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Review of Areias do Seixo

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Areias do Seixo
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in A dos Cunhados
Certificate of Excellence
Toronto, Canada
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6 reviews
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“UNIQUE LUXURY”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2013

We had been travelling with friends for about three weeks all over England, France and our last stop was Lisbon Portugal. We were in need of a well deserved rest from sight-seeing and regular hotels. We were looking for something different and unique and we found it just an hour outside Lisbon at Areias Do Seixo Charm Hotel & Residences. We were really impressed with its uniqueness the outstanding design and location. The other reviews well detail the hotel’s uniqueness and outstanding decor and charm. I would like to concentrate on Villa 2.
We were initially going to stay in one of the luxury hotel rooms but during the walk around we noticed the villas on the opposite side of the road. We were informed that they were available for rent and we decided that this would be a better option for all of us. We were showed a couple of Villas but Villa 2 took our breath away.
Luxury can be presented in many forms from lavish to over the top. Villa’s 2 luxuries are what we all agreed on was extremely tasteful and very well appointed. The combination of wood, stone and glass was just the right blend to make it standout. The location on the corner facing west gave you terrific site lines to the water and some beautiful evening sunsets from all areas within the villa. Inside the Villa you will find large spacious well appointed rooms over three floors. The artful use of opening floor to ceiling glass doors provided every room in the villa with airflow, unabated light and a view of the Atlantic Ocean. No air condition needed, the ocean provided that. You could of course adjust the amount of light because each window in the villa had its own remote controlled shade. A feature we came to really enjoy day or night. Something we all wished we had at home.
The rooms were all adored with new and modern well appointed furniture and fixtures. The decor blended extremely well with the villa’s surroundings. We called it efficient luxury, well designed, easy to move around and to use and very pleasing to the eye. The lounge when you walk in is spacious and beautifully decorated with a hanging fire place and a large TV and a walkout to the sun deck and pool. The kitchen with all new and modern appliances was designed with ease of use and style in mind. There are two dining areas, one inside and the one outside with a barbecue, providing you with a choice. The three bedrooms are on different levels and all with ensuites.
The two things that we enjoyed the most were the terraces and the garden areas. There was a terrace on each level where you could enjoy the sun, a view of the ocean, relax with a glass of wine and watch the sunset. The best view however was off the master bedroom where you have a large comfortable lounger in which to relax daytime or evening time watching the sunset. Must say, I fell asleep may a time on that lounger sometimes well into the night. The garden areas were well maintained and blended well with their surroundings.
We really enjoyed our final week of our Europe vacation. We were there the first week of October and had outstanding weather.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with friends
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2013

Had a wonderful time at Areias Do Seixo in early January. Rooms are fantastically eclectic. The room above reception with plunge pool/jacuzzi is especially recommended. Staff were very attentive and friendly and we especially liked that meals were based upon what fresh catch the local fishermen had on offer that day.
I recommend taking a walk down the cliff to the secluded beach nearby. Also taking one of the supplied bicycles for a roam followed by a relaxing spa treatment back at the hotel.

  • Stayed January 2013, travelled as a couple
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Switzerland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 October 2013

+++Design, decoration, care for details friendly staff and location made our (unfortunately) short stay to remain memorable. It is trully exceptional. Breakfast and dinner where excellent with generous portions. Very nice market garden.

-The lack of price transparency for the dinner and wine options. Check-in and check-out were slow. There are no much option for dinning out in the surroundings, hence considering the price level and country economics, half-board included would be appropriate.

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  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 September 2013

This is one extraordinary hotel doing things its very own way. It's really a beautiful structure and the low density (rooms; people) means it's really relaxing and peaceful. The rooms are stunning - we stayed in two: a gold room (Nha Creutcheu) and then a land room (Terra) during our week long stay but saw a few others as well, they're all really interesting, huge (the bathrooms are out of this world), and massively comfortable. Some people have commented on the food; we thought the selection at breakfast (particularly of fresh fruit) was great and, if there is any suggestion for improvement, it would be perhaps some variety for the bread (the bread that there is is really delicious but if you stay for a few nights, it would be nice to mix it up a bit). We were fine with the dinner menu (the owners also organise trips to eat out in the area and staff happily suggest options in the vicinity reachable by taxi), the wine list in the restaurant is interesting and reasonably priced. The fact that you need to walk a bit to get to the beach means that from the beach you see nothing man-made other than some steps leading up a cliff; the staff is fantastic, super friendly, super helpful and we liked very much the informality of the service. It's not of the flawless, hospitality school honed Four Seasons variety but a much more laid back, relaxed, humanised interaction. The owners are promoting a new kind of luxury; laidback, relaxed, warm, hospitable, connected (you're in a resort but you're not insulated from the surroundings). If you're after the "usual" 5 star way, this place is not for you - there's no mini-bar in the room; no buttoned up service by the pool; no in-room TV or DVD; no air-conditioning (it's an eco resort) BUT what this hotel has in buckets and spades is an unusual kind of authenticity, a massively relaxed atmosphere, the luxury of space in a fully-geared resort, and a unique take on 5 star tourism. We loved it.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Sheffield, England
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 September 2013 via mobile

