A Conversation with Marta and Gonçalo about Areias do Seixo in Santa Cruz

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March 14, 2018

Marta and Gonçalo are the owners of Areias do Seixo, a striking eco-boutique hotel set on a protected patch of coast near Santa Cruz beach, within an hour's drive from Lisbon.

A Conversation with Marta and Gonçalo about Areias do Seixo in Santa Cruz

“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!

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xx
Joana and Sofia

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