Lately we’ve been daydreaming about Portugal. We’ve fallen a little bit in love with Areias do Seixo: an easy hour’s drive from Lisbon, right on the coast, it’s the sort of laid-back and breezy boutique hotel that has you kicking off your shoes within minutes of arriving.
Fresh from a recent visit to this gorgeous concrete-and-glass stay, Smith editor Madévi Dailly recommends just giving in to the glamorous earth-child vibe: take a dip in the mirror-smooth pool, breathe in the scents of rosemary and lavender in the bountiful kitchen gardens or tag along on a mussel-picking expedition to the beach. And what a beach it is: a golden, unspoilt stretch of crashing Atlantic waves, framed by peaceful dunes and meandering clifftop paths. Once you’ve worked up a thirst, order a mojito, if only for the pleasure of watching the barman wander off into the garden to pick some fresh mint for your glass.
Fancy a taste of Portuguese bliss? UK Smiths, you’re in luck: this month, we’re giving away five nights at Areias do Seixo and £1,000 to spend at Harvey Nichols. Enter the competition before 24 July 2014 but hurry – we’re right on your heels.
All photos by Ross Duncan.