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 found this place by fluke as we wanted a newer hotel close to the lagos action, and we were not disappointed, we stay in the heritage suite and wow was it good and the other suites are also awesome, the decor, the vibe, the space and a farm to table restaurant right on site, you will not find better if you like small quaint, new places nicely decorated, clean as a whistle, this place you should come, my wife told me at least 10 times this is the nicest rooms we have stayed it and we have been travelling for over 30 years......come and enjoy for yourself !!!!
Boutique hotels are all about an intimate experience, and Casa Mae does deliver that. Its charm comes from its location among the twisting old streets of Lagos.
Upon first glance, the stark modern rooms seem rustic yet modern. But they prove to be unpleasant and poorly thought out.
There's a toilet room and sink but it lacked towels and soap for the sink. A second larger sink with both of those items was next to the shower. A large bathtub takes up a good portion of the room, and its in the room against one wall; a towel rack was crammed along side it. The meant the desk was put in front of the open closet, making access difficult. There is a room safe tucked behind a door, but it's floor level making it hard to use. The same can be said of the bed, which is in a frame, but floor level, meaning you have to fall into it or possess good core strength to gradually lower yourself into it. The balcony would have been appreciated if it didn't look directly into a row of houses and other terraces. This negates using the hammock, unless you want the neighbors watching you as you nap.
With such poor ergonomics, you might be tempted to have a drink. Well, after one bartender told me they couldn't make a Manhattan, even though they had all of the required liquor, another told me that they could. He then took the entire bar staff behind closed doors without explanation for several minutes during cocktail hour to presumably show them how to make a Manhattan.
And the food? Okay, but nothing to rave about, although it is locally sourced.
A truly disappointing experience.
just returned from 3 days in Lagos staying at Casa Mae hotel. What a great hotel, is so fresh and bright that it appears to have just opened. Been open 18months and going great guns for those who have found out about it. Very modern (chic) features with very competent (and attractive m&f staff) The chef is brilliant with meals of exquisite quality and a wine list to match.
A pleasure to stay in a beautiful hotel 5 minutes walk from centre of town.
Thanks for enjoyable time
This is a beautiful spot in Lagos, the rooms are stunning, the food is lovely, the staff are amazing. However if you are staying in a cabana, the building works are right behind and they start around 8.30am in the morning and finish around 8pm. There is drilling, concrete mixer and general banging. You can hear it when you are at the pool too. This meant we didn't really use the terrace as it was not the peaceful retreat we were promised. Check with them regarding the works before committing.
An amazing stay at an amazing place! The detail and love put into everything on this property shows. Staff were very friendly and helpful, rooms were luxurious, the gardens/ farm was beautiful and the pool area stunning! Would not hesitate to stay again!