The Carvalhal Beach Residence

comporta, portugal
3 bedroom - 2.5 bath
(13 reviews)
Travel dates:
€620 - €1,210 per night (EUR)
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Perks for the Parents

This simple but luxurious pair of cabanas with a pool and garden is a 10-minute walk from the beach in Comporta. Fantastic sunsets, sandy beaches and great local restaurants are all waiting to be enjoyed. These 2 newly-built architect-designed cabanas - 1 with 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms and 1 with a kitchen and sitting room - are surrounded by a garden and pool. Luxurious yet laid back, the residence is set up for a relaxing stay with kids. WiFi, Smart TV with Netflix and Amazon plus an Apple TV is all included (renters need to use their own accounts).

Why Kids Love it

Set in a fantastic relaxed environment with a beautiful beach less than a mile away, the house has a bedroom with twin beds ideal for kids, plus another bedroom with a single bed. There is a garden with fantastic pool (which can be heated on request) plus toys and bicycles available (2 large adult, 2 large kids and 1 tagalong). Surf lessons are available nearby and bikes, wetsuits and surfboards can be hired locally. There is a small football/basketball AstroTurf pitch about 50 yards away and restaurants and cafés about 100 yards away.

Things to Know

Minimum stay: 7 days. There are no stairs - the cabanas are all on the ground floor. There is a ladder (removable) up to the mezzanine. There are drops in the garden from decking on to sand or plants - toddlers will need extra supervision. The pool has a mechanised safety cover but no gate and is unheated - heating can be provided on request for an extra fee. There is parking on the street or under the pergola in the garden. Car rental is essential. The kitchen includes a washer-dryer. SMEG induction range cooker, fridge-freezer, dishwasher and good quality kitchen equipment including toaster and kettle. There are 2 outdoor showers. Alojamento Local - AL number - 44693/AL

About the Location

The cabanas are in Comporta, just over an hour from Lisbon or 1 hour 20 minutes from Faro. This quiet seaside village with restaurants and a surf school is set between the pine forests, rice fields and a 50 km sandy beach. There is a small shop in the restaurant 100 yards away, and a veg van comes round every day. There are also 2 small supermarkets 5 minutes by car away (10 by bike) with a main supermarket in Grandola (20 minutes' drive). Once a fisherman’s haunt, Carvalhal Village is 5 minutes from Comporta and is dotted with fishermen’s huts. Lisbon and Faro airports are the closest, with regular international flights.

Accommodation Details

This pair of cabanas is set around a pool and in a lush garden. They comprise: 1 cabana with a kitchen and sitting room, plus outdoor lounge and deck, and a second cabana with bedrooms. This includes 1 master bedroom with superkingsize bed, a second bedroom with a superkingsize bed, a children’s bedroom with 2 twin beds and another bedroom on a mezzanine level with 1 single bed. There are 2.5 bathrooms - the main cabana has a toilet plus bathroom with bath and shower and 1 bedroom has an ensuite bathroom.

Style Notes

Laid-back luxury. These modern beach cabanas are architect-designed and were finished in 2016. Pergolas provide shade and wooden shuttered doors open to the decking for a relaxed indoor-outdoor feel. The gardens are private, screened with pine trees from nearby properties; native and mediterranean plants fill out the foliage. We love the sophisticated, modern feel blended with traditional building materials and architectural details.

  • Air Conditioning
  • Baby Bath
  • Baby Monitor
  • Babysitter / Nanny
  • Backyard / Garden
  • Balcony
  • Bathtub
  • Bed Rails
  • Bicycles
  • Cabinet Locks
  • Changing Table
  • Chef / Catering
  • Children's Dinnerware
  • Corner Guards
  • DVD Library
  • DVD Player
  • Dishwasher
  • Elevator
  • Fireplace Guards
  • Game Console
  • High Chair
  • Housekeeper
  • Outlet Plugs
  • Parking
  • Pet-friendly
  • Pool
  • Pool Gate
  • Stair Gates
  • Television
  • Toys / Children's Books
  • Washer / Dryer
  • Wifi
  • Window Guards
2 king
3 twin / single
sleeps 1
1 baby crib
Ed G.
Member since October 12, 2014
Ed, Sara, Ella and Simon live in Saltsjöbaden outside Stockholm most of the year and at Alvasjö our idyllic lakeside retreat in the summers. We love spending time at the beach in Comporta too!

