It’s not a hotel, it’s a lifestyle. From the very first minute, we loved São Lourenço do Barrocal. We were actually browsing for a nice restaurant in the Alentejo region when we accidentally spotted this fantastic place. Though we were not really looking for a hotel, we decided to change our travel plans last minute, just so we could stay here. We were a little worried that this would be one of those ‘to good to be true’ stories. Everything looked so perfect on the website, it was affordable and there was still a cottage available. Something must be wrong. But it was even better than we thought.
What makes this place so special? It’s the details that make the difference. The wonderful interior design mixed with local crafts, the super friendly staff that helps you with anything, the handwritten notes on your kitchen table and the home cookies they bring to your door. It’s truly inspiring how they managed to create such modern luxury with great respect for tradition and culture. There are horses, cows, and cats. But they also have fantastic spa facilities. You can wander trough the olive groves or you can enjoy a 5-course meal in their restaurant. If you consider making a reservation, please make sure you go for the full experience. Book a picnic, go star gazing or take one of their retro bikes to explore the estate. São Lourenço do Barrocal is pretty much a dream come true.
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São Lourenço do Barrocal
Location: Monsaraz, Alentejo, Portugal