Dreaming of a massage in Portugal paradise? We can help

Dreaming of a massage in our Portugal paradise? We can help.

Casa Fajara can help to soothe mind, body and soul thanks to massage services available at our hotel in the sunny and unspoilt South West Algarve.

As well as its many other facilities, the boutique hotel has a treatment room and guests can book a massage to ease away aches and pains, or simply to help them relax and recharge.

A range of massage treatments are offered by Thais Dalla Zanna of Massage Aljezur. Thais has been working as a massage therapist for more than 15 years. She takes great pride in her work, which combines physical techniques with mindfulness approaches.

Her experience and skills have been enriched by her studies of massage therapy at the Brazilian Institute of Therapies and traditional Ashtanga Yoga at The Yoga Institute in Bombay, India. She also has a Bachelor CUSC in Nutrition & Dietetics as complementary fields of health and well-being.

Massage prices
1h30m massage: €95.00
1h massage: €65.00

To find out more,  click here.  All treatments can be booked in advance via our friendly reception team at Casa Fajara.

 

 

Delighted by Daily Telegraph Travel Review

Travel restrictions, curfews and Covid-19 tests are making holidays difficult for everyone so were delighted when British journalist John Arlidge shrugged these issues aside to venture to Case Fajara in July, 2021.

And we were equally delighted when he mentioned our boutique hotel in his travel review in the Daily Telegraph. Despite the hassles, he says going on holiday is most definitely worth it.

Here we share what he had to say. Alternatively, click here to read John’s review.

John Arlidge’s Daily Telegraph article: 

For me, Monday July 12 was freedom day. By fluke, I had booked a week’s family holiday last September with a return date of Monday July 19. A stolen week in Carrapateira, Portugal, before the end of restrictions back home. What could be better?

It did not look that way at 7am on Monday 12 July at Heathrow Airport. The queue for security wound around the check-in desks because only two security lines were open. Some 120 security staff had not turned up for work because, airport staff said, one of their shift had tested positive for Covid and the entire crew had to isolate at home.

But the funny thing was, nobody seemed to care about the delay. As the couple in front of me heading to Greece for a fortnight put it: “What’s another two hours when you’ve waited 18 months to get away?”
In fact, it was a good introduction to “new-style” holidays. From my experience of the last few days, holidays can be fun now but only if you are the kind of person who is patient, well organised, has strong nerves – and is happy to keep your mobile phone on.

Testing was simple and not too expensive

Take getting away – with in my case, Stephanie, my other half, and our two teenage children. We all had to fill out and submit our Portugal passenger locator forms and book our Fit to Fly tests. The good news is, Portugal accepts lateral flow tests which you can do at home on a video consultation and cost around £30 each.

We booked our tests on qured.com. They mail out the test kits and we scheduled our 10-minute consultations. I’ve used qured on journalistic assignments and found them to be the most reliable and cost effective testing service. It’s a nervy process – if any one member of the family tests positive, he or she can’t go and, if that’s a child, one of the adults can’t go, too. Studies suggest lateral-flow tests give one false positive in every 1,000 tests. Fortunately, we were all negative.

British Airways has improved its booking services lately and we all printed it out, scanned and uploaded our negative test certificates to our booking for pre-departure approval. BA handled the check in and bag drop as quickly as they could – they still manually double check all the paperwork which takes 2–3 minutes per passenger.

We were ‘too excited to feel flight shame’

BA staff called forward passengers for flights in time order to make sure they got through security in time to board. BA 2694 to Faro only left 40 minutes late and arrived 20 minutes late, thanks to a fast flight time. There was even time to buy a celebratory bottle of champagne (or four as I like to call it) at Duty Free.

There are few better feelings right now than sitting in a metal tube, breaking through the clouds into private sunshine, on the way to somewhere – anywhere – away. We were all too excited to feel any flight shame and the BA staff who have had a wretched 18 months of job losses and furlough were so happy to be back in the office at 39,000ft that they handed out extra free drinks.

At Faro airport Stephanie and I showed our vaccination certificates at immigration – the print-out from the NHS is quickest. As they are under 18, our children do not have to be vaccinated to get into the country. Doing all the checks takes about 10 minutes for a family of four, so it’s a good idea to race off the plane to get to the front of the queue. After picking up the hire car and driving for an hour we arrived at Casa Fajara, a rustic hotel for surfers and hikers.

You remember how great it feels to be on holiday

And then something fantastic happens. You remember how great it feels to be on holiday. These days, it’s more than simple happiness. It’s a pressure valve for the strains of the past 18 months. Within 24 hours, things that seemed worrisome even a few days earlier, don’t. You are free.

The locals are happy to see you, too. “We’ve missed you,” said Lara who runs Casa Fajara. Places like Carrapateira depend on tourism and the absence of Brits is a 20% hit to the bottom line. In 2019, the travel industry contributed 10.4% of global GDP, more than either the car industry or banking.

