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This truly original retreat is situated in 66 acres of fabulous Alentejo countryside, and combines old school Portuguese vineyards with a 21st century design hotel.
L'And has 22 contemporary suites, created by Brazilian designer Marcio Kogan with bespoke wooden and slate furnishings, locally produced rugs, ipads and docks. The suites are split between Sky View and L'And View. Guests can sleep under the stars in the Sky View suites, with ever so comfy beds under skylights unveiling the nightly cosmos. The L'And View bedrooms, on the other hand, are more about creating a romantic and intimate setting with views of the lake and garden vines. The temperature in summer should remain gloriously in the 20s and 30s but at other times of year on chillier nights the suites all have private patios with open fires.
Foodies may be particularly enticed by the tasting menus of locally inspired dishes (the Portuguese octopus rice is pretty special), and their chef Miguel Laffon has bagged L'And the regions first Michelin star. And what better way to complement some fine dining than with some fine wining. As luck would have it, L'And is a wine resort and has a wine club, so we do suggest checking sobriety in at the front door.
Looking for relaxation? As well as the open fires and tranquil estate to meander around, L'And has a Vinotherapy spa offering a range of treatments using vineyard inspired products, and also an indoor heated pool. In the warmer months, take to the outdoor swimming pool with a scenic backdrop of mile upon mile of beautiful rolling countryside.
They do a 20 minute wine class each evening at around 6pm, complimentary for guests, where you can sample wines and have a mini tour of the onsite winery. Great for beginners, and you can personalise your own wine labels!
Harriet, Original Traveller