Need to know
34, including 10 suites.
Noon, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 3pm.
Double rooms from $418.96 (€368), excluding tax at 6 per cent.
Rates usually include breakfast (Continental and cooked options, including just-baked pastries, ham, cheese, granola, eggs, bacon and so on).
Sublime Comporta has a stash of bikes for guests to borrow.
At the hotel
Scenic 17-acre estate; fire pit; free WiFi throughout. In rooms: TV, desk, minibar, bathrobes.
Our favourite rooms
We wish we were still bedding down in one of the Cabanas, which are set apart from the lobby and main building, offering plenty of privacy. Comporta-inspired architecture and minimalist Scandinavian styling adds up to a ridiculously romantic effect; referencing their forest roots, the cabanas come with cork walls, exposed wooden beams, pine stools and straw lampshades. To quote Bjork, it’s all so quiet: all you can hear outside is birdsong (unless one of you dive-bombs into your private pool, that is). Each cabana also has an indoor/outdoor fireplace and a cosy outside seating area, equipped with wooden tables, chairs and a handy stash of blankets. If you’d prefer to stay in the main building, the Owner’s Suite is as good as it sounds, thanks in part to two terraces, one of which has a hot tub.
Sublime Comporta’s ravishing, adults-only pool is set in the green-and-gold grounds, next to a fire pit that hints at sociable evenings. There’s also a small pool by the restaurant, for little Smiths to splash around in.
Set in the main building, the spa has a peaceful heated pool, a sauna, steam bath and a fleet of celestial therapists. Have a massage in the pine-shaded grounds, unwind in the sleeping pods or notch up a few laps. After your treatment, try a herbal tea featuring leaves plucked from the garden.
Bear in mind that staff rock white linens, so you might want to go easy on your own. Bring your thirst: Herdade da Comporta is home to some excellent wineries.
Bedrooms in the Friends Room King Bed category are suitable for wheelchair-users.
Small Smiths can come too. That said, the hotel doesn’t have much for them – you might want to bring toys and games. Babysitting is available for €15 an hour, and the restaurant has a dedicated kids menu and highchairs to borrow.