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
We have stayed here for 4 nights at a time of very mixed weather but wonderful service. The hotel is of such a fantastic design; even Kevin McCloud would feel inspired. The restaurant and bar area is particularly spectacular but very cosy at the same time. Breakfasts served late into the morning are a real feature with lots of choice. The spa and treatments are top class and the therapists deserve a special mention. The blow poke which the staff use to keep the fire blazing was a first for us. All in all a very special place and highly recommended for its friendly people.
Phil & Carol. Harrogate. UK.
Unique experience of relaxation!
Location, staff, rooms, SPA, meals... Everything was wonderful.
I had the possibility to go to the permaculture garden and learn small tips on various plants, with 2 of the responsible for the development of cultures, a very nice Italian couple.
At the end of the day, we went to the garden to listen to music around a fire in an intimate setting.
I'm looking forward to going back.
This was a magical hotel and we had an incredible stay. The rooms and location are beautiful as is the rest of the property! We were instantly relaxed, peaceful and happy. The staff are wonderful, massages are great and the breakfast was delicious!
The only reason for the 4 stars is the website does not make clear that during your stay the hotel may be overrun by children. While the website says children can’t stay at the hotel under a certain age, what they don’t make clear is young kids can stay in the villas and are welcome to use the entire property during their stay. So, the magical peace we immediately felt was frequently interrupted by crying infants, 4 year olds running around the dining room screaming, children splashing and squealing in the pool, etc. We love kids and have them ourselves but from their marketing we had no idea that the property would be overrun with children and candidly would have chosen another hotel if we had understood that. Writing this review now so that other couples or singles know to avoid this place if they too are seeking childless peace.
I very much appreciate the hotels desire to be welcoming to families and kids...just wish that was clearer on their website so people know what they are in for.
Ok, i admit the weather was pretty lame and going 70km out of Lisbon just for relaxation was kind of crazy. But we did. And it was perfect. As you arrive, you can listen to the waves crashing in the sand (maybe the weather was really bad...). Someone opens you the huge, wooden door and the experience begins. You are invited to the fireplace and someone brings you a lemongrass and peppermint infusion. Once the room is ready, you are invited in. We stayed at the Oliveira princesa room. Great entrance, beautiful decor (shaby chic, But not so shaby) outdoor jacuzzy, double shower and iron suspended fireplace.
Huge glass wall allows you to look at the landscape. The room doesn’t have a tv or air conditioning - it is part of the hotel’s environmental concept.
Stay and relax. Enjoy the silence and the room’s extreme confort.
I would recommend the restaurant, as the hotel is quite isolated and you don’t wish to break the experience going on a car ride to the nearest town.
We ate well and the wine cart had a very good selection. I particularly liked having quite a number of good portuguese delicatessen (great azorian cheese and butter, great alentejo olive oil, excellent broa bread).
I know it isn’t a inexpensive stay, but i would recommend it. Fully.
Worth every penny, this place was a unique experience that I still think about. Driving there from Lisbon going through the tiny town I had a feeling of where in the world did I book a hotel?!? Once we got there I promptly forgot about that and was amazed start to finish by the experience. Rooms are amazing. Staff is fantastic. Spa was very nice. The location is magical.
Oh, do skip the dinners there, they were only average at best. Go to their sister hotels for dinner instead.