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Want to really get away? Try this hotel hidden in a Portuguese hillside

Part Bond villain lair, part Teletubbyland, Casa Na Terra is the hideaway to beat all hideaways

Sophie Dickinson
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Sophie Dickinson

Listen: sometimes when you get away, you need to really get away. Like, shove-your-head-in-the-actual-earth away.

Well, this hotel in Portugal might be just the place – and you won’t end up with a load of soil in your mouth either. With its arching concrete roof and tucked-into-the-hillside aesthetic, Casa Na Terra is basically Bond villain lair-meets-Teletubbyland, and we love it.

Casa Na Terra Hotel in Portugal
Photograph: Nelson Garrido

Just outside of Lisbon, in the Alentejo region, the six-room subterranean hotel was designed by architect Manuel Aires Mateus. It was built on the site of a former home that was demolished to make way for the nearby Alqueva reservoir.

The company behind the hotel has promised that a jetty will soon be added – meaning you could spend an afternoon or two exploring the surrounding scenery by boat.

Its muted interiors are furnished with works by local craftspeople, and an outdoor patio offers gorgeous views out over the water. With the option to order a private chef also available, the emphasis is definitely on relaxing. Which is pretty handy, because after the year we’ve all had, we could do with some properly indulgent downtime.

Tempted? Find out more about the hotel here.

Into your architecture? Here are 10 incredibly stylish modernist buildings you can stay in or visit.

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