Need to know
Fifteen, including eight suites.
Noon, but flexible, subject to availability. Check-in is from 2pm to 10pm; guests planning to arrive after hours should check if a later check-in is possible when booking.
Double rooms from $232.25 (€203), excluding tax at 6 per cent.
Rates usually include a buffet breakfast.
Call reception to book yourself an in-room spa treatment; a variety of massages and beauty services can be arranged. Private yoga classes are available on request.
Mid-November to 1 March.
At the hotel
Library of books and DVDs, free WiFi throughout. In rooms: flatscreen TV, iPod dock, free WiFi, desk, air conditioning, hair dryer, bathrobe, Ren toiletries.
Our favourite rooms
The garden suites are lovely, and have their own terraces ideal for sunning yourself. Or, splash out on the terrace suite on the hotel’s upper floor: it’s got a bigger terrace and amazing countryside views.
Pull up a lounger by the saltwater pool, part shaded by olive trees, or take a 15-minute taxi ride to the beach.
Bring your reading glasses: the library is stocked with a variety of cool architecture books and vintage magazines, including the entire back catalogue of The Face (founded by hotel-owner Hallie’s dad in the 1980s).
One garden suite has wide doorways and an ensuite bathroom adapted for wheelchair users; all rooms are on the ground floor, and there are ramps for entry at both the front and back of the house.
The fazenda (Portuguese for ‘farm’) is generally a grown-up stay – children are only allowed during a few set weeks in school holidays.
The hotel grows its own fruit, herbs, vegetables, olives and almonds, and sources all other food locally, and has a creative approach to recycling: tables and headboards were made from the building’s original shutters and outdoor furniture was made from a 100-year-old pine on the property. Organic waste is composted or shredded for use on the hotel’s orchards and vegetable gardens, and water is treated on-site to be reused.