Herdade da Malhadinha Nova
- Style Wine and wicker
- Setting Bucolic Beja
Home to a working winery, serene spa and remarkable restaurant, Herdade da Malhadinha Nova hotel is a sense-stimulating experience in the Portuguese countryside. You can sample local wines, go for a dip in the infinity pool or taste creations from the mind of a stellar chef – all with the golden backdrop of Alentejo.
Need to know
- Rooms 10, including three suites.
- Rates Double rooms from $323.29 (€236), excluding tax at 6 per cent.
- More details Rates include Continental breakfast, which is served sociably around one table in the bar.
- Facilities Spa, gardens, library, selection of CDs and DVDs, free WiFi throughout. In rooms: Dux bed, flatscreen TV, iPod dock, Bulgari bath products.
- Poolside There's an infinity pool set in the vineyards, with dark wooden decking and vivid blue tiles.
- Check–out Between 7am and 12 noon. Earliest check-in, midday.
Children This hotel is better suited to couples - leave the children at home!
- Hotel closed 12 December 2011 to 16 February 2012.
- Also Guests get free bike hire, a wine tour and a tasting, to help them settle in.
In the know
- Our favourite rooms Flower has zingy lime-green styling; it’s also the only room that has direct access to the pool. Families will appreciate the extra leg-room offered by the Junior Suite.
- Packing tips Wellington boots for stomping through the vineyards and olive groves; a nail brush to clean your toes post-grape-squashing; riding boots and jodhpurs for exploring the countryside on horseback.
- Also Relax in the sleek spa: have a Turkish bath, get bubbly in the Jacuzzi, and indulge in a massage – there are wine- and olive oil-based Thalgo treatments.
Food and drink at Herdade da Malhadinha Nova
- Hotel restaurant This is the first building guests come to (rooms are set further back, in the thick of the vineyards and cattle fields). The set-up hints at food’s importance here – the chef, Joachim Koerper, has a Michelin star, and his take on typical Alentejo fare – chickpea stew, giblets, game, and delicious chocolate tart – lures in locals too. Decor-wise, the restaurant has a split personality: one half feels rustic, with wooden furniture and a fireplace, the other side is modern, with glass walls and white and emerald wicker chairs.
- Dress code Relaxed rustic.
- Top table Stake out seats clustered around the glass walled-corner, for the best vineyard views.
- Last orders Last suppers are dished up around 10pm; corks are popped until midnight.
- Room service Items from the restaurant menu can be ordered from 8am until 10pm.
- Hotel bar There is a little drinking area in the main hotel building with relaxed lounge music and glittering bottles, where wine tastings are conducted and breakfast is served.