Want to know a semi-fun fact? Nearly half of the world’s cork comes from Portugal. And while I’ve only ever really thought of cork as a wine bottle stopper (you too?), I came across a hotel made out of cork while planning for a trip Portugal. The Ecorkhotel is a four-star cork hotel made up of 56 cork-insulated bungalows situated just outside of the historical town of Évora. Set amongst a forest of olive and juniper and equipped with a spa, an outdoor pool, and onsite restaurant, Ecorkhotel has all the makings of a luxurious yet eco-friendly getaway should you ever find the opportunity.
Curious about this cork hotel in Évora? Here’s a sneak peek inside the Ecorkhotel!
Rooms: Ecorkhotel offers classic suites, prestige suites, and premium suites, both in singles and doubles. Each suite is 70 m² and includes a bedroom, a seating area with a sofa, a private bathroom, and a patio. The aesthetic falls somewhere between contemporary and rustic with simple furniture and abstract art complimented by unfinished wood. Each of the suites is insulated with cork and the exterior is whitewashed to create an especially dreamy aesthetic.
Value: The rooms at Ecorkhotel range from €70-€200 depending on season and suite type. You can check prices and availability here.
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The Ecorkhotel features tons of outdoor areas, a gym, a spa, an indoor and outdoor swimming pool, a sauna, and a Turkish bath. Make good use of the facilities to get the best value from your stay. If you feel you’ve earned it (because, say, you’ve been white knuckling the steering wheel of a campervan all the way from Lisbon), you can book a massage or one of their other treatments at the front desk of the hotel.
Cardo is the restaurant managed by Ecorkhotel that serves Portuguese food largely sourced from the Alentejo region. You can swing by the restaurant for dinner for modern interpretations of Portuguese seafood or grilled meats. In the morning, you can also create quite an impressive breakfast at their breakfast buffet.
Évora is best known for the Almendres Cromlech – an archeological complex of cromlechs and menhir stones – but the town is also typical of the Alentejo region. The town itself is a UNESCO Site with both a Roman and medieval heritage. It’s just a 15-minute drive from the Ecorkhotel to Évora if cathedrals and chapels get you going, or the area is also really nice for an easy drive with the occasional sheep traffic jam!
Wanna stay at Ecorkhotel?
Phone:(+351) 266 738 500
Address: Quinta da Deserta and Malina, Évora, Portugal
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