The staff is very nice and helpful. Comfortable room with a beautiful bathroom. Heated tile. No room number, just cute whimsical pictures of butterfly, snail, and little creatures - which turns out to be their wine labels and were drawn by the owner couple's children. There is also a complimentary bottle of wine. The fireplace area is very inviting, great place to relax and enjoy the evening. Or to use your computer/phone as you don't get much wifi signal in the rooms. (but it seems to be a common problem in the hotels I visit in Portugal) The infinity pool has a nice view of the vineyard but it was too cool to swim in when I visited.
Breakfast buffet is very delicious too, elegantly laid out with juices, fruit, an array of cheeses - some locally made, bread, home-made yogurt in a glass jar, and more.
The hotel is part of a farm, where they make their own wine, grow their pigs (pata negra), olives, and more. The staff is happy to take you on a tour of the farm in their jeep, which was very interesting and a good learning experience. If you come at the right time, you can participate in the grape or olive harvest as well, and may get to stomp on some grapes! They do have some very good wine, and the olive oil is so flavorful I bought a bottle.
Dinner at the restaurant is certainly delicious, from the bread with dip and spread, to the codfish and dessert. It's more modern fusion than rustic traditional.
The location is somewhat in the middle of nowhere, but if you just want to chill and not do a lot, this is a great place to stay. More for couples than family with kids. It's a bit overpriced but I definitely plan to return for a special ocassion, maybe my anniversary?
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Herdade da Malhadinha Nova will give you the chance to surprise and be surprised. Alone or with the family or friends you will stay in an atmosphere of excitement that you will never forget!Located 1 km off the IP2 motorway, Herdade da Malhadinha Nova is a rural manor set among pristine natural surroundings. It features one panoramic pool, a spa with jacuzzi and hammam, free Wi-Fi and free bicycles. Rooms at the Malhadinha Nova Country House & Spa have white-washed walls and tiled floors. They combine designer furnishings with rustic finishings. All rooms have air conditioned and equipped with flat-screen cable TV and an Ipod docking station. We have 7 Double Rooms, 1 Junior Suite and 2 Mains Suites.Guests can enjoy traditional food from the Alentejo region at our restaurant, and also a Gourmet menu inspired on the traditional dishes of Alentejo designed by the prestigious Chef Consultant Joachim Koerper with the collaboration of the executive chef Bruno Antunes, offering views of the countryside. The in-house bar serves self-produced wine until late in the evenings. Popular activities include horse riding, hiking, canoeing and also Balon Ride!The combination of design, country living, comfort and elegance appeals to our senses and feelings. Cooking with a famous chef, learning the art of photography or painting with great masters or discovering the world of wine from the inside. These are some of experiences that we would like to share with you.We want you to see, feel hear and breathe in the details that we have brought together for you – the pool and Spa nestling among the vineyards, spacious, elegant rooms, the comforts of modern technology and our gourmet restaurant in the winery, offering designer cuisine, modern interpretations of traditional dishes made with local produce.We want you to discover and explore the world of wine, to understand its mysteries, stories and secrets, its techniques, flavours and bouquets and the magic that it inspires in your senses.Our theme weeks devoted to photography, painting, cookery, adventure, wine, yoga and horse-riding offer you something more intense and profound, different experiences and sensations bringing your pleasure and emotional wellbeing. ... more less
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