The scenic landscape of the Alentejo is combined with the stunning backdrop of the award-winning architecture at L’AND Vineyard which beautifully integrates modern architecture into a unique landscape defined by vineyards, a bordering lake and views of the hilltop town of Montemor-o-Novo with its medieval castle. It is a place of understated luxury where we were taken on a culinary journey at their Michelin-starred restaurant, relaxed in the spa and sat in front of the roaring fire on our own patio and one of L’AND’s nicest features is that guests can literally sleep under the stars!
By day the white main building is highlighted by the deep blue sky of the Alentejo and at night it is beautifully lit by strategically placed spotlights and candlelight from lanterns on its outdoor spaces.
The interiors were designed by Marcio Kogan who incorporated warm earthy tones which are set against dark natural stone floors. The spacious entrance lobby/lounge features a lovely long fireplace, unique art pieces, and comfortable loungers. The main building also houses a ‘living room’ with a small library, gift shop, bar, restaurant, spa with indoor pool & sauna and even its own winery!
The 22 suites are divided between 10 sky view suites and 12 one and two bedroom land view suites which form clusters of white, low-lying buildings around the property, surrounded by vineyards, olive trees, and colourful flowers.
The nicer suites, in my opinion, are the sky view suites which have bedroom ceilings that open to the stars which are beautiful to watch on a clear night. However, the two bedroom land view suites are a nice alternative when travelling as a family.
All of the suites are very spacious with large living rooms, long dining tables and floor to ceiling windows which offer lovely views of the surrounding scenery. Tastefully decorated with hand-woven rugs, wood & natural stone they provide a tranquil, relaxing atmosphere to relax in.
Part of the outside space is a cute patio as well as a large terrace with a lovely fireplace that is lit up on request.
The sky view suite’s bathroom was incredibly spacious as well with a large bath tub, shower and two separate sinks.
Sky view suites also come with a small outdoor ‘plunge pool’.
The sky view suites overlook the gorgeous gardens with its vineyards and main building in the background.
The outdoor pool is within easy reach from any of the suites, surrounded by the stunning Alentejo countryside it is the perfect place to enjoy the sunshine, reading a book on the loungers and dip into the cooling pool to refresh.
Alternatively, in the case of rainy weather, it also has a nice heated indoor pool and a spacious sauna to warm up and to complement a relaxing stay, I highly recommend a massage at their Caudalie spa which is located just behind the indoor pool area. It certainly helped me to fully relax while we were there!
Let me also take you on a mouthwatering journey of our excellent meal that we enjoyed at their Michelin-starred restaurant where chef Miguel Laffan seeks to reinterpret traditional Portuguese cuisine with French and Asian flavours and I hope the pictures will speak for themselves 🙂
At the beginning of the meal we were served seriously addictive caramelized almonds with curry and sea salt as well as a nice bread selection that included gluten free bread for my husband and a plate of butter sheep cheese which had a serious punch to it. It was followed by a welcome plate (image above) that included gazpacho, cod fish pastry, oyster in dashi sauce and scallop with bacon wine. Paired with a glass of sparkling Quinta dos Abibes.
We chose two different menu’s that night – the Chef’s menu and the Seasonal menu both with wine pairings that worked beautifully with the different dishes. The first dish of the Chef’s menu was pork terrine, langoustine tartar, fennel puree, carrot salad with passion fruit and bergamot paired with Pinot Gris.
It was followed by steamed dumplings of poultry and foie gras dumplings with shiso and spring truffle – a beautiful dish that was skillfully paired with a wine that had hints of vanilla.
Part of the seasonal menu, my husband was served a beautifully prepared octopus salad with barbecue onions and bell peppers Bloody Mary with cilantro and eschalots.
The Tom Yum Kung soup L’AND 2016 with galangal and lemongrass, cooked after following a traditional recipe that I was served as part of the Chef’s menu was absolutely delicious and nicely paired with a glass of Calçada.
Another wonderful dish of the Chef’s menu that followed, was the red mullet with cockle bread stew, sauteed squid with fish sauce and crispy peppers, paired with a Grenache Syrah.
Meanwhile, the seasonal menu came with a meat dish – pork neck from Alentejo, roots, and foliage from spring, parsley and sweet garlic with forest essences.
The meat dish of the Chef’s menu was perfectly cooked, tender & soft, cured duck breast with citrus fruit, steamed pak choi, peanut and soya sauce.
White and dark chocolate tiramisu with mascarpone and pistachio cream, cherries in kirsch syrup and coffee ice cream wine was served as the first sweet dish of the Chef’s menu, paired with a sweet wine.
My husband’s surprise dish of his Seasonal menu was a pineapple carpaccio with passion fruit and vanilla ice cream that he enjoyed very much.
The star of the desserts was certainly the raspberry texture with white chocolate ice cream, and mirin – the different textures from soft to crunchy worked really well!
After our meal, we walked the short distance to our suite where a roaring fire was waiting for us on the patio – a wonderful way to end an evening!
L’AND is just an hours drive from Lisbon which makes it the ideal destination if you are looking to combine pure relaxation with an exciting city break! (Blog entry about our time in Lisbon coming up soon!)
The lake just after sunrise the next morning.
L’AND Vineyard Resort, Herdade das Valadas, Estrada Nacional 4 apartado 122, 7050-909 Montemor-O-Novo. Portugal
We were guests at L’AND – opinions as always are my own!