Villa Epicurea

Villa Epicurea

Rua do Casalinho 5A, Sesimbra 2970-052 Portugal
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Immersed in a green landscape, Villa Epicurea is an ecological retreat at Serra d'Arrabida, located just 40km away from Lisbon. This eco-friendly boutique hotel consists of 3 rooms in the Main House and 2 private villas. The open kitchen and living room are common to all guests and offer a space to share valuable experiences. The infinity pool is the perfect spot to relax and enjoy the ocean view
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unbalance wrote a review Mar 2020
Lisbon, Portugal5 contributions
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
This is a fantastic place near Lisbon, about 40 minutes by car. It is ideal to relax from the bustle of the city, around nature, forest, you can drive to the nearest wild beaches (5-7 minutes). The mini-hotel itself is very comfortable, the outside has an eco-pool, the rooms are stylish, everything is new and sooooo clean, the breakfast is delicious with local products, the hostess is insanely cute and can always help, definitely 5 stars from me! recommend
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Date of stay: March 2020Trip type: Travelled with family
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5656ZacharyT wrote a review Jul 2023
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
We had a fantastic stay at Villa Epicurea - The staff are very kind and accommodating, and for us it was the perfect combination of informal and luxurious. We stayed in one of the rooms in the main building, with a very comfy bed and beautiful view. Breakfast was wonderful with a large variety and the "Dinner in the Oven" was delicious. We recommend booking far in advance for additional services as they weren't always available, but the cooking class we had was quite fun, and the honor system for getting wine and coffee was very nice. Also the infinity pool and various places to lounge were wonderful.
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Date of stay: June 2023
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Susana Skinner wrote a review Dec 2019
Greater London, United Kingdom3 contributions3 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I travel a fair bit with my boy and I keep saying that this villa is one of the nicest and most beautiful I have been in a long time. The infinity pool overlooking the ocean. The quietness of the pines. It had everything I needed to truly relax. The rooms are beautifully decorated and the beds are super comfortable. The main house is beautifully thought through, with again amazing views to the pines and the ocean. You can enjoy a glass of wine there in the evening watching the sun setting (one of the best I’ve ever seen) the breakfast is included and is absolutely delicious - with all local produce and plenty of healthy choices. Marianna the owner and the rest of the staff were extremely friendly and very accommodating to every request we made. And to top it all up I had a massage which was fantastic (not often the case in spas - in my opinion) so that was another pleasant surprise. I loved it and am counting the days to go back. I think it’s nice for a retreat a couples weeks away or a family holiday. It could cater for all I thought.
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Date of stay: August 2019Trip type: Travelled with family
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Back Seat Traveller wrote a review Sep 2019
3 contributions3 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
You have to understand that Villa Epicurea is a "communal" type of experience, something that doesn't come across when you browse their website (it accents the eco part of the experience). By communal I mean a shared kitchen (including assigned shelves in the fridge to store your food), which can be used to cook lunch and dinner, if you so desire. Guests are mainly left to themselves, as there is no service throughout the day (what I mean is, if you would like to have a cocktail by the pool, you can go and make it yourself with the supplies you bought earlier). There is wine and beer in the fridge (at additional cost), but you can only purchase the entire bottle and can’t have just a glass.
Breakfast is served in a leisurely manner and very much in "chillaxed" mode. Times of things being ready, varies from day to day. Some days there were pancakes, others omelette. The buffet is small (fits on a 1x0.5 m table) and consists of primarily cheese, butter, marmalade and bread (no meats) but all very tasty. Some days the bread was stale (as if from the previous day) and did not vary in offering (meaning the same type of bread). If something runs out, you have to ask or get it from the “hotel” fridge yourself, it didn't get replenished by the staff. They try to reduce waste food (or at least that what different notes around the kitchen area say), that’s why nothing is in abundance, and if it runs out, you gotta ask if you want more. You can make fresh orange juice yourself, but there is a reminder to be mindful of other guests and not take too much… take that as you will.
There is no possibility to spontaneously have dinner at this property (because there is no staff around, after 3-4 pm), you have to pre-book it in advance and its only available on specific days of the week. We also didn't find a restaurant in a walking distance from Villa Epicurea, therefore car is a must at this property. FYI, "car park" is at the entrance to the property, meaning you walk up a hill to the rooms afterwards (about 150-200m). There is a possibility to drive up to the main building, but not to leave your car there.
The views are extremely nice, and sunsets are gorgeous! Natural pool was refreshing and clean, hope it remains that way (since we were there couple months after the opening date). Some days it was quiet, other days quite noisy, all depends on other guests (if they decide to use the kitchen in the middle of the night for instance).
Room (in the main building) was nicely decorated, didn't have an AC, just a fan, so we slept with a sliding balcony door open, which attracted mosquitoes (there was no repellent in the room). Bathroom was nice and clean, water pressure good, however, the shower did not drain properly, meaning that after 2 minutes of showering you stand in 5-7 cm of water.
The experience is generally positive, as long as people understand what to expect and hopefully this review sheds some light on this. Accommodation is on a pricier side, but its the view that you pay for, not the service. If you are into eco experiences, this place would tick many boxes, if you expect typical hotel experience, maybe not that many boxes.
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Date of stay: July 2019
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
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NicoAbreu wrote a review Sep 2019
Paris, France48 contributions70 helpful votes
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Hi all;

Sharing with you few comments after our experience in Villa Epicure.

