Staying at Fazenda Nova feels more like you're visiting a really cool friend's beach house rather than a boutique hotel. That isn't to say you won't receive all the amenities that one finds at a high-end boutique hotel (you most certainly will), but you'll also be welcomed (though not forced) into afternoon cocktails, games of petanque and lovely alfresco dinners with other guests. However, if you'd rather keep to yourself, you can certainly find privacy, too. The rooms are designed with this in mind and each have private outdoor space. And of course, since this is in the eastern Algarve, there are plenty of quiet beaches and sleepy coastal towns a short drive away.