The Best Design Hotels in Portugal
Portugal has always been known for its amazing beaches, world class soccer, 'piri piri' dishes and great affordable wines. But lately, Portugal has been getting attention for something completely outside of the stereotype scope, as more and more stylish hotels and 'pousadas' are popping up around the country. The small European country has so much to offer regarding design and hospitality. Here are some of our all time favourites:
This beautiful establishment is located just an hour drive under Lisbon. In the beautiful beach area of Comporta, amongst pine trees and wildflowers, you find this resort of luxury, design and serenity.
This contemporary dream hotel is located on the West side of the Algarve, in the charming coastal town of Lagos. Sustainable food, minimalistic designs and a central location make for the perfect Lagos stay.
This Bed and Breakfast close to whitewashed Tavira in the Algarve is a true designer's dream. The individually styled cabanas and personal service go perfectly with the agricultural setting.
Portugal has always been known for its amazing beaches, world class soccer, 'piri piri' dishes and great affordable wines. But lately, Portugal has been getting attention for something completely outside of the stereotype scope, as more and more stylish hotels and 'pousadas' are popping up around the country.
In the South West of charming Portugal, lies the hip and happening coastal town of Lagos. It's not hard to see why this city is hip and happening right now; cobble-stoned streets and coloured houses are combined with surf, stunning beaches and good food. Add the fact that this coast is sun drenched three quarters of the year and you have your perfect recipe for a sunny escape.
Between hilly landscapes, charming white villages and kilometers of unspoilt beaches, on the east side of the sun drenched Algarve in Portugal, you will find a small boutique hotel that makes a lasting impression.
On the Northern tip of the Alentejo region, wedged between the sparkling Atlantic and dense pine forests, you can find the Portugese paradise of Comporta, a hip beach area only discovered by a lucky few.
n the heart of Chiang Mai, set on a rather large property, you can find the romantic 137 Pillars Hotel. A hotel with a history to share. The traditional teak house located in the middle of the property, now used as restaurant and museum, was once the headquarters of the Borneo trading company.
In the outskirts of the center, conveniently located in close proximity to Bangkok’s city trains, this urban design hotel is one of your best picks in Thailand’s capital.
The sea side village of Canggu along the South coast of Bali was only a short few years ago just that, a sleepy town surrounded by rice fields. Well, you could say that things have changed. Canggu has rapidly been evolving in Bali’s new hotspot for design, shopping and hospitality.
Morocco has a lot to offer for city hoppers and nature-admirers alike; from the buzzing medina of Marrakech to the impressive Sahara dessert. A place that is often overlooked but just as inspiring, is the Moroccan Atlas.
There are many beautiful places to stay in Ubud in Bali, but it is hard to beat the unique sustainable experience at Bambu Indah. The team at ‘beautiful bamboo’ created a natural wonderland on the outskirts of Bali’s wellness hotspot. Individually designed wooden and bamboo structures are showing the possibilities for a more sustainable future.
On the Southern most point of the Bukit Peninsular, the high class hotel brand Alila has opened one of her most impressive luxury resorts as of yet. Alila Uluwatu is perched on a 150 meter high cliff, overlooking the crystal blue seas of Bali’s South coast.
It is hard to imagine upscale Seminyak without the imposing Potato Head, one of Bali’s most famous beach clubs. The masterminds behind this endeavour have now opened an inviting design hotel right next door.
You can find the most beautiful hotels all around this world of ours; however, finding a place to stay that is as aesthetically pleasing as it is homely is quite rare on the other hand. That is why we were so pleasantly surprised to find this hidden treasure, a small unpretentious but incredibly charming oasis in the middle of the hustle and bustle of exotic Marrakech.
Taghazout is a charming little fisherman’s village one hour south of Agadir, a city frequented by all year round sun seekers and beach lovers. The charm of this tiny town is not as undiscovered as it used to be as Taghazout is rapidly growing into a prime surf and yoga destination.
It is no secret that booking a visit to Morocco’s most exotic city can leave you absolutely puzzled. Marrakech offers an overwhelming amount of astonishing luxury hotels and smaller scaled ‘Riads’, traditional houses converted to boutique hotels, making it hard to find the right accomodation for your trip. Therefore, we are highlighting some of our favourite places to stay in the imperial city.