The 24 Best Boutique Hotels and Guesthouses in the Alentejo

July 10, 2023

Alentejo is a region in the south of Portugal with sleepy villages, rural stays, breathtaking wild beaches, and fantastic regional cuisine.

The 24 Best Boutique Hotels and Guesthouses in the Alentejo

Alentejo is a region in the south of Portugal with sleepy villages, rural stays, breathtaking wild beaches, and fantastic regional cuisine.

Below is a mix of the Best Boutique Hotels and Guesthouses in the Alentejo we have visited and love, plus those on our radar - divided by the following  sub-regions:

Boutique Hotels and Guesthouses on the
Alentejo Coast

Southwest Alentejo and Vicentine Coast ‘Costa Vicentina’ is all about its sleepy villages and spectacular wild beaches. A wonderful base for surfing, hiking, walking, cycling, surfing, canoeing, and birdwatching. or maybe just chilling. Discover the best boutique hotels in Cercal, Zambujeira do Mar, Porto Côvo, São Teotónio, Odeceixe and Vila Nova de Milfontes.
Herdade da Matinha facade, a rural boutique hotel in Cercal in the Alentejo.

Herdade da Matinha
– Cercal do Alentejo

Herdade da Matinha is a charming rural-boutique hotel located in the scenic Alentejo region of Portugal, close to stunning beaches. The hotel boasts colourful decor, paintings by the owner, Alfredo, and an outdoor swimming pool. Enjoy various activities such as picnics, yoga, massages, surf classes, and horseback riding amidst nature. Herdade da Matinha is on the Rota Vicentina, a 340km nature hiking route.

Outdoor space of Três Marias, a simple and beautiful rural hotel in the Alentejo Coast near Vila Nova de Milfontes.

Três Marias
– Vila Nova de Milfontes

Três Marias is a serene rural hotel on the Alentejo Coast, offering 15 whitewashed rooms with rustic decor, natural light, and an inviting porch. Owned by Balthasar, a founder member of Rota Vicentina, the hotel is the perfect base to explore Southwest Alentejo's beaches and Vicentina Coast Natural Park. Guests can enjoy a delicious breakfast of regional food, fresh pastries, and an outdoor swimming pool. Dinner is available on request, featuring a regional set menu and wine.

Monte da Bemposta is a farm stay in the Alentejo.

Monte da Bemposta
– Porto Côvo

This charming Alentejo estate offers ten individual houses that sleep up to four people each, plus three smaller studios. Larger groups can also rent the main house, which has three bedrooms and a living room. All the accommodation options have a kitchenette. There’s a shared swimming pool, padel courts, animals and gardens, plus the beach is only a 10-minute walk from Monte da Bemposta. Breakfast is served daily and during lunch and the afternoon there are snacks and drinks available by the pool.

Craveiral Farmhouse by Belong swimming pool. A boutique farmhouse located in the heart of the Alentejo.

Craveiral Farmhouse by Belong
– São Teotónio

This charming boutique farmhouse is located in the heart of the Alentejo coast near the small fishing village Zambujeira do Mar. It consists of 38 houses and studios, with a relaxed atmosphere surrounded by nature.

Cabeça de Cabra kitchen. A rural guesthouse located in Costa Vicentina in the Alentejo.

Cabeça da Cabra Country Guesthouse
– Porto Côvo

Cabeça de Cabra is located in Costa Vicentina in Alentejo, a haven for nature lovers. This rural guesthouse is the labour of love of the owner, Ana, who transformed an abandoned primary school into a peaceful retreat.

Boutique Hotels and Guesthouses in
Comporta and Melides

Head to Comporta and Melides to relax in the long sandy and pristine beaches, admire the rice fields and wander around the charming villages. Discover the best boutique hotels in Comporta and Melides.
Joana at Sublime Comporta Country Retreat & SPA.

Sublime Comporta
– Comporta

Sublime Comporta is a stunning nature retreat in a 17-hectare estate surrounded by pine, cork trees, dunes, rice fields, and white-sand beaches. Accommodation options are spread across several buildings, including two- to five-bedroom cabana-style villas. Each villa has its own pool; four more are in the resort, including a children's pool and a heated indoor pool. The architecture is inspired by local cabanas.

Vermelho Melides, a five-star boutique hotel in Melides in Alentejo.

Vermelho Melides
– Melides

Vermelho is a boutique hotel located in the village of Melides in the Alentejo. It's the brainchild of designer Christian Louboutin who first fell in love with Melides over a decade ago. Entering through Vermelho's age-worn wooden doors feels like stepping into an art gallery adorned with the designers' eclectic collection of antiques, curious objects and art.

