Fazenda Nova

  • Location: Beach / Coast
    Beautiful town of Tavira: 15km (20 mins drive)
    Ria Formosa National Park: 15km (20 mins drive)
    Secluded beaches (favourite: Ilha da Armona): 20km (50 mins drive and ferry crossing)
  • Faro Airport (FAO): 30km (25 mins drive)
    Tavira train station: 15km (20 mins drive)
    Airport transfer available on request
    Car recommended
    Free parking

A short ride away from the beautiful long sandy beaches of the Ria Formosa National Park.
Hallie and Tim know the area incredibly well and all the hidden markets, restaurants and beaches.

This is a place for grown-ups, children are only allowed during Family weeks.

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An introduction to Fazenda Nova

How would you describe Fazenda Nova in a nutshell?

Fazenda Nova is a small luxury boutique hotel in the Algarve in Portugal. This pretty bolthole is run very environmentally conscious and was created with lots of recycled materials, such as 30,000 reclaimed roof tiles. You’ll find a vinyl library, lots of reading spaces, a salt-water swimming pool, WiFi even in the garden, a honesty bar and a restaurant on site for hotel guests only.

What was your inspiration to open a small luxury hotel in the Algarve?

Our inspiration was a trip to Cape Town 12 years ago. We both had businesses and traveled a lot. We stayed in a guest house there to go whale watching on the Bay, and we walked in and it was an epiphany moment. They had a huge dining room with a glass wall and the kitchen behind it, where you could view all the meals being prepared. The suites made you feel at home. The doors opened into a garden with wonderful African furniture. We both sort of looked at each other and thought, ‘This is it. This is what we want to do.’

Please tell us a bit about the design of Fazenda Nova.

We’re surrounded by trees that have a wonderful texture on their barks and trunks. We’ve used different types of finishes throughout the project to reflect that idea. Every aspect has been thought out thoroughly, so if you’re in any part of the building, looking out a specific window or a view into the garden, the textures really make you feel comfortable.

But the building wouldn’t work if it didn’t have those wonderful historical architectural features. Those were what we fell in love with.

It took six years to finish the project, to restore the buildings, regenerate the land, and resource the materials and the furniture. For example, I had to find 30,000 reclaimed roof tiles. And they’re not easy to find. We also recycle a lot, so it took time to build the infrastructure for that, like for harvesting water. The whole process was very complicated.

How long would you recommend to stay to get a feeling of this part of Portugal?

I think you get it immediately. But to be able to totally enjoy it, I’d recommend a 5 or 7 day holiday. We’ve had people stay for three weeks, but if you’re here for 5 to 7 days, you’ll have a wonderful experience.

And to experience the beach life, restaurants and markets, a week is really necessary to do it justice.

What’s the most rewarding thing about running Fazenda Nova?

Our holiday guests get an experience they remember, and the testament to that is people returning often. That’s one of the biggest rewards.

What most people say is that the pictures don’t do us justice, and I like that. I want people to get more than they expect.

Fazenda Nova exterior
Fazenda Nova pool and garden
Garden suite
Garden suite
Garden suite bathroom
Lounge area
Bread oven and bar
Pool and garden
Pool
Algarve beaches

Fazenda Nova rooms & rates

The essence is that holiday guests get a large room with seating areas that offer a feeling of space and usable comfort. Along with that, each suite has its own private garden with a fire pit. The apartments also have a small kitchen area. If guests want to mix with people, they can, but otherwise they have their own space.

We have king size beds with what we perceive to be the best mattresses you can buy. We have silent air conditioning and big, walk-in rain showers with instant hot water and lots of water pressure.

We harvest water, use solar power and LED lighting. We offer a beach bag, umbrellas, and Wi-fi, even in the garden. We’re very conscious of our environment, but at the same time we’re very conscious of how people want to live.

  • Garden Suites for 2-3 people / 45 m²
    320 / night
    • 2 Twin bedroom
    • 6 Double bedroom
    • 1 Shower room (ensuite)
    • 1 Extra bed (on req.)
    • 1 Baby cot (on req.)

    The Garden Suites at Fazenda Nova offer spacious living and sleeping accommodation. The rooms feature king or super size wooden Balinese style beds, Hypnos mattresses dressed in the finest Egyptian cotton and luxurious bedding, to ensure the perfect nights sleep.

    Bathrooms are finished with polished concrete, using Villeroy and Boch bathroom fittings, Hansgrohe rain drencher showers, soft towels and bathrobes.

    All rooms have their own private garden, with a place to sit and relax. Chill in the cacoons or warm yourself by the fire pit in the cooler months.

  • Terrace Suites for 2 people / 35 m²
    320 / night
    • 1 Double bedroom
    • 1 Shower room (ensuite)

    The first floor Terrace Suite at Fazenda Nova has a large private terrace with views to the hills and surrounding countryside. The terrace has sun loungers, seating area and a firepit. The room is accessible from outside steps near to the pool.

    It has a king size wooden Balinese style bed, Hypnos mattress, Egyptian cotton sheets and luxurious bedding.

    The bathrooms are polished concrete with Villeroy and Boch bathroom fittings, Hansgrohe rain showers, huge soft towels and bathrobes.

  • Garden Suites Apartments for 2-3 people / 45 m²
    340 / night
    • 1 Double bedroom
    • 1 Shower room (ensuite)
    • 1 Living room
    • 1 Kitchenette
    • 1 Sofabed (on req.)
    • 1 Baby cot (on req.)

    The apartments at Fazenda Nova have their own small kitchenette which is open plan onto the living area, the bedroom opens out onto the living space. A small kitchen allows you to cook in the comfort of your room, with either a sofa bed or sofa in the living area.

