In the lovely little town of Lagos in the Portugese Algarve you can find the recently opened hotel Casa Mae. And it’s a place I’m very enthusiastic about.
Almost four years ago I visited Lagos as well and truly enjoyed the amazing beaches (it’s for good reason that the very photogenic Praia Donna Anna is often used in brochures), relaxed atmosphere and of course the great food (read: lots of shellfish, grilled fish and the famous pasteis de nata).
Just a few weeks ago, I visited Lagos again, because the Algarve turned out to be a perfect babymoon destination: only 3 hours flying from the Netherlands (perfectly acceptable, even with a big bump), sunny weather and very suitable for a lazy last-time-with-just-the-two-of-us holiday.
This time, we decided to stay in the brand new Casa Mae hotel, which has been restored and build by former investment banker Veronique and that effortlessly combines modern design and local Portugese craftsmanship with a touch of stylish je-ne-sais-quoi.
And so it happens that you’re enjoying a truly perfect crafted cappuccino in the middle of the Algarve, or a very Instagram worthy breakfast consisting of avocado toast with poached eggs, homemade granola, green smoothies and oatmeal pancakes.
The rooms are simple and stylish at the same time, with comfy beds, rain shower and a large bathtub and a lovely balcony with hammock (just perfect). Our room was located in the ‘Jogo da Bola’ section, but even more luxurious rooms can be found in the just renovated main building or separate cabanas.
During the day, it’s lovely to spend a day at the pool (with pool service if you’re interested, I can wholeheartedly recommend the homemade caramel and sea salt ice creams) or on the large terraces, and during the evenings Lagos is definitely worth a visit.
Those who prefer to stay in the hotel can also go for dinner in the Orta restaurant, with a light and Mediterranean menu and greens from the hotel garden.
There are some places you secretly want to keep for yourself, but I thought Casa Mae was just too good not to share. Definitely recommended!