Sublime Comporta – Portugal
From the moment we discovered the Sublime Comporta, we knew our guests would feel right at home. Sandwiched between miles of empty white sandy beaches, rice fields and the Sado river estuary, it’s hard to believe this is Europe. Describing itself as a country house retreat, Sublime sits in its own 17 hectare estate, with the suites and villas scattered amongst pine and cork trees and drifting swathes of wild flowers. It is truly at one with nature, with sustainability at its heart and everything blending effortlessly into this lush and unspoilt part of the Iberian Peninsula. Couple this with a warm welcome, friendly staff, sophisticated local cuisine and plenty of activities to keep you occupied, and you’ll understand why the locals want to keep it all under the radar. And if you’re really lucky, you may see the pod of dolphins that live just off the coast.
Each room, suite and villa is different, but they all share sleek design, floor to ceiling windows, crisp white linen and a wonderful sense of calm. We’re particularly fond of the under floor heating! The Friends Rooms in the main house (just for adults) have a queen or king size bed, rain showers and a private terrace overlooking the gardens. For spacious living, ask for a Guest Suite – with their mezzanine design and large terraces, they are a true haven. For total privacy, stay in the Owner’s Suite, with its two terraces, jacuzzi, fireplace and free standing bathtub in the room. Enjoy the stunning views over the surrounding gardens and landscape, it is worth every penny! The Cabana Suite offers villa style living, a private pool and terrace overlooking the gardens and a fully equipped kitchen. Our absolute favourites are the Bio Pool Suites. Faithful to local architecture and built on stilts over a natural pond, you can dive straight off your deck. The interiors are all wood with beautifully curated objects and very comfortable beds. Family options are catered for in the two, three, four and five bedroom villas. Spacious inside and out, with wide terraces, private pool, indoor and outdoor fireplaces, fully equipped kitchens and a full hotel service, they shout luxury lifestyle.
Seasonal produce, local ingredients and traditional recipes handed down over generations, are the every day fare here. Spoilt for choice doesn’t even cover it – you can eat here each day and have something completely different. Sem Porta combines innovative recipes and big flavours, whilst Tasca de Comporta specialises in traditional Portuguese favourites in a supremely relaxed setting. For an unforgettable convivial gourmet experience with friends, book the Food Circle and sit around the chef whilst he cooks in the local traditional way and chats. You can eat at the Pool Bar too, where the menu is full of dishes to share and very delicious snacks. And during your stay, make sure you opt for a Sublime picnic one day – freshly prepared and set up for you on the beach or in the dunes. Portugal has a strong reputation for its wines, and the cellar contains an extraordinary selection from around the country with an astounding variety of grapes.
Riding, cycling and the beach could not be better for active families. Many of the suites have sofa beds and the villas are perfectly set up all sizes of parties. There is babysitting on offer for some grown-up time, and there are kids’ menus with a good range of healthy dishes.
You can spend a very relaxed time here, or pack your stay with the huge choice of things to do. Sublime Comporta has its own bikes you can take to explore the surroundings, or do it on horse back and gallop through the waves. Book a tennis lesson on the hotel courts, or try an individual yoga session – tailor made to suit you. . The Sado estuary is culturally rich, with Roman ruins you can visit, whilst the region is famous for its birdlife. There’s a golf course close by, with views of the ocean and the Arrabida mountains. Or if you fancy an adrenalin rush, this stretch of coastline has some of the best surf in Europe.
- Luxury eco retreat only an hour from Lisbon
- Unspoilt location on the Atlantic coast
- Minimalist, bright and airy rooms, suites and villas
- Relaxed and sophisticated dining and a very appealing wine list
- Watersports, riding, yoga, golf, cycling, oyster and wine tasting
- Spa with treatments and therapies using herbs and plants from the gardens
- Prices from €225 per night per room (low season)
- Prices from €440 per night per room (high season)