As you explore the Algarve, it seems that massive high-rise condominiums have sprung up along every stretch of oceanfront, but fortunately, you can still find a few secret, intimate little resorts. A prime example is the idyllic Boutique Hotel Vivenda Miranda, nestled on a bluff above the sea to the west of Lagos. The Vivenda Miranda is on the cliff top in the far south west region of Portugal and it is the perfect place if you are looking for a quiet, cozy, intimate hideaway, seemingly on the edge of the world, with a staff that’s quiet when you want them to be and on-hand when you need them to be. Vivenda Miranda sits high above the Porto de Mós beach and it offers sweeping panoramic views of the Atlantic.
The large villa is a former home of a 17th century noble family and the current owner bought this property from a British lord who had let it fall into disrepair. Now lovingly renovated, the boutique retreat is painted in pastels, a delightful touch to an already charming hotel. Beautifully landscaped Mediterranean gardens add another dimension to the facility, while providing walking paths for moments of solitude, and relaxing vantage points to sit and ponder the world going by.
When you enter into the reception area, you will discover a place decorated in tones of pastel-peach colors, a color scheme repeated in the lounge and dining room, which has picture windows looking out to the terrace, swimming pool, and beyond to the sea. You will be captivated by the view from the terrace, it is gorgeous. A foreground of green shrubbery, tidy pathways lined with rocks, colorful beds of flowers, carefully planted trees, and lush green lawn enhance the blue of the water even further. A path along the bluff brings you to a trail that leads down to a wide, white-sand beach.
There are 24 rooms, each is custom designed by the hotel’s in-house decorative painter. Traditional Portuguese décor blends with modern conveniences resulting in comfortable sophistication. 3 Double Rooms have their own private terraces with garden or ocean views. 15 Deluxe Rooms also have terraces, but offer an additional living area. The 4 Deluxe Suites are perfect for families or small groups as they comprise a separate bedroom and living area (with a sofa bed). Deluxe Suite terraces have captivating views of the sea. You can enjoy free WiFi, furnished balconies, and TVs, featured in all 24 rooms. You’ll find nice touches like slippers and free toiletries to enhance your stay. Additionally, minibars, safes, and hairdryers are available. To treat yourself book the Boutique Top Suite. With its dramatic décor and rich furniture, this suite is the best at the Vivenda Miranda. The one-bedroom and two-bathroom space is expansive. Large private terraces provide romantic, panoramic, unobstructed ocean views.
The Mirandus Restaurant serves artfully crafted Portuguese cuisine fireside in the dining room, or al fresco on the cliff top terrace. It offers Mediterranean Cuisine with fresh local ingredients blended with exotic flavors and spices from around the world. Order à la carte or entrust the chef by selecting the five- or seven-course menus. The Mirandus Restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The hotel’s own bar/lounge is a nice place to enjoy a drink.
Revitalize and re-energize in Vivenda Miranda’s SPA. The Neal’s Yard Remedies Spa provides a wide range of ethical, organic treatments and products, treatment and steam rooms as well as a small gym area equipped by Technogym. The facility offers a sauna, steam room, rasul. foot spa and an outdoor pool with jacuzzi that sets the mood for a relaxing wellness journey. Ideal for stress relief. To rejuvenate and re-energize, try a face and body treatment of natural essences from the London brand Neal’s Yard Remedies. Or, indulge in a firm full body massage to add the balancing of blood sugar levels and metabolism. Guests can enjoy the peacefulness of the elegant reading room with a beautiful panoramic terrace. Moreover, all the Neal’s Yard Remedies products contain no added parabens, GMOs or nanotechnology and all are 100% vegetarian and not tested on animals.
Short distances from the hotel are many beaches each with a unique setting and experience like Dona Ana Beach and Batata Beach. 13 golf courses in the immediate area present variety and challenge for golf enthusiasts. And the quaint old town of Lagos offers afternoon and evening diversions with shops, cafes and bars while you’ll find Porto de Mós Beach and Camilo Beach within a 30-minute walk.
Located 80 km from Faro airport and 2 km from Lagos, on a spectacular cliff top with panoramic views of the Atlantic ocean, Boutique Hotel Vivenda Miranda offers breathtaking panoramic views of the Western Algarve coastline. Close to the historic coastal town of Lagos, the Hotel is also within easy reach of the Algarve region’s many attractions including Atlantic beaches, stunning cliff tops and walled towns. The hotel’s stunning location also means there is easy access to nearby Porto de Mós beach via a private path in about 15 minutes.
Yoga with a view
The practice of this art of concentration and control of emotions enables you to acquire the ability to harmonise your body and mind. In summertime we have early morning yoga sessions, where you can reunite with yourself, while listening the birds in the garden and admire the uninterrupted ocean view in front of you.
Harp & Saxophone Live Music while Dining
If you are a fan of the soft and sexy sounds of the harp & saxophone, then you should try one of our thematic dinners at Mirandus Restaurant. Apart from the beautiful symphony you’ll have the opportunity to enjoy our ocean view while drinking a glass of wine.
Champagne Afternoon Tea Time
There is nothing better than treating yourself to a cold glass of champagne at tea time with all the traditional trappings, to feel all the glamour of an amazing vacation in the golden sun.
Escape everyday life and indulge yourself to a luxurious spa day. Pamper yourself with one of our treatments, enjoy a massage, take a healthy light lunch and later use the sauna or just hang out on the pool.