Say that we had very high expectations about this place. Particularly because of the pictures, what we wrote about it, and the personal moment (small honeymoon) of why we did this trip.

We booked the Villa thinking in a relaxing and quiet place.

However I found a consistent list of deficiencies during my stay. Any of them would be critical by it’s own, but the sum of all of them are considerably important for not to repeat this place considering is not a cheap place to stay.

> How to get; GPS is a must. There is no sign - indication during the way to the Villa. Not even when you exit the main road and need to take a clay path, neither a name on the main door.

> Car Parking; The Villa has a parking we’re tu can perfectly fit any car. However the car park is at the very entrance, and you will need to walk a quite steep clay path. You must leave first the suitcases and the bring the car down. I find this a bit uncomfortable particularly with kids.

> Light; If you arrive at night there is NO light from car park to the House. So the usage of the torch of your phone is a must! Olive trees are illuminated at the top of the house, but priority should be to facilitate access to the guests.

> Breakfast; Time is from 8:30 to 10:30. Experience tells me that everything must be ready at this time, particularly when breakfast is included. However few remarks;
- Eggs where ready round 9:00
- Bread, which should have been “arriving” did not arrive until at least 9:15 when we left the breakfast
- No hot milk. And when I raised this point there was not a microwave to warm up the coffees.... so hot coffee and cold milk. You can always pay 1EUR and get a nespresso. Coffee is non filtered so might not be the preference for all palates.

- Juice or Smoothies. The w.o.w is a do it yourself. So be prepare to do your own orange juice. For me this should be clearly stated in the Villa description. At least a guest knows what to expect.

> Internet; Very poor signal in the rooms but WiFi does not reach the rooms... do not expect to work remote from here. At least in the room.

> Temperature; Room is very very, and again very hot. We had our stay in September and we needed to sleep with a door open.... this is a big issue as there is no AC in the room. There is a small Dyson fan but not enough to cools down the room.

> Workers; there are still constructions happening in the property of the Villa. So workers come in the morning and might use drills or any noisy tool which can destroy quiet atmosphere.

> Size; bathrooms, at least of the room we were was very very small....

> Towels; Not being changed in 3 days. True is that we left them outside to dry and is OK, but mainly because there is nothing in the toilet advising you about the general w.o.w.

> Cat; yes, there is a Cat that goes in & out the house, so for those who are allergic please be aware. This is not mentioned anywhere.

In summary, the concept of having a sharing space for the guests could work. You have a kitchen, and family room that can be used any time by anyone.

However the feeling, maybe because also the guest they were also in the Villa is far away from it. Feeling is like a sharing flat where everyone is always in / out the house.

Also, in our stay there there was a lot of kids.... which for me contradicts the quiet and peaceful spirit of what I read before coming. Mainly because, again, as the house has the common kitchen, it is intensively used in this circumstances. So the fact of enjoying of a bottle of wine outside.... looses the magic.

Hope the above can be understood as a constructive feedback as the place has a lot of potential.

Good points to highlight
> Design of the house is great
> Homemade marmalade is top
> Sunset view is nice

Regards
Nico

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Date of stay: September 2019Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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JulianT wrote a review Aug 2022
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Stunning architecture and design, amazing food that one can order, very calm as it only has ca. 5 rooms, beautiful for yoga / meditation and relaxing
Concept is based on a shared kitchen / common area with a few other guests, but works really well due to the great service / team
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Date of stay: August 2022
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5656ZacharyT wrote a tip Jul 2023
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
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C$245 - C$316 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
LOCATION
PortugalAlentejoSetubal DistrictSesimbra
NUMBER OF ROOMS
5
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Frequently Asked Questions about Villa Epicurea
Which popular attractions are close to Villa Epicurea?
Nearby attractions include YesExperiences Portugal (2.6 km), Cabo Espichel (4.7 km), and Ribeira do Cavalo Beach (5.8 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Villa Epicurea?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and a pool.
What food & drink options are available at Villa Epicurea?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at Villa Epicurea?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Villa Epicurea?
Conveniently located restaurants include O Zagaia, Cantinho da Regina, and Bifedouro.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Villa Epicurea?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Are pets allowed at Villa Epicurea?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
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