A lovely view of heaven

November 21, 2012 Outdoor Spaces

Every part of this lovely space—from the soothing spa, to the airy dining room with its open kitchen, to the seven individually designed guest rooms—induces a profound sense of well-being. It doesn’t hurt that guest rooms open onto a broad swath of windswept gardens and, beyond, the blue Atlantic. The interiors are just as pleasing, composed of glass, stone, and rough-hewn wood, with olive trees or lavender never far from reach. The result is a design-conscious place that would blur the lines between indoors and out if it weren’t for the almost folkloric details and eco-sensitivity that reflect the taste of owners Gonçalo Alves and Marta Fonseca: handmade candlesticks on the restaurant tables, silk embroidered pillows in rooms. An on-site organic garden supplies the restaurant with vegetables and herbs, (hidden) solar panels provide electricity, and much of the furniture is made from repurposed timber. via

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