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
It was just great. Beautiful, great hospitality. The pictures on the website are very representative. Modern, authentic, genuine. We definitely come back for a long weekend to enjoy it even more as we stayed just one night.
This hotels tops any hotel in the entire area in Lisbon, and with only a one hour drive from the town centre in the capital, it supplies excellence in an eco friendly beach resort with luxury hotel rooms and villas with cutting edge architecture.
I'll start with my favourite aspect, the villa. It was stunning. I literally could not find any small details t fault it other than the little wearing of paint on the walls. You could have your own pool, three floors of modern paradise, six balconies, and a wonderful outdoor terrace, and every room has a sea view. There was all this and a low price tag of €600 or just under for one night. That seemed modest.
The hospitality from the moment you walk in is really exclusive, the tour making you feel like you are the only people in the whole hotel. I especially enjoyed the service at the restaurants at night and morning.
The food at the restaurants proved to be the weakest but still strong aspect of the hotel. The problem was mostly with the dinner. The presentation and area of the restaurant matched in high excellence but the food was often complex and lacked a sense of thought for the crowds interests, especially with children, as the food was mainly based around the taste bud in search of bold flavours, not always our cup of tea. Breakfast, although still maintaining this sense in a mild way, was stunning when seated in a newly made greenhouse, which only lacked air in terms of criticism.
Finally, the experiences and grounds were amazing, with cinema rooms, fires, circles, beaches, cliffs, and vegetable orchards to see, and many more workshops etc. really helped keep all entertained, and even though our stay was brief, we had a taster of the available opportunities (and obviously we will be back).
Were to start with this amazing place:
- the design and interior design is just breathtaking timeless and inspires!
- if you walk in the garden the smell of the herbs and the nature reminds you on happy childhood days.
- the service was always warm and welcoming in the point! So kind people!
From the front desk to the restaurant!
- the wellness massage was amazing good! The yoga was a perfect class of sport and relaxation!
Can a place were everything is perfect improve something.
Two little things: the variation of the breakfast could be better. The quality is really good but it lacks of variation.
More place to do Sport. Only to have two times yoga and a pool. There is space for improvement.
hope to come back soon to this great place!
Beautiful but terrible service from most of the staff. It started off with us not being allowed to check in until 4pm. A wedding from the previous night was checking out, and we were told that we couldn't order food from the restaurant despite being paying customers and having 5 hours to kill until our rooms were available. We were a part of a yoga retreat, and were charged 30 euros per person to eat breakfast 1 hour later since the rest of our group was on a tour that we chose not to attend. And guess what? We ate the identical meal that we would have gotten had we gone to breakfast with the group at 7am. The entire time we were treated with disdain and resentment despite paying a sufficient amount of money for the villas. It's a beautiful location and a beautiful property but it certainly left a negative mark on my opinion of Portugal.
I was not ready for this place. It was very modern with rustic decorations. Very unique in its layout of the main building with most of the villas behind it. Stunning views from the main building of the ocean. The restaurant was quaint and accommodated our needs. Did go to the spa and had a Thai massage. It was very good! They had bikes for free to take around or into Santa Cruz. All their food is grown on property or locally sourced. They were very environmentally conscious. The property is huge and it takes a few minutes to get down to the beach. The cliffs and views were fantastic.
I had a three story villa with private pool. Wonderfully decorated and slept 6 easily. Private pool was suppose to be heated but that was not the case. Would have been nice since the weather was cool and rainy the whole time.
Highly recommend this for a romantic getaway or if you need to detach from the hustle and bustle.