One of the clearest signs of liberty is to walk barefoot. Our neighbours in Portugal have made that dream come true.
Casas na Areia is located on the dunes of Comporta, three kilometres from the sea and 200 meters from the river Sado; a landscape with dunes and rice fields. There’s no need to shake off your feet because the floor is made of sand. A feature that makes us feel in touch with nature. But don’t think it’s a totally wild place; there are four minimalist cabins with private bathroom and bed linen of highest quality. How could it be otherwise being in Portugal? Designed by architect Manuel Aires Mateus, it is a place to forget the asphalt. There is a common area furnished with designer pieces and four bicycles for trips to the sea.
This is one of the most innovative hotel projects of our time. The cabins are rented all together, making it perfect for a trip with friends, a bachelor party, or for a family with children who you can leave full freedom to make their castles in the sand. The main cabin of about 50m2 houses the lounge, kitchen and dining room. The other three are bedrooms that can fit a total of 8 people. Cleaning and breakfast are included.
The style corresponds to the “barefoot luxury” trend and the NY Times has declared it to be one of the next “it” destinations for gourmets with a bohemian touch.
The price is about 600 € / day for all 4 cabins (8 people would pay about 60 € per person and day) during high season (the minimum stay is one week) or 500 € during mid season when you can also rent it for only 3 days.
The place welcomes the surprised footsteps of the guests in a paradise of the Alentejo coast. Fashion members like Christian Louboutin and Jacques Grange are just some of the visitors escaping the madding crowd giving themselves over to the sybaritic style with a bohemian touch.
Hotels are becoming more and more eccentric. Respect for the environment, real luxury without sophistication and dialogue with the environment have led Casas na Areia to be elected to represent its country at the Venice Biennale.
The property offers cleaning service and breakfast, and visitors can show off their culinary skills in the kitchen. A place for a Robinson Crusoe life: sea, walks, reading and cuisine will make your holiday a paradise away from the “risk premium” and bad omens of the media.
Portugal undertakes what at first seems a modest project but the result is ambitious. The dream is to become an exclusive international reference, just a few kilometres from the Portuguese capital.
It’s a place to forget about everything and find oneself.