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Hotel Highlights

  • Spa and surf centre on your doorstep
  • Surrounded by beautiful beaches, and close to Sagres’ restaurants
  • Coastal views from most rooms

Overview

Whitewashed and windswept, Memmo Baleeira hotel is a serene resort near Sagres, on the Portuguese coast, with a spa, surf school and seafront perch. Originally built in the 1960s, it retains its signature bright white exterior while upgrading the breezy interiors with minimal, coastal cool décor in hues of blue and cream.

Smith Extra

Here's what you get for booking Memmo Baleeira with us:

A bottle of local rosé wine and free bike hire for two

Facilities

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Memmo Baleeira hotel – Sagres – Portugal

Need To Know

Rooms

144, including 39 suites.

Check–out

12pm, but flexible. Earliest check-in, 3pm.

Rates

Double rooms from $101.53 (€83), excluding tax at 6 per cent.

More details

Rates include a buffet breakfast.

Also

The Memmo Spa has three treatment rooms, a gym, a steam room and a small heated pool – there's a variety of marine-themed massages and beauty treatments available, as well as Shiatsu and reflexology.

Please note

The hotel will be closed for refurbishment throughout February 2015.

At the hotel

Spa, surf centre, gym, DVD library and free WiFi in the lobby. In rooms: flatscreen TV, minibar and Comfort Zone bath products. Memmo Suites also have DVD players, bathrobes and kitchenettes with fridges, microwaves, kettles and toasters.

Our favourite rooms

We love the privacy of the one- and two-bedroom Memmo Suites – the ones on the ground floor are close to the action, with a terrace that adjoins the main grassy lawn, but feel snug and secluded; those on higher floors have glazed balconies. They’re spacious, too, and have an open-plan kitchenette. Otherwise, you can’t go wrong with a Standard Sea Bay View (for its lovely, beachy view).

Poolside

An unheated rectangular outdoor pool lines the clifftop, surrounded by sunloungers, thatched parasols and its own bar. There’s a small heated pool in the spa as well.

Packing tips

Sea-based activity gear: surfboard, wetsuit, snorkel, etc.

Also

There’s a disabled-access room on the ground floor, as well as lifts and ramps throughout the hotel.

Children

Cribs for babies are provided free. With 24 hours’ notice, staff can be drafted in to babysit (€10 an hour).

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Food & Drink

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Memmo Baleeira hotel – Sagres – Portugal

Hotel Restaurant

The fishing port is visible from the main restaurant so watch for the catch of the day coming in. The chef cooks up a daily dish, which is served with a free glass of matching wine. The cuisine is Mediterranean and mostly local. Floor-to-ceiling glass lets the sea views in, and guests are seated on 1960s Scandinavian chairs from the old hotel.

Hotel Bar

The Memmo Lounge coffee shop is open for light lunches during the day, with salads, burgers and simple tapas. Come sunset, the relaxed vibe continues with mean mojitos, Balearic beats and jazzy lounge tunes: there are sleek white sofas to slink onto, or alfresco terrace tables with tea lights flickering in the sea breezes.

Last orders

Breakfast is served from 8am until 10am during the week, and 11am at weekends. Dinner is 7.30pm until 10pm. The bar shuts at either midnight or 1am.

Room service

Dishes from the lounge bar menu are available when the kitchens are open (€7 delivery charge).

Smith Insider

Dress code

White, blue or brown; you’d look out of place otherwise.

Top table

For uninterrupted ocean views through floor-to-ceiling glass, ask for a table at the front of the restaurant.

Local Guide

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Memmo Baleeira hotel – Sagres – Portugal
Eat, drink, see, do: local favourites and more…

Worth getting out of bed for

Take to the seas and shores for a spot of surfing, windsurfing, diving, fishing and blokarting (or, land yachting). Boat trips around the bay and dolphin-spotting expeditions can be arranged through Cape Cruiser (+351 919 715 175; www.capecruiser.org). On land, explore the Moorish architecture of Sagres or trek through the world’s largest cork-tree forests.

Local restaurants

Dramatic cliff drops and a tasty seafood lunch or supper await at Raposo Restaurante (+351 282 624 168) on Praia da Mareta. For chargrilled fishy fare such as octopus rice and cuttlefish stew, with more ocean scenery out on the terrace, head to A Sagres (+351 282 624 171) on Sito do Tonel.

Local bars

For cocktails at any hour, try Mitico (+351 282 624 766) on Avenida Comandante Matoso; it’s open all day and most of the night, with DJs and live music during the summer.

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Sunkissed Algarve shore

Memmo Baleeira

Sítio da Baleeira, Sagres, Faro, 8650-357

The small surf-centric town of Sagres sits at the westernmost point of the Algarve coast, within spitting distance of the Costa Vicentina's gob-smacking beaches and national park.

