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Casa Mãe

Travel to the Algarve, Portugal to stay at the Indagare-reviewed hotel Casa Mãe, a unique boutique property with a sense of place and attention to detail.
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Suite at Fazenda Nova , Portugal, Portugal

Fazenda Nova

There’s something about staying in the rolling countryside of the Algarve—far away from the relentless energy of the bigger coastal cities—that's totally transporting. This gorgeous country house tucked away in eastern Algarve is the ultimate hideaway. Close enough to charming coastal towns and the beach, it boasts a setting surrounded by acres of almond and olive orchards, giving it a most intimate atmosphere.

Husband-and-wife team Tim and Hallie Robinson moved from London to transform this rugged country estate into a sought-after destination. The result is a hotel with the charm and personal touches of a B&B and the high-tech, forward-thinking amenities of a luxury design property. The 10 spacious, light-bathed rooms are swathed in mix-and-match textures that add personal, homey touch, from the pony-skin area rugs and patterned upholstery to four-post wood beds and vintage-looking cabinets. Each of the rooms have relaxing outdoor gardens.

The public areas feature that same attention to design detail, making guests feel like they're staying at a fabulous friends’ very big house. The hand-picked flea market finds and the supple leather chairs and the unusual bursts of color here and there set a casual yet stylish mood. Things get particularly picturesque in the outside dining spaces with nothing but blue skies and acres of orchards in line of vision. A typical meal consists of fresh fish served with produce grown on-site and olive oil from the estate. If you do need to venture out, Tavira’s charming streets and shops and Algarve’s famous beaches are just minutes away by taxi.

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Grand House Algarve

An historic and charming boutique hotel with a riverfront location in the Algarve’s traditional town of Vila Real de Santo António.

Dusk at Martinhal Sagres hotel in Portugal

Martinhal Sagres

Boasting impeccable views, this secluded hideaway, the size of a small village, offers the very best in casual resort living. Martinhal Sagres comprises more than a hundred houses, villas and rooms, along with a spa and relaxation lawn, a kids club and beach.

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Suite at  Vila Joya, Portugal

Vila Joya

Vila Joya is a gorgeous, secret little hotel in the Portuguese Algarve. On a coast teeming with big hitters, it is a lovely alternative to hole up and hunker down, enjoy peace—a perfect escape without the children—and eat outstanding two-Michelin starred food that’s not in the least bit fussy. Just a forty minutes drive from Faro, the hotel itself is old-fashioned and family-run.

The sound of the sea echoes through open windows and the bedrooms are simple and comfortable (stay in the new Joya Suite if you want something sexier – it comes with its own terrace, a wooden four poster bed and a Jacuzzi). There are five golf courses within a 30-minute drive away, but most guests don’t leave the hotel. There’s a pretty jasmine-scented garden with a heated pool and knock-out views of the ocean. The beach is perfect for long walks and the intimate spa is truly serene: no branding, no lists. Seek out Dr. Kurian Jacob, an Ayurvedic specialist from India.

You can walk to buzzy local restaurants for fresh fish lunches, but the food at the hotel really is sensational: five course suppers with foams and sorbets, or simple chicken salad with chilled rosé for lunch – all served on the open air terrace. The hotel also has a lovely, casual restaurant by the beach.

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Suite at Vila Vita Parc, Portugal

Vila Vita Parc

A 45-minute drive from Faro Airport, Vila Vita Parc is located in Porches, a seaside oasis. The hotel is beloved for its bottomless inventory of amenities and services—a  trip here is an escape in the truest sense of the word. Rooms are spacious and simply-but-beautifully decorated, seamlessly blending together the stunning outdoors with the indoor spaces. Few guests, however, spend much time in their rooms with seemingly endless amenities, activities and dining options.

Foodies appreciate the breadth of dining options at Vila Vita Parc. Ocean, Chef Hans Neuner’s two-Michelin-starred fine-dining restaurant, is nothing short of a legend in Portugal. Choose from three, five or six-course menus which, depending on the often-changing selection, might include a delicious rock octopus paired with bone marrow—an inventive take on 'surf and turf'. So momentous is a meal here that diners are requested to don their most elegant piece of eveningwear for dinner. The nine other on-site eateries and cafes are sure to delight, too. Arte Náutica serves perfectly grilled seafood and meat in an atmospheric location right on the beach. And there is no more romantic setting for Portuguese small plates than at the lakeside Adega.

A day at Vila Vita Parc could be spent chartering the resort's 72-foot yacht, swimming in one of the property's six pools, playing tennis, going windsurfing or playing 18 holes of mini-golf. The only appropriate way to end such adventures would be to visit the nearly 12,000-square-foot spa, a wellness destination offering everything from anti-aging facials to five-day fitness programs.

If you do need to leave the property, the resort’s location in the center of southern Algarve makes cultural sights such as medieval fortresses and local fishing villages easily accessible.

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