Five years in the making -being located in a nature preservation area- the result is spectacular: a design hotel with rustic touches ‘Alentejo’ style.
Casas da Lupa is located a few minutes drive from Zambujeira do Mar, a sleepy coastal village much of the year and a thriving resort (mainly for the Portuguese themselves) one summer month. The beaches here are spectacular: rough and wild, a favourite with surfers and the country scenery is also nothing less than spectacular: all of it is protected as a national park, limiting development. Here you are far away, and yet close, to the busy Algarve.
Casas da Lupa is a new built in the typical farmhouse style of the region. It replaced the old family farm, right in the middle of a wood used for forestry. Owner and enthousiastic host Maria will greet you upon arrival. In the mornings she makes a fantastic breakfast which includes home-made, regional specialties such as a diversity of cakes and the famous crunchy regional bread, you have never tasted anything better. She will also guide you what to do in the area and where to eat. It is possible to pre-book dinner and snacks are available during the day. Breakfast by the way is served all morning, so no need to get up early. It kinda sets the tone of the place, unhurried and relaxed, yet utterly comfortable.
The rooms, mostly junior suites, are set in three seperate buildings. The main building, where also the lounge/living room is situated, houses three standard bedrooms overlooking the garden and swimming pool. Also overlooking the pool are four junior suites in a separate building and finally four master suites are located at the back in total privacy. Three of these master suites have a private courtyard with plunge pool and outdoor shower. Most suites have fire places and all rooms have large decked terraces. How wonderful to read a book here and just enjoy nature. At night the sky is dark and star-filled because of the lacking of large towns and industry. All rooms feature comfortable beds, underfloor heating, ceiling fans and modern bathrooms. A small refrigerator with a decanter of purified, herb-flavoured water awaits you.
The style of the place is minimalist meets country chic. Polished concrete floors and high -pitched roof- ceilings set the tone accentuated by small colourful details such as local plaids, art and crafts.
There are complimentary bicycles available and in the lounge you can find a number of books and the only TV set on the premises. The lounge also has complimentary WiFi connection.