White, bright and luminous – the rooms here reflect the Algarve’s brilliant light. Drift from the wide roof terraces with views over Olhão’s rooftops and the beach-fringed lagoon, to the cool cloister with its ancient pillars, peaceful fountain, bougainvillea and blazing blue-and-white tiles. Architect and designer Filipe and Eleonore, who live next-door, have converted the former 19th-century girls’ hostel into a luxuriously simple sanctuary. Rooms are serene and gauzy with stripped wood floors, high white-beamed ceilings and minimal furnishings – perhaps an antique chest, baroque armchair or gilded mirror. Most open onto the courtyard or first-floor gallery; two have roof terraces, all have large marble bathrooms. Breakfast at a long convivial table on locally made jams, pastries and market-fresh fruit then slip out through the courtyard doors into the bustle of Olhão with its markets, Moorish streets and seafood restaurants. Explore the Ria Formosa lagoon, laze on the long sandy beaches, then return for a shady read in the courtyard, a dip in the rooftop pool or a sunset drink (honesty bar) from your white eyrie.