with a Jacuzzi tub) overlooking the infinity pool, and a wood-burning fireplace for cosy winter stays. Saunter downstairs to use the spa facilities.

Dotted around the pine forest is a growing collection of so-called Cabana Villas with 2 or more bedrooms. These are very spacious and cool, in a Scandi-chic way. Each consists of mini wooden chalets linked by open walkways, the central one in 2 bed villas being the living-dining area (with access to its private pool), while the others each contain a bedroom with an ensuite bathroom. You can also book just one bedoom plus the living area: this is known as a Cabana Suite and includes use of the private pool.

Features include:

  • Air conditioning
  • Coffee maker
  • Extra beds
  • Hairdryer
  • Phone
  • Terrace
  • Toiletries
  • TV
  • Underfloor heating
  • WiFi

Eating

We loved the modern, open-plan restaurant with olive trees and vast floor to ceiling windows and a clear view of the chefs in the kitchen. The incredible breakfast is a tasty buffet featuring regional cheeses, rustic country breads, plentiful fresh fruit platters, yoghurts and cured hams and multiple fresh pastries and pastel de nata. There is also a choice of help yourself hot options including tortilla and scrambled eggs.

The Sem Porta 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. What the staff may lack in efficiency the make up for in enthusiasm. The aim is to offer authentic but elegant Portuguese food. On our visit we enjoyed snapper with green rice, and the seafood and fish rice. There was also a memorable bread basket with divine olive oil. Lunch is a lighter affair, with a simple menu of salads, soups and sandwiches.

Local restaurant recommendations include Dona bia, Museu do Arroz, Sal and Comporta Café.

Features include:

  • Bar
  • Children's meals
  • Coffee maker
  • Organic produce
  • Picnics on request
  • Restaurant
  • Room service
Eating:
Activity:

Activities

  • 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
  • Zen out with a yoga class in the yoga pavillion (book in advance) or get a rally going on the tennis courts
  • Borrow a bike and cycle to Lake Açude, or one of the local beaches if you are feeling really energetic
  • 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
  • Head to the Estuário nature reserve, north of Comporta, for a spot of birdwatching accompanied by a specialist guide
  • Golf enthusiasts should head to Troia’s golf course, 28km from the hotel

Activities on site or nearby include:

  • Birdwatching
  • Cycling
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Horse riding
  • Plantlife / flora
  • Private guided tours
  • Surfing
  • Swimming
  • Well being
  • Wine tasting
  • Yoga

Kids

Children are very welcome in the villas. They are also accepted in the main hotel rooms, but the atmosphere is more tranquil and couple-oriented. The resort has a well-equipped kids play room with lots of toys, games and entertainers in the peak summer months, plus a small children's swimming pool.

Best for:

Children (4-12 years), Teens (over 12)

Family friendly accommodation:

Most villas sleep 4 in 2 bedrooms; Guests Suites have a double sofabed that can accommodate up to 2 children under 14 (or one extra guest over 14).

Babysitting:

Babysitting is available on request.

Baby equipment:

Baby cots are available on request.

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

Creche/Kid's Club:

Free kids club from June to September.

Children's meals:

A limited kids menu is available.

Families Should Know:

Children must have parental supervision at all times when using the kids pool.

Distances:

  • Airport: 1 hour 15 minutes (Lisbon)
  • Shops: 7 minutes
Kid Friendly:

Location

Sublime Comporta is 13km from the tranquil fishing village of Comporta, in the Alentejo region of Portugal. It’s an hour south of Lisbon.

By Air:
Lisbon Portela Airport (128km) is served by regular flights from across Europe and beyond. The hotel can arrange airport transfers, but we recommend hiring a car so that you can explore the area.

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

More on getting to Portugal and getting around

Airports:

  • Lisbon Portela 128.0 km LIS

Other:

  • Beach 9.0 km
  • Shops 6.0 km
  • Restaurant 6.0 km

Our guests' ratings...

Based on 6 independent reviews from i-escape guests

8/10
Room
8/10
Food
7/10
Service
7/10
Value
8/10
Overall

Very beautiful hotel but we felt that service is not up to the standard.

8/10,

The location is good, the area Comporta is excellent.
For a luxury, expensive hotel we were extremely disappointed by Sumbline and did not enjoy our stay there. There are a lot of staff but many are untrained and very confused - almost all of our simple requests were carried out in error.

4/10,

We had a heavenly time. 19-20 November and the weather was gorgeous with blu skies and 70 degrees. White sandy beaches, warm friendly people, fresh caught fish and tasty wine. The hotel is so peaceful and the young enthusiastic staff looked after our every need.

10/10,

I should preface my comments by saying that we loved Sublime so much that we have booked to return next year! The villa we had was exquisite and the smell of the surrounding pine woods is wonderful.
The level of service from particular individuals in the hotel is excellent - they couldn't be friendlier or more helpful. However, overall my sense is that the service would be improved by having someone with overall responsibility for overseeing it and improving some of the logistics. We ate in the bar area twice during our stay and once had to wait 40 mins for our toasties at gone 9pm and the next time over an hour for two salads as the ordering system had failed and it had not been transmitted to the kitchen. This was all dealt with very well by the individual members of staff concerned, but I can't help feeling that our experience and indeed theirs, would have been more relaxed, had they not been juggling so many demands. We were also told that our choice of wine was not available as the sommelier had gone home with the key to the wine cellar, meaning that we could only have what was available in the fridge. None of these are major issues, but given the other tremendous qualities the hotel has, they do let it down somewhat.

8/10,

The hotel now has 42 rooms and more are being built. There are some AMAZING members of staff – Sara, in particular, Miriam and Manuel too. The bar team are also great. Manager level is where it all falls apart – this place needs to work hard at retrieving heart and soul quickly or they will lose their market reputation. They are very lucky there is not (yet) any competition in terms of hotels/places to stay in the area. Booking a room was extremely difficult.
Comporta is amazing, the beaches out of this world, the food in the local restaurants is fantastic – the local surf school is exceptional. All of the people we met outside the hotel were so kind and helpful, we would definitely go back to this part of Portugal again.

6/10,

We had a wonderful stay at Sublime Comporta. The staff were very friendly and the service was excellent. We received great recommendations for the local area, beaches and restaurants. The breakfast was delicious. We would definitely recommend it.

9/10,

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