Casa Mãe, Lagos, Portugal
Close your eyes and imagine yourself swinging in a hammock as the sun warms your face and the salty air fills your lungs. The sound of palm trees swaying gently and the sweet, lingering smell of oranges from the orchard. This little slice of paradise is Casa Mãe hotel, situated in the small seaside town of Lagos in Southern Portugal.
Christian Kraus and Veronique Polaert are the duo behind Casa Mãe – their intention for the hotel was to harness the culture of the region and recreate this in all aspects of the design and guest experience.
Formerly a 19th Century estate, the hotel has been renovated to keep the best of the building’s original charm and updated with modern design choices to create a luxurious escape for discerning travellers.
Casa Mãe has five suites boasting guillotine windows, French balconies, patterned tiles and freestanding bathtubs. Guests can also choose from three pared-back cabanas, which are located in the Casa’s lush garden setting.
The cabanas echo traditional Algarvian rustic architecture with a contemporary twist. They have been purposefully designed for ease of living, with spacious private patios, hammocks and outdoor showers.
Guests can also choose to stay in the more contemporary Jogo da bola units. These are furnished with traditional materials that have been locally sourced from Portuguese artisans. Handmade terracotta tiles adorn the balconies with wooden panel screenings, as inspired by the Algarvian trellises.
Kraus and Polaert encourage their guests to immerse themselves in the Southern Portuguese lifestyle, which is why they also offer a selection of workshops at the hotel. Flower arrangement classes and ceramic workshops are available, as well as cooking classes using fresh produce from the vegetable garden and farm to table workshops in which guests are invited to visit their farm and greenhouse.
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Credits: Casa Mae