Enjoy this unique Belle Époque hotel offering Algarvian authenticity and simplicity. And all paired with a 1920s inspired grandeur and combine the avant-garde & barefoot luxury style Beach Club.
Moreover the border with Spain, eastern Algarve is one of Portugal’s best-kept secrets!
Here, in the small historic town of Vila Real de Santo António, where Grand House has recently reopened its doors. And bringing with it a revival of the splendour of the Roaring Twenties and the country’s rich past. Also a façade of belle-époque architectural details and furniture featuring art deco and colonial touches. So the charming, fully-restored building, has 30 rooms and suites, all boasting a signature Grand style.
As this elegant & luxury hotel is located opposite the cozy marina in the nice town of Villa Real de Santo Antonio. Also this stylish hotel exudes the iconic style of the 1920s. And its amazing Grand Beach Club, has a small swimming pool.
Here the beautiful nature reserve of the Ria Formosa, the Rio Guadiana and the Spanish border are in close proximity. Moreover a unique location for discovering the beauty of the Algarve less crowded with tourists.
Above all one of the finest buildings in Vila Real de Santo Antonio, was built in the heady days of the Roaring Twenties. Back then, it housed a handsome confection of Baroque and Art Nouveau designed to wow guests during the early days of Algarve tourism. Also the hotel is situated right on the main street, facing the River Guadiana that separates Portugal and Spain. Behind the hotel is the town’s main square with church, shops and cafés.
The unique building was completely renovated by the local council. Also with European Investment funds, to return it to its original design by Swiss-born architect Ernesto Korrodi. Interiors were completed by talented local company, White & Kaki. The emphasis is on the glamour of the ‘Roaring Twenties’, achieved through a mix of antiques and colonial design. Also nautical colors in the public areas and muted colors in the bedrooms. Old prints, white orchids, wood paneling and stucco work are all flooded with natural light.
The Grand Beach Club has a cool and contemporary vibe with rattan lamps suspended from the ceiling. With lots of candles and huge open doors out to a deck and the water beyond. Also the Grand Club House, opening in 2021, is housed in the town’s oldest building – the original Customs House – and dates back to 1774.
Service and Facilities
Here super friendly staff members provide seamless service. Facilities are limited by the size of the hotel but every effort is made to deliver everything and anything a guest might want. One bedroom acts as a spa room, with massages on demand. When the Grand Club House opens there will be a concept store and a private cinema.
Rooms & Suites
All the rooms & suites come in muted, peaceful colors. Wooden floors are topped with hand-woven rugs and antique chests of drawers while old black and white lithographs and maps line the walls. French windows and Korrodi’s trademark mullions open onto terraces. Bathrooms are simply but beautifully done, with glassy walk-in power showers, marble surfaces and grey and white floor tiles. Only one suite in the hotel has a bathtub.
Food & Drinks
With its linen tablecloths and views of the river, the hotel’s Grand Salon restaurant is a blast from the past. The food is modern Portuguese, with a small menu of beautifully presented dishes. A premium wine list, homemade breads and a five-course tasting menu also feature. In the morning, the Salon shakes off the formalities for breakfast: a buffet of cereals, fruit, pastries, cold meats, cheeses and eggs to order.
The Grand Beach Club
With no pool and little outside space other than a nifty roof terrace, the hotel has created a sybaritic sister in the Grand Beach Club. Here you’ll find a relaxed, sand-in-the-toes sort of place with hammocks slung between palm trees, fresh seafood and cocktails by the pool. It’s lovely to see the local fishing boats chugging into the harbour as you tuck into the catch of the day. The trendy Grand Beach Club with bohemian barefoot luxury atmosphere can be found at approx. 5 minutes. And a chauffeured courtesy car is at your disposal. Plus, during summer: a private stretch of beach with sunbeds among the sand dunes. Also there will be a Grand Café (located inside the town’s Old Customs House) and a Grand Gallery next season.
One of Portugal’s best kept secrets, the Eastern Algarve and it`s charming historic towns with its unique architecture. And offer endless possibilities to explore unspoiled nature and an authentic way of living. Follow the footsteps of the Enlightenment, swim with tuna swarms, harvest your own Flor de Sal or go on a big sailing tour.
Explore the surroundings
Explore Vila Real de Santo Antonio: rebuilt after an earthquake in 1755, the town is a model of urban planning with a grid of white-washed streets, a grand plaza and a waterfront promenade. Also we highly recommend to visit Castro Marim. This is a historic town with a salt-marsh nature reserve, or follow the Rio Guadiana upstream to the time-warped fishing village of Alcoutim. Or take a foot ferry across the river to Ayamonte in Spain. For a longer trip, head for Seville: the Andalucian city is less than two hours by car!
So: Nestled on the easternmost corner of the Algarve, this impressive, downright historic and recently renovated (2019) Belle Époque hotel is home to a unique blend of historic tradition and a trendy beach atmosphere. The spectacular location, the rich history, the proximity to the unique Vila Real do Santo Antonio, the attentive service, wonderful beach club and excellent cuisine makes this luxury hotel very special! And we will certainly come back!
Grand House Algarve
Av. da República nº 171, 8900-203
Vila Real de Santo António
Tel: +351 281 530 290