Dá Licença Hotel In Portugal

View all 20 Photos

One-of-a-kind, this retreat celebrates the heritage and culture of Alentejo.

During their travels, Vitor Borges and Franck Laigneau stumbled upon the gorgeous Alentejo region in Portugal. While exploring the area, they met local artisans, olive farmers, marble and stone quarry workers, shepherds, and artists. Their visit to Herdade das Freiras marked a turning point in their lives. Built in the 1830s, the farmstead features over thirteen thousand olive trees spread across three hundred acres. The location provides panoramic views over the Serra d’Ossa forest, the Evoramonte and Estremoz castles, vineyards, and rolling hills. Franck Laigneau and Vitor Borges had found home. And they transformed it into one of the most creative boutique hotels Alentejo Portugal has to offer.

The duo opened Dá Licença Hotel in 2018. The building acts both as a special travel location and as a place where guests can immerse themselves into the thousand-year-old culture of Alentejo. More than a stylish retreat that offers a serene break from city living and access to a spectacular landscape, Dá Licença Hotel celebrates the region’s heart and soul: its craftspeople, artists, and heritage. Naturally, the hotel looks unlike other boutique retreats. The decor features artworks, furniture, and decorative objects made locally. An art gallery in the former olive oil press room offers access to the owners’ collection which includes paintings, sculpture, and furniture.

Guests can stay in one of the four suites or three rooms. Eclectic furniture and decorative items showcase the character of handmade objects. Large patios and pergolas provide a relaxed lounge space, while large windows frame the beautiful landscape. Some suites have access to private pools, with other pools also accessible on site. Lounge areas and terraces provide the perfect opportunity to relax while admiring the views. No doubt, this is one of the most impressive boutique hotels Alentejo Portugal has to offer. Photographs© Francisco Nogueira.

Featured Products Explore new arrivals at the Gessato Shop

Take me there

  • Zallinger Refuge

    A thoughtful renovation and expansion of historical buildings in the Alps. Dating back to the…

  • The Wuyuan Skywells Hotel

    A 300-year-old traditional Chinese building transformed into a high-end hotel. Nestled in the Yan village…

  • Design Destination: Melbourne

    A complete travel guide to Melbourne, your next design destination. The cultural capital of Australia,…

  • An Eco-stylish Retreat Concept

    Glamping in Quebec for both nature and design lovers. Designed by Bourgeois / Lechasseur architects,…

More for you

                array(5) {
  array(1) {
  array(2) {
  • Dominic Di Tommaso In Bruges

    Exploring the architecture of a medieval city from another point of view. Inspired by the…

  • Origin Tree House

    A special kind of hotel. The perfect getaway, Origin Tree House welcomes its guests into…

  • Locanda La Gelsomina Boutique Hotel

    Even before stepping inside Locanda La Gelsomina, guests realize that this quaint, family-run hotel defies…

  • Canopy Camp Darién In Panama

    Located right next to a natural reserve in the lush Darién province in Panama, this…

  • Surf Shacks

    A surfer can never leave the sea behind. They come to coasts all across the…

  • Casa Tiny

    Imagine waking up in a room with a stunning view, eating your breakfast on a…

  • Modern Houseboat In Berlin

    If you’re thinking about finally going on that trip to Berlin or if you’re a…

  • The Greenland To Scotland Challenge

    Back in 17th century Scotland, several reports of mysterious visitors approaching the shore in small…

Close Cart