Way up in the hills past small villages and lemon, fig and orange groves is this little gem – feel serene on arrival. Your welcome hamper is plentiful – spaghetti, wine and beer will make your first evening a breeze. Rustle up a pot and dine under the pergola looking out to the pool.
Days are for doing exactly as you please; yoga and meditation courses can be arranged; a masseuse can visit or simply pop a record on the player and fix yourself your favourite drink. The smell of lavender, bougainvillea and plumbago will scent your time in the garden – sit back and take it all in. The Via Algarviana hiking trail passes close by leading to the west coast and Paderne Castle. In walking distance is a small stream; grab your swimmers and head to the natural pool and waterfall.
If you’re not taking advantage of nearby nightlife, evenings are for opening a bottle from the honesty bar – and sharing the cooking in the outdoor kitchen.