Capsula Recommendations: environmentally friendly hotels in Portugal
Booking holidays at short notice can become a dilemma. When choosing accommodation, there are several factors to take into account and, as sustainability is increasingly important, why not invest in an environmentally friendly holiday?
More and more there is a focus on sustainable and ecological tourism and accommodation is aware of this. Surely you have already noticed, in hotels, the requests to save water in the baths and reuse towels, so that water and detergents are not wasted unnecessarily, but assuming a sustainable and ecological tourism takes this concept even further.
See the fantastic suggestions we have prepared for you.
From its 925 meters of altitude, the view from Natura Glamping at the top of Serra da Gardunha, in Fundão, is capable of stealing our words.
This glamorous camping accommodation, with a geodesic format, will allow you to enjoy a unique experience and, at the same time, offer an ecological, glamorous and innovative concept of Nature Tourism.
Natura Glamping domus have photovoltaic solar panels, use LED lamps, have flow reducers and water timers. Incidentally, water from mines in Serra da Gardunha and a borehole is monitored for guest consumption. In addition to separating garbage, biodegradable cleaning products are used, as well as offering guests biological and biodegradable personal hygiene products (soaps, shower gel, lip balm, etc.).
Still, in terms of sustainability, the products consumed in the restaurant are produced locally, focusing on seasonal and organic products.
Sands of Seixo
This is another example of eco-friendly accommodation, concerned with sustainability and reducing the ecological footprint. It has an organic vegetable garden and, since its construction, there has been an environmental concern: the integration of the building takes advantage of the terrain’s morphology, use of local materials and a geothermal system, to take advantage of the temperature of the interior of the earth, and cork for thermal insulation. In addition to the system for capturing and routing rainwater, as well as springs, it has a composting circuit, and guests have access to electricity, water and gas consumption in real time.
With the “zero paper” policy, everything possible is presented in digital format, from the restaurant menu to the wine list. And the space shows the reuse of construction materials in the creation of decorative pieces.
Cocoon Eco Design Lodges
An hour’s drive from Lisbon, in Comporta, there is an eco-modern development, inserted in a 30-hectare pine forest in the south of Herdade da Comporta, consisting of 10 sustainable bungalows, designed to coexist in perfect harmony with all its unique surroundings.
With contemporary and simple constructions, built with attention to the environment and sustainability of materials, each Lodge offers privacy and tranquility as well as all the conveniences of modern life, such as WI-FI. In addition, there is also a biological pool, a tree house, a Moroccan tent, a vegetable garden and a wild forest with no end in sight. If you want to take a beach holiday without giving up the countryside, this is a great stay solution to enjoy as a couple, with family or with friends, to enjoy the simple things in life.
With a huge area of 300,000 m2 and a low occupation density, Cocoon differs from other rural tourism developments and exemplifies a new concept of habitat.
Pedras Salgadas Spa & Nature Park
This ecotourism has 12 eco houses and two tree houses, all with contemporary and comfortable interior decor and large windows.
Outside, the earthy tones of the structures merge with nature and the wooden terraces are ideal for breakfast or a late afternoon drink. Upon request, eco houses have babysitting services and also take away.
There is a restaurant, Casa de Chá, and a leisure space with a cinema room, snooker, table football, a bar and a kid’s club for children to be entertained. The spa with treatments and massages was designed by Siza Vieira and built in the old thermal spa.
Bukubaki Eco Surf Resort
Bukubaki Eco Surf Resort complements the best surfing experience in a family environment with an offer of ecological glamping accommodation, based on the principles of sustainability without compromising comfort. Bukubaki is the perfect vacation spot for active families (with children), for adventurous people looking for exciting experiences, mindfulness and tranquility.
The suspended tree houses, halfway between heaven and earth, are like nests in the trees, all equipped with ECO heating. Inserted in the captivating spirit of the glamping experience, the tents promote awareness of nature and the return of human beings to their natural eco system. Inside the tents, the simplicity of a Glamping experience reigns with the comfort of a bed and handmade furniture.
The restaurant combines the best flavors of the sea and organic agriculture produced by local farmers, in a cuisine made with the love and flavor that so much characterize the Mediterranean tradition, common to Portugal and Italy.
Santa Bárbara Eco-Beach Resort
Aninhado entre a serra e o mar o Santa Bárbara Eco-Beach Resort oferece as melhores experiências dos dois mundos, entre a contemplação da montanha que abriga a Lagoa do Fogo e a praia com mais de um quilómetro de areia.
As famílias e os amantes da aventura podem desfrutar de infinitas experiências que transmitem o “viver Açores”, desde os passeios pedestres até à adrenalina de usar pela primeira vez uma prancha de surf, ou simplesmente contemplar os verdes e azuis que são únicos.
On this estate, among stone pines, there are 22 new villas to discover, a biological garden, two restaurants and a spa. At Sublime Comporta Country Retreat & Spa, everything is in tune.
Sublime was born in 2014, on a beautiful estate that extends over 17 hectares. The hotel has several villas with a contemporary interpretation of the typical “Cabanas da Comporta” – there are villas with 2, 3, 4 and 5 bedrooms and all have a private pool, indoor fireplace with exit also to the outside and their own terraces facing the green and nothingness.
Be sure to try the Sem Porta restaurant, which favors local products and producers, regional and national knowledge and flavors. Seasonal cuisine is practiced, with communion and complete respect for nature. The Chef uses regional products, working with fishermen, farmers and local wineries, giving priority to fresh products, and whenever possible, organic ones.
Pestana Tróia Eco-Resort & Residence
Pestana Tróia Eco-Resort & Residence, located on the paradisiacal Tróia Peninsula, comprises more than 180 tourist accommodation units. These Villas, belonging to private owners and operated for tourism by the Pestana Group, have a perfect natural setting, their own decoration and a privileged location that provide their guests with a unique experience.
The surroundings of the Villas focus on preserving the environment and the natural species of the region, with gardens composed of native plants, white sand and wooden decks. We seek to establish a perfect harmony between the buildings and the environment, inviting all guests to use sustainable vehicles, take walks on the walkways and enjoy a more ecological experience.