Paraiso Escondido

Sao Teotonio, Alentejo

Unwind in smart, sustainable style - eat fine local food, walk the wildly beautiful Alentejo coast, take a dip in the sea, and the pool


10 rooms


Rooms sleep 2


You’ll feel peaceful and pampered here. Take the steeply winding road up and up, through Eucalyptus and Cork Oak forest, to emerge at this traditional-style, modern Alentejo house fronted by a sparkling swimming pool with amazing views. Choose between suites or rooms in the main house,  separate suites in the grounds – one in African lodge style – or two separate bungalows on stilts, high in the trees with spectacular views. Berny and Glenn are the friendliest hosts and have lavished attention and creativity on their hill-top paradise.  They give you two beamed lounge areas, both with wood fires, a cosy view-filled bar and a Spa. The décor is a harmonious mix: Berny grew up in Mozambique and South Africa and her paintings, many inspired by her Asian travels, are a joy. A passion for sustainability is apparent in design and food and daughter Gisela makes a fine cake for tea.  Western Alentejo has one of the wildest and least developed coastlines in Europe and the Rota Vicentina coast path runs nearby. You’re close to lovely beaches and the small coastal village of Zambujeira do Mar. 


  • Hot tub
  • WiFi
  • Swimming pool
  • Mobile reception
  • Spa
  • Breakfast included
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Bar
  • Parking on premises
  • Licensed premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Breakfast available
  • Accessible by public transport
  • Wheelchair access
  • Limited mobility
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Garden
  • Tennis court
  • Credit cards
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Children welcome
  • Books and toys
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

& pricing

Booking information

Check in
From 2pm
Check out
Booking restrictions
Children over 11 welcome.
Owner has pets
Animals living on the property.
Breakfast included. Dinner available on request €35 per person. Wine and drinks available at extra cost. Restaurants nearby.


Nightly price
from €135
5 Suites for 2
From €150
3 Doubles
From €135
2 Treehouses for 2
From €250


We were greeted with a beautiful view and a very warm welcome from our superb hosts Berny and Glenn. We stayed in Cidreira, a luxurious wooden bungalow on stilts blessed with a magnificent vista across the valley. By day we relaxed by the pool and each evening were treated to some truly delicious and creative food, accompanied by Glenn's impressive collection of Portuguese wines, all prepared and served in the stunning main house - the style of which reflects Bernie's creativity and attention to detail. We had an amazing time - Paraiso Escondido really is a very special place.

Julia, Liphook

Such a wonderful place! My husband and I stayed here for 3 nights and we treated ourselves to a stay in one of the brand new bungalows as a wedding anniversary treat. We knew the bungalow would be special from the website, but the view from our terrace took our breath away! We spent several hours spell bound by the view, and star gazing at the unpolluted sky at night. I was so inspired by the view I even did yoga on the terrace every morning. Berny and Glenn are the most welcoming hosts, the guesthouse is beautifully done and the food delicious. We very much hope to return!

Wendy, Bath

A place crafted with love and courage! A location that is absolutely fantastic : relaxing with all the pleasures including homemade food! A coast that feels like 50 years ago: wild and still not crowded good surfing, walking or just enjoying a dip in the atlantic! Berny and Glenn are just unique- dont tell everyone- it is a gem! Go and find out for yourself

Willem, Rome

From the minute we arrived we knew this was a very special place to stay. We had such a warm welcome and the owners Bernie and Glenn went out of their way throughout our stay to ensure that we had the very best experience. The attention to detail of every little touch makes Paradiso stand out from the rest. It is a beautiful, relaxing and calming place to stay where the owners really do care. The food was delicious and the accommodation beautiful. We had one of our best holidays here and we will no doubt be back.

Samantha, London

We had a wonderful 10 day stay in July with out two teenage boys. Berny & Glenn are so much more than hotel hosts, we felt like we became friends! They can't do enough to make your stay perfect! The breakfasts were AMAZING -freshly squeezed OJ, fruit platter, local cheese & ham & cooked to order (by Glenn) fabulous scrambled eggs! We had several dinners -the young chefs created incredible 3 course dinners, all beautifully served. Our boys loved the pool & the two dogs, Candy & Zulu! The new kitchen/lounge extension & bedrooms had all been designed with Berny's creative flair. We'll be back!

Alison, Twickenham

Paraiso Escondido is truly a hidden paradise. It is located in a beautifully unspoiled part of Portugal with stunning beaches and pretty villages to discover. The property itself is nestled on top of a wooded hill with comfy, well-appointed rooms, a pool and plenty of space for lounging around. Berny and Glenn are the perfect hosts who invite you to feel at home with their friendly welcome. Their catering is fantastic, we loved the hearty morning breakfasts, delicious cups of tea, fabulous 3-course evening meals and Portuguese wines.

Sam, Cambridge

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The neighbourhood

Local points of interest from Berny Serrão & Glenn Cullen

  • The South West Alentejo and the Costa Vicentina National Park is one of the finest preserved stretches of European coastline, from Porto Covo in the Alentejo, to Burgau in the Algarve. The Park can be visited by walks along the famous Rota Vicentina.
  • The Rota Vicentina comprises 400km of Fisherman’s Trails and Historical Routes.The beautiful River Mira is nearby and has been acknowledged as the cleanest river in Europe. Canoeing and boat trips can be arranged.
  • Many bird species can be seen, such as rare fish eagles. The rarest species is the white stork, given that this is the only place in the world where they build their nests in the seashore rocks.
  • The beaches are highly popular amongst surfers, and are some of the finest in the country. There are a tremendous variety of natural and unspoiled beaches, including long stretches of sand and small beaches nestled between the cliffs and rocks
  • The Alentejo is still relatively undiscovered and is often referred to as the Tuscany of Portugal with its beautiful sun drenched rolling landscapes dotted with sleepy villages surrounded with cork trees and olive groves and its wonderful gastronomy.
  • Food lovers will enjoy some of the best seafood and shellfish from the unpolluted waters of the Costa Vicentina.The wines from this region are a hidden gem, with many wonderful Wineries producing world-class wines.