Known as the Caixinha da Amêndoas (Almond Box), the Dukes of Loulé Palace on Conceição beach – yes, where the President likes to go for a swim every morning when it is too windy at Guincho – has been transformed into a small 1960s inn. It had little more than ten rooms, but it has grown to gain an upmarket reputation: From the terrace of The Albatroz Hotel, life becomes much easier for any mortal. It has retained its old features and charm, but the rooms (there are three types) are more luxurious than ever, decorated in shades of green, blue and beige – they were recently refurbished by the interior designer Gracinha Viterbo. It wins the prize for the best balcony in town, with a swimming pool and comfortable sun loungers, and a small terrace where you can take tea at five or enjoy a drink at the end of the day.
The Albatroz Hotel
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