Teima Alentejo SW

near Sao Teotonio, Alentejo, Portugal Book from Book from £111 per night

Peaceful countryside retreat with 9 quirky rooms, close to the magnificent beaches of the Alentejo coast
There is one rule here: no stress. It’s a decree that carried owners Luísa and Paul from fast lives in Lisbon to a slow lane in the Alentejo countryside, and Teima’s gentle forest of cork, pine and wild pear trees was their escape route into rural tourism.

Their journey is a familiar one, but few achieve such levels of perfection. They started by building themselves a house alongside 2 guest rooms – all in glass, timber and natural stone. Gradually they expanded, adding a cool blue pool and finally turning their home into additional rooms, including 2 glamorous suites. On the way, they collected a small menagerie: 2 dogs, an adopted cat called Mo, and a family of donkeys – including Rosa the matriarch, whose muzzle inspired the Teima logo that you’ll find printed on deck chairs, embroidered on bathrobes and stenciled onto the entrance gates. The result is a restful sanctuary with tranquil gardens, a deck overlooking a duck pond, lemon and orange trees, home-cooked food, and a comfy lounge. You could happily spend most of your time here, but it would be a pity to miss out on the wild beauty, paradise beaches and dramatic trails of the Alentejo’s Costa Vicentina, just 5-10 minutes' drive away.

Highs

  • A peaceful rural location within easy reach of some of Portugal’s most beautiful beaches
  • Romantic rooms in summery colours, all with generous outdoor space, bespoke furniture and original artwork
  • A laid-back ambiance, with plenty of spots to unwind: poolside loungers, hanging chairs by the pond, a guest lounge warmed by a wood-burner
  • Delicious home-cooked Portuguese food; breakfasts in particular are a treat
  • Luísa and Paul are perfectionists – love and care have gone into everything from the pristine cotton sheets to the pretty tableware

Lows

  • A car is essential for getting here and exploring
  • Full lunches and dinners are only served Mon-Sat from September-May, but light meals (soups, salads etc) are available from June-August, and the nearest restaurant is only 4km away
  • There are tea- and coffee-making facilities in the suites only
  • Not the place for those with an allergy or aversion to animals – cats, dogs, ducks and donkeys live on site
  • Only children aged over 8 are welcome; this is more of a grown-up retreat
  • No twin rooms

Best time to go

The Alentejo is a good year-round destination, but it comes into its own in spring and autumn – the most popular time for walkers. Visit in April, May or June for wild flowers and nesting storks, or in September-October for warm days and cooler nights. It starts to get very hot in July, and the coast can get crowded in August. Luisa and Paul close for a few weeks once a year, usually from mid-December to early February.

Our top tips

The south-west Alentejo coast is very special – and surprisingly undiscovered. We loved our day trip along the rough but breathtakingly beautiful coast road, between the dunes of remote Bordeira beach and the surfy sands of Carrapateira. Drive or take a bike.

Great for...

Beach
Great Outdoors
Honeymoon
  • Boutique Guesthouse
  • 9
  • Breakfast + other meals on request
  • Over 8s welcome
  • Open all year
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Spa Treatments
  • WiFi
  • Pet Friendly
  • Disabled Access
  • Beach Nearby
  • Off-street Parking
  • Restaurants Nearby
  • Air Conditioning
  • Guest Lounge
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Gym
  • Bicycles Available
Room: Pool View - Tangerina

Rooms

The 9 beautiful rooms are colour-themed and all slightly different. Each is an expression of Luisa’s passion for interior design – a clever combination of commissioned art, contemporary and vintage furniture, vivid shades and natural materials, with a dash of quirkiness.

Turquesa, Coral, Lime and Tangerina are the light and spacious Pool View Rooms: a row of 4, each with sliding glass doors opening onto a private slice of a long, shaded veranda. Branco, Azul and Cinza are the Garden View Rooms: slightly more private, with large timber decks screened by foliage and furnished with sofas, parasols and deck chairs. We stayed in Cinza with its soft grey palette and lofty shower room with polished cement walls and aquamarine mosaic tiles.

