Casa Modesta

Casa Modesta is located in the Ria Formosa Nature Park, a protected natural lagoon on the Portuguese Algarve. To the owners Casa Modesta means more than just a hotel: they associate happy childhood memories with the estate that once belonged to their grandfather. Only parts of the old walls have been kept, but the contemporary new building still retains the spirit of the original family home, because it is based on old traditions and local materials. The hotel features nine suites (with patios and decks) and three common rooms. The strict geometry of the white walls is combined with the warm earthy tone of the terracotta floors. Lamps and fittings in brass add glamour to the minimalist look.

Casa Modesta is the prototype of Casa Chã. Casa Chã is an architectural concept that reinterprets traditional architecture in a modern way: Old buildings/materials are reused, cooperation with local artisans, usage of traditional techniques, the design is contemporary, simple, authentic and poetic.

Also read our HomeStories featuring the house: Ode to Joaquim and The silent East Algarve.

What to do

Collecting shells, bread baking, boating, bird watching, star watching, spa, swimming pool, solarium. The owners organise workshops (e.g. cane watching & birdwatching walk) --> Workshops

Why we like this house

Stylish reinterpretation of traditional Portuguese architecture

Owner picture


We are a hard-working family that is deeply engaged in the community and wishes to open our daily life experience to tourists, friends and visitors. Grandma Carminda is the cook, mother Modesta is the financial manager, father Joaquim is the gardener, son Carlos is the front-desk manager, son Pedro is the masseur therapist, daughter Vânia is the architect that took the old house of the fisherman Grandpa Modesto and turned it into the contemporary Casa Modesta, the grandchildren Maria and Sancho are joyful buzzes of the house. We are proud to work closely with neighbours and friends, and a range of stakeholders in order to foster the protection, appreciation and dissemination of the local traditions in terms of gastronomy, organic farming, sustainable fishing, artcrafts, wild-life watching and preservation.
Photographer: Angela Zacarias


Region/Town PT – Portugal, Algarve, Olhão
Name Casa Modesta
Scenery rural surrounding at the edge of the Ria Formosa National Park
Number of guests nine rooms for 1-2 people
Completed 2015
Design PAr (Vânia Fernandes, Susana dos Santos Rodrigues, Joana Carmo Simões)
Published Hoteldesign 10/2020, TAP Inflight Magazine 8/2019, Scandinavian Airlines 8/2019, The Times 4/2019, Wallpaper, HomeStory 4/17: Casa Modesta – Ode to Joaquim
Awards Winner Architizer A+ Award 2017 , Condé Nast Johannsens Excellence Award 2017 Best Green Hotel, HABITAR PORTUGAL 2012/2014
Architecture Old & new
Accomodation Hotel
Criteria Rooms for 1-2 (hotel), Hiking, Lake/river, Pool, Sea, Wine
Same ArchitectThe Modernist For booking  


  1. ein wirklich tolles hotel !
    die fotos geben haus und räume gut wieder, aber erst vor ort versteht man das konzept wirklich ganz: tolle architektur, schön gelöste details !
    das essen ist super !
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  2. Stimmiges minimalistisches Konzept, tolle Räumlichkeiten aus regionalen Naturmaterialien in interessanter Architektur, Bio-Frühstück aus eigener Herstellung für Gourmets, sehr kompetente Köchin mit breitem Wissen, große Auswahl an guten Weinen, freundliches und hilfsbereites Personal
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  3. We had a great time spending at casa modesta! Carlos, the owner is super friendly and makes everything possible so that you have a great stay. The Hotel is family run and the former home of Carlos Grandfather. You can really feel the love to detail the family put into this place. Especially the breakfast was a highlight! We highly recommend to stay here, in this peaceful loving hotel!
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