Sagres, Portugal

Memmo Baleeira

Rates from (inc tax)$99.64

Price information

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 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (21EUR), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

Style

White and bright

Setting

Sunkissed Algarve shore

Whitewashed and windswept, Memmo Baleeira hotel is a serene resort near Sagres, on the Portuguese coast, with a spa, surf school and seafront perch. Originally built in the 1960s, it retains its signature bright white exterior while upgrading the breezy interiors with minimal, coastal cool décor in hues of blue and cream.

Smith Extra

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A bottle of local rosé wine and free bike hire for two

Facilities

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Need to know

Rooms

144, including 39 suites.

Check–Out

12pm, but flexible. Earliest check-in, 3pm.

Rates

Double rooms from $99.64 (€89), excluding tax at 6 per cent.

Price information

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 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (EUR94.00), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

More details

Rates include a buffet breakfast.

Also

The Memmo Spa has three treatment rooms, a gym, a steam room and a small heated pool – there's a variety of marine-themed massages and beauty treatments available, as well as Shiatsu and reflexology.

At the hotel

Spa, surf centre, gym, DVD library and free WiFi throughout the hotel. In rooms: flatscreen TV, minibar and Comfort Zone bath products. Memmo Suites also have DVD players, bathrobes and kitchenettes with fridges, microwaves, kettles and toasters.

Our favourite rooms

We love the privacy of the one- and two-bedroom Memmo Suites – the ones on the ground floor are close to the action, with a terrace that adjoins the main grassy lawn, but feel snug and secluded; those on higher floors have glazed balconies. They’re spacious, too, and have an open-plan kitchenette. Otherwise, you can’t go wrong with a Standard Sea Bay View (for its lovely, beachy view).

Poolside

An unheated rectangular outdoor pool lines the clifftop, surrounded by sunloungers, thatched parasols and its own bar. There’s a small heated pool in the spa as well.

Packing tips

Sea-based activity gear: surfboard, wetsuit, snorkel, etc.

Also

There’s a disabled-access room on the ground floor, as well as lifts and ramps throughout the hotel.

Children

Cots for babies are provided free. With 24 hours’ notice, staff can be drafted in to babysit (€10 an hour).

Overview

There's room for a baby cot (free, on request) in all double rooms except Duplex Suites; up to two under-12s stay free in Memmo Suites. With 24 hours’ notice, staff can be drafted in to babysit (€10 an hour).

Best for

Preschoolers and older kids who’ll enjoy the activities on offer.

Recommended rooms

The one- and two-bedroom Memmo Suites are best for families, as they’ve lots of space, as well as a kitchenette to prepare basic meals in. They can sleep two under-12s free, as well as having space for two cots.

Crèche

In August, there’s a kids' club for 3–10 year olds in action, where deposited kids can read, watch DVDs and play games. During quieter times, it’s not staffed, but adults are welcome to supervise their children playing in the toy- and book-stocked room.

Activities

The local zoo offers a discount to guests of the hotel. Kids can embark on the Memmo Bubblemaker, a bespoke diving course, and learn how to ride the waves at the hotel's affiliated surf centre. There are also countless sandy beaches nearby for plain old bucket-’n’-spade fun. Blokarting (or, land yachting) is free for children accompanying an adult.

Swimming pool

There's an unheated outdoor pool, and the small heated spa pool is open daily for family swim sessions 10am–11am and 4pm–5pm.

Rates

More details

Rates include a buffet breakfast.

Meals

Kids are well catered for, with plenty of highchairs at breakfast, and a good children’s menu in Memmo Lounge – home-made mini pizzas are a delight for little fingers, and breaded hake with sauté potatoes and spinach means they can have fish and chips while you polish your halo. As well as virtuous fruit salads and juices, there are Häagen-Dasz miniatures to occupy them with while you finish your cocktail. In summer, there's also a convivial family buffet dinner in the sea-view Scape Room, with special dishes for kids (including jelly for pudding): for every adult dining, one child under 12 eats free. Packed lunches are available, and staff are happy to heat up baby food and milk.

Babysitting

With 24 hours’ notice, staff can be drafted in to babysit (€10 an hour).

Also

Bring wetsuits for little ones to make the most of the fantastic nearby beaches and the unheated outdoor pool.

Food and Drink

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At the hotel

The fishing port is visible from the main restaurant so watch for the catch of the day coming in. The chef cooks up a daily dish, which is served with a free glass of matching wine. The cuisine is Mediterranean and mostly local. Floor-to-ceiling glass lets the sea views in, and guests are seated on 1960s Scandinavian chairs from the old hotel. Memmmo Fornaria is all about Mediterranean flavours and regional products; try a home made pizza fresh from the wood oven, or roasted octopus in rosemary olive oil. It's open from noon to 3pm and from 7:30pm to 10pm.

At the bar

Memmmo Fornaria is bar and restaurant rolled into one, so settle into the vintage chairs and peruse the full wine list, which includes regional wines of Portugal.

Last orders

Breakfast is served from 8am until 10am during the week, and 11am at weekends. Dinner is 7.30pm until 10pm. The bar shuts at either midnight or 1am.

