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Hotel Vivenda Miranda Hotel 4 star
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Rua das Violetas Porto de Mós, 8600-282 Lagos, Portugal Lagos, Portugal -
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A charming upmarket converted Portuguese farmhouse with original features and a cosy homely atmosphere while having all the expected mod-cons of modern hotels. Located a short walk from Porto Mos beach along a discreet narrow alleyway lined by residential houses, the Vivenda Miranda is typically what one would call a 'well-kept secret'. Sitting perched on top of a cliff, it is in prime location for stunning views of the sea. Teamed with the lovely well-planted gardens, a stay here is perfect for unwinding. Although children are welcome, the villa is best suited to adults. The hotel is part of German label, 'Romantik Hotels'.

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      Vivenda Miranda   -   © Julien Ferret / EASYVOYAGE

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    Location 7.0 /10

    Porto Mos is a residential area located in Lagos a short drive away from the main town centre. On a slight hill, the area spans across the cliff tops of Porto Mos beach. There isn't much else in the area apart from a few golfing ranges. Lagos is a great base for exploring the western Algarve coast as it sits midway between Portimao and Sagres, the lovely wild surfers' paradise.

    Accommodation 7.70 /10

    With only 26 rooms, the calm and tranquillity here is hard to rival. The great advantage is that 90% of the rooms here have sea views and honestly, even a garden view is great to wake up to in the mornings!

    The rooms are spread out through several small houses constituting the hotel, and each one if decorated in a different style. The rooms are all fairly new and cosy, although the taste in the décor may not be everyone's cup of tea, especially for guests who are fond of contemporary design; that said, it is in-keeping with the overall style and atmosphere of the villa.

    The rooms all have the same amenities, such as televisions, bathrobes and slippers for that extra touch of comfort, however some rooms have bath tubs as opposed to showers, so if you are particularly fond of long steaming baths, make sure you specify this at the time of booking and depending on availability the hotel might be able to match you up with your ideal room!

    Overview 8.70 /10

    Vivenda Miranda, 'vivenda' being the correct equivalent for 'villa' in Portuguese, opened 22 years ago and was bought and converted into a guesthouse by an expatriate German entrepreneur who also owns the larger Cascade Resort in the same area (see our review of Cascade). The villa is open all year round.

    The house sits in tiered gardens, creating lots of nooks and crannies to read a book without feeling like you are sharing your space with other guests and so the gardens feel very private. From the gardens, there is a private path leading down to the beach, which is great if guests want to avoid sharing the way with cars by going via the main road. Otherwise, for guests feeling a little lazy, there is an outdoor pool (heated in the winter) with an indoor section. For internet fiends, the Wi-Fi access is included in the room rate and can be used throughout the property.

    Food and drink 7.70 /10

    There is one restaurant, ?Mirandus', which we didn't get to try, but looked delightful, especially due to its wonderful views over the turquoise sea. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served here and although we didn't try the food, it is a restaurant that comes highly recommended in the area even with locals. The owner told us that the restaurant only serves homemade products using local produce and as few industrial ingredients as possible. The owner was in the process of building a barbecue area in the garden to vary the restaurant menu a little more.

    The hotel offers different meal plans, including bed and breakfast, half board and full-board for guests staying a minimum of four nights - it isn't the type of establishment to offer all-inclusive.

    Spa 6.7 /10

    Although there is a sauna, steam room and three massage rooms onsite, our host did mention that he was working on developing a full-on garden spa, so watch this space if you like your pampering!

    Beach 7.70 /10

    The beach of Porto Mos is the closest to the hotel, and although doesn't get too crowded outside of season, watch out for local families during the peak summer months. Vivenda Miranda has a private path leading to the beach - the walk is no longer than 5 minutes.

    To know

    The owner of the Vivenda Miranda also runs the large Cascade Resort, also in Porto Mos.

    Equipment

    • Car park
    • Restaurant
    • Internet access
    • Spa

      sauna, Turkish bath

    • Swimming pool
    • Whirlpool bath

    advantage

    • The magnificent views.
    • The beautiful gardens adorned with colourful flowers.
    • Proximity to the beach.

    disadvantages

    • The décor, different in each room, may not be to everyone's taste.
    • No air-conditioning when we visited.
    • The private parking inside the hotel enclosure is a little small to accommodate all guest cars.

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