Comporta, Portugal

Barefoot and carefree

Barefoot, carefree and very, very chic, Comporta is one of Europe’s most desirable beach spots. In the wild and unspoilt Alentejo area of Portugal, 120km south of Lisbon, it attracts artists, a-listers and surfers to its emerald sea and endless sands. Play in the ocean, build sandcastles and eat fresh fish from roadside stalls as part of a glamorous, relaxing stay in this unspoilt hideaway.

13 reviews

Lisa P.
Visited in August 2023
We absolutely LOVED our stay at The Carvalhal Beach Residence. The photos perfectly depict the space, which is clean, modern and beautiful. The set-up of the two buildings is amazing, and each of the three bedrooms has their own entrance from the pool, which gave us great privacy. We had a ton of fun in the pool, and we spent a lot of time at the beach, which is just minutes away by car (my son even tried surfing). The whole area is full of incredible restaurants and fun activities, and we would come back in a heartbeat.
Anne W.
Visited in April 2023
We had an amazing and relaxing stay at Carvalhal Beach Residence in April 2023. Ed and Mafalda were communicative and shared many recommendations prior and during our stay; wonderful host and caretaker. We had a rough start with a flight delay and were so thankful for the welcome basket since we got there in the evening. My kids (2 and 5) were thrilled to go in the pool everyday and enjoyed being so closed to the beach. It was exactly what we needed. Highly recommend staying at Carvalhal Beach Residence!
Lauren M.
Visited in March 2023
This property exceeded our (already high) expectations in every single way. Ed was a wonderful communicator and gives you so much information that you could just go through his list of suggestions one by one and not have to do any research yourself. The food was incredible at every stop, the beaches felt like untouched secrets (we went in low season end of March) and the people were welcoming and kind. We will definitely be back!
Jamie A.
Visited in June 2022
We had an amazing stay at The Carvalhal Beach Residence in June 2022! There were seven people in our party. Four adults and three children. The entire space is just lovely - very comfy, laid out well and decorated very nicely. We spent most of our time sitting out by the pool together eating, drinking, swimming, reading, and enjoying the lovely architecture and landscaping. We cooked in the cute, little kitchen a few times and the kids enjoyed the loft area. We ran into Carvalhal each morning for pastries to bring back to the cottages. Rode the great bikes that are provided a few times to the bakery and to closest beach, went to the lovely spa at Quinta da Comporta, did an ATV tour at Feel Comporta, and made several reservations to nearby restaurants. I highly recommend 5 Sentidos Comporta (our fave - went two times) and Sublime Comporta Beach Club. We also had lovely meals at Sal Comporta, Museu do Arroz, PizzaPisco and Gomes. When we weren't eating or hanging at the cottages, we were at one of the two beaches nearby. They are both beautiful spots and our kids had so much fun in the waves. The sand is so soft and hunting for shells is exquisite!
Emily C.
Visited in July 2020
Lovely stay would definitely return!
Emma G.
Visited in August 2019
We had the most wonderful time at The Carvalhal Beach House. It exuded rest and relaxation. Our boys 2 and 4 loved the pool! The location was perfect, delicious food and beautiful beaches. We highly recommend. Thank you for the hospitality and your beautiful place.
Heather O.
Visited in October 2018
We fell in love with this place the moment we walked in. It was truly even more beautiful and relaxing than the photos depict. We came with our 4 1/2 yr old and almost 2 yr old and thought it was a beautiful set up for our little family. We had to monitor our nearly 2 yr old at all times around the pool and a few garden areas but we expected that. Ed was amazing and helpful prior to our stay and gave us all of the great insights about the area. We used the bicycles and rode into the village a couple mornings- what a great place! There is a nice little playground across from the bakery- it was a real hit with our kiddos. Thank you Ed for such an incredible stay!
