This small hotel in Portugal has great curb appeal: a spectacular converted 17th-century mansion, perched high on the bluffs overlooking the Algarve coast. We love its panoramic vistas, bold design and back-to-nature luxury.
Villa Miranda Lagos, Algarve, Portugal
When you discover that this villa was once the private home of a 17th-century noble family, it won’t come as a great surprise. It occupies a fabulous clifftop location near the picturesque fishing town of Lagos on the Algarve, and is surrounded in manicured terraced gardens.
The views are one of Villa Miranda’s greatest selling points (and they are certainly noteworthy), but we were instantly drawn to its bold design and focus on health and wellbeing.
The property is divided into 14 individually-decorated rooms and suites; however, larger parties may take advantage of the 11 additional rooms in the adjacent building.
Each room offers a different experience. The lower terrace rooms are smaller, inspired by traditional Portuguese design and have views of the ocean. Higher-level suites are larger, bolder in color and contemporary bohemian in feel. Most have terraces with panoramic views of the Atlantic.
The Boutique Grand Suite is palatial, with a stunning explosion of bold blues, magentas and golds, bespoke furniture and sumptuous velvets. Standard double rooms have a softer, more intimate feel, with earthy tones and local details. We really recommend picking a room to suit your personal style.
The dining room is a destination in itself, and the villa’s chef prides himself on creating healthy Mediterranean menus with a wide range of plant-based options to suit vegetarians, vegans and even raw foodies.
As if that weren’t tempting enough, the owner has also partnered with Neal’s Yard Remedies to create a gorgeous spa, using organic, ethical and sustainable skin products and signature treatments. Included in the price of your stay is a complimentary 30-minute massage. And guests can make full use of the Razul, Turkish steam bath, Finnish sauna and infinity pool.
The villa, which has 14 double rooms in its main building, can be rented in its entirety. There is an additional annex, which has 11 rooms. If the main villa is rented exclusively, the annex will not be rented, in order to preserve the private atmosphere.
Villa Miranda is located directly above the Porto de Mos beach, and within easy reach of several other local beaches, including the breathtaking Praia Dona Ana. The cliffs, grottoes and sea caves of the Ponta de Piedade are one of the region’s most popular attractions and best visited by chartering a small fishing boat.
The cobbled-stone streets of the seaside town Lagos are only 2km from the property, and historical tours are recommended. The locality is also great for golfers, as well as hikers and lovers of water sports.
Lagos, Algarve, Portugal. The villa is located in the south of Portugal, in the western Algarve. Nearest airports are Faro (85km) and Lisbon (300km).
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Villa Mirandafrom €155/ nt
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