Less than an hour from Lisbon on Portugal’s whisper-quiet Costa de Prata sits the ethereal Areias do Seixo. An eco travelers dream, the design of the hotel is meant to utilize minimal land and to harmoniously integrate with its natural surroundings—picture olive trees in the bathrooms, landscaped rooftops and floor to ceiling windows overlooking the sea. Each of the 14 guestrooms and five villas tells a unique story with eclectic decor and romantic wood burning fireplaces. Add a dining program centred around the property’s impressive organic gardens and fresh local catch, a luxurious spa complete with Turkish baths and a solar heated pool, Areias do Seixo truly epitomizes barefoot luxury.
WHY WE LOVE IT
Areias do Seixo is an ideal retreat to disconnect, rediscover balance and relax surrounded in nature. Guests can borrow a bicycle and cruise down to the beach with a picnic basket in tow. There are evening bonfires, complete with live acoustic music and wine. Indulge in daily treats like warm from the oven homemade cakes and house made teas from the hotel’s garden. Guests can also add “green experiences” onto your stay which include garden tours and informal agricultural lessons with local farmers.
Just a 40-minute drive from Lisbon, Areias do Seixo is the perfect add on to a city break, swapping Lisbon’s cobblestone streets for sandy beaches and the ocean breeze. The hotel is remote and a destination itself, so the immediate area lacks anything of note but a 40-minute drive further north will take you to the beautiful medieval town of Obidos.