Each of the 13 rooms has been individually designed, providing a touch of Portuguese craftsmanship that makes it truly special. There are plenty of areas to unwind, such as the colourful gardens, a heated pool, the Indian Lounge, the excellent Restaurant XTian led by Chef David Abreu, and the adjacent hammered silver leaf Vermelho Bar.

Aerial view of Spatia Comporta, a boutique hotel in Comporta.

Spatia Comporta
– Comporta

Spatia Comporta offers rooms and villas set in pristine woodland, blending naturally into their surroundings. All rooms have a large floor area of over 40 square metres, using glass and wood to create a smooth flow between indoor and outdoor spaces. There’s a restaurant, an outdoor swimming pool, a bar and a shared lounge area.

Swimming pool at Quinta da Comporta, a five-star boutique hotel idyllically located in the heart of Comporta’s nature reserve.

Quinta da Comporta
– Comporta

Quinta da Comporta is a luxury five-star wellness boutique resort located in the idyllic nature of Comporta, Portugal. Choose from different types of accommodation, including three-bedroom Pool Villas, Townhouses, Rooms & Suites. Highlights include a 40-meter-long infinity pool, an organic restaurant (Mar D'Arrozal), a spa with an indoor/outdoor heated pool, hammam, sauna, interior gym, and a well-equipped gym. Carvalhal Beach is a five-minute drive from Quinta da Comporta.

B.Hostel a boutique guesthouse in Comporta.

– Comporta

B. Hostel in Comporta is a stylish boutique guesthouse in Brejos. It offers nine rooms, an open-plan communal kitchen, a large living room with floor-to-ceiling windows, a terrace, and a small swimming pool. Guests can rent individual rooms or the whole building. Its laid-back homely vibe makes it the perfect choice for exploring Comporta without compromising on style or breaking the bank.

Pateos, holiday home in Melides

– Melides, Alentejo

Pa.te.os is a collection of four stunning holiday homes in Melides designed by the well-known Portuguese architect Manuel Aires Mateus. Be surrounded by the gorgeous landscape of Alentejo at one of these four stunning architect-designed houses, available to rent individually or as a complete set. There’s a shared infinity swimming pool, serene courtyards, on-demand massages, and private yoga classes. Wake up to a delicious breakfast prepared in the comfort of your own house.

Boutique Hotels and Guesthouses in
Inland Alentejo

Head to inland Alentejo to be mesmerised by the golden landscape, its charming historic villages and delightful local gastronomy. Discover the best boutique hotels in Reguengos de Monsaraz, Estremoz, Évora, Arraiolos, Beja, Montemor-o-Novo, Grândola and Torrão.
São Lourenço do Barrocal facade, a farmhouse hotel in the Alentejo region of Portugal.

São Lourenço do Barrocal
– Monsaraz

São Lourenço do Barrocal is a family-owned 19th-century farm estate transformed into a luxury boutique hotel in Portugal's Alentejo region. There are 22 rooms, 2 suites, 13 two-bedroom cottages, and 2 three-bedroom cabins. The hotel also offers a restaurant, spa, winery, horse riding, two swimming pools (one for adults and another for children), and more. Nearby, the medieval hilltop village of Monsaraz (4 km) boasts stunning panoramic views of Alqueva Lake, Europe's biggest man-made water reservoir.

Casas Caiadas, a gorgeous trio of whitewashed cottages with a beautiful natural pool located in the heart of Alentejo.

Casas Caiadas
– Sabugueiro

Casas Caiadas presents a trio of lovingly restored water mills converted into charming whitewashed cottages near Sabugueiro in Alentejo. Seamlessly blending rustic charm with minimalism, these cottages can be rented individually or together. Featuring a swimming pool, daily breakfast, and housekeeping, the retreat is surrounded by ancient olive trees, making it an ideal choice for stargazing and nature lovers.

Open House facade, a boutique guesthouse located in Arraiolos, a peaceful village in Alentejo.

Open House
– Arraiolos

Experience a fusion of minimalist design and authentic Alentejo charm at Casas Caiadas Open House, a four-bedroom boutique guesthouse in the tranquil village of Arraiolos. Set in a historic building that once hosted a renowned bakery and 19th-century refuge, it features stylishly designed rooms and a rooftop pool with panoramic views. Just an hour's drive from Lisbon.

Aerial view of Malhadinha Nova Country House & Spa, a boutique hotel set in rural Alentejo, in Beja.

