Companhia das Culturas – Ecodesign & Spa Hotel | Castro Marim, Algarve

The Vibe: Bare, sustainable essentials for a sun-soaked holiday.

The Area: São Bartolomeu, a hamlet – which does have a train station -, is perfect for the quiet countryside life, yet minutes from incredible beaches.

The DNA: Companhia das Culturas is a working family farm (olives, quince, oranges, figs) of forty acres in the Eastern Algarve, amidst gently rolling hills and miles of white sandy beaches. The owners, a writer and an anthropologist turned a part of the farm into a atmospheric and stylish b&b. There is a lush garden with swimming pool and bikes are available to discover the surroundings and magnificent beaches. The rich, daily breakfast is a real treat, prepared with organic, home-grown products accompanied by fresh fruits. It can be enjoyed in the dining room or outdoors on the terrace. The old olive mill now serves as the guests’ lounge and has plush sofas, an honor bar and a library including children’s books and games. Companhia das Culturas has a sauna, hammam and offers yoga and pilates classes.

Suite-Me-Up: In stead of the extravagances of a luxury hotel, you will pared-down simplicity in the well-designed rooms and apartments. Decorated in a fusion of natural white-washed wood and modern elements, they are fitted with air conditioning, a minibar and a hairdryer. The apartments also have a kitchenette. The private bathroom has tadelakt walls and comes with a shower and a tub. There is no TV here, so you will be assured of a quiet, relaxing stay.

Your host: Eglantina Monteiro

✅ free Wi-Fi in public areas • size matters: 8 rooms, 4 apartments (12-90m2) (129-969 sq ft) ✅ free off-site parking • no pets allowed • Faro Airport: 50km • wheelchair accessible • open all-year

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