    The bedrooms feature wooden Balinese style beds, Hypnos mattresses dressed in the finest Egyptian cotton and luxurious bedding.

    The bathrooms are polished concrete with Villeroy and Boch bathroom fittings, Hansgrohe showers, huge soft towels and bath robes.

    The apartments have a private garden with a place to sit and relax, chill in the cacoon or warm yourself by the fire pit in the winter.

    The apartments are ideal for 2 persons although can sleep up to 2 children in the living area.

  • Loft Suites for 2 people / 55 m²
    300 / night
    • 1 Double bedroom
    • 1 Shower room (ensuite)

    Loft Suites are designed in the Fazenda Nova style, comfort with an urban edge. Set in the eaves of the main building, these feature King size beds dressed in the finest Egyptian cottons and luxurious Bedding. There are 3 loft suites, one with 49 square metres, other with 66 square metres and the last one with 72 square metres.

  • Master Suites for 2 people / 90 m²
    450 / night
    • 1 Double bedroom
    • 1 Shower room (ensuite)
    • 1 Living room
    • 1 Dining room

    With 90 square metres of indoor space, comprising dining area, lounge, bedroom and bathroom with its own private entrance, it is the perfect hideaway. Enjoy the sea views from the room before stepping out into the private garden compete with plunge pool and outdoor rain shower. Dual sided fireplace between the bedroom and living room. The Master Suite has a super king bed dressed in the finest Egyptian cotton and luxurious bedding and the bathroom features Hansgrohe and Duravit fixtures and fittings and leads to the outdoor shower.

Included in the rates
Rates are per room and per night and include a delicious breakfast including fresh fruit, freshly-baked breads, juices, pastries, cereals, cold meats and cheese.
Children & Extra beds
Children up to 14 years are welcome during Family Weeks only (please enquire). Baby cot: EUR 10/night, Extra bed: EUR 50/night. There is a maximum of one extra bed or cot per room.
Minimum stay
2 nights
Check in time
after 14:00
Check out time
before 11:00
Closed November 15 to February 28

Facilities & services

  • Swimming pool
  • WiFi
  • Air conditioning
  • Terrace
  • Maid service
  • Bar
  • Concierge service
  • TV
  • Fireplace
  • Garden
  • Restaurant
  • Not suitable for children
  • Music system
  • Movies/DVDs
  • Hair dryer

We have a salt water swimming pool and a wonderful terrace in the back. We also offer trees as umbrellas and set chairs and tables under the trees. On the roof is another terrace. We have things like an honesty bar that’s always fully stocked. So guests can come in, pour themselves a drink and relax. Or if they want to be served, we can make their drinks. We want people to have the best holiday experience, but to be comfortable. They can walk through reception without getting pounced on.

Our restaurant is just for hotel guests. We are blessed with a Portuguese chef and a wonderful seasonal menu that’s all about flavor. It’s not fine dining, just good contemporary Portuguese cuisine. We offer three or four starters, three or four mains, and two or three desserts everyday. The fish and shellfish here are exceptional, as is the black pork. We also have a 200-year-old bread oven that we have relit this year.

We ask our holiday guests whether they’re going to eat with us at night, but there’s no pressure. We suggest that people go out as well.

We’re also organic farmers. We produce our own olive oil and a lot of fruit, vegetables and herbs — including almonds, peaches, pears, nectarines, grapes, berries, pomegranates, just a huge variety. What we serve in the restaurant comes fresh from our gardens, or we buy anything we don’t grow locally.

Things to do in Algarve & Tavira

  • Art / Culture
  • Shopping / Markets
  • Cooking classes
  • Massages / Treatments
  • Yoga classes
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Cycling
  • Horseback riding
  • Boat trips
  • Fishing

The Ria Formosa area on the Algarve is a protected lagoon nearby with barrier islands and beaches, as well as old fishing communities and wonderful restaurants. You can take ferries or water taxis across.

In front of us we have the islands of Tavira, Armona and Fuseta. These are wonderful islands of sand with restaurants and bars where you can buy a beer for 0,70-0,90 Euros. When the tide’s out you can walk through lagoons of seawater. There’s a very famous fish market here, and little historic villages like Tavira. Tavira’s architecture and feeling are wonderful.

We have 70 kilometers of beach along this part of the Algarve and you can go in the height of summer during holiday time and you’ll be on your own. We have space. All you’ll be able see is sand and Spain in the distance. You might see dolphins 100 meters out feeding and jumping around in the waves.

We have a wonderful spa that offers massages. You can do yoga onsite or go into town to a local flea market. We offer walking tours specific to food or historical sight-seeing, or bird watching. We organise horseback riding, jeep safaris and lunches for a boat outing to one of the islands. There are many not well-known beautiful beaches on those islands that aren’t crowded.

The location of Fazenda Nova

Fazenda Nova is located near the beautiful town of Tavira and about 20 mins from the coast. This area is called the other Portugal. There’s an actual movement now. Here, in the eastern part of the Algarve, there’s no tourist veneer. It’s well priced, there are local restaurants that are unknown and there are still a lot of secrets for people to discover.

The food is underrated and the beaches are a UNESCO World Heritage Site. And if you make the effort to speak Portuguese, even in a small way when you’re just visiting on holiday, you’re given a remarkable welcome.

Finally there is, of course, the climate. We still have seasons but the climate is so good. We have more than 300 sunny days a year.

When is the best time to visit Algarve?

Anytime. It can still be a bit wet in March, but the weather from Easter through September into October is wonderful. Even November can seem like summer; we all wear shorts until the end of November.

It gets hot in summer though. That’s great if you’re the type who wants to relax in the sun at the pool or on the beaches.

We break in December and January. The staff need those two months off. They work hard all year, and that’s our gift back to them.