The high-end hotel Monte Novo da Cruz can be found on the Alentejo Coast in Odemira, Portugal. The total property includes the owner’s home and a new guest building for family friends and people exploring in rural tourism. Designed by [i]da arquitecto, the contemporary addition provides outdoor dining and both rooftop and ground floor lounging areas. The relaxing space opens up the rooms to views of the sky and the landscape alike. Inside, the contemporary interiors indicate that this is more of a home than a conventional resort. Outside, the lawn, pool, and stretch of exposed earth offer three distinct experiences of nature. Photography © Joao Morgado.

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Holly

Holly is a poet from Kentucky. She grew up first in a Sears house, then on a farm. She studied English and Gender Studies at Mount Holyoke College and moved to Manhattan for love. As an occasional jewelry-maker and museum patron, Holly favors wearable and functional design but is eager to see work that challenges her aesthetics. Read more and connect by visiting her blog, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

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