Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Dream Destination: Areias Do Seixo - Portugal

When we discovered Areias Do Seixo on our Dream Destination trawls, it literally took our breath away. Less than an hour out of Lisbon yet worlds away from reality, this amazing place is a haven in a wild and dramatic wilderness, where pine trees, dunes and the sea collide to make for a truly spectacular backdrop to this eco-luxury Charm Hotel. It is simply stunning!
Each room is totally unique and comes with gorgeous views, fireplace and terrace deck. There are also the penthouse, with three rooms, living room with kitchen, and those fabulous decks complete with barbecue and jacuzzi. Or the ultimate - the villas - with soaring windows that draw the landscape inside, and private swimming pools. The decor is seriously stylish, with a modern-exotic flair that really appeals to our bohemian side.
Areias Do Seixo also has its own restaurant and bar - Lugar Horta - where earthy decor greets you, and the intoxicating flavours , smells, tastes and colour of the local cuisine can be savoured over long and languid meals. 
But when it comes to real indulgence, just check out that exquisite spa setting! Offering treatments that combine the best of oriental healing therapies, like Ayurvedic treatments and a Turkish bath, with modern therapies like Vichy shower and an outdoor heated pool, this is where guests can come to awaken their senses and find total, sublime rest and relaxation. 
Areias Do Seixo may be luxurious and totally romantic, but it is also a place that embraces nature and ecology, something that is shared through their unique 'Experiences' - their private farm land is there for you to help cultivate with your own hands, where you can spend the morning in the company of their farmers to learn the basic concepts and principles of agriculture and harvesting techniques, before taking your harvest to the chef who will help you to prepare a veritable feast for your lunch. 
We are completely and totally head over heels in love with the idea of experiencing a stay at this place! That's why Areias Do Seixo is this week's Dream Destination. 

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