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.
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We were invited to a wedding at the hotel - a magical place! Perfect for such a special event! We loved the delicious food (oh, this breakfast), the beautiful decoration (each room is different, but all are very special and stylish) and enjoyed a wonderful massage at the spa... We will be back for sure!
We had great expectations but were blown away and overwhelmed when we arrived at this amazing place. Location, rooms, staff...WOW. So inspiring. It made us think about the life we actually live. Hospitality redefined, you don't feel as an "hotelguest" but you feel as a friend or family. Breakfast was best we ever had. Sure will go back!
Close to their hotel, they didn.t put enough road indicators, but we found it. Nice hotel on a nice place very close to the beach. Special architectal style, but not everything is very practical. We asked for a sea view room and got it. It could be only on the third floor and the consequence was that the room is small. No table, no chair. They forgot to explain that the curtains can be closed electric. So first night naked and visible in the room. It is a room in a villa and there are 2 other rooms in it and downstairs complete living and kitchen and fireplace.
Dinners and breakfasts were organised by the young couple and it was excellent! If kids needs a intermediat snack then the cheapest one is at 18 €. Nice swimming pool and in the evening open fire places around the nice garden.
Be careful on the parking as it is made with rocks, nice to see but quite dangerous.
WIFI also Ok.
Very pleasant and friendly staff!
This hotel is just amazing in every sense of the word . What ever I’ll write will not be enough to describe how fine this hotel is and how every small detail got an attention.
First the hotel is ecologic which is amazing by itself. The decoration is “minimal” Style But its totality amazing all the way to the smallest detail.
The food is very good with many options for people with restrictions. Everything is high quality. With organic garden. You can Pick the veg from the garden for your salad.
The view from the room is excellent all the way to the sea.
The room service and the service at the hotel is superb.
Pool spa walking bicycle just perfect.
This is truly a small hidden gem
Next time I’m in Portugal I’ll return to this hotel for several nights.
Just wow, but not unnecessarily over the top or dripping with luxury. More bohemian, understated, and provides everything one would expect from a top quality eco-friendly location.
They have it all.
The main building for check-in, dining, spa/pool, some rooms, and opening to the garden and trail area were so aesthetically arranged. I've heard this place described as "instagram ready". I do not have instagram, but I imagine any angle or anywhere you take a photo here, it is a perfect shot.
The front desk staff were friendly and helped arrange transfers/services for us.
The breakfasts are varied, healthy, and beautifully presented. So much variety in terms of nuts/seeds/spreads etc. Three or four different types of honey. Wonderful open kitchen area. Big thanks to Gilberto who made our stay extra special.
The grounds are fantastic. Many km of trails that follow the ocean, beaches, farmland and greenhouses etc. The grounds are are so clean, rustic.
I swam in the Atlantic, and the waves were pretty powerful that day. The outdoor was cold and I had it to myself the entire stay.
Our townhouse was just spectacular inside. We were four people, but easily 6 could have stayed comfortably. We had three rooms each with ensuites. Excellent toiletries, quality of fixtures, lighting, flooring, open concept. Unique interior design amazed us throughout our stay. I would live in this townhouse, and indeed they are for sale, and we met with people that vacation there and rent them out otherwise, and some people who live there permanently.
We dined here and at their sister property, Noah's surf house a quick cab ride down the street. The beach at Noah's has much more calm water it seemed.
It took about 80 minutes from LIS airport to reach here via car service which was 110Euro, which is decent for a family of four. Otherwise this place seems harder to get to.
I'll mention the rooms/townhouse again, which was beyond my expectations. Having a washing machine in the kitchen area was a bonus which we used. The indoor fireplace was unique and made for wonderful evenings after a long sunset hike right along the Atlantic.
Highly recommended. I saw some comments that this was as good as 6 senses for half the price, and I wouldn't say that statement is far off. Especially for the price, it seems excellent value given the quiet luxury here.
I would recommend this place to anyone wanting a somewhat "disconnected" experience. This is the place to come with family and just enjoy several days in luxurious peace, and never be bored. Be sure to bring shoes/sandals you don't mind getting muddy/sandy.
The garden area and greenhouse are serene to roam around in.