Need to know
Sixty-five, including 42 suites.
12.30pm, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 3pm (4pm for stays from 15 June to 15 September).
Double rooms from $93.67 (€82), excluding tax at 6 per cent.
Rates usually include a hale and hearty Continental breakfast with fresh-from-the-wood-oven wholegrain bread, home-made butter and jam, selection of cakes and just-squeezed juices.
Free yoga classes are held in the grounds every Thursday and Sunday, from 9am to 10.15am. The ‘destroyer of the universe’ pose feels a lot less stormy when you’re washed in sunshine and surrounded by trees.
At the hotel
Direct access to the public beach, kids’ club, gym, free WiFi throughout. In rooms: flatscreen TV, DVD player, Nespresso coffee machine, tea-making kit, minibar, free bottled water, air-conditioning and Molton Brown toiletries. Panoramic and Garden-View Suites each have a balcony and kitchenette with a hob and microwave.
Our favourite rooms
Each room is painted in angelic white to amplify the brilliant Portuguese sunlight. They differ little in decor (with perhaps a change in the odd photograph hanging up, an added wall of trompe l'oeil books, and variable cushion patterns); and suites are kitted out with a kitchenette, making them all the better for families. But, the higher you’re placed, the more magical the view. Panoramic View suites lucked out on their location and the balconies deliver what the name promises.
The hotel’s saltwater pool sits amid mature trees; glide down the Roman steps for laps or just a cooling dip. There are plentiful loungers and parasols placed around the sides, and a small bar and eatery lets you order pizzas and light snacks – or a round of cocktails – after you dry off. There's also a second smaller pool for kids.
Bring activewear for yoga and woodland walks and less-active wear for relaxing on site or by the coast.
Public areas are wheelchair accessible and there’s a dedicated room for guests with mobility issues.
Fidos (up to 20 kilograms) are welcome. For €20 a night, they get a bed, bowl and a toy (and some clean-up bags for owners). Only one furry friend is allowed in each room. See more pet-friendly hotels in Algarve.
Children are very welcome. A free kids’ club holds a programme of events. For families with older kids, Sea-View Rooms interconnect; the Family Suite sleeps up to four; and baby cots can be added to some rooms. Babysitting is available for €25 a night.
The hotel dutifully recycles, watches its water usage and employs earth-kind cleaning products.