Surfers and artists have long loved the sleepy, untouched charm of Comporta, but it’s flown under the radar for most travelers. It was pretty inevitable that this blustery beach community on the west coast of Portugal would eventually make waves with an international crowd. So, where do jetsetters visiting the increasingly popular land of wind-swept sand dunes and rice fields stay? Sublime Comporta, a blissfully breezy five-star retreat tucked on a 17-hectare parcel that’s carpeted with umbrella pines, cork trees, and wildflowers. Reverence to the majesty of the region is palpable in everything from the hands-off landscaping and architecture to the cuisine and unhurried pace.
Minimalist design—giant glass windows, white wood, and stone—lets the beauty of the bucolic do its thing, creating an effortlessly chic style that lends itself to relaxation. The main building houses the bar and signature restaurant, Sem Porta, which shines a spotlight on local ingredients. It’s a conscientious approach to gastronomy that feels attune with the rest of the property. The breakfast spread trumpets the bounty of nature with all sorts of seasonal fruit, farm-fresh eggs cooked to order, and organic coffee. The dinner menu brings diners along on a culinary journey full of delicious pasture-fed beef, line-caught fish, and just-picked produce.
Outside sits a swimming pool and chairs to bask in the sun as well as a fire pit for nights spent looking up at the stars. Strolls through the organic gardens—where chefs pluck herbs, vegetables, and edible flowers—forge an even deep connection between visitors and the sublime setting. The eco-conscious spa is a holistic sanctuary that turns to Mother Nature for inspiration and guidance. Personalized skincare and well-being rituals use organic plants, local rice and sea salt, and pure essential oils.
Sustainably constructed lodgings are spaced out to enhance the sense of intimacy and privacy. Individually decorated with neutral tones and native materials, accommodations include contemporary rooms and suites, plus multi-bedroom villas with pools, fireplaces, and terraces. A nod to the fishing port of Carrasqueira, the thatched roof cabanas overlooking the shimmering lake reflect a genuine spirit and provide gorgeous views.
A stay at Sublime Comporta is all about slowing down and soaking in the simple pleasures like meals enjoyed with friends in a stunning rural setting. The curated picnic baskets filled with gourmet delicacies and local wine are yet another example of the many thoughtful ways the hotel distills and shares the essence of Comporta in a really authentic way.
Location: Comporta, Portugal
The Vibe: Pastoral perfection with refined design and a relaxed tempo.
Food + Drink: Sem Porta, the main restaurant, honors the bounty of Comporta. Open seasonally, Tasca da Comporta focuses on classic Portuguese petiscos. The Food Circle is a chef-driven dining experience in the middle of the organic garden. Botânico Bar mixes artisanal cocktails into the evening hours. A 10-minute drive away on the sands of Praia do Carvalhal sits the stylish Sublime Comporta Beach Club.
Amenities: three restaurants; bar; pool; spa; fitness center; beach club; concierge
Our Favorite Thing About the Hotel: How the rhythm of nature influences every aspect of this magical place.
5 Nearby Attractions: Praia da Comporta, Praia do Carvalhal, Reserva Natural Do Estuário Do Sado, Surf Lessons, Horseback Riding
Any Personal Neighborhood Recs? Comporta isn’t lacking delicious dining options. If you want to sample the traditional fare of the region, head to Dona Bia. It’s particularly lovely in the early evening when the sun sets over the rice fields. Cavalariça Comporta is a favorite for sharable Portuguese dishes inside former horse stables.
Rooms: 45 rooms, suites, and villas built with respect to the environment
Pricing: Rooms start at $225/night
Closest Airport: Lisbon Airport
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