Following its first anniversary, Octant Hotels has unveiled four new luxurious suites at the boho-chic farmhouse hotel Octant Vila Monte. Discoverable in the heart of the Algarve, surrounded by fragrant citrus trees and pink bougainvillea, the new Solarium and Secret Suites reflect biophilic design principles to nurture guests’ relationship to the surrounding landscape.
Launched on May 11, 2022, Octant Hotels’ eight boutique properties across the Algarve, Alentejo and Azores in Portugal appeal to a new generation of travelers seeking deeper connections with the world around them. Each Octant Hotel reflects the regions where they operate and ushers in a “new latitude of freedom” for the Discovery Hotel Management group by eradicating formal check-in and out times, closing times for swimming pools and deadlines for breakfast.
Octant Vila Monte’s new boho finca-style Solarium and Secret Suites offer guests an even wider choice of laid-back luxury, each complete with a private heated plunge pool and garden-view terrace. Located in the Casa de Cima building, adjacent to the central hotel, guests can enjoy the exclusivity and calm of this adults-only area with access to Octant Vila Monte’s À Terra restaurant serving traditional Portuguese specialties, an outdoor pool, and a solarium; holistic wellness center; and private butler service.
For guests looking to experience the true tranquility of southern Portugal, the new Solarium Suite is the ideal choice. Inspired by the local vernacular and climate, the suite mirrors the traditional Algarve architecture’s visual and spatial archetypes with geometric design patterns and contemporary furniture that draws on the country’s craft traditions, such as basketry and weaving. Outside, a generous garden with a private plunge pool and solarium ensure plenty of space for relaxation, while the terrace, basked in sunlight, creates a sense of harmony with nature.
Perfect for couples looking for a more idyllic escape, the three new Secret Suites have added privacy and a butler on-hand for last-minute reservations at the spa and restaurant. The design maximizes social spaces with an outdoor patio complete with furniture and shaded by towering carob trees and an immersion pool, reminiscent of typical Algarve ponds. Inside, elegant interiors provide an intimate experience in reserved and private spaces.
Each distinct in design, the three Secret Suites reflect the Algarve landscape from the blue hues of the plunge pool mirroring the clear Portuguese skies and white-washed pool emulating the typical houses of the region to the green pool designed to accentuate the lush gardens surrounding Octant Vila Monte.
Octant Vila Monte was created as a collaboration between architect Jorge Guimarães and landscape architect Teresa Barão. The hotel’s exterior design combines traditional Portuguese elements with cutting-edge contemporary lines. Outdoor terraces highlight the farmhouses carefully landscaped nine-hectare grounds—replete with aromatic plants, olive trees, water reservoirs and a vegetable garden. Vera Iachia, who has worked with Andy Warhol and Jacques Grange, designed the interiors, incorporating reinterpreted elements and materials from traditional Algarve architecture. These include decorative pieces made by local artisans, white masonry, mat grasses and traditional fabrics. The interior decoration of the four new suites of Octant Vila Monte was done by Batik, a Portuguese decoration company, responsible for the selection of all elements to create simple, timeless and comfortable environments that represent the soul of Octant Hotels.
With two swimming pools, a tennis court, wellness activities and experiences ranging from boat trips, picnics on a deserted beach, and tailor-made unique moments, including private BBQs on the terrace, a private yoga class or bespoke spa treatment, there’s no better place to escape to for tranquility and relaxation this summer than Octant Vila Monte and its new suites.