Planes

The nearest airport is Faro,119km (75 minutes’ drive) from the hotel. There are regular scheduled flights from across Europe, including from London Gatwick and Heathrow.

Trains

The train station in Lagos is 36km away (around 40 minutes) by car. It’s served by CP trains (www.cp.pt).

Automobiles

A hire car is worthwhile for exploring the beaches along the Costa Vicentina. From Faro airport, it's an easy cruise towards Lagos along the A22 (Via do Infante), direction Portimão. Towards the end of the A22, take the 2nd exit to Lagos, towards Vila do Bispo. From there, follow the N268 into Sagres and make for Baleeira. There’s free onsite parking. If you want to access the more remote beaches, consider hiring a 4x4.

Reviews

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Memmo Baleeira hotel – Sagres – Portugal

Anonymous review

by Gemma Cairney , Airwave surfer at BBC Radio 1

Hop. Panic. Shimmy. We’ve arrived at a serene Memmo Baleeira in the dead of night, and my first question muttered to the chic lady at reception is, ‘Where’s the ladies’ room?’ She helpfully points out where to go but post crazy-hour flight, let’s just say I’m a little disoriented – and desperate. And Memmo Baleeira is too cool for urgency. Signs are …
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Memmo Baleeira

Anonymous review by Gemma Cairney, Airwave surfer

Hop. Panic. Shimmy. We’ve arrived at a serene Memmo Baleeira in the dead of night, and my first question muttered to the chic lady at reception is, ‘Where’s the ladies’ room?’ She helpfully points out where to go but post crazy-hour flight, let’s just say I’m a little disoriented – and desperate. And Memmo Baleeira is too cool for urgency. Signs are minimal and corridors are long with matching wooden doors. After a good few minutes of shimmying, door after door, I notice a tiny sign reading ‘WC’. Phew.

Thankfully, the rest of our weekend consists of lots of relaxed sashaying. This sleek spa hotel on the wild and windswept Algarve coast is good at inspiring a beslippered glide which seems to come naturally to me and Mr Smith. I’ve taken him on a surprise trip for his birthday in the hope that two nights in Portugal will be relaxing rather than just tease us into craving more holiday time.

Long, marshmallow-white passages do little to indicate which room category we’re in. We are in a suite, though you would never know until you were inside. It’s minimal – but not in a Nineties’ Ikea style, in a ‘let’s go out for sushi!’ kind of way. It’s bright and fresh with a giant balcony overlooking the harbour and a bouncy green lawn. (Blimey – you need never wear shoes in this place.)

Letting the breeze in through the full-length glass doors, we’re happy we requested a room with a view – it is the kind of landscape sure to make your friends’ tongues hang out when posted as a picture on Facebook. Scandinavian chairs from the hotel’s original Sixties’ incarnation have been scrubbed up and accented with a modern Philippe Starck lamp here and a Tom Vac seat there. Our suite even has a kitchenette, with a full-size fridge. Yanking it open eagerly, a bit of chocolate and three mini Sagres beers doesn’t quite compensate for the fact we’ve arrived after midnight and there’s no room service at this hour. But hey, maybe that’s me being a booze-hound Brit.

The hotel's architecture has Memmo Baleeira stretched flat on a hill overlooking the village of Sagres. Though the 144-room property is pretty big, you don’t realise it until you get lost looking for your room, hazy from the sauna maybe, or looking for the loo, befuddled from a late-night low-cost airline flight. There are so many people staying there at the same time as us that the carpark is bursting with glistening cars – but you can hardly notice them – everyone is just too relaxed and, oh, I need to use the C word again: cool. Even at breakfast, which is served until the glorious time of 11am, everyone blends in, slopes about, glides along… even the children. How MB manages that is beyond me.

Now to Memmo Spa. I sign up for a facial and Mr Smith has a good scrub, although it is just as much fun giggling in the indoor freshwater pool, followed by a whirl in the terrifyingly dark Turkish bath. Eventually I even persuade Mr Smith to take advantage of the free two-hour bike hire. The reception staff, dressed in minty tones and super smiley, advise us to cycle the 8km to the lighthouse. A great ride is the perfect way to take in the sights, surely? Until whooooaaa, wobble, whooaa… Mr Smith’s bike chain has fallen off. Uh-oh! Scraped arm, ripped chinos – a spanner is thrown into the romancing. We wheel ourselves back and staff are horrified, whisking away the guilty bike to be repaired. Thanks to a particularly gorgeous blonde gently applying a big plaster to Mr Smith he makes a remarkably speedy recovery.

