Originally a 14th century convent, Flor da Rosa has operated as a castle, a convent, a palace, and is now a modern luxury Pousada hotel. Rooms and suites (19-42m2) have modern funishing and décor and include private balconies. There is a large swimming pool in the shadow of the historic building. The restaurant offers fine dining in unique spaces. Outdoor activities including hiking and horse riding.
• 24 rooms
• Architecture: João Luís Carrilho da Graça
• Unique: The three suites in the tower of the monastery
Out into the Alentejo 'nowhere' is this designer Pousada, of the once state-run chain. It's an amazing place, indeed a little mystic. At quiet times (and that often is) you expect knights, monks or a princess around the corner. Not so in the ultra modern annex where most of the rooms are located. Here the style is more Sydney than Portugal, but no one is complaining. Everything seems to be perfectly designed to enjoy the silence of the heat on the Alentejo plains. It's not far to the royal equestrian stables in Alter do Chao.