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Areias do Seixo is a great new addition to Portugal’s portfolio of boutique hotels. It's properly quirky, and less than an hour from Lisbon so works well in combo with the capital.
The 14 individually decorated bedrooms epitomise the eco chic style of the hotel, with beds on wheels and suspended log burners. The style is hipster heaven - think mismatching furniture, quirky lighting and slogans on the walls. For a little more privacy there are four self-catered villas and one town house, and the little onsite farm shop provides all the necessities for a homely stay.
The hotel's restaurant Lugar da Horta is much like a large dining room, where all the guests can eat together for dinner. All dishes are locally inspired and produced from the hotel's organic garden. Those with a sweet tooth will find the hotel café rather appealing with a range of homemade cakes, pastries and tea.
What to do? Take a bike ride around the surrounding area, watch a film in the private cinema or relax in the Spa with a massage. There are also daily activities which are scribbled on a chalk board in the reception area, such as fishing for mussels or sourcing vegetable from the gardens to produce a culinary delight or even a stroll along the sand dunes.
Take your guitar for the nightly Fire Circle, where guests mingle around a bonfire drinking delicious Portuguese wines and nibbling pata negra.
Nick, Original Traveller