Glide through the reeds of the natural pool, or swim in the round one with a view. The inspired creation of artist, gardener and therapist Fred, this ‘house of the earth’, a neighbour to Quinta Sol D’Agua but 8km from Tavira, is a peace-seeker’s dream.
Great for friends, tailor-made for groups, it’s an eco-building with a central block and three units connected by private terraces and gardens. Off a road that winds gently up to the mountains, it sleeps 14 with ease and has its own yoga hall. Taste the fruits of the permaculture garden; wake up in bedrooms with a view of the sea – the top ones have them.
You can stock up at the fish market in Olhão, or spot flamingoes on the salt marshes of the Ria Fomosa, a series of lagoons teeming with wildlife and protected by islands of white sands. Catch a ferry to the Ilha da Culatra: bask on the dunes; find shelter at a beach bar.