Amber and Agua are the suites. Amber has a separate lounge which can be turned into an additional twin bedroom; Agua is an indulgent space - the size of an apartment - decorated in blue tones. Both have stone fireplaces and open onto huge terraces with sofas, deckchairs, daybeds and tables.

Features include:

  • Air conditioning
  • Bathrobes
  • Fan
  • Hairdryer
  • Ipod dock
  • Minibar/fridge
  • Satellite TV
  • Terrace
  • Toiletries
  • WiFi

Eating

Meals are usually prepared by Luísa using freshly picked fruit or vegetables, and meat bought daily in local markets. They can be served in the airy dining room, on the terrace or even by the pool.

Pre-order breakfast the night before from a menu which includes artful dishes of fresh fruit, scrambled eggs, toast, croissants, cheeses, quince marmalade and homemade jams, juices and cereals. From Monday to Saturday during September-May, Luísa also offers lunches and 3-course dinners which, during our stay, featured a double burger made from Alentejo beef and a slow-cooked octopus stew served with sweet potatoes and local wine. In high season (June-August), you can opt for light meals such as soups and salads - and every afternoon throughout the year, a hot or cold drink will be delivered to your room along with homemade cake.

The nearest local restaurant is at Brejao (4km; book in advance), but there are lots of good places to eat in Odexeice or Zambujeira do Mar - Luísa can make recommendations.

Features include:

  • Bar
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner by arrangement
  • Lunch by arrangement
  • Minibar/fridge
  • Room service
Eating:
Activity:

Activities

  • Just hang out: in the gardens, on your terrace, by the pool, or in the cushioned chairs that swing lazily over the duck pond. There are woods to explore, a boat you can borrow and friendly donkeys to stroke; massages with a visiting therapist can be arranged, too
  • Head for one of the local beaches. Within a 5-10 minute drive, the vast beach at Odeceixe is one of the finest in Portugal; Amalia, Monte Clerigo, Amoreria, Arrifana and Zambujeira do Mar are also close, ideal for surfing and all very beautiful
  • Walk a section of the Rota Vincentina. One of Europe’s classic coast-path routes, it’s an exhilarating trail of rugged cliffs, Atlantic views and spectacular beaches
  • Drive, walk or cycle up to the lonely cliffs of Cabo Sardao, where storks nest on pinnacles of rock in spring and early summer
  • Take a day trip to Sagres on the Algarve for surf beaches and panoramic views from the fort on Cape St Vincent, Europe’s most westerly point

Activities on site or nearby include:

  • Birdwatching
  • Cycling
  • Hiking
  • Historical sites
  • Plantlife / flora
  • Shopping / markets
  • Surfing
  • Swimming
  • Well being
  • Windsurfing
  • Wine tasting

Kids

Children over 8 are welcome (in 2 of the rooms), but not actively encouraged outside the school holidays, as too many kids staying at once can upset the chilled atmosphere.

Family friendly accommodation:

One of the suites, Amber, has a lounge which can be turned into a twin bedroom for 2 children aged 8 or over; it's also the only room with a bathtub. Two pool view rooms can accommodate a rollaway bed for a child aged 8 or over.

Babysitting:

Available by arrangement.

Baby equipment:

  • Baby cots
  • High chair

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

Kid Friendly:

Our guests' ratings...

Based on 2 independent reviews from i-escape guests

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

Teima is a beautiful hidden sanctuary perfect for exploring the Rota Vincentina and the West coast of Portugal. Louisa is a charming host and will make you feel very welcome, with lots of ideas of places to go and restaurants to eat at - lots of fantastic seafood. Although you can eat at Teima in the evening it is slanted more towards B&B. Breakfasts are wonderful. We did eat there several times in the evening and had excellent soups and salads. Would highly recommend.

10/10,

The place is utterly beautiful and as a result very difficult to leave. While there are excellent eating options available close by and the owners were very happy to book tables and cabs for us, we would have enjoyed being able to eat more freely at the hotel. That being said, if requested, lunch and dinner can and was provided. Our only comment on a truly wonderful stay was that we would have liked to have the option of eating in recommended to us, rather than have to ask ourselves. We're British, so hate to feel we are putting anyone out!

10/10,

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