Charm Nature

Price per night from$635.47

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If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 60 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (EUR594.34), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

Style

Elevated eco-luxe

Setting

Living in Sintra

Overlooking what was once thought of as the edge of the world, a sense of untamed remoteness still hangs in the air at Charm Nature hotel. Swathes of eco-friendly cork and knotty pine also add to this hillside retreat’s cosy alpine-lodge feel. It’s tucked between the rugged Atlantic coast and lush Sintra Natural Park, offering a broad array of outdoorsy fun, from top-notch surfing to forest-bathing rambles. But if getting horizontal is high on your holiday agenda, just flop on a squishy lounger for poolside tipples and those sweeping end-of-the-world ocean vistas.

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Facilities

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Need to know

Rooms

16.

Check–Out

Noon, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 3pm.

Prices

Double rooms from £532.44 (€630), including tax at 6 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional local city tax of €1.00 per person per night on check-out.

More details

Rates include breakfast, which features freshly whizzed smoothies, velvety chia pudding and chive-scattered scrambled eggs. There is a two-night stay minimum over weekends.

Also

As well as looking (and smelling) great, the cork lining in the rooms adds eco-friendly acoustic insulation for an extra peaceful night’s sleep.

At the hotel

Heated swimming pool, concierge, games room with pool table, fire pit, free loaner bikes, cycle storage and workshop. In rooms: Free bottled water, minibar, Nespresso machine, tea-making kit, Marshall Bluetooth speaker, Acqua di Parma toiletries, air-conditioning.

Our favourite rooms

The top-end Hästens rooms really stand out for their big light-filled living space, ocean-view soaking tubs and famed Swedish beds that are so comfy you’ll find an excuse to turn in early.

Poolside

You can flop (quite literally) on to one of the cushioned double loungers that grace the wooden pool decking. If you’re planning a poolside siesta you better nab yourself one of the wispy-canopied Bali beds.

Packing tips

The area’s remarkable microclimate keeps it balmier for longer, but can also make for high humidity so combat the clammies with loose and light evening wear.

Also

If you fancy a massage, various in-room rubdowns can be arranged including acupressure and Ayurvedic with essential oils.

Children

Little Smiths are more than welcome with free cots and a kids’ menu available, though there are no child-tailored activities.

Sustainability efforts

Solar panelling and renewable energy sources help keep Charm Nature’s carbon footprint down, plus rainwater is reused and plastics are kept to a minimum. Most of the lodge was also built from natural and local materials, plus dining here has a strong 0km ethos.

Food and Drink

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Top Table

Over the balmier months you’ll want to snag a table on the terrace from where you can usually just about make out a strip of shimmering ocean. If the weather turns, head inside and grab a spot close to the log-burning stove.

Dress Code

Come as you are, this laid-back boutique resort doesn’t stand on ceremony.

Hotel restaurant

They take breakfast seriously at Charm Nature’s restaurant with a treat-y menu centred around belly-fillers like bacon and maple syrup pancakes and brioche with scrambled eggs and cheese. The restaurant reopens for lunch with a menu largely of plump pillowy burritos and big colourful salads. Be sure to leave some space to squeeze in one of their cacao-rich sweet-potato brownies for dessert.

Hotel bar

There is a simple bar just off the lobby, but most guests take their drinks lounging around the pool, hanging out in the games room, or warming up in the fire pit lounge area. Choose from a selection of classic cocktails, a couple signature concoctions, and a good pick of Portuguese wines.

Last orders

The restaurant closes at 3.30pm during the week and 4.30pm at the weekend.

Location

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Address
Charm Nature
R. dos Junqueiros Nº10
Azóia
2705-001
Portugal

The hotel is located in the centre of Portugal’s Cape Roca, the most westerly point in Europe and a quick 35-minute drive from Lisbon.

Planes

The closest airport is Lisbon International with direct connections from air hubs all over Europe and beyond. It’s about 40 minutes by road to the hotel and you can arrange advance transfers for €75 each way.

Trains

Arriving by rail means connecting to the train station in Cascais and from here it's about a 25-minute drive.

Automobiles

Portugal's wild Atlantic coast demands exploring and your own set of wheels is the best way to do just that. Polish your eco-halo and go electric – the hotel has a free charging station.

Other

The region has a surprisingly efficient bus network and there are two bus stops a short stroll from the hotel providing regular connections to surrounding towns.

Worth getting out of bed for

There’s a heap of outdoorsy things to do across this rugged slice of wind-blasted headland. The best place to start is on two wheels as the hotel provides free loaner bikes, both road and mountain depending on the terrain you’re going to tackle. You’re right on the edge of the hills of Sintra-Cascais Natural Park with its winding forest-flanked trails that are popular with hikers too. The spectacular hilltop Palace of Pena is a good landmark to aim for. Of course, in the other direction you have the wild Atlantic coast to explore with its sheer cliffs and sandy coves. Praia da Ursa is a pleasant half-hour walk away and a perfect picnicking spot. For something a little less sedate, you can arrange surf lessons at Praia Grande just a little farther up the coast. Paragliding is big here too, plus there’s a big beachside swimming pool if you don’t fancy braving the surf.  

