Name of hotel
Quinta Bonita, Lagos
A family boutique hotel run by Chantelle and Fraser. Sympathetically restored and transformed by the family from their original and much loved home, and opened in June 2010. It exudes a welcoming ambience of luxury and tranquillity. The sense of style is a clever melange of both traditional and contemporary styles.
The concept is one of a ´home from home´ retreat within a luxurious and calming environment. If you feel like walking barefoot in one of the white waffle QB bathrobes you can - it is that relaxed. Fellow guests were simply escaping the pace of modern-day living.
Eight elegant suites, named after local favourite beaches, individually designed and furnished with full spec facilities including a pillow menu. Décor ranges from traditional Algarvean styles and colours to modern, romantic (two suites have 4 poster beds) and contemporary styles. Most have splendid coastal vistas and views of the delightful gardens.
The daily sumptuous breakfast buffet is taken in a sunny aspect room overlooking the gardens and ponds. The emphasis is on home and locally grown produce. In addition there is an optional hot plate special - we were offered a tasty smoked salmon omelette and a `Fraser specialiality` of French toast (actually a croissant) dipped in egg and fried, topped with bacon and banana. Very different!
A variety of light lunches are offered, from soups to antipasto platters. For those wishing to explore, taking advantage of ‘where to go’ recommendations, QB will arrange delicious picnic hampers. The waft of baking signals the arrival of delicious homemade cakes provided at afternoon tea. Irresistible!
The hotel operates a general Honesty Bar in the dining room with the usual soft drinks, beer, spirits etc plus wine by the bottle and recommended by the family. Each suite has a mini bar plus tea and coffee making facilities. A welcome drink is offered on arrival complete with a hot towel. The complimentary bottle of bubbly in the room is ideal for relaxing on the balcony and watching the sun sink slowly in the west.
Why do you like the hotel?
QB certainly lives up to its aim, succeeding in providing a refreshing, reviving and definitely relaxing stay in a luxury environment. Both Fraser & Chantelle have paid great attention to detail to achieve this.
What other facilities does the hotel
On request there is a ‘in room’ massage and beauty treatment service - I can certainly recommend the full body massage! Other facilities include itinerary planning, golf hire, bicycle hire, and the usual taxi, car hire and airport transfers recommendations.
What could be improved?
Chatting to fellow guests and browsing the visitor’s book - not a lot! Future evening dining or BBQs could be considered.
When to go?
Any time at all - whether it is a quiet weekend or short romantic break, longer sporting stay (boating and golfing, or just to enjoy the beautiful Western Algarve and its dramatic coastline.
More for couples or those with older children who would enjoy the peaceful ambience and not disrupt it.
There are eight luxury suites individually designed and appointed with different themes. QB is set within its beautifully manicured gardens of lawns, orchards, ponds, fountains, swimming pool, outdoor lounge areas, multi level sun terraces and even an outdoor chess set.
Matos Morenos, Quatro Estrados, Lagos 8600-115.
Quinta Bonita is located on the N125 and close to both Lagos and Luz.
From the A22 take Exit 1 - Lagos/Vila do Bispo.
Continue on the N125 past the Boa Vista Golf Resort on your left and then the traffic lights with the turn off to Praia da Luz, also on your left.
Continue straight on over the traffic lights for about 200 metres.
You will see several white walls on the hill to your right. Turn off the main road immediately after the overtaking sign to your right and immediately turn left to follow the road along the wall which runs parallel to the main road until you come to the end of the wall and a steep road leading up the hill to the right. Quinta Bonita is half way up the hill. There is ample parking within the automatic security gates.
Contact the Inspirations Algarve Exclusive Travel Club for details of special promotions and itineraries.
Closed for a week in January.