Robb Recommends: The New Villas at Lux Mare, Lagos

The perfect destination for your first taste of European Spring - a haven where modernity and coastal beauty meet head on.

Lux Mare’s name is a Latin adaptation of the Portuguese phrase ‘Luz do Mar’, meaning Light of the Sea – and there’s certainly no shortage of rays, reflected from the ocean, bathing these, the latest deluxe private accommodations to join the Lux Mare portfolio. It features two six-bedroom villas: Casa L and Casa M. Each villa is sleek, refined, modern and sophisticated, and features state-of-the-art-technology, air-conditioning and sliding doors.

The, tempered-glass floor-to-ceiling windows will have you feeling at one with the surrounding landscapes of the Algarve, while the underfloor heating will toast you up on those fresh Spring mornings. Lux Mare has been designed to provide solid, impenetrable privacy – a valuable factor for those searching for the perfect home-away-from-home escape, while enjoying all that the Algarve has to offer. Indeed, Lux Mare’s whole ambience is based on the perfect marriage between sleek, cutting edge, modern interiors and the rejuvenatingly chilled surrounding nature.

Then there’s a third party: inbuilt seclusion. Lux Mare was born of an unbreakable emotional bond: a Norwegian couple’s love affair with Portugal’s culture, heritage, cuisine and natural beauty. Hence, designed by Lagos-born architect Mário Martins, the villa and its suites encompass clean Nordic design, layered with the smooth Algarve-inspired sea-and-light touches and finished with pinewood panels (in the case of Casa M), chic décor and contemporary tones. Light, airy colours, high ceilings and panoramic windows promote an open space, resulting in guests not only feeling comfortable but also being overcome with a sense of tranquillity.

Each villa is equipped with smart-home technology that controls the lighting, heating, blinds, entertainment system and entrance gates. High-speed wi-fi is available throughout the property and video surveillance systems are also in place should they be needed. Everything can be controlled by one touch of a button.

Nature thrives within the boundaries of Casa M, thanks to a beautiful garden whose centrepiece is a 22.5-metre heated infinity pool, flanked by an alfresco dining terrace from which breath-taking and uninterrupted views of the Atlantic Ocean can be enjoyed. The roof terrace is another sensational spot for a refreshing beverage.

Casa M also boasts a fitness areabasement cinema, games room, a separate bathroom for swimming pool users, utility room and a garage for those who’ve hired a vehicle. Activities in the vicinity include kayaking, horse riding, go-karting and mountain biking – all available upon request for guests, as are yoga, Pilates, a chauffeur and au pair services. Guests also have access to the AXN Gym situated within the prestigious five- star Cascade Wellness & Lifestyle Resort, just moments away from the villa.

The Algarve is a wonderful destination for those who want to indulge their palates. Tasca Jota, a Lagos-based Portuguese restaurant, serves tapas, steaks and the like with a distinctive twist. Dishes such as the Insólito Atlantic croaker with sesame and broccoli, the seabass tartar and the dry-aged meat on consommé with potato textures are among the delectable mains.

Portuguese viticulture has been enjoying a quiet revolution for a while now, with the Douro Valley famous for its Bordeaux-style and Burgundian-style drops, but if you want to take a step further and actually take part in the wine-making process, head to the Quinta dos Vales vineyard around half an hour’s drive away. Here, you can also stick to tasting if you prefer, with sessions which include a digestible history of Portuguese wine making.

A stay at Lux Mare’s Casa L costs from €5,250 per week in February to €13,650 in high season (July/August); Casa M ranges from €8400 to €16,400. There is a heliport in Lagos, and VIP chauffeurs are also available for transit.

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