Portugal’s Covid rules do not spoil the fun. We didn’t have to mask up unless we were in a public place and not eating or drinking (which, being on holiday, we usually are). Locals know that all visiting Brits are either fully vaccinated or have tested negative for Covid or both. No-one mentioned the D word – Delta.

Go away for a week – better still two!

But – and this is where the mobile phone comes in – we couldn’t relax completely. Before returning on Monday this week we had to look out for the emails with the links to fill out and submit our UK passenger locator forms and do our return flight video lateral flow tests.

The BA check-in at Faro was quick and the airport quiet. But the queues at T5 immigration were long – 2 hours – because the government and Heathrow Airport had inexplicably not updated the locator form or the E-Gates to recognise double vaccinated Brits returning from Amber countries. But that has been fixed now after a campaign by Telegraph Travel.

So, my advice is go away for a week or, better yet, two before the rules change again. It’s well worth it.

Health and well-being groups make Casa Fajara their home from home

Casa Fajara is proud to offer a wealth of facilities and the perfect rural setting for group bookings of all kinds.

Over the years our unique 12-room hotel has been taken over by groups of yoga lovers, boot camps, surfers, cyclists, walkers and organised holidays featuring a wealth of beauty and wellbeing treatments.

In fact, Casa Fajara has featured in Condé Nast Traveller as a recognised retreat location. The magazine highlighted a group trip organised by facialist Glenda Barton, a woman it described as ‘a non-surgical miracle-worker.’ Click here to read the article.

Brenda delivered a wonderful Casa Fajara well-being retreat.  It offered an opportunity for guests to mix anti-ageing facial treatments with yoga in a peaceful rural setting. Casa Fajara is a lovingly restored former farmhouse surrounded by stunning countryside. It is on the world-famous Rota Vicentina walking trail and close to glorious beaches.

With such a wealth of riches on our doorstep, we’re keen for more people to discover all that we have to offer. When it comes to retreats, Casa Fajara is open to ideas. We warmly welcome all group booking enquiries. So, if you think Casa Fajara could be the perfect place to base an organised holiday, get in touch!

As well as sport and health-related, groups it would be ideal to host a writing, painting, craft or cookery retreat. Groups of up to 24 can be accommodated. However, with flexibility and camp beds, the hotel can host up to 30. Plus, our sister company, Idyllic Holiday Properties has, villa and cottages in  Vilarinha, a village nearby, if more accommodation is required.

As well as Casa Fajara’s wealth of facilities, which include salt water swimming pool, plunge pool, sauna, tennis court and treatment rooms, the hotel provides a buffet breakfast for clients and dinners if needed.

Bespoke packages can be arranged. Menus can be agreed in advance which can accommodate allergies.

To find out more, please email groups@casafajara.com

Casa Fajara’s beauty inspires artistic guest – and we love it

This wonderful painting of Casa Fajara was produced by a guest – and it made our day.

The peace, tranquillity and rural loveliness of the hotel’s surroundings soothe the soul – and inspire creativity.

Though many guests join us simply to switch off and recharge their batteries, they find that being amid such glorious countryside inspires them to want to paint, write or study the wild flowers or creatures they discover on their walks.

Casa Fajara says: “This beautiful painting not only showcases our gorgeous hotel, it shows how being here is a fulfilling and inspirational experience for our guests.

“We see people arrive worn and weary. By the end of their holiday they’re bronzed, relaxed, happy and rejuvenated. A stay here is transformational for some of our guests. It truly gives them the break from normal life pressures that they desperately need.

“You can forget about everything at Casa Fajara – and that is exactly how we want it to be. Life is hectic and stressful. At Casa Fajara guests can kick off their shoes, explore the nature on their doorstep, sink their toes into sand and live for the moment in a part of the Algarve that’s relatively undiscovered.”

Thinking of booking? CLICK HERE to visit our bookings page. And remember we also offer FULL HOUSE RENTAL – you can have the entire hotel to yourself.

Magazine highlights Casa Fajara’s Charms

Want some genuine holiday inspiration? Then be inspired by more great media coverage of Casa Fajara Boutique Hotel.

Our award-winning accommodation has gained coverage in glossy magazine Casas de Portugal (Houses of Portugal) and on its sister website Country Hotels In Portugal – much to our delight.

Casas de Portugal highlights all that our Algarve hotel has to offer in a full-page feature which includes mesmerising images of the hotel and its idyllic surroundings.

Fabulous Media Coverage

Casa Fajara has received some fabulous media coverage over the years from journalists entranced by its beauty and rural location. For example, it has featured in Luxury Lifesyle Magazine.

As the world makes tentative steps towards opening up travel following the impact of Covid-19, we hope articles like this will provide inspiration for people dreaming of their next holiday destination. And we hope their dreams will come true in Portugal’s Algarve.

Travel Inspiration

Casa Fajara’s  many 5-star reviews on independent travel websites like Booking.com and Tripadvisor can  inform and inspire if you like to hear what other people have to say before making that final decision.

