Roughly midway from Lisbon and Porto, in a beautiful valley in the heart of Serra de Aire e Candeeiros Nature Park is Cooking and Nature – Emotional Hotel, a small boutique hotel with 12 eclectially designed rooms, inspired by emotions like surprise, passion, meditation and destiny. Three UNESCO World Heritage sites can be found within a 30-minute drive: Tomar, Batalha and Alcobaça.
The chic, individually decorated rooms come with a flat-screen TV, a bathroom and mountain and valley views. Rooms include details such as 4-poster beds, terraces, gilt fixtures and/or stand-alone tubs.
A complimentary breakfast is served. There is s a rustic-chic restaurant offering cooking classes and the oppertunity to cook your meal yourself supervised by the chef. Have a drink from the honesty bar to be enjoyed in the lounge with a fireplace or on the terrace.
Other amenities include indoor and outdoor pools and a kids’ pool, plus a playroom and a spa area with air baths (available from October until May – indoors pools at different temperatures, relaxation room and massage room). Bicycles are available free-of-charge to explore the surroundings. On request, there are yoga classes, hiking outings and horse riding. Kids can enjoy The Green Woodpecker Room with games, where they can explore their creativity – and the adults entrance is forbidden.
Your host: Rui Anastácio
• 12 rooms
• Architecture: Ana Correia
• Interiors: Casazul Studio
• Unique: The fantasy room has a swing in the shower cubicle.