Casa Modesta \ Algarve \ Portgual

Set on the edge of the Ria Formosa lagoon, Casa Modesta is a rural hotel with a distinct contemporary Portuguese edge. Owner Carlos Fernandes named the property after his mother, Modesta Maria, who grew up in the original 1940s house built by his grandfather, a local fisherman. Re-imagined by Fernandes’ sister, Vânia, the once-humble home now features nine beautiful rooms with en-suites and a patio and share a common dining room and lounge. The interiors are minimal and unfussy with stunning vaulted brick ceilings and traditional terracotta floor tiles complimented by Canadian cedar furnishings and cork and brass accents. The hotel’s garden provides fresh organic vegetables for the kitchen, while a range of spa treatments are also available, using the natural properties of the local olives, almonds and algae. This rural hideaway is ideal for those that want to slow down and experience authentic culture in the stunning environment of the nature reserve.

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*images by Joao Carmo Simoes



Santa Barbara Eco-Beach Resort \ Azores \ Portugal

Located on the north coast of Sao Miguel, the largest of the Azore Islands, sits Santa Barbara Eco-Beach Resort, a contemporary Beach Resort with private villas that enjoy spectacular views of both the mountains and the sea. The 14 villas are modern in design, incorporating dark polished concrete and natural elements such as driftwood, ranging from single rooms with kitchenettes to 2 bedroom villas with private outdoor Jacuzzis. The large outdoor infinity pool disappears into the dark azul waters with private access to the renowned Santa Barabara beach that stretches over 1/2 mile of sand. Whether you are coming for relaxation or adventure, Santa Barbara Eco-Beach Resort is the perfect place to enjoy the spectacular "green island" of the Azores archipeligo.

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*Images courtesy of Jarusha Brown and the property