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Portugal Hotel Brings The Beach Inside With Sand-Covered Floors [Pics]

CasasNaAreia keeps its floors heated at night and in the off-season to maintain a summery feeling year round.

Leah Gonzalez
Leah Gonzalez on April 9, 2013. @leahgonz

What started out as a pilot’s dream weekend house has turned into a sought-after holiday hotel for those who want a few days off from city life to experience a peaceful and relaxing vacation in a place that’s modern, historical and surrounded by some of the best that nature can offer. CasasNaAreia, which sits in a rural area in Comporta, Portugal, is a quaint hotel built with local materials and in the style and design of the indigenous people. The structure is also set on an area of sand which covers even the indoor floors.

When the project was completed it gained the attention of the design and architecture circuit and was featured in the Venice Biennale and several architecture magazines. The owner then decided to rent out the place to guests.

The hotel consists of four houses, each with its own living room and dining room. Two houses each have one room with a bath and another has two rooms and two baths. There is also a communal house with a kitchen and living area. The floors of the communal rooms are covered with sand and heated at night.

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Aside from the houses, there is a lap pool where guests can lounge around and relax. The hotel was designed by architects Aires Mateus and boasts of a minimalistic design.

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The hotel property is situated in a large protected santuary and is surrounded by sand dunes and rice paddies. It is a few minutes away from the nearest villages as well as the beach. Guests of the hotel can opt to enjoy the restaurants in the village or on the beach. They can also check out the Roman ruins nearby. Of course, they can also opt for water activities like kite surfing and dolphin watching. They can use the bicycles that the hotel provides or they can go horseback riding on the beach.

Scroll through the images below to see more of this beach-inspired hotel.

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Images via Welcome Beyond

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