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
We stayed two nights in a Deluxe King. The hotel is located on a hill and, although the drive up was on steep, narrow, winding streets, the walk into the heart of the city was a much easier stroll. The staff was generally friendly and helpful. Parking is limited at the hotel itself, main parking is on a large gravel lot outside the city walls with a short walk back to the main hotel. The hotel grounds are expansive and beautifully maintained with a large patio for sitting, eating, and/or drinking outdoors. Our room was clean and airy with a large deck. The design is modern, minimalistic which we generally like, however, the room design was just plain weird. There is no couch or comfy chairs for sitting. In fact, the only sitting was on one small director style chair inside and two on the deck. Although there is a separate, enclosed toilet area (larger than need be), the tub, shower, and sink were open to the bed with only a small folding screen blocking part of the tub (see picture). There is also no TV or coffee in the room. Breakfast was included with our room, but a second cup of coffee will cost you more. In all, a big disappointment and an unfortunate way to spend our last nights after two weeks in Portugal.
We spent two days here in October and had a fantastic stay. Beautiful hotel and grounds. Service was terrific - they even offered to get our bags to and from the car (which is parked outside the walls of the old city). Loved the gardens and the setting - very quiet, even though it is so close to the activity of the town. We had them book a boat tour of the Ponte da Piedade - and we wound up having a private tour (bonus!). Loved our private patio and hammock. Breakfast was included in our stay, and the amount of food was more than enough - don't miss the avocado toast!! Being a huge coffee drinker, my one complaint is that there is no coffee in the room - we would have loved to enjoy our first cup of coffee lounging on our private patio (even if they put a french press for us to use if they didn't want a nespresso machine). Also, at breakfast, they only served one cup of coffee - not enough for me! Overall, we had a fantastic stay and really enjoyed our time at Casa Mae.
We stayed here 2 nights, was in West Cabana, right next to the pool. Lovely Hotel with exceptional grounds. Nice pool, a little chilly, but clean. The cabanas are roomy, have nice touches and features. Romantic hotel, not really suited for kids, although there were children when we were there. Restaurant served breakfast - healthy menu. Drinks were a big hit, especially the Alguarian Margarita - yummy!! Service was a bit slow but that is everywhere in Portugal, you just have to realize you are on vacation!! Would highly recommend!!