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This is one of our favorite lifestyle concepts. The focus on community, organic sustainable food production, and a simple sense of design is what makes this special retreat a unique vacation option.
Located in a historic town and vibrant agricultural center of the Algarve, Community Culture Retreat is a 100-acre organic farm that produces figs, olives, apricots, oranges, pine, cork, and carob with an emphasis on green garden production. Formerly the ruins of an agricultural settlement, the farm’s urban core was restored by architect Pedro Ressano Garcia to reflect the Community Culture concept. Designed around two courtyards from previous construction, the site integrates agricultural scenery and pathways, updated with a focus on hospitality and gastronomy.
The architecture, both exterior and interior, invites contemplation and uses repurposed spaces and pre-existing materials to reflect new ways of inhabiting the contemporary world. The result is a formal and conceptual nod to the aesthetics and ethics of the ‘arte povera’ movement.
Community Culture Retreat has nine rooms with a mix of suites, doubles and twin rooms and sleeps up to fifiteen. There are four newly designed apartments comprised of three duplexes and one ground floor apartment that sleep up to ten guests. An ancient olive press area has been transformed into a library and hall for seminars, concerts and workshops. With no television, the house provides a reprieve from the outside world, but still offers an internet connection and technology for image projection and sound.
The newly designed Hamam is modeled after traditional Roman baths and is a relaxing respite offering a variety of spa and massage treatments and all natural regional aromatherapy products. You can find homegrown products and a selection of interesting items from different regions of Portugal at the on site store. Relax by the outdoor pool, participate in one of several annual harvests, or hike a vast network of nearby trails. There are also workshops offered on topics ranging from Wild Food to Bird Watching.
Completely catered from the on site restaurant including daily breakfast. Partially unplugged, there is wifi in common areas plus use of a laptop if needed and image projection and audio systems. Library with books and videos. Daily housekeeping, personal care products and robes. Meeting room and wine cellar. Bicycle rentals through reception.
Just under a mile away from the coast, and close to Guadiana river and the hills, Castro Marim dates back thousands of years and remains a quiet town typical of the Algarve region. The salt marshes and protected reserve lies between Castro Marim, Monte Gordo and Vila Real de Santo António at the mouth of the river, and is home to over 150 species of birds. On the Monte Gordo side of Praia Verde is the modern resort of Altura, a long stretch of beach that runs from Manta Rota to Vila Real. Head north and the landscape changes into green hillsides where you’ll find the sleepy town of Foz de Odeleite.
Castro Marim, Portugal. Nearest Airport: Faro International Airport (40 min)
BEST TIME TO VISIT: Spring through Fall
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|Rooms / Houses||13 rooms (2 interior twin rooms, 1 twin room, 3 double rooms, 1 double superior room, 1 junior suite, 1 suite, 1 ground floor apartment and 3 duplex apartments)|
|Accommodate||40 Total Occupancy|
|Restaurant / self catering||Friendly bar and restaurant with breakfast served from 9am-Noon. Bistro is open from 5:30pm -10pm and closed on Tuesdays. Complimentary cake and tea served at 5:30pm.|
|Kitchen||Kitchenette only in the apartments|
|Bed Type||Double and Single beds|
|Pet Friendly||No pets allowed|
|Pool||Salt Water Pool|
|Rates||Rates starting at €70 per night. 2 night minimum stay in rooms and suites and 4 night minimum stay in the apartments. Please see rates table below.|
|Minimum Stay||2 Nights|
Breakfast is from 9am to 12pm and features organic seasonal produce.
Hammam is open from 2pm - 8pm. €12 per person per use or free of charge when booking any additional spa treatments. A selection of different kind of massages and treatments are available (quiromassage, relaxation, Chinese medicine among others)
Yoga and dance classes every Tues and Fri at 9:30am in a room lined in cork [Cork Box]. €20 per person. Please inform reception if you wish to join. If you are interested in Play Yoga, Yoga for pregnancy or childrens yoga, please book at the reception
Minimum stay in apartments: 4 nights, in room and suites: 2 nights.
Check out is noon
A 50% advance payment is required to guarantee the reservation, paid by bank transfer or by credit card with the respective specifications of the customer.
Failure to charge the advance payment within the time specified by the hotel, may lead to the cancellation of the reservation without notice.
Booking Conditions: The guarantee of the reservation implies the payment of the amount indicated for that purpose, and should be proof of it to the contacts provided by the hotel.
The credit card can be used by the hotel to charge the advance payment, the value of the accommodation, services provided or future services, cancellation fees, or losses caused during the stay.
The hotel can always claim a credit card at check in.
Booking Changes: Any change of reservation on the number of people may result in changing the type of accommodation booked and the additional payment associated with rebooking, subject to availability. Any change of reservation by inadequate accommodation facilities chosen for the number of people will be subject to hotel availability and the additional payment associated with rebooking.
Changes requiring booking cancellations will be subject to cancellation policy.
Cancellations: In case of cancellation, the value of the deposit paid will be in credit for a future reservation. If cancelled, modified or in case of no show occuring within 20 days prior to the date of arrival (later than 15:00 local time), then the total price of the 50% deposit will be charged. The hotel can establish other booking and cancellation conditions in special programs, including New Year’s program, or group bookings.
Rate Table - 2018
Low Season: March 15 - March 22/April 9 - May 31/October 1 - November 30
High Season: March 23 - April 8/June 1 - July 31/September
CLOSED: December 2017 - March 14th, 2018
|LOW SEASON||Sun - Thur (1 Per)||Fri & Sat (1 Per)||Sun - Thur (2 Per)||Fri & Sat (2 Per)|
|Interior Twin Room||€70||€80||€90||€100|
|Suite & Double Superior1||€115||€125||€135||€145|
|HIGH SEASON||1 Person||2 People|
|Interior Twin Room||€90||€110|
|Suite & Double Superior||€145||€165|
|AUGUST||1 Person||2 People|
|Interior Twin Room||€95||€115|
|Suite & Double Superior||€160||€180|
|*DUPLEX APARTMENTS||1 Person||2 People|
|GROUND FLOOR APT.||1 Person||2 People|
Welcome drink, ecological breakfast (just for rooms and suites, not apartments), outdoor saltwater pool, hamam, WiFi, seasonal fruit, tea and homemade cake to snack, library and maps of walking routes. *Breakfast not included with apartment rental.
Adult (+16 years old €50) Child(+3 up to 15 years old) €30 Baby cot Free (only available for double superior, suites and apartments)
Extra beds not available in twin and double rooms, up to 1 extra bed in double superior room, up to 2 extra beds in suite, up to 1 extra bed in junior suite, up to 2 extra beds in ground floor apartment, up to 3 extra beds in apartment duplex.