The hotel offers different accommodation options spread between several buildings. Choose from the Owner’s House, the Guest Suites, the Bio-Pool Suites, and several two, three, four, and five-bedroom cabana-style villas. The architecture draws inspiration from the style of the cabanas in the village of Comporta, inhabited by local farmers and fishermen.
Each villa has a swimming pool, and there are another four swimming pools in the resort, including one for children, and a heated indoor pool in the spa. We had a lovely time at both our villa’s pool and also the main outdoor pool. We were surprised by how expansive the grounds are, allowing for everyone to have a nice quiet private time.
The nearby white-washed village of Comporta might be small in size, but it’s high in quality with excellent gastronomy and some nifty little boutique shops.
The wonderful pine-scented air.
The complimentary bikes are such a fun way to explore the grounds and get around.
Sublime’s Organic Garden grows more than 300 varieties of herbs, vegetables and edible flowers. It supplies Sublime’s three restaurants and the spa’s essential oils.
Eco concerns are serious, with solar panels, reusable wastewater systems, a biological pool and Tesla charging points.
Comporta is a 90-minute drive from Lisbon, although it feels a world away.
Bear in Mind
Accommodation options in Comporta are few (Sublime was the first hotel to open in the area), and rates are high for Portuguese standards. In our opinion, some of the fitness fees are excessive.
The breakfast room felt a little busy when we visited. The buffet is great but we regret not having ordered breakfast on our cabin’s terrace overlooking the forest.
Sublime offers a shuttle bus to the beach, but having a car is highly recommended.
“The original idea was to build a house for our family holidays but halfway we decided to transform it into a small boutique hotel.”
The original idea was to build a house for our family holidays but halfway through construction, we realised that Comporta was attracting high-end tourism and at the time, there weren't any accommodation options in the area. So, we decided to transform our house into a small boutique hotel, opening its doors in 2014 with 14 rooms, a restaurant and a spa.
We are in the process of expanding the brand ’Sublime Hotels’ to other locations in Portugal with Sublime Lisboa opening late this spring. This will be a beautiful townhouse located in Amoreiras with 15 rooms and suites and a special restaurant. Also, we will start the construction of our second resort in Comporta very soon. Here you’ll find 43 villas, several restaurants and facilities and a building totally dedicated to hosting events.
The biggest challenges when expanding are to keep the brand’s identity consistent with our values and mission, and to attract the most talented Human Resources to work for us in today’s scarce environment.
What I enjoy the most is developing new concepts and ideas and implementing them. Also, the opportunity to meet new people is very exciting and enriching.
The hotel is full of beautiful old doors from several parts of the world, like the Moroccan door in the spa building.
"I enjoy developing new concepts and ideas"
The beach and the rice fields for sure!
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel, go horseback riding in the sand dunes, enjoy the beach at Carvalhal and have a late lunch at our beach club. Then return to the hotel for a spa treatment followed by a special dinner with friends at Food Circle.
My biggest inspiration are the AMAN resorts.
The resort is nestled between the municipalities of Alcácer do Sal and Grândola, on Portugal’s west coast in Alentejo - a 90-minute drive from Lisbon.
The surrounding villages, including the self-named Comporta Village (13km) are easily explored by car at short distances and are part of this region’s idyllic scenery.
The hotel offers a spa with a steam bath and sauna, three restaurants (two are seasonal), four pools (including an indoor heated pool and a children's pool), a gym, a yoga pavilion, tennis and paddle courts.
If you feel too relaxed to leave Sublime Comporta, enjoy Portuguese and locally-sourced fare at the hotel’s restaurants Sem Porta and Tasca da Comporta for petiscos (typical small plates).
For something more unique, there’s Food Circle - Sublime Comporta’s farm-to-table fine dining restaurant. It’s set in the middle of the organic experience garden, with 12 diners sitting around a semi-circular table, watching the chef in action. The cooking here uses only ancestral methods, particularly fire.
Read on to discover our tips on what to see and do in Comporta. For more recommendations, check out our article Our Insider’s Guide to Comporta in Portugal.
Watch the video above which we did with Condé Nast Traveller. In it we talk about Foz do Douro - the seaside neighbourhood in Porto where we grew up. check out the Full article on their website.
Sublime Comporta is a five-star hotel retreat located 15km from the tranquil fishing village of Comporta, on the Alentejo coast of Portugal.
The closest airport is Lisbon Portela Airport. From there you can hire a car, take a uber/bolt/taxi – or the hotel can arrange a transfer for you.
Lisbon (LIS) – 128km
Faro (FAO) – 190km
Porto (OPO) – 412km
Driving from Lisbon airport takes about 1h15 minutes. Hiring a car is highly recommended if you wish to explore the region, the beaches and the villages nearby.
The nearest train station is Grandola, which is 32km away from Sublime Comporta. From Lisbon to Grandola the train journey takes one hour. A taxi transfer from Grandola to Comporta will cost you around €25-30. Local taxis need to be booked in advance and are relatively costly. Having a car is highly recommended.
© Photos 1-7, 10-12, 14-17, 24-30, 32-34, 36-54 by JO&SO. Photos 8-9, 13, 18-23, 31, 35 courtesy of Sublime Comporta (credit: Nelson Garrido).
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