Cooking and Nature Emotional Hotel

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This new concept boutique hotel is as quirky and individual as its name! Cooking and Nature Emotional Hotel is located in Alvados in Portugal’s central region, which is a perfect destination to draw on its rural amenities to create a place where guests can be at one with nature, get in touch with their inner emotion and not only cook but eat deliciously fresh Portuguese cuisine.

The room specs are the USP of this hotel with 12 different room types to choose from, all of which are associated with a different emotion. Guests can select Meditation, Destiny, Sensuousness, Passion, Protection, Surprise, Melancholy, Discovery, Fun, Nostalgia, Fantasy or Glamour. Now that's pretty cool. Each room is linked to a classic film and the décor is completely bespoke to each emotion. To name a favourite would be hard, although the Fantasy room does have a private patio with a swing… The communal areas are hip and trendy with bright interiors and vintage looking wood furniture.

The proof is in the pudding with this hotel, literally. Cooking is a core activity during guests' stay, with most seasonal ingredients sourced from the gardens and cookery classes from top chef Nuno Barros. The meals prepared at the hotel include a variety of Portuguese specialities and fresh produce from the local area, such as farm yard cheeses and fine olive oil. The desserts are also selected seasonally, and chocolate temptation is a must. The hotel sets up cooking stations for couples or guests travelling as a group of friends, and each experience can be completely tailor made. Whilst cooking and more importantly eating, guests can enjoy some local wines and a cocktail or two, should they fancy.

If the little ones are in tow, then they too can join in the fun of the Cooking experiences at the hotel, with their children's cookery programme. There are also opportunities to take family picnics and, when the kids have had enough of adults, they can retreat to the Woodpecker Room, which is strictly a child-only zone.

Nature and outdoorsy types will take great delight in the hotel's location; it is geographically close to three world heritage sites (Tomar, Batalha and Alcobaça), all of which can be reached by a short drive. The rural plains and limestone caves closer to the hotel, however, allow for a large number of outdoor activities such as hiking, biking, horse or donkey riding and much more. Many of the hikes and trails are expertly led by the hotel and guests get a chance to learn about Portuguese heritage at the same time.

If relaxing seems more appealing, then guests can lounge by either of the outdoor swimming pools or in one of the hammocks, or even treat themselves to a beauty treatment and massage at the Spa. From October to May guests can even kick back and relax in the indoor D'Aire baths which are set to different temperatures… fancy!

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