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Areias do Seixo

Areias do Seixo is a striking eco-boutique hotel set on a protected patch of coast near Santa Cruz beach, within an hour’s drive from Lisbon.Areias do Seixo is a striking eco-boutique hotel set on a protected patch of coast near Santa Cruz beach, within an hour’s drive from Lisbon.

A striking eco-boutique hotel set on a protected patch of coast near Santa Cruz beach, within an hour’s drive from Lisbon.

Beach
Beach
Eco
Eco
Lovely View
Lovely View
Nature
Nature
Restaurant
Restaurant
Swimming Pool
Swimming Pool
Yoga
Yoga
Bikes
Bikes

With the dunes and a magnificent beach as the backdrop, Areias do Seixo is an eco-boutique hotel set in a modernist glass and concrete construction.


Blending Scandinavian-inspired minimalism with Moroccan styles, there are 14 romantic rooms in the main building and six self-catering villas, each with an outdoor splash pool and barbecue area.

The rooms are all unique, featuring log fireplaces, geothermal heating/cooling systems, bathtubs, rainfall showers and private patios or decks where you can enjoy the stunning sunsets or look up and wait for the arrival of the stars.

Areias do Seixo is a place to dump your bags, pause and savour every moment.

Awesomeness

Breakfast is a decadent buffet of delights, mostly homemade or locally sourced.

We love the log fireplaces and big bathtubs in the rooms.

The Ayurvedic spa is the perfect place to recharge.

Eco concerns are high, with energy monitoring, eco schemes, photovoltaic solar panels, recycling, composting and more.

Bear in Mind

This is most definitely a place for couples, and with poems and hearts on the walls, the hotel might be “too cute” for some. Embrace the romanticism, and you will love it.

No room service, nor minibar. TVs are available on request.

No AC. The hotel uses geothermal energy, to heat and cool the floors but fans are available on request.

Land rooms don’t have a sea view.

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Interview

A Conversation with Marta and Gonçalo about Areias do Seixo

A Conversation with Marta and Gonçalo about Areias do Seixo
“We wanted to create a unique place, where we could host people from various corners of the world in a magical atmosphere.”
– MARTA AND GONÇALO, OWNERS

How did the idea of opening Areias do Seixo come about?

Areias do Seixo was born from a dream. We had a strong desire to create a unique place, where we could host people from various corners of the world in a magical and homey atmosphere. We wanted it to be more than just a hotel, a place that would be like a large house, close to the sea, where we grew up.

You focus on sustainability and organic produce. Can you tell us more about that?

We built the hotel being mindful about the use of existing material resources. Its architecture was designed for comfortable living while taking advantage of the sun, the earth’s energy and the management of hydric resources. We wanted to create a sustainable form of tourism that contributed to the awareness of our visitors and collaborators. So we always had in mind the creation of an organic vegetable patch, with freshly picked produce, clean and chemical-free… a farm-to-table restaurant. The garden is inspired by the principles of Permaculture, supporting the development of a stable, balanced and sustainable cycle.

The farm-to-table restaurant benefits from the hotel’s garden which follows principles of Permaculture, supporting the development of a stable, balanced and sustainable cycle.


“We built the hotel being mindful about the use of existing material resources.”
– GONÇALO, CO-OWNER

Seven years ago, Areias do Seixo was one of the first boutique hotels to open in Portugal. Do you enjoy travelling, are there any hotels that inspired you?

We love to travel. Marrakesh is a destination that inspired us a lot, due to its smells, colours, its magic and details.

What are your favourite objects in Areias do Seixo?

I have a strong connection with the roots of the trees around the circle of fire. There was a massive storm just before the opening of the hotel when mighty winds invaded the region. Lots of trees fell down but we recovered them, and they now form the circle. Another essential object for us is the big wooden stool which was built from an enormous tree that ‘landed’ on the terrace of our restaurant. Also the tail of the grand piano built with the wood from the construction, and the objects that illuminate the paths of the garden… and many others.

The circle of fire.
“I have a strong connection with the roots of the trees around the circle of fire.”
– MARTA, CO-OWNER

We really enjoyed the circle of fire and to hearing you sing. You are a great singer! How did the idea come about?

Throughout our lives, we have always shared special experiences and moments around a fire. When we thought of opening Areias do Seixo we longed to create a space where we could share special moments. Like a ritual, we could have with our guests to celebrate life alongside the beautiful smell and heat of an open fire.

Thank you very much for this interview Marta and Gonçalo.

Thank you too!

Local Tips

Areias do Seixo is a boutique hotel located in Santa Cruz, near Lisbon.

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Areias do Seixo
2560-046 A-dos-Cunhados
Torres Vedras
Portugal

Location

Areias do Seixo is located near Torres Vedras, less than an hour’s drive from Lisbon.

Airport

Lisbon (LIS) – 61km
Porto (OPO) – 294km
Faro (FAO) – 331km

By Air

The closest airport is Lisbon Airport. From there you can take a taxi or hire a car or Areias do Seixo can arrange a private transfer for you.

By Car

Driving from Lisbon takes about 50 minutes. Hiring a car is recommended if you wish to explore the region, the beaches and the beautiful villages nearby.

By Train

From Lisbon take the train from Santa Apolónia to Torres Vedras (departs every 4 hours and takes 1h33mins) and from there take a taxi to Areias do Seixo (16km, 17mins). Tickets can be bought online or at the station up to the last minute, but if the train is full (more likely in high season) you will have to wait for the next one.

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