We researched this hotel thoroughly before we booked and I have to say it exceeded our expectations.

This is a place to relax, reflect, and take things easy. I have to say every single member of staff are switched on to helping you do this. The friendliness that they do this with cannot be overstated.

The rooms (we got to see a few thanks to the delightful Daniela), are superb, all of them different with their own character. We stopped in the smaller Terra room, which was simply enchanting. The piped music making the feel of the room all the more special (you can plug your Android/IPhone in via a 3.5mm jack too).

Out on the south facing deck of each room there are a couple of large cushions to sunbathe, another more formal sunbed, plus a small table. We drank champagne whilst watching the sun go down one night, a perfect end to the day.

We opted to eat in for two nights, and whilst the food is not michelin star rated it was suitably sufficient for the price we paid. The wine is very reasonably priced.

On our third night Daniela suggested an Italian restaurant (O Spaghetti) in nearby Santa Cruz, only 5 minutes and 7 euros in a taxi. This was a great selection, the food and service was excellent. We chatted to the owner afterwards who displayed a real passion of his food. Always nice that the hotel suggestions live up to expectations.

Each night the hotel hosts the circle of fire where they invite guests to drink complimentary wine and relax. This is a great way to get to know fellow guests. The staff facilitate this extremely well, starting conversations, then withdrawing when it starts to flow. Very tactful, without being overbearing.

Each day the hotel puts on a few complimentary activities, we tried the Yoga, which was excellent. We learnt some interesting stuff! They also have trips to their garden to get involved with planting and selection.

This is a beautifully designed, friendly, nature driven hotel. This isn't a typical, Four Seasons style 5 star experience, it's much deeper and personal than that. It's a retreat, where you can relax, and appreciate the simpler things in life.

We have travelled all over the world and without doubt this is one of the best places we have visited.


  • Stayed September 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Brussels, Belgium
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86 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2013

Let me introduce you by telling that I am a seasoned traveler and stayed in some of the most luxurious hotels of the world. When travelling, I like to pick my hotels by using websites such as Kiwicollection, Conde Nast, Travel & Leisure. So I only like the best of the best. As such, I decided to relax and unwind some days at Areias Do Seixo, which receives very high ratings on Kiwicollection.

It is definitely a very good place to relax in an upscale setting and the décor is simply brilliant. However, it is not perfect, with the food (and its lack of taste and creativity) being my main criticism. And while excellent, it is a far cry from an Aman resort ( I read this comment twice here on Tripadvisor, but I guess those people have never been to an Aman resort as the service, food and vibe are not comparable).

PROS :

- a wonderful staff. Everyone is genuinely friendly and discrete at the same time, and will do all they can to make your stay a success

- the décor is the strongest point of the hotel, with a beautiful mix of industrial and traditional elements. The rooms are huge and tastefully decorated. The beds are heavenly soft (en pair with Four Seasons and other luxury hotels) and bathrooms are amazing. Each night, they put on tens of candles, creating a very romantic atmosphere. Wow!

- Without any doubt, the impressive lobby is one of the attractions of the hotel, offering spectacular views over the gardens and sea in the distance. In the evening, the bar is wonderfully enlightened, and becomes a trendy, yet intimate place to spend time with a special one.

- The spa is lovely and treatments are not only good but also moderately priced.

- the beach is located about a 10 minute walk from the hotel (through the dunes) and is stunningly beautiful. I did not read a lot about the beach here on Tripadvisor, but it a jewel and worth a stay at the hotel. The waves of the Atlantic are pretty amazing and the beach is not crowded at all.

- each night, they offer a complimentary glass of wine at a special location : a highly appreciated gesture.


