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Vila Monte uses whitewashed stairways and natural woods in typical Algarve style to create airy spaces that allow the sunlight to flood in. The property spans nine hectares in Portugal’s Olhão municipality and encompasses orange and olive groves, gardens and ponds, two swimming pools, a tennis court, and four buildings that house its 55 rooms and suites. The hotel offers an array of excursions and activities, from fishing in the Ria Formosa to boat tours, seafood tasting, desert island sunbathing, and trips to the Olhão market with the chef behind the hotel’s À Terra restaurant.
MADE BY ORIGINALS
Miguel Guedes de Sousa is the CEO of DHM - Discovery Hotel Management and was always destined for success in the hospitality industry. With a Lisbon hotelier for a grandparent and a gourmand for a parent, Guedes de Sousa seemed destined to attend hotel school in Switzerland and various culinary schools in America. He gained invaluable experience in hotels in the Philippines, Thailand, England, and Barcelona, to name a few. Off duty, Guedes de Sousa may be found running ultra-marathons in Morocco, white truffle-hunting in Italy, or simply traveling the world for its wine.
ARCHITECTURE & DESIGN
Typical of the architecture in the Algarve region, Vila Monte showcases whitewashed walls and chimneys and natural wood terraces. The interior design is by Vera Iachia, who has worked with names such as Andy Warhol and Jacques Grange in the art and design worlds, respectively. The rooms, suites, and communal areas are embellished by white stonework, mat grasses, traditional fabrics, and pieces created by local artisans.