Comporta, Portugal

Sublime Comporta

Rates from (ex tax)$194.17

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 (EUR195.00), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

Style

Fruits of the forest

Setting

Woodland and wildflowers

Add sublime to your name, and you set up certain expectations: Sublime Comporta earns its moniker and then some, thanks to its minimalist design (glittering glass, whitewashed wood, modern fittings and more), sleepy rural-coastal setting and delicious Portuguese food. (If you go home without trying the grilled black pork, pan-fried garlic prawns or eight-or-so mojitos, you’ve not done things properly.) This handsome hotel has a 17-acre playground of woodland and wildflowers to explore: don’t miss the pretty pool, which has a fire pit at the bottom of it. That’s your sultry summer nights sorted…

 

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Facilities

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Need to know

Rooms

34, including 10 suites.

Check–Out

Noon, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 3pm.

Rates

Double rooms from $194.17 (€184), 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 (EUR195.00), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

More details

Rates usually include breakfast (Continental and cooked options, including just-baked pastries, ham, cheese, granola, eggs, bacon and so on).

Also

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.

Poolside

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.

Spa

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.

Packing tips

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.

Also

Bedrooms in the Friends Room King Bed category are suitable for wheelchair-users.

Children

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.

Food and Drink

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Top Table

Out on the wooden deck. Summer can mean mozzies, in which case plump for window seats inside.

Dress Code

Woodland nymph or satyr. To match the hotel, combine minimalist, monochrome tailoring with wood or nut-brown accents.

Hotel restaurant

Get an introduction to the region’s natural bounty – both on land and underwater – at Celeiro Restaurant, whose open-plan dining room puts the Great Outdoors centre stage, with help from floor-to-ceiling windows. Nibble local razor clams, grilled black pork or the succulent catch of the day (and team whatever you opt for with a bottle of crisp, chilled Comporta white wine).

Hotel bar

Try eight different spins on the mojito (passionfruit was our fave) at Sublime Comporta’s relaxed bar, which is housed in the main building (a pleasing sight upon check-in). The capable bar stuff don’t really do menus; they’d much rather quiz you on your tastes and concoct something boozily bespoke.

Last orders

Breakfast is served from 7am to 10am, lunch from 12 noon to 3pm and dinner from 7pm to 10pm.

Room service

Order from a limited menu between 10am and 10pm; treats include Caesar salad (shrimp or chicken), goat’s cheese salad with olive tapenade, and an onion-relish-slathered burger.

Location

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Address
Sublime Comporta
EN 261-1,Muda, CCI 3954
7570-337
Comporta
Portugal

Planes

Lisbon Airport is 128 kilometres from the hotel (www.lisbon-airport.com); EasyJet offers direct flights from major cities in the UK, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Spain and Switzerland. Transatlantic flights arrive via Madrid-Barajas; flights across the Pacific arrive via Abu Dhabi or Guangzhou Baiyun and Amsterdam Schipol. If you take the speedy route from the airport, you’ll be at Sublime Comporta in one hour and 15 minutes. Hotel transfers are €195 a vehicle (for up to four guests), each way.

Automobiles

Lisbon is around one hour and 15 minutes away by car. From the airport, take the Vasco da Gama bridge and the A12 highway, then the A2 towards south (Algarve) for approximately 100 kilometres. Take exit 9 (Grândola/Sines) and merge onto the IC33. Continue for about nine kilometres, then take the exit towards Comporta/Troia. Turn left onto N261-1 and continue for another 10.5 kilometres, until crossing the small village of Muda. Just 1.5 kilometres down the road, you’ll find the signs for Sublime Comporta on the right. The hotel has plenty of free on-site parking.

Other

If you’re not in a rush to get here, take the scenic route from Lisbon and hop on the Troia ferry (keeping your eyes peeled for dolphins) across Sado River. It’s a short drive to the hotel from the Troia Peninsula (http://www.atlanticferries.pt/en/index.aspx).

Worth getting out of bed for

Herdade da Comporta has plenty to write home about: discover its tranquil 70-kilometre coastline, home to Portugal’s best beach. Ask nicely and staff will pack you a picnic, drop you off at a deserted patch of white sand and arrange a time to come and collect you. Visit some of Comporta’s amazing wineries, Herdade da Comporta and Quinta Brejinho da Costa (staff will tip you off to some others if needed), or ask the hotel to arrange horse-riding in the surrounding rice fields and beaches. It’s also a beautiful place to go running, should you be so inclined.

Local restaurants

Soak up the prime beach views and squabble over crunchy calamari, fat prawns and just-caught fish at Sal Comporta, which occupies a prime slice of sand on Praia do Pêgo (+351 265 490 129). Owned by a fisherman, O Dinis, Grandola (+351 967 977 193) woos locals and global fashion-editors alike, serving succulent seafood in a humble-but-brilliant space in Carvalhal. Continuing the fishy theme – when in Rome/Portugal and all that – Restaurante dos Pescadores (+351 967 977 193) is a popular eatery in Herdade da Comporta, housed in a breezy sea-blue building.

 

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 peaceful hotel in Portugal and unpacked their wet suits and white wine, a full account of their beach break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside Sublime Comporta in Herdade da Comporta…

Word on the beach is, Herdade da Comporta is one of Portugal’s best-kept secrets, home to milk-white sands, glittering turquoise waters and beachside fish shacks serving finger-lickingly delicious crustaceans. The secret’s out: Sublime Comporta is just too good to keep to ourselves. This modernist marvel comes in different shapes and sizes: there’s a lofty main entrance area, as slick and minimal as a Bond villain’s living room; there’s a traditional Portuguese villa, home to a spoiling spa and romantic rooms; then there are the knee-weakening cabanas, scattered in the wildflower-blooming grounds. It’s a wonder we ever left ours; if we had our say, we’d still be ensconced in it, listening to the sound of birdsong in the woodland. According to fairy tales, forests could be scary places, but Hansel and Gretel would have nothing to fear from this one: seductive suites, a ravishing restaurant, bohemian bar, peaceful pool and not a wicked witch in sight…

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 Sublime Comporta’s Guestbook below.

We loved

The main lobby, bar and restaurant. The beach is fantastic.

Rating

Stayed on 16 Jan 2017

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