A modern retreat set amongst the olive groves. The Villa Extramuros is an exclusive villa/hotel in the Portuguese region of Alentejo. The modern building with a brilliant white façade was inspired by medieval monasteries: The rooms are grouped around a central courtyard. The ground floor houses the communal spaces, such as the dining room and living room with a fireplace. The first floor bedrooms are accessed via an open staircase from the patio. Traditional, vernacular materials such as marble and cork have been used for the construction and interior design of the villa. Set against concrete floors, the effect is modern yet cool and casual. The furnishings – selected by the villa’s French owners – are a mix of vintage and contemporary as well as handcrafted local pieces. The infinity pool and extensive park with olive trees and cork oaks make it the perfect holiday oasis.
Pictures by Adrià Goula and Alexander Gempeler
What to do
A park of 5 hectares, an infinite pool (15×6 m) and a small pool for children, the Atlantic ocean (50 minutes by car), excursions to Evora and Arraiolos, and golf courses (approx. 1 hour from Arraiolos).
Many activities can be arranged upon request: e.g. massages, gym sessions with a personal trainer, visits to wineries and farms, cross country bicycle rides, horse and carriage rides, boat trips and watersports.
Why we like this house
A great place to discover this tourist yet unknown but scenic region: tastefully decorated rooms with wonderful views and an attentive, unobtrusive service.