A truely magical place - both the house and the gardens are stunningly beautiful; an abundance of fruit trees, fireflies by night, views of the sunset, a hidden pool, huge old trees and all kinds of other wonders of nature made me feel a little like I had stepped into a fairytale. Incredibly peaceful, and a great place to spend time alone, but also plenty of opportunities to socialise with staff and guests in the common areas if this is what you want. Great collection of books, and lots of good spots to curl up and read undisturbed, both indoors and out.
The place is run in a genuinely ecologically-conscious way: proper recycling facilities, furniture made from discarded materials. Proper breakfasts - fresh sourdough bread each day, and good jams, muesli and coffee. One gets the sense that everything in and about this place is an expression of people who care about all that is worth celebrating in life!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Almáa Sintra Hostel is a retreat center and an Eco Hostel located in the heart of the Sintra Mountain Range which cultural landscape is classified by Unesco as a World Heritage Site. Our house is sited in a property considered the oldest in Sintra, dated back to the 12st century, with 3,5 ha of luxurious gardens. We offer private and shared rooms in a heavenly environment. The Hostel was named Almáa, which means "The Water" in Arabic, due to the influence of the moors in this region and the fantastic natural spring water that supplies the house, and waters the gardens. "Alma" also means soul in some Latin languages. Our beliefs in sustainability and in helping one another, made us manufacture our furniture with recycled materials done by local artists with the help of third sector entities (charities, voluntary organizations and social enterprises) that are also our main suppliers. ... more less
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