CONS (+ few suggestions for the owners) :

- I am sorry to say so, but the food is far from great. The problem is they charge “Maldives-alike” prices with full board 90 euros and half board 45 euros (per person). First of all, never choose full board as the lunches are all around 15 euros (so I do not get how you could consume 45 euros at lunch, and I do not understand the policy of the hotel to charge 45 euro extra for full board over half board). Second, you are stuck at the hotel as no restaurants are nearby (which is not a bad thing in this décor), so half board is your best choice. But the food was so utterly dull, disappointing and not even tasteful (including breakfast). Of the 3 nights we stayed, the same entrees were offered twice. The starters were utterly disappointing night after night. I do not understand the owners: they build this unique hotel in a unique spot, but seem to have forgotten about gastronomy. I guess they only have 2 choices : either lower the prices of their dinners, or – a much better option if you ask me – contract an excellent and innovative chef, place Areias Do Seixo on the map of gastronomy, and be the best of the best.
- the swimming pool, while very attractive, is very cold, too cold. We were there during a heat wave and could not get in the swimming pool before late afternoon. The pool should be heated to a more tolerable temperature.
- I missed a hottub on the terrace near the pool. That would have been a brilliant addition to an otherwise brilliant hotel.

- There is no service at all at the pool. It would have been nice if from time to time someone of the staff came along to take orders for drinks (would be nice for the clients and the hotel could increase its revenues), or to offer little snacks (as is the case in most Four Seasons hotels for example).

- internet connections (wifi) is good in the rooms, but absent in the pool area. This may not bother some, but we did miss it to surf the internet on our tablets while lounging near the pool.

- While probably not possible, a private club at the beach (with loungers for the hotel guests) would have been so great! Maybe the hotel should give this idea a thought ;).

All in all, a very good and relaxing experience, but there is still room for improvement to make Areias Do Seixo an even more exceptional place.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Utrecht, Utrecht, Netherlands
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 September 2013

The design and decoration of this hotel are absolutely flawless. The combination of industrial, baroque and brocante styles with rural elements results in an eclectic mix with an unique character. Each room could undoubtedly be featured in any home decoration magazine. All rooms are spacious and stunning, but sometimes design rules over functionality.

We had the pleasure of staying 3 nights in the Jasmin room and 3 nights in the Que Voa room. Despite having no sea view, we had a slight preference for the first one; it has a small secluded garden with olive trees and an outdoor bath/shower. Indoors it has nice wooden decoration around the bed area. The Que Voa room overlooks the garden towards the sea and has a more industrial signature due to the concrete look.

The ‘go-with-the-flow’ attitude which rules all over the place makes you relax instantly. For further relaxation, the spa offers fine treatments to calm down even more.

There is no set menu for diner, so waiters will tell you what the dishes of the day are. Therefore, there are also no prices but expect to pay app. € 80-90 for 2 persons for dinner including a glass of Portuguese wine. Staff is friendly, helpful and will help making your stay as comfortable as possible.

It takes a beautiful 10 minute stroll through the dunes and along a cliff to reach a beach which has been hidden from the masses. The cliff offers great scenery and the waves of the Atlantic ocean are impressive.

So then why not give a 5 star rating? There is room for improvement when it comes to the food. It's good, but I must agree with other reviewers that the menu lacks a bit of creativity and inspiration (also in relation to the price charged). The focus is on garden fresh ingredients and sometimes it simply misses seasoning, resulting in rather plain taste. After a few days, the sauted vegetables become a bit boring so here is definitely room for improvement. And if they manage, everything will be top notch.

But if you want to escape and calm down in a uniquely designed hotel with a friendly and homely atmosphere, Areias do Seixo is definitely worth a visit!

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Areias do Seixo
Address: Praceta do Atlantico, Mexilhoeira - Povoa de Penafirme | A-dos-Cunhados, A dos Cunhados 2560-046, Portugal
Region: Portugal > Central Portugal > Lisbon District > A dos Cunhados
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Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in A dos Cunhados
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
Number of rooms: 14
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A magical place in a magical setting, Areias do Seixo is a natural haven less than one hour from Lisbon. This is a special place where pine trees, dunes and sea murmur their secrets. Experience originality, sublime comfort and an unerringly sense of style that seamlessly blends in with the natural surroundings of the land, the sea and the shore. Each room tells its own intriguing story. Our restaurant transports you to a place where aroma, taste and colour come together, using raw materials sourced from a bountiful Mother Nature. Concealed behind the enigmatic wooden doors that lead into our SPA, a world of unique sensations awaits you. Leave the daily grind and the stresses of life behind you. Let yourself be transported back to an almost forgotten time when "to feel" was activity enough. ... more   less 
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