We’re always proud when others sing the praises of our unique hotel and share their experiences. 

If you’re tempted to join us, you can book online directly with us via this website. And don’t forget that Casa Fajara can be booked out in its entirety as a villa-style rental but with hotel-standard amenities, such as tennis court, saltwater swimming pool, plunge pool and yoga room.

Flexibility is the name of the game at Casa Fajara, which also welcomes group bookings for everything from boot camps, cycling and yoga groups to art and photography courses. Whatever your hobby or interest, Casa Fajara is a wonderful place to bring people together in a harmonious environment surrounded by rural beauty.

Please don’t hesitate to get on touch if you would like to know more. Simply email info@casafajara.com and our friendly manager Lara will be delighted to assist.

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Enjoy A Luxury Villa Holiday in Portugal’s Algarve at Casa Fajara

If you’re looking for a dream luxury villa holiday in Portugal, you have just found it. Casa Fajara is available for whole house rental which means you’re gaining far more than simply a luxury villa. You’re gaining an entire boutique hotel with all the little extras that brings.

We can accommodate up to 30 guests in 12 unique rooms, all with terraces or balconies. Our hotel has two lounges, a large dining room and a professional chef’s kitchen. If you’re a keen cook, you will be in your element, or perhaps you would like an in-house chef to serve your daily needs? All can be arranged …

 

Outside, we have ample gardens brimming with flowers, a beautiful breakfast terrace, saltwater swimming pool, plunge pool, sauna, tennis court and table tennis. There is something for everyone to enjoy, whatever their age.

But there is more … our hotel also has its very own yoga studio in the hotel grounds overlooking wonderful countryside and we have treatment rooms in the hotel.

There is so much that makes Casa Fajara extra special. It is the ultimate, private, safe and secure holiday retreat. Tucked away amid glorious countryside, you feel a million miles from anywhere as you look out on to rolling green hills in an area of Portugal’s Algarve protected for its natural beauty. You will only be disturbed by the sound of cowbells, birdsong and the gentle waterfall by the pool.

It’s hardly surprising we see the occasional famous face, people keen to enjoy a holiday in privacy and peace. And yet a gentle walk along a country lane takes you into the sleepy seaside village of Carrapateira. Stop for a coffee or glass of freshly-squeezed orange juice at the local cafe, try one of the restaurants nearby and breath in the fresh sea air.

Glorious beaches are in walking distance, too, and, if you have a car, there’s lots to explore and delight you. Discover the real Portugal by exploring rural villages or head into the attractive coastal town of Lagos with its winding streets, cafes and shops.

 

If you’re looking for the ultimate holiday for a groups of friends or family, Casa Fajara has all you will ever need. Large groups and families find the size of the hotel suits everyone as it is large enough to give everyone their own space but small enough to create a feeling of happiness and togetherness.

If you love walking, surfing, cycling, beaches or just want to rest and recuperate in the sun, Casa Fajara is the perfect place for you.

People come to us feeling weary and leave totally rejuvenated. Read our 5-star reviews and be inspired to join us. We would love to welcome you.

If you would like to find out more, please get in touch. We offer flexible, bespoke breaks to suit all requirements. Email: groups@casafajara.com

Holiday Gift Vouchers – A Perfect Present

A Gift Everyone Will Love

Wondering what to buy someone for their birthday, anniversary, Christmas or even, perhaps, their wedding? We can help.

Gift vouchers which can be put towards a break at Casa Fajara, or used for hotel services while staying with us, are available to purchase. For someone who loves Casa Fajara and visits us regularly, it’s an ideal present.

Alternatively, perhaps you’re a regular and would like to introduce someone new to our beautiful boutique hotel, tucked away amid glorious countryside on Portugal’s sunny Algarve? Or maybe you’ve found yourself here and discovered a gift that simply fits the bill. If you would like to purchase a gift voucher, all you have to do is:

  • Decide how much you would like to spend
  • Contact our friendly team by emailing info@casafajara.com
  • Let us take care of the rest

The beauty of buying a holiday gift voucher is that it provides something very special to look forward to – and we all need that, especially now. But there is more … as well as the gift of happy anticipation, there is the experience of the holiday itself to enjoy – and then the memories and photos to look back on.

You’re not just buying a gift, you’re paving the way to a fantastic life experience that will hopefully live with the lucky recipient forever.

 

Casa Fajara scoops Traveller Review Award 2021 from Booking.com

CASA FAJARA has been awarded a Traveller Review Award from one of the biggest booking websites in the world.

Booking.com, 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 Booking.com 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 Booking.com’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 Booking.com, 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 Booking.com 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.”

To enquire about booking a room at Casa Fajara, please email info@casafajara.com. Holiday vouchers can be purchased to offer flexibility and the hotel can be booked out in its entirety by large groups.

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.”

To find our more, email: info@casafajara.com

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.