What initially started as a project for a weekend house only, soon morphed in a small hotel project consisting of 4 separate buildings sitting in idyllic beachside surrounds 1 hour out of Lisbon in Comporta, Portugal.
Designed by architect Manuel Aires Mateus, Casas na Areia defers to local traditions for the buildings construction with two buildings made of wood and reeds while the other 2 buildings are made in white concrete with thatched roofing.
Driven by an ethos that urges guests to get back to nature, one of the homes comes with complete with a sand floor in the kitchen and meal areas, forcing you to get your feet firmly planted back on terra firma. The home's at Casas na Areia can be opened up and used together for bigger groups (how much would the kids love that sand floor?) or alternatively each building can be rented out individually.
Comporta is known for its stunning white sand beaches, the local wine, fresh fish and scenic rice paddies so guests are supplied with bikes for roaming the countryside. With breakfast supplied along with daily housekeeping, you are left with nothing more to do than breathe in the country air and explore the surrounds of the nearby river Sado reserve and its resident wildlife of flamingos, storks and dolphins.
...or of course, read a book.