Casa Fajara scoops Traveller Review Award 2021 from

CASA FAJARA has been awarded a Traveller Review Award from one of the biggest booking websites in the world., which is used by more than three billion people worldwide, has announced its annual 2021 Traveller Review Awards and Casa Fajara  has again been recognised as a top hotel. It comes on top of recent awards from booking websites Kayak and HotelsCombined – all based on outstanding customer reviews.

The award has been gained thanks to Casa Fajara’s excellent customer reviews. Winners have to consistently achieve scores between eight and 10. Casa Fajara scored 8.8 out of 10 which is based on the average score of all guest reviews published on’s website and app between August 1, 2018 and November 30, 2020.

According to Booking,com, its annual appreciation programme recognises exceptional hospitality, as demonstrated by  review scores that travellers leave after their stay or experience.

A spokesperson for Casa Fajara said: “We’re absolutely delighted to receive this award which comes on top of several others, all achieved thanks to our customers saying wonderful things about us. We’re also proud to hold a Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence.

“Casa Fajara is a labour of love – a unique and personal  holiday retreat that provides the well-earned rest and recuperation everyone needs and deserves. We wanted to make it extra special and it is. Every single guest means the world to us and we can’t thank them enough for taking the time to review our hotel. It makes it all worthwhile.

“We know our Algarve escape is well-loved because, once they have found us, many of our guests return over and over again. We also see how much people gain from a stay here in terms of health and wellbeing. It’s wonderful to see the peace and tranquillity wash their worries away over the course of a few days.”

Casa Fajara gained high marks for comfort, staff, location, facilities, cleanliness, value for money and WiFi on, and delighted guests were full of praise for the hidden Algarve treasure, which is tucked away near the coastal village of Carrapateira.

One 10/10 reviewer said: Peaceful and a super breakfast. Casa Fajara was everything we were looking for. We very much enjoyed our relaxing, comfortable and peaceful stay.”

Another wrote: “A beautiful place and a very relaxing stay. Lovely room, excellent facilities, and very helpful staff. We were there in February (2020) when it was out of season, so some things weren’t operating, but I’m sure that later in the year it would be fabulous. Highly recommended.”

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Casa Fajara wins 2020 KAYAK Best Hotel Award

Casa Fajara is delighted to announce that it has won a 2020 KAYAK Best Hotel Award.

The award, based on customer reviews, comes on top of scooping a sought-after HotelsCombined 2020 Recognition of Excellence award.

Casa Fajara, which is also rated as ‘Excellent’ on Tripadvisor, continually gains recognition from both customers and industry experts alike. As well as countless five-star client reviews, in 2020 it gained star billing in Luxury Lifestyle Magazine. 

The latest award is based on 94 outstanding reviews on booking website KAYAK. One reviewer wrote: “Loved Casa Fajara: lovely pool, peaceful setting, very friendly and helpful staff. Breakfast was plentiful and eaten outside in the sunshine, enjoying the view. Room was very comfortable with lots of nice touches, tastefully decorated. Plus table tennis, tennis court, board games, books etc if you wanted them. Wished I was staying more than one night!”

Another said: “Really nice property in nice countryside surroundings. Short driving distance to nice beaches with sandy beach breaks. At property you have plenty of things to do like tennis, swimming pool, table tennis, yoga room. It has an honesty box system for the bar and a very inviting living room with family games and fireplace. Breakfast buffet was excellent!”

One guest had this to say: “Casa Fajara was everything we were looking for. We very much enjoyed our relaxing, comfortable and peaceful stay.”

A spokesperson for Casa Fajara said: “In this very difficult time for tourism and the travel industry due to the pandemic, it’s wonderful to receive awards like this and hear that guests have enjoyed their stay with us. Holidays mean a great deal to people, so much to so it’s imperative we deliver the ultimate break. Our staff go out of their way to make guests feel at home and we like to think that nothing has been forgotten in terms of  comfort and leisure facilities.

“We want to make sure every guest who visits us has an unforgettable break – and can’t wait to return!”

Casa Fajara, which can be booked in its entirety by groups or large parties as well as individuals and families, offers holiday vouchers as well as standard bookings to aid people in the current climate of travel restrictions.

