Santa Cruz, Portugal

Noah Surf House

Price per night from$198.13

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 60 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (EUR169.81), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

Style

Boho beach shacks

Setting

By the breakers

Wave chasers, rejoice: Noah Surf House sits right by the sand in Santa Cruz, the calmest of Nazaré’s sister beaches on Portugal’s Silver Coast. Part boho beach hotel, part surfer’s retreat, Noah is a place to hang loose. Here, you’ll wake up with early morning yoga sessions, then head across the street to feel the sand between your toes and the waves under your board. And once your hair is suitably salt-tousled, rinse off and eat your fill at the boutique hotel’s beachfront restaurant before retiring to the bar’s rooftop hot tub and gearing up for the next day’s surfing safari. 

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A cocktail each; GoldSmiths can also join one group yoga session a stay

Facilities

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Need to know

Rooms

21, including 17 suites.

Check–Out

Noon, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 4pm.

Prices

Double rooms from £164.67 (€180), including tax at 6 per cent.

More details

Rates usually include buffet breakfasts of locally sourced products including grown-on-site vegetables, eggs from the property’s hens, fresh fruit and juices, breads, cereals, homemade cakes, yoghurts and jams.

Also

Forgotten a piece of surf kit? The groundfloor surf store has your sun-soaked self covered, with quality gear from big-name surf brands, sustainable favourites and Noah products.

Please note

Please note, the hotel is taking extra measures to ensure the safety of its guests during the Covid-19 pandemic. Noah Surf House strongly urges guests to fill in the guest profile form sent in advance of your stay to pre-book meals and activities, as the restaurant and spa services are running at a reduced capacity. You can also choose if you’d like your room to be cleaned during your stay. Only guests will be allowed on the property and wherever possible guests will be given rooms that have not been occupied the night before and which have an entrance from the outside. Some activities may not be available during your stay (the Jacuzzi will be closed during this time), and preference will be given to those that take place outdoors and private experiences booked by couples or families. 

Hotel closed

The hotel is closed 23–25 December.

At the hotel

WiFi, on-site skatepark, surf school and shop, sports centre, bikes to borrow, a communal kitchen and a Jacuzzi. In rooms: Bluetooth sound system, WiFi and Damana bath products.

Our favourite rooms

All rooms have floor-to-ceiling windows and an eclectic mix of repurposed and upcycled furnishings. If you like to keep your own snacks on hand, spring for a Mar & Cook Bungalow – you’ll get your own kitchenette and fridge to raid at will when that saltwater-based hunger strikes.

Poolside

The infinity-edged looks out over the sea and is open from 8am to 10pm; it's heated by solar panels from April to September.

Packing tips

Bring your lucky rash guard, your brightest zinc oxide and your sense of balance; you’ll need all three for your surfing safari.

Also

One bunk room and one Mar & Cook Bungalow are adapted for wheelchair users; ask about availability when booking.

Children

Very welcome. Tots under three stay for free (baby cots are provided); surfing, skating and other activities are for best for guests aged eight-and-up.

Best for

Tots under three and aged eight-and-up: the former stay for free, and the latter can learn to catch waves and perfect their kick-flips.

Recommended rooms

Spring for a bungalow and you can prep kid-friendly meals in the comfort of your room.

Activities

There are dedicated kids yoga sessions, bodyboarding lessons and sugar-fuelled cupcake-decorating sessions.

Swimming pool

The heated infinity pool is family-friendly, but there’s no lifeguard on duty, so water babies will need to be supervised.

Meals

Kids are welcome in the restaurant and meals can be adapted for younger palates.

No need to pack

Baby cots or pint-sized skateboards, bike helmets or surfing kit.

Eco‐friendly

Electricity is generated by solar panels and the hotel eschews air-conditioning (the cooling sea breeze does the trick). Rainwater and grey water are recycled, there’s an organic garden on site and many of the furnishings and building materials were upcycled.

Food and Drink

Photos Noah Surf House food and drink

Top Table

Snag a table on the terrace for a side of salty sea breezes, or watch the waves from a table by the picture windows.

Dress Code

Dust off the wet sand and slip into some fresh flip flops and a suitably beachy frock for laid-back meals at the seaside restaurant.

Hotel restaurant

Noah Surf House is a laidback, wood-lined spot for all-day snacking – there are burgers and pizzas, but we'd suggest summoning several sharing dishes, say, the tuna tartare on charcoal toast or asparagus and marscapone risotto. The second eatery, Noah Beach House is across the street from the hotel, on the sands of Praia da Física. The long pine tables are positioned for sea-view meals and the terrace is strung with lanterns. There’s also a cosy fire pit that’s cranked up when the sea breeze takes a chilly turn. The menu has a mix of Portuguese and international fare – all made with fresh, local ingredients that include goodies picked from the hotel’s organic garden. Order grilled octopus or John Dory with tomato rice and remember, with homemade salted butter that’s this good, you’re not ruining dinner by indulging in the bread basket; you’re simply being smart. Adventure-fuelling buffet breakfasts are laid out in the hotel’s communal kitchen each morning; fresh eggs, fruit and juices, cereals, homemade cakes, yoghurts and jams.

