Vila Valverde, Algarve: design & country
Text by Nina Prehofer
This former 19th-century estate is located away from the everyday hustle and bustle, overlooking the bay of Praia da Luz. It has been completely restored, expanded and transformed into a small 5-star design hotel with great attention to detail.
Guests arriving at the Vila Valverde are met by extensive lawns, beautiful old trees and wonderful orange groves. All of this fits in so well with the former country estate that your stress levels immediately plummet. Experience instant relaxation as your mind opens to the beauty of the region. The Vila is gorgeously situated on the outskirts of Lagos overlooking the bay of Praia da Luz, and it is there you will find your very own refuge. With only 15 rooms, the hotel has the perfect private atmosphere. The modern design of the interior with straight lines, soft colour schemes and glass give the rooms a great feeling of spaciousness. This is definitely an ideal place for people who love calm and warmth.
Discovering traditional Portuguese lifestyle
The hotel – which has been awarded the Green Key certificate for its work on environmental responsibility and sustainability – is also simply perfect for those looking to discover Lagos and its coves, and the Algarve. But first, we recommend discovering the massages, pools and saunas. A wide range of treatments and therapies on offer make you feel brand new.
The chef creates tasty dishes inspired by Portuguese cuisine. He uses a lot of fresh fish such grouper as well as seafood and organic vegetables from the garden. Even the breakfast is a culinary highlight with homemade yoghurt and fruit puree, honey from the Algarve mountains, eggs just how you like them, fresh bread and much more. Later, why not see out the evening on the large panoramic terrace and think about whether you should still go horseback riding, sailing or try any other activities, or just relax for another day on this wonderful estate.