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Portugal, Évora: Vitória Stone Hotel

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Interior Design by Nini Andrade Silva

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Improvised Brunch


in the Vitória Stone Hotel roof terrace with Alentejo biscuits and cheese. Delighted, I discovered the panoramic view (just for me) of this Évora neighborhood without tourists (except for hotel guests) and close to the old city (ten minutes walk).

Blue sky and white clouds: high brightness this morning. After months of greyish skies, the shock (lol)! I have the feeling to “see” in new colors! The seats are distributed on different levels. Attracted by sight, I move at the top level and stay near the small infinity pool (photos below).

Leaving, I go in front of the original sauna with walls lined with cork. Cork represents the Alentejo. Besides, I should write a sauna guide, since my meeting with world champion saunas in the South Tyrol!

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The Room

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Small But Comfortable

I’ve always found the decorations of the famous interior designer, Nini Andrade Silva, even more glamorous at evening with the different lighting effects and mirrors.

My room reminds me of a David Lynch movies … in part because of the thick curtain covering the entire width of the wall and dressing.

The space is optimized especially in the minimalist white bathroom that stretches the length, wuith an XXL mirror. I like the shower with its simple details. Bedding is also impeccable. In the morning, you can benefit of the small balcony (hidden behind the curtain).

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The Hotel

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J’aime

the intimate arrangement of the common areas. It allows to meet with other clients. We chat sat in the comfy amchairs while looking at the giant photos of megaliths surrounding Évora. Photo above : lounge in the hotel lobby and bar (left photo below).

The restaurant looks nice too (unfortunately I dined in the old city), with a long table that undulates along the bay window (right below). The toilets are pretty unusual with a huge stone bin for handwashing, mirrors and shadows game. Great!

This small hotel is really glam and charming with a smiling efficient service. I felt great!

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Many thanks to Visit Alentejo and Visit Portugal to this beautiful invitation. Also thanks to the Vitória Stone Hotel and especially the reception team. As always, these are my opinions.

Vitória Stone Hotel à Évora

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Un hôtel décoré par Nini Andrade Silva

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Brunch improvisé sur la terrasse

du toit du Vitória Stone Hotel, avec des gâteaux secs et fromage d’Alentejo. Je découvre, ravie, la vue panoramique (rien que pour moi) d’un quartier d’Évora sans touristes (à l’exception des clients de l’hôtel), à dix minutes à pieds de l’intérieur des fortifications.

Ciel bleu, nuages blancs : la luminosité est particulièrement forte ce matin. Après des mois de grisaille, le choc (lol)! J’ai l’impression de “voir” à nouveau les couleurs! Les banquettes sont réparties sur différents niveaux. Tout en haut, se trouve la petite piscine à débordement, où je m’installe happée par la vue (photos ci-dessous).

En partant, je passe devant le sauna tapissé de liège, original. Le liège est un peu – beaucoup – ce qui représente l’Alentejo. D’ailleurs je devrais écrire un guide des saunas, depuis ma rencontre avec le champion du monde des saunas au Sud Tyrol! 

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La Chambre

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Petite mais très confortable

A mon sens, les décorations (- scénographies) de Nini Andrade Silva (que j’ai eu le plaisir d’interviewer l’an dernier), sont encore plus glamour le soir, avec ses jeux d’éclairage et mirroirs.

Ma chambre m’a fait penser à un film de David Lynch… en partie, à cause du rideau couvrant toute la largeur du mur et des rangements.

L’espace est optimisé : salle de bain blanche, minimaliste qui s’étire sur la longueur, le mirroir XXL. J’aime la douche avec ses détails simplissimes. La literie est aussi impeccable. Le matin, j’ai pu profité du petit balcon.

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L’hôtel

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J’aime

l’agencement intimiste des espaces communs qui se prête aux rencontres avec les autres clients. On discute dans d’originaux fauteuils, en admirant les photos géantes des mégalithes des environs d’Évora. Salons dans l’entrée de l’hôtel (photo ci-dessus) et bar (photo de gauche ci-dessous).

Le restaurant semble aussi très agréable (malheureusement j’ai dîné dehors), avec sa longue table qui ondule le long de la baie vitrée (photo de droite ci-dessous). Les toilettes sont insolites, comprenant une sorte de lavoir central géant en pierre, des jeux de mirroirs et de lumières basses.

Un petit hôtel très glam et charmant, où je me suis sentie super bien et qui m’a réconciliée avec les boutiques hôtels! En plus le service est top.

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Un grand merci à Visit Alentejo et à Visit Portugal pour cette superbe invitation. Merci aussi au Vitória Stone Hotel et tout spécialement à l’équipe de la réception. Comme toujours, ce sont mes opinions.

Madeira: Nature, Road Trip and Dinner At The Vine

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Pico do Areeiro

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9 a.m. Departure From Funchal In Jeep

to Pico do Areeiro (1818 m), the third highest peak of the Madeira island (above photo). Different landscapes on the road (photo 1). And the view is stunning when we come to Pico do Areeiro! I think to serenely enjoy (-to avoid tourists-), you need to be there really early in the morning.

We get into the Jeep to go to Ribeiro Frio, for an easy 45 minute walk that follows the Levada de Serra do Faial. The Levadas are canals built between 1461 and 1966, to carry water to irrigate cropland. We get into the Laurissilva Forest unchanged since Prehistoric times (photo montage below). Lovely panorama of the valley from the Ribeira da Metade point of vue (on the photo montage below: the penultimate picture)!

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Driving To Santana

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Heading To The North Coast of Madeira

to visit SantanaThe road runs along the ocean! And I love Ocean! Steep coast, hills that plunge in water: bright green on the ultramarine blue with emerald hues. Happiness! We cross Faial, one of the first places to have been populated in the North coast.

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Returning to Funchal

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My Favorite Scenery!

I also love this part of the road leading to the most Eastern point of the island of Madeira. Where you can find the nature reserve Ponta de São Lourenço. Desert scenery and vegetation tormented by strong winds! I feel like in Sergio Leone movies… a palm tree here and there and this incredible light!

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Miradouro Ponta de São Lourenço

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Dinner @ The Vine

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Back To Funchal In Late Afternoon

A quick stop at the Pestana Casino Park and now I’m ready to go dinner to UVA, the restaurant of The Vine hotel. I’m very excited to discover the decoration of the hotel designed by Nini Andrade Silva.

I could spend hours on the lovely terrace deck, bathed in a golden light and views over the rooftops of Funchal (photo below). At night it’s even more beautiful! Excellent fish and vegetables at the UVA restaurant (on the last photo montage. The restaurant pictured in the penultimate photo montage is not the UVA).

Then we enjoy the Festival do Atlantico‘s fireworks from the lazy terrace of The Vine (photo montage below). Followed by a glass (no poncha for me!) to the Venda Velha. Followed by a music vintage disco … LOL!

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Many thanks for this beautiful invitation to Visit Madeira, Visit Portugal and TAP. As always all my opinions are mine.