Why so chic?
Why travel experts chose this hotel
Mouth-watering culinary experiences
Walking distance of Roman ruins
Only when you book with Chic
Early check-in / late check-out (subject to availability)
Room upgrade (subject to availability)
Santiago Hotel Cooking & Nature is a boutique property in Alentejo surrounded by nature. This hip hideaway is close to the coast with its deserted beaches, but the real draw is the culinary experiences on offer, ranging from cooking lessons and visits to the market to picking herbs and vegetables from the kitchen garden.
Local, seasonal ingredients and authentic Portuguese plates are the focus at on-site restaurant À Terra, with inspiration also coming from Italy and France. Chef Daniel Censi's creations have their basis in fire, be it the wood oven, Josper grill or Ofyr (pit). Black pig, lamb, cheeses, and sausages come from nearby producers, while herbs and veges grow in their garden. Start with fish soup or scrambled eggs with Alentejo truffle, move onto grilled whole seabass or a build-your-own pizza, before finishing with chocolate parfait or Portuguese egg pudding with preserved plums from Elvas.
At the height of the equinox, Daniel holds a special 2-day immersive event with five other culinarians.
The 32 air-conditioned rooms and suites at Santiago Hotel are fresh and modern, with balconies to sit out and relax on. Whites and blues decorate the bedrooms, basketry adorns the walls, and the contemporary bathrooms feature glass and marble. There's complimentary water, body products, and WiFi, as well as Satellite TV and Nespresso machines.
Trips to the local market are taken on a daily basis; hand-pick your ingredients before heading back to the hotel to prepare and cook dishes with Chef Daniel Censi. Learn how to make Alentejo broth, a traditional dish of the region and an authentic, local speciality, or attend a gastronomically-themed masterclass. Every month Daniel plans culinary activities ranging from 1 to 3 hours for guests to enjoy.
If you fancy a rest from the kitchen and are after a bit of history and culture, head to the town's castle or museum (housed in a former jail), or the Roman ruins of Miróbriga – all within walking distance of the hotel. Sun and sand seekers should head west to Praia da Costa de Santo André.
Free parking is available.