“A Moorish-influenced bolthole with an inviting pool and tranquil gardens, set just inland from some of the Algarve's most picturesque beaches”
Contemporary-style rooms pamper you all the way. All are spotless, with shining white walls, creamy stone floors, and pinkish-red rugs to add a touch of colour. Simplicity is a virtue; there’s no clutter, but you get everything you need. Best of all are the French windows, which open onto a large terrace or balcony stretching around the building (each room has its own section), so fling open doors and find your very own outdoor sitting room where you can slump in a chair or sink into a mushroom-like bean bag. Those at the front look over the garden towards the pool, those at the back have views across orange groves towards the hills. Make sure you sit out at night with a glass of wine and listen to the cicadas sing.
Our favourite rooms were the 3 first-floor Doubles, which face out over the gardens; one of these, #5, is the most popular thanks to its corner location. If you’re after more privacy, opt for ground-floor #3; we loved its view over the old well.
Bathrooms are excellent and come in Spanish stone. Expect power showers, square white porcelain sinks, big mirrors, fluffy white towels, bathrobes and slippers.
An extensive Portuguese buffet breakfast is laid out in the open-plan sitting/dining room. You eat on a decked dining terrace for most of the year (we visited in October and found temperatures of 25 degrees), but on a rare cold, rainy morning, the fire is lit. You help yourself to an endless array of delicacies; we selflessly tested the chocolate cake twice simply to confirm how tasty it was. You’ll also find gallons of freshly squeezed orange juice, plates of cheese and ham, homemade yoghurt, bowls of fruit, croissants, homemade jams (we loved the fig jam), locally buzzed honey and an enticing choice of oven-warm breads. There’s strong coffee, warm milk and a collection of leaf and fruit teas.
For lunches and snacks, there’s a simple but delicious choice of baguettes made to order. For dinner, staff will happily order and collect food from the ever-popular Fialho. But should you choose to go out (and you should), you’ll discover fabulous fish and seafood such as giant shrimps, squid and octopus, crabs, clams and oysters. Grilled sardines are a firm favourite, as is the Portuguese speciality of salted cod; make sure you wash it down with jugs of crisp vinho verde. Try Alactruz in Santa Luzia, O Castelo in Tavira or get a table at Fialho. If you want something really fancy, head to Vila Joya at Almancil for 2 Michelin stars.
Children are welcome, with 1 child at a time allowed to stay in their parents' room; extra beds are available on request and there are 4 baby cots.
Babies (0-1 years), Children (4-12 years)
Cots Available, Extra Beds Available