What We Love
- A charming stay on the southern coast of Portugal, with extras and a gourmet-dining optionStaying in one of Portugal's most beautiful destinations, a short stroll from the beach
- Going with the "gastronomic experience" option and enjoying a seven-course dinner
- Being one of the first to stay at a brand-new hotel
What To Know
- The house is just 5-minutes from the beach
- Rooms on the first and second floors of Jogo da Bola have views of either the garden, city, or sea (plus all have terraces)
- Orta, the onsite restaurant, serves a mix of healthy options (and 24/7 breakfast) including fresh smoothies, pressed juices, and farm-to-table dishes
Tucked away behind the old city walls of the charming Algarve town of Lagos, a uniquely special retreat is emerging. Rising with elegance and grace from the ruins of a former 19th-century family estate, new boutique design hotel Casa Mãe has the feel of an exclusive private village, comprising three separate parts and 30 rooms spread across the Jogo de Bola building, Casa Mãe building and Cabanas. It’s a true hideaway you may never feel the need to leave, despite being only minutes away from some breathtaking beaches.
With orange tree, oleander and fig tree scents set to waft through 7,000 square metres of terraced gardens from December 2016 onwards, this property is certainly designed to please on the outside. When it comes to the interiors, owner Veronique let her creative juices flow, with a showcase of some of the very best of contemporary Portuguese design. Bespoke furniture by French designer Martin Blanchard has been specially made for the hotel, accessorised with handmade ceramics and locally woven textiles.
Even in the winter months the secluded terracotta-tiled patio, complete with marble tables and carefully placed planters, is a real suntrap. Head to the serene minimalist surrounds of your room, housed in a brand new dazzling white building, for dreamy siestas in your very own hammock. Throughout the day and evening you can sample super fresh creations (sourced from Casa Mãe’s organic garden and out-of-town farm) in the restaurant. Add to this an alfresco cinema (open in spring and summer), plus on-site yoga and cooking classes, and you have the recipe for a perfectly magical stay.
Good to know
Please note that this is a new property; the five luxury suites in the 19th-century renovated estate house, as well as the three Cabanas, the swimming pool and gardens, are set to open in December 2016.
How to Get There
If you are looking for a special, boutique hotel, this is the place for you. You feel like you are in a little private paradise in the middle of the Algarve. The rooms are beautiful. The staff is very friendly and helpful and the food is some of the best we had in the region. Definitely eat dinner one night in their restaurant. Everything
is grown in their own garden!!
Location is great too!. Less than a 5 minute walk into center of town and coast line walks.
Casa Mae quickly became one of my favorite hotels. Upon checking in and enjoying our welcome cocktail (I had a natural Orange Wine from the Algarve), we were given a quick overview of Lagos with various points of interest. We immediately knew we should've came for more nights. After our welcome drink we were escorted to our room, which was a Deluxe. The design and aesthetics of the room were perfect, it was exactly the kind of place I was hoping for. Lots of space, large balcony, tile floors, and lots of small design elements which tied it all together. The shower and bathtub are completely open, so I would note there isn't much privacy in that department.
For breakfast we headed down to Casa Mae's restaurant, Orta. From the fresh squeezed juices to the eggs and avocado toast, everything was super tasty and very fresh. There is a garden on the hotel grounds, so everything you eat has either come from there or a local provider.
Although we usually like to go out and explore and eat at different places, we ended up having lunch and dinner at the hotel multiple times. Everything we had including salads, tomatoes, fish tasted as if it had just been picked from the garden or pulled from the sea.
We also stayed in the Pergola Suite, which has to be the best room at the hotel. It's also the newest. The french doors open to a view of the swimming pool and hotel grounds, which couldn't have been more beautiful. The large king bed was positioned directly in front of it which was a great thing to wake up to. Bathroom was about the same size as the bedroom, a huge bathtub and shower plus plenty of space and natural light. Everything about the room was perfection, which was a good and bad thing since we didn't want to leave!
The swimming pool was great to lounge around and enjoy some cocktails. Very relaxing and quiet, and the hotels soundtrack which plays throughout different spaces was a special touch.
If you're planning a trip to Lagos, Casa Mae is the place to stay. If the Pergola Suite is available, do it!
This hotel was pretty perfect in every way. Wanted to find a good home base to explore the Algarve. Lagos is a charming town and easy location for day trips and hiking from beach to beach.
On top of that, Casa Mae is a dreamy little oasis. The room was perfect - enormous soaking tub, balcony with chairs and a hammock, beautiful views of the courtyard. The hotel has a delicious restaurant with simple options for all meals and a delicious, interesting, wine selection. Everything is perfectly designed. And, finally, staff was wonderfully friendly, accommodating, and gave great advice. Don't miss out on this place!