L’AND Vineyards offers a chance to drift off to sleep beneath the night sky.
Montemor-o-Novo, Portugal (PRWEB) May 11, 2011
Portugal’s newest hotel is the first of its kind – offering the opportunity to grow and make your own wine, and to open the roof of your private villa to enjoy the thousands of stars each night.
Rolling fields and locally-owned vineyards line the roads to Montemor-o-Novo, the home of L’AND Vineyards, a new luxury boutique hotel and residential quarters surrounded by its own vineyard and gardens.
The wine club allows the members to have their own vineyard and to produce their own wine in a specially designed cellar with the assistance of a winemaker. Paulo Laureano, one of the most prestigious Portuguese winemakers and will oversee wine production at L'AND, lending his years of knowledge to help resort guest grow, harvest and make their own wines. The culture of the vineyard is a key element of the L’AND experience.
The beauty of the Alentejo province doesn’t end at sunset. Away from the city lights of Lisbon, the region is known for its clear night skies and bright stars. L’AND Vineyards offers a chance to drift off to sleep beneath this well-known night sky. The Sky View Suites include a king size bed beneath a retractable roof guests can open during Alentejo’s many warm nights and enjoy the view.
The 400-square-foot suites were designed to offer a romantic and intimate outdoor atmosphere, each with a large terrace, fireplace, private patio and heated plunge pool overlooking the gardens. Just inside the gardens, guests can relax in the hotel Jacuzzi or lounge by the swimming pool, all while taking in views of the nearby lake and historic city of Montemor-o-Novo. Portugal’s Alentejo region between the River Tejo, the Atlantic Ocean and the border of Spain is one the more unique and less traveled corners of Europe. About 45 minutes east of Lisbon, the busy city streets disappear into scenic farmland.
The suite’s modern architecture is set in wood and stone to blend with the natural landscape and provides a contrast to the views of the ruined Montemor Castle. Not far way is Evora, a popular tourist destination and UNESCO World Heritage site. With Roman ruins and remnants of Moorish invaders, a quick side-trip into the city is only 15-minutes away.
For foodies and wine lovers, L’AND Vineyards is not just a name. Guests can enjoy a glass from the hotel’s own cellars while relaxing outside at the fireside lounge bar or with a locally-sourced dinner at the hotel restaurant, L’AND Taste. Here Mediterranean and traditional Alentejo dishes are reinterpreted by the chefs of the Lagrimas Hotel group using organic produce from nearby farms. Wine is the central focus of L’AND Taste, with a special emphasis on wines from the Alentejo.
Whether guests are looking for a morning workout or full-body massage, the L’AND Vineyards wellness center offers a variety of treatments and activities. L'AND OrganicSpa has several treatment rooms, fitness rooms, a Turkish bath and an indoor heated swimming pool overlooking the scenic grounds. The spa uses L'AND Made products produced by Sousa Cunhal, formulated with natural ingredients from the Alentejo, such as grapes, olives and citrus fruits.
Next to the 22-room hotel are clusters of apartments and private villas available for purchase or rent. Owners have the option of keeping their property for private use only, or can opt to rent blocks of time, under the management of Lagrimas Hotels. These villas and apartments offer not only privacy and luxury but a wide range of services, from child care to access to special tours and activities.
Land owners can take a local cooking class, or learn the Alentejo wine-making traditions at a nearby vineyard. Take in views of the rolling hills and the scenic Evora skyline from a hot air balloon or go on a guided historic tour of nearby ruins. For those who love sight-seeing, L’AND Vineyards offers personal tours of Evora with an historian.
L’AND Vineyards is part of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World chain, which brings together some of the best small luxury hotels throughout 70 countries. Whether staying for a week or a month, L’AND Vineyards is a unique and off-the-beaten-path resort that offers the modern style and luxury. It is promises a high-end home base for experiencing the open plains of the Alentejo, one of Europe’s must-see destinations. Info and reservation at +351 213304542, http://www.l-and.com.