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 courses can be arranged; a masseuse can visit or just relax in the hammock 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. Or you can take an afternoon trip to the beach.
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.