The stark, sharp lines of this resort are arresting enough, but it’s much more than a haven for minimalists: every wall is clad in cork, locally sourced and eco-friendly. A tranquil stay for lovers of modern design, there’s a health club, spa and Mediterranean restaurant, and every villa has a private terrace.
Insider tip: Visit the historic caves of Gruta do Escoural, transformed by architect Nuno Simões with a set of twisting walkways. From €100; ecorkhotel.com
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The hotel is lined with holm oaks and centennial olive trees
Pared-back luxury (left); enjoy views of the olive groves from the outdoor pool (right)