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Sleek & Chic | Farol Design Hotel, Cascais, Portugal

May 27, 2010

By Dian Hasan | May 25, 2010

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Portugal’s Estoril Coast is an area of stunning natural beauty, and home to the charming little town of Cascais. A short stroll from Cascais’ historic center you’ll find the Farol Design Hotel, a gem of a hotel, a perfect blend of new and old.

The boutique hotel breathes new life into the 19th-century mansion once owned by the Count of Cabral. The newly-renovated Farol, has been redefined in a interior and exterior design language that includes the generous use of white, creating a contrast between modern, minimalist interior and historic, traditional exterior. A modern sculpture entitled “Daniel” by German artist Florian Raiss greets guests at the entrance.

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Lisbon is a mere 25-minute drive away and the shopping streets and esplanades of downtown Cascais are just around the corner, but guests may find themselves unwilling to leave.  Glued to the pleasant comforts of Farol Design Hotel, and its immediate surroundings, overlooking the sparkling waters and delightful fishing boats of the local marina.

The terrace surrounding the original ocean-water pool has been updated with exquisite new deck chairs and chaises by the Spanish designer Gandia Blasco, soft light by the Italian design Trotty that evoke the distinct impression of floating on water, while the garden area has been rearranged to further blur the boundaries between the hotel and its beautiful natural surroundings. Meanwhile, a perfect place to hang out and chill is their new lounge bar – On the Rocks, hip, intimate yet elegant.

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