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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Beautiful, modern hotel with incredibly accommodating staff. The architecture and interior design of the hotel is one of a kind. The rooms have the most gorgeous view of the ocean. When you're in your room you feel like you're the only people on the planet. The rooms are so beautiful that you barely want to leave them. When outside of the room, explore the greenhouse that's used for weddings, check out the garden, walk down to the water, etc... We had dinner at the restaurant both nights, I'd give it an 8. Nothing was wrong with the restaurant whatsoever, it's just a solid 8. The hotel and staff are a 10.
Great place to unwind for a few days. Sand dunes are amazing. Nightly camp fires are beautiful. Great food and cocktails. Knowledgeable staff. Excellent service. Place is over 8 years old and starting to look a bit worn. The owners new place down the road, Noah’s, is heavily promoted. Overall I would go back. Not much to do except relax and unwind which is great. Good and drinks are expensive. Great spa. Great views.
This small hotel features a full service spa and health club with a full menu of activities..Sauna, Turkish Bath, treatment rooms, gym, bicycles, body and face treatments, etc. you get the picture. What makes this place special is the 14 rooms, each one of which features a completely different design. We were told the owners sought decoration inspiration by visiting hotels and spas and “places” all around the world
They have a separate beach club with an excellent menu and great wines
The location is about a one hour drive north of Lisbon, on the beach
The place is nice. But once in the bedroom one notices that there is no air conditioning and the sun is hot. The room is hotter than a sauna.
When we complained, they said that there is no ac in this hotel!!! What, in Portugal where the summer reaches over 30C? No way!
Also, they took a scan at our is card without asking. That is ilegal in Portugal.
Just to mention that the room they assigned us was already occupied. Very unprofessional.
I payed for the night but I’m not staying. What a waist of money.
Contact with the land/nature, amazing food with best selection of natural ingredients farmed some of them in the hotel beautiful farm.
Long walks on the beach (just 300meters)
Free bicycle rides
Enjoyed activities and fire place conversation with the owners and other guests from the hotel.
The rooms...amazing decoration/architecture...