Areias do Seixo
What We Love
- Sunken bathtubs and wood-burning fireplaces
- Nightly wine and conversation around a communal bonfire
- Generous extras, including baked goods and bike rentals
What To Know
- There’s not much within walking distance of the hotel, so you’ll need to rent a car for any excursions
- The eco-friendly ethos means no air-conditioning in the rooms
- Free WiFi
The environmentally conscious but ever-stylish owners Marta Fonseca and Gonçalo Alves designed this secluded retreat as if it was their own home, juxtaposing a hyper-modern, concrete-and-glass building design against the wildness of the area’s crashing waves and verdant lawn – it’s nature, but nicely tamed. Nature plays its own part inside, where chic spaces are defined by gnarled driftwood, open fires, and pebble walls. Polished cement floors support mismatched furniture in lavish fabrics, while elegant outdoor showers contribute to the feeling of being at one with the surrounding land.
For each of the 14 individually designed rooms, the design is upscale beatnik: think lots of driftwood, dangling lamps, and fabric wall hangings, plus modern suspended fireplaces, raised platforms for mattresses, and colorful cushions. The views through the floor-to-ceiling windows are of the lawn, with the sea in the distance, and each has its own wooden patio. Larger groups looking for a bit more privacy will dig the three-bedroom villas, which sleep up to six and have private swimming pools, barbecue areas, and full kitchens.
The ayurvedic spa has a dry sauna, Turkish bath, and outdoor pool for use before or after an aromatherapy treatment, facial, or massage. A cozy movie room stocks piles of DVDs and freshly prepared snacks – a perfect pick-me-up on rainy days. All meals are served in the small restaurant, where you can face the busy kitchen or the chilled-out terrace, depending on your mood. Many of the menu’s simple yet fresh ingredients come from the hotel’s own gardens and greenhouse. The adjacent bar has a fire pit and views of the sea, making it easy to while away an evening over cocktails muddled with homegrown herbs.
The combination of sea, sand, and farmland means there’s plenty to do at the hotel, from picking vegetables (or learning how to pickle them) to walking the beach, but those looking for an excursion can take a boat to Berlenga Island, cruise to one of the nearby beaches, or learn how to surf – ask about the hotel’s local surf school connection. With Lisbon just an hour’s drive away from Areias, it’s possible to take a day trip by car to the capital and still be back in time for a glass of red by the communal bonfire.
How to Get There
Quaint and steeped in the history of this old thermal spa. Rooms look into a bamboo grove reminiscent of colonial Burma. The inclusive fresh breakfast is served in a room of genteel elegance where we were served by a delightful woman who had polished her skills working in an Oxford college. Forget Downton Abbey and come here.
We stayed here for two nights but wished we could have stayed longer...This place is a DREAM!
Gorgeous hotel, stunning rooms . stunning property... staff on point,, everyone makes you feel like home.
From the property to their sister beach bar Noahs, everything was like a fairly tale.. I loved it and I travel numerous times a year, one of my best ever!
Areias is a beautiful resort with new and beautiful details everywhere you look! We stayed in one of the villas across from the main resort which was beautifully decorated and had all we needed for our stay - next time we'll come for more than 4 days to enjoy the villa more! The resort staff are exceptional, friendly and helpful and made us feel so welcomed and taken care of! We loved the circle of fire, yoga and breakfasts in the greenhouse. But the magic is in the surroundings, once you head through the dunes and to the cliffs you can see that mother nature is the true start of the show! Don't hesitate if you are looking for a bit of luxury surrounded by stunning natural beauty!