7040 Arraiolos, Portugal
Photo by Alexander Gempeler
Designer Digs in Southern PortugalSet in southern Portugal’s rural Alentejo region, this five-room villa was inspired by the design of the fortified Roman farmhouses that once dotted the area. Vintage and modern furnishings (a Jean Prouvé daybed, chairs by Philippe Starck) fill the contemporary space. A zebra-skin rug and Alentejan carpets add texture to the decor.
Breakfast—eggs, pastries, and homemade jam—is included with every stay. For dinner, the owners direct guests to their favorite village restaurants such as O Alpendre, which serves the famous regional dish migas (a mix of vegetables, garlic, and bread served with local black pork).
Two superior rooms have huge terraces with 250-degree views of olive and cork trees, holly oaks, and the 14th-century Arraiolos castle.
From $180. 351/91-119-2550. This appeared in the March/April 2013 issue.