Just under an hour north of Lisbon lies a chic hotel – Areias do Seixo, nestled in the rolling sand dunes of a nature reserve on Portugal’s Silver Coast (Costa de Prata). In this peaceful, natural environment, a strikingly modern collection of villas and rooms are spread out among the seven hectares of pine trees and organic gardens.
For couples, the romantic rooms are a haven of stylish tranquillity. Spacious and light with huge windows onto the Atlantic Ocean, they all have a template of grey polished concrete but each comes furnished slightly differently with driftwood sculptures. hippy-luxe throws, sunken tubs, and deep sofas. This is a place to lounge with absolute serenity. The three-bedroom villas are suitable for families or groups, each coming with its own private pool. Urban in design using sleek contemporary lines, the interiors are surprisingly cosy with wood-burning stoves for cooler nights. Suited to those who like to self-cater, the villas have full kitchens, outdoor dining terrace and a barbecue area.
Eating at the hotel is a highlight. Much of the food is local, if not from the hotel’s garden so guests can appreciate a finca-to-fork cuisine. A communal atmosphere is encouraged with fire-side wine drinking accompanied by the gentle strum of owner Marta’s guitar. By day, guests tend to luxuriate in their stylish environments, relax by the infinity pool or head to the spa. Those looking for activity can try surf lessons on the beach, paddleboarding or take a trip to cultural hubs like Medieval Obidos.
Another standout reason to visit Areias is its resolute commitment to the environment. This is a hotel that really walks the eco talk with photovoltaic solar panels, recycling, water and waste management and composting as the bare bones of its eco dedication. This is a hotel that digs deep, outstretching its care not just to guests but to safeguarding the planet.