 

Local restaurants

The hotel restaurant doesn’t offer a dinner service, but it’s a short wander into the village where you can chow down with the locals. One popular haunt is the rather lovely Casa do Mar sem Fim, which serves flame-grilled Atlantic seafood alongside some Lebanese and vegan options. Just around the corner from here is Maria Wine & Tapas, a quaintly petite roadside tavern with friendly service, stand-out regional cooking and a cracking prawn curry. If you don’t mind a short drive, Flores do Cabo is five minutes away and combines a contemporary art gallery with a creative menu made from only organic and plant-based produce. 

Reviews

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Millie Walton

Anonymous review

By Millie Walton, Writes from the art

The drive to Charm Nature hotel from Lisbon took less than 30 minutes but it was one of the most beautiful drives we’ve experienced in Portugal. Turn off the motorway and you’re on to winding roads that meander along the contours of grassy hillsides, offering the occasional glimpse of velvety blue sea. This is Parque Natural de Sintra-Cascais, a wide stretch of rugged landscape that encompasses sand dunes, forests, lakes, beaches and Cabo da Roca, the westernmost point of Continental Europe –and nestled into a a gentle woodland slope, almost directly above all this natural splendour, is Charm Nature, making the hotel’s name all the more apt.
 
From the outside it’s easy to miss. Appearing abruptly on the bend of a narrow road, it could be mistaken for a private home, were it not for its give-away grand gates and striking cork façades. In fact, this secrecy seems to have been one of the guiding principles behind its design – the location is fairly suburban, and the hotel sits among a cluster of residential properties in the upper part of Azóia village; but its fencing hides a private idyll, with only 16 bedrooms as well as standalone villas and retro silver camper-vans. Each of the villas and campers has its own garden and terrace, as well as floor-to-ceiling glass sliding doors that offer sweeping views down to the coast. The lobby, restaurant and pool area are located within another building, slightly lower down the hill, in front of the bedrooms. Clever landscaping ensures each room feels secluded, while warm lighting and a fire burning in the centre of the lobby in the evenings create a cosy atmosphere. All of the bedrooms have their own fireplaces too. Handy if you’re staying in the winter months, which – we were told by the friendly manager – are just as, if not more, beautiful than the summers.   

We stayed in one of Charm’s camper vans, which offer something like a glamping experience, but with all the amenities you’d expect of a luxury hotel, including a large flatscreen TV, deep standalone bath tub, Acqua di Parma products and on the slightly more eccentric side, a mini-fridge styled as a Marshall amp. We found the room itself to be surprisingly spacious, with a little lounge area on one side, an enormous double bed at the centre and the bath on the other. The bathroom was rather more compact – we had to bend over slightly to get in and out the shower, but it did the job. We loved rolling back the glass doors, lying propped up in bed listening to the birds, sitting on the terrace reading our books and basking in the sun, or soaking in the tub in the evenings gazing out at the starry night. 

We had planned to spend more time exploring the local area (there’s plenty to do if you’re the restless type), but once we’d arrived at the hotel it was difficult to leave. It seems to exist in its own world, detached from the rhythms of the everyday. And so our days consisted of drifting barefoot between our bedroom and the poolside where we’d take up semi-permanent residence in one of the ultra-comfy double-bed cabanas, often with a passion fruit martini or a virgin mango mojito. That said, it is worth venturing out to wander the colourful streets of Sintra where you can explore a 10th-century Moorish castle, stop for a shot of ginja (a sweet liqueur made from sour cherries) or an ice cream. Many of the park’s beaches are also popular surfing spots – head down at sunset and you’ll encounter Lisbon locals catching waves after work. 

There are some things about the hotel that feel slightly unconventional – the breakfast menu, for instance, is divided into starters, followed by courses ‘to share’ and desserts – but for us, this only added to the charm, especially when we were given our brownies in a takeaway box to enjoy later in our room. And, if you really can’t squeeze in a slice of banana bread after your chia pudding and breakfast burrito (‘to share’, it seems, really means ‘main course’), fear not: there’s a freshly baked cake laid out every afternoon for guests to help themselves to, alongside jugs of icy water flavoured with mint and lemon. At lunch, there are more burritos and enormous salad bowls, plus ‘sides’ (or so they’re called), such as ham-and-cheese toast or a cheese or charcuterie board. The hotel’s restaurant is closed daily for dinner, but there are plenty of nearby options – our favourite spot was Casa do Mar sem Fim, a fish restaurant, a few minutes walk from the hotel; or there are the smarter eateries of Cascais, a short drive away. The hotel’s staff can also recommend a few restaurants that deliver too. Anyone for pizza by starlight? 

Charm Nature is a hotel that’s not afraid to do things its own way and in doing so, it creates an utterly unpretentious and tranquil atmosphere – the perfect antidote to urban living.

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