In the words of owner Carlos Fernandas, Casa Modesta is “a rural yet contemporary retreat where sustainable design and architecture meet organic food in an oasis of nature splendour”. Once a humble family home, this destination hotel boasts nine minimalist rooms accented with terracotta tile floors, private terraces and sea views. Located in the heart of the Rio Formosa National Park, nature is all around the hotel, including several beaches within walking or biking distance of the property. The hotel spa takes advantage of the natural properties of the region’s olives, almonds, fleur de sel and algae while the chef forages for ingredients daily, from the on-site organic vegetable gardens.
WHY WE LOVE IT
All room rates include daily home-style breakfast with all ingredients sourced locally, as well as bicycle rentals. With Rio Formosa National Park at your doorstep, there are countless eco trails and beaches to explore by foot or bike, and boat rentals are also available to adventure to neighbouring islands where you’ll find the region’s best beaches.
Located in the Algarve, Portugal’s beautiful southern coastline, nestled into the unspoiled Rio Formosa National Park—one of Portugal’s seven wonders—Casa Modesta is a remote hideaway and best suited for travelers looking to get off the grid and immerse themselves in nature. The property is conveniently located a 15km drive from Faro International Airport, just 5km from the town of Olhão (we recommend checking out Olhão’s Saturday market) and there are a number of beautiful beaches in close proximity including Rio Formosa Lagoon beach which is 500m long and the beautiful island beaches just a short boat ride away.