Farol Design Hotel
Design-forward seaside retreat
What it is
A 33-room hotel on the Portuguese Riviera, 20 minutes from downtown Lisbon.
What it isn't
It doesn’t have a beach or a spa, though you can get a massage in your room or on a secluded terrace.
What we think
The first thing that catches your eye about this Atlantic-front property is the architecture. A modern extension of wood, glass and steel is attached to the original 19th century mansion. The property sits on the edge of a cliff, its sunny patio spilling out on massive black boulders. Eight Portuguese fashion designers (Ana Salazar and Fátima Lopez, among others) were tapped to each “dress a room”—eight of the guest quarters and common spaces. Still, styles manage to fuse together thanks to an overreaching contemporary theme: There are mirrored and boldly colored accent walls, as well as conversation-starting furnishings and modern chandeliers. Acrylic tables and chairs set a sleek, clubby tone at the Mix Restaurant, which serves fresh oysters and grilled fish, among other Mediterranean-inspired dishes. The best rooms have balconies or open to patches of green which then stair step down to the saltwater pool and beyond, the ocean.
You're here because
Whether you’re using it as a jumping off point to explore Lisbon, or considering it an add-on to a central Lisbon trip, you want an oceanfront property with a pool and contemporary Portuguese design.
Sitting on a modular white couch on the property’s cliff-side patio, sipping a glass of chilled Alentejo wine and admiring the neighboring blue-and-white-striped lighthouse and deep blue Atlantic vista.
Restaurants & Bars
The Mix - Signature Mediterranean cuisine
Sushi Design - Sushi
Bar On The Rocks
The hotel sits on the Atlantic Coast in Cascais, once a small fishing village and now an affluent summertime retreat for Lisbon residents. The heart of the capital is just 20 miles east.