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Quinta do Martinhal
Tel: 351 282 240 200
Just outside the fishing port of Sagres, overlooking a rare golden sand beach that punctuates the rutilant cliffs of the Algarve region's western coast, Martinhal, which includes a 38-room hotel and rental villas, counters the mega-resorts that dominate this region. It's not easy to coin a look that's eye candy and cozy at the same time, but London-based designer Michael Sodeau pulls it off beautifully. Lively beach shack-style rooms have teak floors and are furnished with Italian Gervasoni rattan floor lamps, rounded modular oak pieces by London's Modus, and loads of kick-off-your-Louboutins details, like the knitted wool throw pillows on the green tub chairs and the French doors that open onto private balconies with sweeping ocean views. The resort has fabulous facilities, too, including an indoor-outdoor swimming pool overlooking the beach and three excellent restaurants (seafood, epicurean, and casual bistro with great wood-oven pizzas), in addition to well-trained staff.
Which room to book: Snag one of the natural-wood clapboard-sided beach villa rooms, which have total privacy and stunning views.
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