Organic Delights from Portugal
Don’t leave the Vivenda Miranda without taking home one of the delicious organic jams, marmalades and spreads that have been homemade in our kitchen. All the ingredients have been ethically grown and contain only the freshest of natural ingredients. Organic Delights from Portugal, Mother Nature at its best.
Grotto Tour Ponta da Piedade
In case you need a little adventure and want to discover one of our iconic natural edifices, we suggest you take a boat tour to the Ponta da Piedade, an impressive example of what nature has created with our golden sandstone cliffs that have been carved into rock pillars, natural tunnels and hidden caves and grottos together with amazing light, that is one of the most incredible sculptures made by the mighty Atlantic Ocean.
Value for Money
Double rooms are from just Euro 195,00 in low season; and from Euro 280,00 in high. These rates are per room and per day and include breakfast and free Wi-Fi. Rates are subject to change without prior notice. Also check our special offers for inclusive breaks that will give especially good value for money.
Access for guests with disabilities?
The hotel has a well appointed room with facilities for guests that have special mobility requirements.
Here you will find a grown-up peaceful oasis of calm – so it is not a venue that is child orientated. The emphasis here is on relaxation and wellbeing so families without young children will especially enjoy all Vivenda Miranda has to offer.
The Ethical Principles of Vivenda Miranda:
– Sourcing products and services locally and organically;
– Using sustainable seasonal gastronomy;
– Improved offering of healthy food options;
– Using ethical and organic NYR beauty and spa products;
– Reducing waste by recycling and composting;
– Reducing energy use and installing renewable energy sources;
– Using ecological laundry and cleaning products;
– 90% water saving by replacement of baths with showers;
– Use of refurbished machinery for kitchen, laundry, garden;
– In-house refurbishment creating jobs & local crafting skills;
The Hotel Chesa Salis, a 16th-century, Engadine patrician mansion nestled in a pretty hamlet, is a gem. It has a pastoral setting, splendid antique furniture, an outstanding restaurant, lovely bedrooms, and quality in every detail. Best of all, the hospitality of Sarah Wild and Uwe Schmidt and their staff is superb. The hotel, built in 1590, was originally a farmhouse owned by the Moeli family, wealthy merchants from Italy. Later, the home was bought by the aristocratic von Salis family. The noble heritage of the Chesa Salis is witnessed today by its meter-thick walls, handsome craftsmanship, beautiful wood paneling, outstanding paintings, handsome beamed ceilings, intricate plaster etching on the exterior walls, frescoed ceilings, and colorful ceramic fireplaces. When you enter the reception area, there is an eclectic mix of old and new with handsome antiques blending with black leather sofas, and a contemporary glass counter highlighted by a modern painting. In contrast, most of the furnishings are definitely traditional in style. All of the guestrooms are lovely.
Our Special Readings
3 days across Algarve
Portugal’s southermost region is well known for its sandy beaches and lively nightlife, but the Algarve also entices visitors because of its diversity. Here, golden cliffs drop off into the ocean’s waves below like the picture on top (Praia do Camilo, Algarve) and Moorish ruins remain where entire communities once lived. As a major tourist destination, former fishing villages have been turned into summer resorts, but if you look close enough, its history still lingers amidst high rise apartments and modern developments. However, this beautiful region still has plenty of treasures worth discovering and plenty of activities to hold any traveler’s wanderlust interest. Here are a few tips on activities for navigating the region in three days:
There’s no better way to get an overall feel for the region on your first day than via an off-road safari with Sagres Discovery Tours. This company started more than six years ago, has developed a wide following of international and local clients, and is familiar with even the most remote corners of the countryside. His guided tours by jeep traverses pine and eucalyptus forests, sweeping beaches and undulating hills in an area stretching from Sagres to Cabo de São Vincente (Cape St Vincent), Europe’s most southwestern point. The tour includes a stopover in the rebuilt picturesque village of Pedralva, now a focus of traditional rural tourism, an 18th century Sagres fortress, the lighthouse at the cape, as well as a 30-minute nature walk in the Parque Natural da Costa Vicentina. Sunset, with a glass of wine, viewed from the cliffs near Sagres, is a perfect end to the trip.
Special City Guide: Lagos
Lagos, known to the Lusitanians and Romans as Lacobriga and to the Moors as Zawaia, became a shipyard of caravels during the time of Henry the Navigator. Edged by the Costa do Ouro (Golden Coast), the Bay of Sagres was at one point in its epic history big enough to allow 407 warships to maneuver with ease. An ancient port city (one historian traced its origins to the Carthaginians, 3 centuries before the birth of Christ), Lagos was well known by the sailors of Admiral Nelson’s fleet. From Liverpool to Manchester to Plymouth, the sailors spoke wistfully of the beautiful green-eyed, olive-skinned women of the Algarve. Eagerly they sailed into port, looking forward to carousing and drinking.
Actually, not that much has changed since Nelson’s day. Few go to Lagos wanting to know its history; rather, the mission is to drink deeply of the pleasures of table and beach. In winter, the almond blossoms match the whitecaps on the water, and the weather is often warm enough for sunbathing. In town, a flea market sprawls through the narrow streets. Less than 2km down the coast, the hustle and bustle of market day is forgotten as the rocky headland of the Ponta da Piedade (Point of Piety) appears. This spot is the most beautiful on the entire coast. Amid the colorful cliffs and secret grottoes carved by the waves are the most flamboyant examples of Manueline architecture.