Room service

Dishes from the lounge bar menu are available when the kitchens are open (€7 delivery charge).

Location

Photos Memmo Baleeira – Sagres – Portugal
Address
Memmo Baleeira
Sítio da Baleeira
8650-357
Sagres
Portugal

Planes

The nearest airport is Faro,119km (75 minutes’ drive) from the hotel. There are regular scheduled flights from across Europe, including from London Gatwick and Heathrow.

Trains

The train station in Lagos is 36km away (around 40 minutes) by car. It’s served by CP trains (www.cp.pt).

Automobiles

A hire car is worthwhile for exploring the beaches along the Costa Vicentina. From Faro airport, it's an easy cruise towards Lagos along the A22 (Via do Infante), direction Portimão. Towards the end of the A22, take the 2nd exit to Lagos, towards Vila do Bispo. From there, follow the N268 into Sagres and make for Baleeira. There’s free onsite parking. If you want to access the more remote beaches, consider hiring a 4x4.

Worth getting out of bed for

Take to the seas and shores for a spot of surfing, windsurfing, diving, fishing and blokarting (or, land yachting). Boat trips around the bay and dolphin-spotting expeditions can be arranged through Cape Cruiser (+351 919 715 175). On land, explore the Moorish architecture of Sagres or trek through the world’s largest cork-tree forests.

Local restaurants

Dramatic cliff drops and a tasty seafood lunch or supper await at Raposo Restaurante (+351 282 624 168) on Praia da Mareta. For chargrilled fishy fare such as octopus rice and cuttlefish stew, with more ocean scenery out on the terrace, head to A Sagres (+351 282 624 171) on Sito do Tonel.

Local bars

For cocktails at any hour, try Mitico (+351 282 624 766) on Avenida Comandante Matoso; it’s open all day and most of the night, with DJs and live music during the summer.

Reviews

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Anonymous review

Hop. Panic. Shimmy. We’ve arrived at a serene Memmo Baleeira in the dead of night, and my first question muttered to the chic lady at reception is, ‘Where’s the ladies’ room?’ She helpfully points out where to go but post crazy-hour flight, let’s just say I’m a little disoriented – and desperate. And Memmo Baleeira is too cool for urgency. Signs are minimal and corridors are long with matching wooden doors. After a good few minutes of shimmying, door after door, I notice a tiny sign reading ‘WC’. Phew.

Thankfully, the rest of our weekend consists of lots of relaxed sashaying. This sleek spa hotel on the wild and windswept Algarve coast is good at inspiring a beslippered glide which seems to come naturally to me and Mr Smith. I’ve taken him on a surprise trip for his birthday in the hope that two nights in Portugal will be relaxing rather than just tease us into craving more holiday time.

Long, marshmallow-white passages do little to indicate which room category we’re in. We are in a suite, though you would never know until you were inside. It’s minimal – but not in a Nineties’ Ikea style, in a ‘let’s go out for sushi!’ kind of way. It’s bright and fresh with a giant balcony overlooking the harbour and a bouncy green lawn. (Blimey – you need never wear shoes in this place.)

Letting the breeze in through the full-length glass doors, we’re happy we requested a room with a view – it is the kind of landscape sure to make your friends’ tongues hang out when posted as a picture on Facebook. Scandinavian chairs from the hotel’s original Sixties’ incarnation have been scrubbed up and accented with a modern Philippe Starck lamp here and a Tom Vac seat there. Our suite even has a kitchenette, with a full-size fridge. Yanking it open eagerly, a bit of chocolate and three mini Sagres beers doesn’t quite compensate for the fact we’ve arrived after midnight and there’s no room service at this hour. But hey, maybe that’s me being a booze-hound Brit.

The hotel's architecture has Memmo Baleeira stretched flat on a hill overlooking the village of Sagres. Though the 144-room property is pretty big, you don’t realise it until you get lost looking for your room, hazy from the sauna maybe, or looking for the loo, befuddled from a late-night low-cost airline flight. There are so many people staying there at the same time as us that the carpark is bursting with glistening cars – but you can hardly notice them – everyone is just too relaxed and, oh, I need to use the C word again: cool. Even at breakfast, which is served until the glorious time of 11am, everyone blends in, slopes about, glides along… even the children. How MB manages that is beyond me.

Now to Memmo Spa. I sign up for a facial and Mr Smith has a good scrub, although it is just as much fun giggling in the indoor freshwater pool. Eventually I even persuade Mr Smith to take advantage of the free two-hour bike hire. The reception staff, dressed in minty tones and super smiley, advise us to cycle the 8km to the lighthouse. A great ride is the perfect way to take in the sights, surely? Until whooooaaa, wobble, whooaa… Mr Smith’s bike chain has fallen off. Uh-oh! Scraped arm, ripped chinos – a spanner is thrown into the romancing. We wheel ourselves back and staff are horrified, whisking away the guilty bike to be repaired. Thanks to a particularly gorgeous blonde gently applying a big plaster to Mr Smith he makes a remarkably speedy recovery.