Anne Marie R.
Visited in August 2018
Extraordinary place- extremely nice owner and caretaker. We spent a wonderful holiday week in a very nice surrounding. Beach and surf school in walking distance.
Shanta N.
Visited in June 2018
We had a wonderful stay at the Carvalhal Beach Residence. The home is as beautiful as it looks in the photos, and very private. The kitchen was stocked with fresh produce, bread, cheese, eggs and a bottle of wine when we arrived. There is also a cabinet with a variety of kids games, as well as Netflix, so we were never at a loss for down-time activities for the kids. We enjoyed spending time by the pool, visiting the beautiful local beaches (the closest is a 10-15 minute walk or a short 5 minute drive), and taking day trips to Lisbon and other nearby sites. The local area is very laid back, and the beaches were vast and not at all crowded. There seems to be a fair bit of development in the works, so I imagine the area will become a bit busier in coming years, but on our visit, the area was perfectly quiet. The nearby town of Comporta has one stretch of high-end boutiques and art galleries, which was fun. And all of the nearby beaches have delicious seafood restaurants overlooking the ocean. Thank you Ed for a wonderful stay! Shanta & Nate, NYC
Laura B.
Visited in September 2017
We had a wonderful stay at the Carvalhal Beach Residence! The cabanas are beautiful and peaceful, and we especially enjoyed the fully stocked kitchen. Ed and the house staff were responsive, available, and easy to coordinate with. Comporta itself is wonderful; we had a relaxing vacation on the gorgeous beaches, hanging out by the pool, and enjoying all the delicious food. It was close enough for a few fun road trips up to Lisbon and Sinta, as well. Highly recommend for all!
Rebecca F.
Visited in August 2017
The cabanas are super stylish and luxurious with comfy beds and crisp linen and extremely well equipped - we had everything we needed from top of the range cooking equipment to smart TV, which we amazingly didn't use as the kids had lots of other things to occupy them such as bikes and board games and the lovely pool which, in August, was just the right temperature. We love this area of Portugal, so much nicer than the packed southern Algarve and works well with a combined city break with Lisbon. The big golden beaches have waves for bodyboarding but not too cold or rough for swimming, great seafood restaurants, a surprising number of lovely boutiques and a very authentic, untouristy feel. We could have done with another week!
Alexander S.
Visited in July 2017
Carvalhal is a small, quiet village. We appreciated its easy-going, slow-paced "feel": buying just harvested veggies at the farmer's doorstep, the wonderful fish from the truck. Lets hope it will stay like this. (The construction site where a big hotel is being built, however, does not bode well.) The accommodation was very good: well furnished, comfortable living and sleeping cabanas, spacious enough for us (4 adults and three children). The star of the area, obviously, is the Atlantic Ocean with its beaches: really superb; an experience that allows you to really "switch off" and let the spirit flow.
Amanda B.
Visited in June 2017
This villa is a little piece of paradise. In a special and naturally beautiful destination that still feels relatively un-discovered by the masses, the Gardiner-Hill home feels like an oasis of calm and luxury. The linens and beds were incredibly comfortable, the kitchen equipment and appliances were of the highest quality - which made preparing snacks and meals a pleasure. The pool and deck are perfectly prepared for ultimate relaxation, and the pool cover gave us piece of mind at night. The proximity to incredible beaches, beach bars and cafes/restaurants made it the perfect place to explore from, but we always enjoyed returning home after a day out and about. I would recommend this special place to anyone looking for a true holiday and the old-fashioned sense of the word. We were on a multi-generational trip and it worked out so well for all of us from 5-65!!