Now open: Evora Farm Hotel, Alentejo, Portugal
Situated in the untouched Alentejo region of southern Portugal, Évora Farm Hotel is now open. Owned by Discovery Hotel Management, the property joins its flagship collection of hotels across the country including Vila Monte Farm House in Moncarapacho, Douro 41 Hotel & Spa in Castelo de Paiva and the Furnas Boutique Hotel in São Miguel amongst others.
Évora sits on 11-hectares of pristine Portuguese landscape and immaculately blends modern living with country life. The hotel’s design takes its inspiration from its surroundings with clean décor and light tones framed by natural woods. It is a unique place where people, plants and animals coexist in harmony. Stargazing, hot air balloon rides, nature walks, food and wine tastings, breakfast on the hotel’s meadows at dawn, and learning more about farm life are just a handful of the experiences on offer at Évora.
The hotel comprises of 56 rooms, including three family rooms with bunk beds and private outdoor areas housing swimming pools and gardens. The main hotel sits alongside five larger, exclusive use villas – perfect for multi-generational families and large groups of friends. A further ten villas will open as part of the second phase of the development. Facilities include an outdoor area that comprises of five pools (two for families and three adults only); gym; spa with an indoor pool, sauna, two treatment rooms and Turkish bath; À TERRA restaurant; and meeting rooms in addition to an educational farm, vegetable garden, olive grove and orchard. There is also a dedicated kid’s area and children’s checkin facility.
With sustainability at the heart of its ethos, Évora takes responsibility in educating its guests on the benefits of responsible horticulture through the championing of local produce. À TERRA restaurant presents the very best of the Alentejo region, complete with the hotel’s own vegetables, herbs, fruit and meat, and brought together to deliver menus that sing of traditional flavours and techniques. For those looking for a unique dining experience, a Chef’s Table dinner can be organised on request.
As with all hotels under Discovery Hotel Management, the property guarantees a circular economy and a lower carbon emission through its practices. A wastewater treatment plant has also been set up to ensure water is recycled where possible (once it has been treated to a high standard) to irrigate the garden and orchard, and all waste production from the hotel has been designed to have the least possible impact on the environment, with all food waste composted where possible too.
The hotel is located 19km from the UNESCO World Heritage site that is city of Évora. It is also just 150km from Lisbon. The region itself is recognised as Portugal’s gastronomic soul as it provides nearly half of Portugal’s wine and offers a wealth of local delicacies, specialities and cooking traditions.
About DHM – Discovery Hotel Management
Integrated in the Discovery Portugal Fund, DHM – Discovery Hotel Management is the management brand created to manage the hotels and other accommodation units which form part of the fund. DHM – Discovery Hotel Management employs a team of qualified professionals in different areas in the sector. The concept of DHM hotels is based on authenticity, informality and respect for the unique character of the places they’re located on. Each hotel has its own identity, favouring regional and local experiences, in perfect harmony with the natural surroundings. DHM – Discovery Hotel Management aims to achieve financial sustainability and optimize the performance of its assets through innovative management models and concepts. www.dhmportugal.com.