Beaches are king here on this southern stretch of Europe, and we head off on foot to seek one out. For our spring visit, Sagres town is quiet, but visually delicious with beautiful pink and peachy flowers in bloom on all the window sills. Once we find Mareta beach, we see for ourselves why this part of the world is a surfer’s retreat – people are thrashing about in the frothy breaks on their boards. We take an outdoor seat at Raposo café overlooking the sea, and inspired by the guys next to us we order sardines. ‘Flipping tasty,’ is Mr Smith’s verdict. ‘Especially when wolfed with sangria.’

The vibe of Sagres’ beach scene is cool and not in-your-face, and jumping around in the Atlantic waters is the loudest it really gets – at least in the day. (You try not to scream at the unexpected chill of that sea.) It’s at night when the volume is turned up, and evenings are unexpectedly jumping. Bellies full from huge portions of lamb chops and steak at cosy, local restaurant Vila Vehla, a few of the bars even get us jiving… Where do all these people come out from?

Lots of Sagres sipped in Sagres, and lots of smooching later, we conclude Memmo Baleeira has been nothing but a floaty joy. (‘Floaty joy’ – a term I coined when admiring the dresses for sale in the hotel boutique.) And two nights turned out to be just enough for us to relax and get to grips with finding our way around. Phew.

 

The Guestbook

Reviews of Memmo Baleeira from Smith members

Whenever you book a stay through us, we’ll invite you to comment when you get back. Read the Guestbook entries below to see what real-life Mr & Mrs Smiths have said about this hotel…

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

The hotel is on a great location with beautiful sea views is close to Sagres centre. Also. All the staff members were very friendly and helpful.

Don’t expect

It would be good to have WiFi in the rooms, not just the common areas. I thought the pool area wasn't big enough for lots of families.

Rating: 8/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

The service at the hotel is lovely, friendly and efficient. The room and public areas were great. There were delicious breakfast choices.

Don’t expect

I would've liked WI-FI access in the bedroom.

Rating: 10/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

I really liked the clean, light design of the hotel spaces, and the chilled out atmosphere during the week. We had excellent cocktails in the lounge. There were helpful, friendly members of staff all around the hotel plus there's great access to beautiful beaches and local places to eat.

 

Don’t expect

I was quite glad to have been leaving on the Saturday as the atmosphere changed quite considerably with the weekend crowd (more busy, noisy families and crowded public areas). Cleaning of the kitchen area in the suite could have been a bit more thorough but this was not a massive deal.

Rating: 8/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

We liked the common area which was a very pleasant space. And we found the staff friendly and helpful.

 

Don’t expect

We thought the rooms were a bit spare.

 

Rating: 6/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

I loved the cool white hotel against the blue sea, and the relaxed feeling.

Rating: 10/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

I liked the friendly staff, nice decor, well maintained hotel and lovely view.

Don’t expect

The pool was too cold for me; I would've preferred a heated outdoor pool.

Rating: 7/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

I loved the laid-back feeling and relaxed atmosphere, amazing views and great quiet town.

Don’t expect

The hotel is slightly faded in places, and WiFi in rooms would be a good addition.

Rating: 10/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

I liked the friendliness and helpfulness of the staff and the remoteness of the town.

Don’t expect

Tea coffee and milk in bedrooms rather than just a kettle and freshly cooked boiled or poached eggs at breakfast instead of just scrambled would be great.

Rating: 10/10 stars

SilverSmith

Stayed on

We loved

I liked the beautiful interiors, the location and all of the amenities.

Don’t expect

The WiFi access could be better.

Rating: 10/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

Everything about this hotel is perfect! There are great staff members who give you a real warm welcome as soon as you arrive. The location is second to none; waking up to the sunrise over the bay was stunning and could never get boring. The staff is always polite and helpful, and the entire hotel is kept immaculately clean and tidy and always stylish. The spa options where great and helped us really relax (like you need help when you're here).

Don’t expect

The only issue we found was that on arrival our double room had two single beds pushed together – it did make sleeping relatively odd the first night but after they saw we hadnt seperated the beds the staff did make the bed up as a double every day, which definatly made it comfortable for the rest of our stay. I'd just suggest they do this from the start if a room is booked as a double.

Rating: 10/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

The peace and tranquility. The stunning beaches. Very lovely hotel staff. Everything was easy. Wish I were back there!

Don’t expect

A few more hangers in the room.

Rating: 10/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on a two year old

We loved

The hotel was in a secluded, peaceful area overlooking the local port. There was a very relaxed atmosphere and the hotel has great facilities in terms of both the indoor and outdoor pools, a gym, restaurant, coffee bar and even a toy room for younger children. The breakfasts were great quality, too, overlooking the sea each morning.

Don’t expect

The fact that wireless internet was only available in the common areas was very frustrating. I'd expect that in this day and age to have that facility available in the rooms so that you don't need to traipse back and forth to the coffee area. Don't come here if you're looking for lively nightlife and bustling bars and restaurants: all appeared to be at least a long walk or short drive away.

Rating: 7/10 stars