Hotel bar

Watch the waves from the relaxed rooftop bar; there’s an alfresco hot tub to one side and shade-providing parasols to the other. Order tart pisco sours and sink into the sea-facing lounge chairs as the sun sets over the horizon.

Last orders

The Beach House restaurant opens from 12 noon to 3pm for lunch, 7pm to 11pm for dinner. Noah Surf House serves lunch from 12 noon to 3pm, dinner from 7pm to 10pm.

Room service

The bar is open throughout the day and night for tipples and snacks; there’s also a communal kitchen where guests are welcome to whip up snacks any time they’d like.

Location

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Address
Noah Surf House
Av. do Atlântico
A dos Cunhados
2560-042
Portugal

Noah Surf House is in the coastal town of Santa Cruz, an hour’s drive north of Lisbon.

Planes

Lisbon Airport is 50 minutes away by car; return transfers can be arranged from €175, depending on how many of you are travelling.

Automobiles

Torres Vedras is 35 minutes away by car and there’s free onsite parking at the hotel (although you’re unlikely to spend much time on dry land once you’re there).

Worth getting out of bed for

You’re here – most likely – for the surf, and the in-house team and predictable small- and medium-size waves won’t let you down; this boho beach shack is all geared up to have you hanging ten in no time. If you've ever harboured a desire to land a 900 like Tony Hawk, here’s your chance: Noah Surf House has an on-site skatepark complete with boards to hire and pros to take you from Tick-tacks to Ollies and grinds. Work on your surfing stamina with functional training sessions that use fitballs, bands and ropes in the hotel’s fitness room, limber up with in-house yoga sessions and become one with your centre of gravity by learning to paddleboard. Portugal’s west coast is dotted with prime surf spots; relatively calm Santa Cruz is midway between Ericeira and Peniche; the former has a variety of beach breaks, points and reef breaks, and the latter is home to the world-class Supertubos, one of the best beach breaks in Europe, and beaches with waves for all levels of surfers – from Moondoggies to tube (water, not London’s underground) riders. Gnarly Nazaré is known for massive, powerful waves and towering winter swells; it’s best to leave this spot – now a part of World Surf League – to the professionals, but it’s well worth a trip to watch them catch some serious air or ride the barrels.

Local restaurants

Enjoy leisurely lunches at in Santa Cruz at Vela d’Ouro, which serves up traditional local fare – seafood rice, shrimp dishes and freshly caught cod. For laid-back dinners, head down the road to Ericeira’s Praia de Ribeira D’Ilhas, where you’ll find the Pizza Mobile firing up thin, Neapolitan-style pizzas from 6pm to midnight every Tuesday to Sunday. Don your best espadrilles for dinner at Tawa Sushi for surf-fresh sashimi and sushi, all locally sourced – most from the Torres Vedras Municipal Market. Tackle the colourful Gunkan Carnival platter, or order up sharing plates of sea bass, snapper and mackerel.

Local bars

Order a refreshing post-surf melon and mint juice and sink your toes into the sand at Bronzear Bar & Deli, a chilled out beach café with a small menu of burgers, wraps and salads. Looking for something a bit louder? DJs regularly spin well into the wee hours at this beachfront bar, where refreshing juices can quickly become fruity cocktails with a dash of this or that.

Reviews

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Anonymous review

Every hotel featured is visited personally by members of our team, given the Smith seal of approval, and then anonymously reviewed. As soon as our reviewers have returned from this beachside hotel in Portugal and unpacked their wetsuits and surf ponchos, a full account of their boutique break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside Noah Surf House in Santa Cruz…

Noah Surf House is making waves in the charming village of Santa Cruz with its bevy of beach-view bungalows, an eco-conscious ethos and a surf-ready setup – only fitting for its position on Portugal’s west coast, famed for abundant waves. No worries, though… you needn’t arrive ready to push past the breakers at infamous Nazaré to catch a wave: Noah’s in-house surf school will get you from wetsuit novice to sitting on top of the world in no time. (You can also brush up on your balance with yoga lessons, cross-training and sessions in the onsite skate park.) And when you’ve worked up a whale-sized appetite? Well, that’s what the mod-Portuguese restaurant – steps from the sand, of course – is for. Once you’ve had your krill – sorry, your fill – retire to the rooftop restaurant for a fortifying drink and a muscle-reviving soak in the hot tub. Surf city, here we come

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