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
An eco-chic, get-back-to-nature hotel just a half hour north of Lisbon
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
Areias do Seixo
Praceta do Atlantico, Mexilhoeira Povoa de Penafirme 2560-046 A-dos-Cunhados