The hotel said: “Our holiday vouchers can be purchased as a gift or by future guests who want something to look forward without the worry of committing themselves to dates when travel is restricted.”

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Casa Fajara Review in Luxury Lifestyle Magazine

We were delighted to welcome freelance travel and food writer Ina Yulo to Casa Fajara in 2020 to review our hotel for Luxury Lifestyle Magazine. Despite lockdown, despite Covid, she made it to our door to enjoy our hospitality.

London-based Ina  is an award-winning marketing and communications professional with a passion for discovering the best new restaurants, luxury hotels and untapped stories from around the world. Follow her on Instagram @inayulo and @forever_munching

We were thrilled by her review which you can read in full by CLICKING HERE.

This is what Ina had to say:

CASA FAJARA hotel manager, Lara picks up a book and flips through the pages, comparing the photographs on the page of a dated building with drab furnishings and lacklustre paint to the sight that is in front of me now. Whitewashed walls and wooden furnishings make up the rustic boutique hotel, which finds itself nestled in a valley in the western Algarve.

Lara tells us about the hotel’s repeat guests; athletes who come for high intensity bootcamps, yogis who take part in relaxing retreats, and even the couple swimming in the pool near us who celebrated their wedding at the hotel six years ago. There’s something about the neighbouring mountains and quiet surroundings, save for the sound of cowbells from the farm next door, that make it easy to see why guests keep coming back.

After driving through the rugged and wild roads of Carrapateira, a gravel path finally leads us to Casa Fajara. The hotel is small, only 12 en-suite rooms with terraces or balconies that are perfect for catching some rays or relaxing with a glass of wine from the complimentary bottle that greeted my guest and I upon arrival. We meet different members of the hotel’s international staff, some who are seasonal workers, and others who have been there for over a decade. It is clear that everyone is keen to get to know guests as friends rather than clients.

The dining and lounge areas were clearly designed as spaces for guests to mingle, which is now much harder with the current situation, however, it’s really the outdoor areas that makes Casa Fajara a true gem. On the hotel grounds you’ll find a swimming pool, tennis court, yoga room, a beautifully tended garden, and multiple areas for al fresco dining. Our summer visit allowed us to enjoy lots of sunshine by the pool, but winter guests will be happy to know that underfloor heating and log fires are just some of the reasons that Casa Fajara is a year-round bolthole.

I stayed in one of the hotel’s luxury rooms, which has a king-sized bed, a small living area, an en-suite bathroom with a cave-like shower, and French doors leading to the north-eastern facing private terrace looking out over the national park. The interiors are rich with terracotta and wooden elements with pops of red that brighten up the overall look. The room has a cosy feel to it, inviting you to lounge in the sitting room with a good book or lather on some SPF and sit on the terrace with the cowbells and quiet buzzing of insects as the only background noise.

Excellent breakfasts

The hotel serves an excellent breakfast of fresh fruits, sublime local cheeses, breads, honey, charcuterie, and the most delicious yogurt I’ve ever eaten. For other meals, the hotel encourages guests to support local restaurants and Lara gives us a list of nearby places to try out such as the seafood focused, Sitio do Rio, while stating: “For me, Portuguese food is one of the best in the world.” We take her up on the recommendation and try local specialities like percebes (goose barnacles) and seafood cataplana (Algarvean stew).

During our stay, we saw many guests arriving after a long day’s walk as part of the Rota Vicentina, a network of 450km hiking trails through the southwest coastline. Casa Fajara is on the route and is a favourite pitstop for many hikers looking for a chance to relax and recharge.

Whilst guests are welcome to enjoy a game of tennis, yoga, or a swim in the hotel pool, the Casa Fajara team is also happy to book guests into other activities like surfing, sailing, or cycling. We decided to drive a few minutes down the road to Praia da Bordeira where we walked through sand dunes until we arrived at the water’s edge, the beach brimming with families and surfers. A long bridge towered above us and we made our way up a nearby slope and to a cliff that gave us the perfect vantage point from which to watch the surfers catch some waves.

‘This is not a hotel; this is a home’

“This is not a hotel; this is a home. Everything we do with the guests is special,” explained Lara. My stay at Casa Fajara was the first in a West-East Algarvean road trip. It showed me that, despite the untamed natural elements, there was a little enclave of solace to be found deep between the mountains and the cowbells.