Some people would argue that Alentejo is the most beautiful region in Portugal and they may just be right. Covered in wide expanses of open land, vineyards, farms and cork trees, this rural countryside is an idyllic peaceful retreat and the following hotels are the perfect locations to hide away. Each with their own unique ambience, the following selections are not only the most incredible hotels in Alentejo but may be among the most beautiful spots in all of Portugal.
L'And Vineyards Resort
For peace and quiet in Alentejo, few locations can compete with L’AND Vineyards, a 5-star luxury resort with its own winery, spa and exclusive sky view suites – so guests really can sleep under the stars. Wine aficionados will enjoy sampling the award-winning wine, especially when paired with the cuisine from the hotel’s very own Michelin-star restaurant.
Convento do Espinheiro
This 5-star luxury hotel in historic Évora offers 92 guest rooms, five suites, two restaurants, three bars, two pools and a full spa, all within a couple of miles from the city’s major landmarks like the Temple of Diana and Évora Cathedral. The building – once a local convent – is a must-see in itself, with stunning vaulted ceilings and deluxe suites decorated with local heritage in mind. For guests who prefer more modern surroundings, other suites and rooms are completely furnished in contemporary styles, and many offer garden views.
Casa da Ermida de Santa Catarina
The Casa da Ermida de Santa Catarina is an idyllic country house located near the Barragem de Caia lake near the central border with Spain (close to Badajoz). This is truly the spot to get away from everyday life, as it’s miles from any major town or city, with beautiful natural surroundings. Favourite activities in this location include hiking, kayaking and relaxing under the olive trees. Plan in advance, as rooms may go quickly and there are only seven suites in total (four single, two double and one large single), adding to the remote feeling.
Named after the nearby fishing village of Comporta, Sublime Comporta is renowned for its unique style, comfortable accommodations and beautiful setting. It has been named by the New York Times as one of 52 Places To Visit in 2017 and by Travel + Leisure as one of the Hottest New Hotels in the Planet in 2015. Set on 17-acres and surrounded by pines, cork, rice fields and vineyards, it is ideally situated to give guests an authentic and traditional Portuguese experience, completed by the traditional meals at the onsite restaurant.
Moinho do Alamo
Montemor-o-Novo is also home to this peaceful country-style hotel built from an old watermill near the Almansor River. The seven guest rooms are spread out over three floors and the 12-hectare-wide premises include an outdoor pool, garden and wedding services. Horseback riding can also be organised from the hotel.
Pousada Mosteiro Crato
This list wouldn’t be complete without a hotel associated with a medieval fortress and the Pousada Mosteiro do Crato was once the 14th-century Monastery of Santa Maria de Flor da Rosa. Enjoy the Gothic architecture in addition to the spa services, pool and garden while staying in one of the 24 rooms. This hotel is located in the northernmost part of Alentejo, Alto Alentejo, and is surrounded by beautiful countryside.
Inspired by the natural cork from the region, ECorkHotel is an eco-friendly hotel with 52 rooms that’s the first of its kind in the world to use this local resource in its construction. Geothermal energy and solar panels heat the rooms and water, adding to the ecologically-friendly ambience. ECork is also a spa hotel, with full services ranging from massages to Turkish bath and chromotherapy, and the hotel’s restaurant boasts traditional cuisine in addition to Mediterranean flavours.