Beaches are king here on this southern stretch of Europe, and we head off on foot to seek one out. For our spring visit, Sagres town is quiet, but visually delicious with beautiful pink and peachy flowers in bloom on all the window sills. Once we find Mareta beach, we see for ourselves why this part of the world is a surfer’s retreat – people are thrashing about in the frothy breaks on their boards. We take an outdoor seat at Raposo café overlooking the sea, and inspired by the guys next to us we order sardines. ‘Flipping tasty,’ is Mr Smith’s verdict. ‘Especially when wolfed with sangria.’

The vibe of Sagres’ beach scene is cool and not in-your-face, and jumping around in the Atlantic waters is the loudest it really gets – at least in the day. (You try not to scream at the unexpected chill of that sea.) It’s at night when the volume is turned up, and evenings are unexpectedly jumping. Bellies full from huge portions of lamb chops and steak at cosy, local restaurant Vila Vehla, a few of the bars even get us jiving… Where do all these people come out from?

Lots of Sagres sipped in Sagres, and lots of smooching later, we conclude Memmo Baleeira has been nothing but a floaty joy. (‘Floaty joy’ – a term I coined when admiring the dresses for sale in the hotel boutique.) And two nights turned out to be just enough for us to relax and get to grips with finding our way around. Phew.

 

The Guestbook

Whenever you book a stay at a Smith Hotel with us, we’ll invite you to review it when you get back. Read what other Smith members had to say in Memmo Baleeira’s Guestbook below.

We loved

Everything about this hotel with quiet relaxation around the pool and friendly helpful staff, beautiful views. Take a boat trip out to see the dolpins.

Don’t expect

Entertainment

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Stayed on 18 Jun 2016

We loved

Location was great just behind the harbour, so lovely to sit and watch the boats coming and going. A tasca restaurant just below the hotel had the most amazing fish and seafood. We had lunch and dinner and both were amazing meals. Service is really friendly and attentive.

Don’t expect

Huge bedrooms. But they are all very well furnished and very clean, with comfortable beds and great for a nights sleep, with a small balcony.

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Stayed on 3 Jun 2016

We loved

The views and the atmosphere of the hotel. Reception team couldn't be more helpful. Really lovely local restaurants in town if you walk further away from the hotel. Fresh fish that you can pick and they BBQ for you and really good pizzeria. 

Don’t expect

Quick service at dinner time but enjoy the meal slowly

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Stayed on 30 May 2016

We loved

The room, the relaxed feel and the views across the harbour from the hotel. Beaches along the west coast are a surfers paradise

Don’t expect

Lively nightlife

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Stayed on 22 May 2016

We loved

The view, the contemporary feel, the music played. Mums Restaurant is fantastic, have the tuna. 10/10

Don’t expect

Luxury

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Stayed on 18 May 2016

We loved

Sea View.Open Plan with well marked spaces.The book with resturants nearby, most of the resturants shown in the book are good. 9/10.

Don’t expect

Being able to eat a different meal for a week.Information on church services to be correct.

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Stayed on 3 Oct 2015

We loved

The clifftop views. This is a reliable, good value 4 star property.

Don’t expect

Uber luxury. 

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Stayed on 22 Sep 2015

We loved

Local restaurants and bars.

Don’t expect

Loud night clubs.

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Stayed on 18 Sep 2015

We loved

The view. The staff were very friendly. The breakfast was great. the hotel vouchers were very helpful.

Don’t expect

A double bed - we had 2 singles pushed together. Value for money - this seems an expensive hotel for what you get.

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Stayed on 6 Sep 2015

We loved

The panoramic ocean views and friendly hotel staff.

Don’t expect

Lively nightlife outside of Saturday nights.

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Stayed on 4 Sep 2015

We loved

The view, location and design. The relaxed surfy vibe which made for a comfortable and welcoming place to return to after days out exploring. Most of all the staff, who went above and beyond to make our stay memorable.

Don’t expect

A lot of shelter from the sea breeze next to the pool.

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Stayed on 30 Aug 2015

We loved

the location, room was lovely, nice lounge area, great reception staff

Don’t expect

speedy service in the restaurant - bit chaotic at times.

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Stayed on 26 Jul 2015

We loved

great room, great service

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Stayed on 17 Jul 2015

We loved

Atmosphere, staff attitude, facilities, location (peace quiet), wifi works throughout the hotel now so ignore previous reviews. Discount/added value scheme in local attractions, bars and restaurants.

Don’t expect

Extreme luxury - but very comfortable. The rose wine given free for Mr & Mrs Smith guests to be drinkable!

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Stayed on 1 Jul 2015

We loved

The pool, the room, the peace and quiet, the city of Lisbon

Don’t expect

As others have said breakfast wasn't the most organised affair, but we got what we wanted.

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Stayed on 27 Jun 2015

We loved

The super friendly staff.

Don’t expect

The food to be very tasty.

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Stayed on 24 Jun 2015

We loved

Had a fantastic holiday. Relaxing and very peaceful. The staff at the hotel helpful and very friendly. We will return.

Don’t expect

Lively disco clubs, and bars.

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Stayed on 20 Jun 2015

We loved

Location.

Don’t expect

A baby friendly hotel.

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Stayed on 18 May 2015