Malhadinha Nova Country House & Spa
– Beja

Herdade da Malhadinha Nova is a luxurious farmhouse with a spa, an infinity swimming pool, and a winery. It offers suites and villas across six housing units surrounded by vineyards, with some units featuring private pools. The interior is decorated with designer and artisanal items. The estate's spa offers a range of services, and the cuisine is created by Michelin-starred chef Joachim Koerper, using organic produce grown on the estate.

Kitchen of Cucumbi, a rural retreat in Alcácer do Sal.

– Alcácer do Sal

Cucumbi is a rural guesthouse on an organic farm in Portugal's Alentejo region, run by Catarina and ToZé. They offer six rooms and a two-bedroom cottage with rustic design, a saltwater pool, bikes, and an organic breakfast featuring fresh-laid eggs. Rooms are named after animals on the estate.

Bedroom at Aljana Guest House in Beja, Alentejo

Aljana Guest House
– Beja

Aljana is a charming guesthouse in Beja, owned by a family and comprises seven beautifully designed bedrooms. The living room features a cosy fireplace, and the terrace offers a picturesque view of Beja's Cathedral bell tower, with a swimming pool to refresh yourself. Breakfast is organic and locally sourced.

Casa do Governador Hotel in Evora

Casa do Governador
– Évora

Escape to the Alentejo countryside and discover A Casa do Governador, a charming farmhouse estate nestled in a tranquil ecological reserve in Évora. With 28 hectares of land, including five acres of vineyards, this centennial house offers rooms spread across three unique villas, each with a distinct history and contemporary rustic decor. Indulge in candle-lit local cuisine prepared by the in-house chef, take a carriage ride, stroll through the vineyards, taste delicious wines, or just chill by the pool.

Dá Licença impressive round pool. A boutique hotel and art gallery set in a breathtaking location in the Alentejo countryside near Estremoz.

Dá Licença
– Estremoz

Dá Licença is a boutique hotel in Estremoz amidst Alentejo's hills. It offers five opulent suites blending art and nature. Discover an art gallery, unwind by the round pool, and enjoy 360º views of the Serra d'Ossa forest and medieval castles. A sanctuary of marble, cork, and local craftsmanship awaits you.

Casa do Gadanha in Estremoz

Casa do Gadanha
– Estremoz

Casa do Gadanha is a twelve-bedroom guesthouse and restaurant set in an impressive manor house in Estremoz, in the Alentejo. On the rooftop, there’s a plunge pool where you can enjoy the views of the city and the surrounding Alentejo countryside. A 30-minute drive from the beautiful historic town of Évora and 1h30 from Lisbon.

Travassos 11 living room. A boutique bed and breakfast set in a luxurious manor house in the historic centre of Elvas in the Alentejo.

Travassos 11
– Elvas

Travassos 11 is a boutique bed and breakfast set in a luxurious manor house in the historic centre of Elvas in the Alentejo.

View from Monte Velho Equo Resort, a boutique hotel near Évora with a strong focus on horse riding activities.

Monte Velho Equo Resort
– Arraiolos

A boutique hotel near Évora with a strong focus on horse riding activities. Each room opens to a furnished balcony with amazing views of the dam, and the typical beautiful landscape of Alentejo.

Aerial view of Caia Dam lakeside where Casa da Ermida de Santa Catarina is located with stunning lake views and scenic green surroundings.

Casa da Ermida de Santa Catarina
– Santa Eulália

Set right on top of the Caia Dam lakeside, Casa da Ermida de Santa Catarina boasts stunning lake views and scenic green surroundings. This boutique seven-bedroom house features nature-inspired décor and furnishings.

Casa no Tempo living room. A holiday house with minimal beautiful decor in the Alentejo.

Casa no Tempo
– Montemor-o-Novo

A dreamy four-bedroom old family farmhouse, with minimal beautiful decor set among wildflower fields, lakes and cork groves near the hilltop village of Montemor-o-Novo in the deep Alentejo in Portugal. Only an hour’s drive from Lisbon.

So there you go, those are what we consider to be some of the Best Boutique Hotels and Guesthouses in the Alentejo right now. We hope you like them as much as we do.

If you are planning to explore Comporta, you might also be interested in our article Our Insider’s Guide to Comporta in Portugal. It offers a selection of our favourite hotels in Comporta and Melides, alongside some recommendations for restaurants, shops and activities.

Here's hoping you create new memories here in Portugal. Tag us on Instagram (we would love it if you do!) and let us know how it goes. 🤗

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