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Hotel on the Rocks

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Rising from the ocean just outside Cascais, Portugal, the Farol Design Hotel is a striking blend of historic and contemporary. Originally a mansion built in 1890 and owned by the Count of Cabral, it’s now a showcase for Portuguese contemporary design.

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The original mansion remains, but in 2002, the hotel had a major makeover, including an extension built directly on the rocks. An assortment of well-known Portuguese fashion designers were asked to ‘dress’ ten rooms ‘for bliss’.

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Designers include Ana Salazar, Antonio Augustus, Arkadius and Fatima Lopes, and rooms range from minimalist to provocative.

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The makeover, under the supervision of interior designer Joao Christo, extended throughout the hotel and its grounds. Spaces are defined with a strong sense of contrast: black and white, old and new, minimalist and traditional.

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As if the hotel itself weren’t striking enough, the terrace, with its classic ocean-water pool, has been made over too, and features dreamy white cubes and floaty loungers. Leave only when your money runs out… RM

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