Cabanas no Rio, another paradisiac retreat by Aires Mateus

From the same owners of Casas na Areia, this second, equally gorgeous Portuguese getaway, Cabanas no Rio doesn’t fall short neither on natural nor architectural beauty.

DesignJoyBlog // Cabanas no Rio by Mateus Aires

This project, also by Portuguese architect Manuel Aires Mateus, is located in the natural reserve of the River Sado, only one hour south of Lisbon in the village of Comporta – Portugal. Away from the riffraff, this region is well known for its beautiful white sandy beaches, green immensity of the rice fields, the typical fishermen’s houses and, being in Portugal, unique food and wine. My kind of paradise!

This project was based in the «use/reuse and recycle» of two old huts, once used by local fishermen’s. The two new ones, with 14 square meters each, were both built off-site and transported to Comporta by truck.

The living areas are divided between the two cabins, on the first one there is a a small kitchen equipped to prepare simple meals, and on the second one is the bedroom and en-suite bathroom and shower, that can be used both outdoors and indoors. How great is that?

From the architects:

The wharf is medieval and assembled with wood. Its identity is kept long beyond the material’s resistance, an identity that allows it to change, to replace, keeping all the values. The construction is entirely finished in “costaneiros” wood, a first and last boards sawn from a log. The structures are then submitted to the climate vulnerability, assigning them a unique personality.

All photographs by Nelson Garrido.

Courtesy of Cabanas no Rio.

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Casas na Areia Hotel by Mateus Aires

From what I imagine started out as a friendly chat between pals over a glass of porto, Casas na Areia was originally intended as a weekend house that, lucky for some, became a small luxury hotel. Designed by renowned portuguese architect  Manuel Aires Mateus, this hotel is a unique minimalistic hideaway surrounded by stunning natural beauty.


Founded on the concept that “happiness is based on the intelligent use of simplicity”, the interior and exterior spaces blend together leading guests to come closer to the natural environment. The 4 houses were built according to local tradition, 2 in white concrete and 2 in wood and reeds, all with thatched roofs built by a local artisan and renewed every 6 years.

The sandy floors in the kitchen and eating areas are an extension of the beautiful natural surroundings and gently invite guests to have their meals or simply relax barefoot, with toes playing in the sand, after a long hard day of birdwatching or horseback riding on the beach. Seriously, how much fun is that?!

This wonderful holiday gem is located only one hour away from Lisbon in Comporta, a region famous for its white sandy beaches and delicious coarse red wines as well as being home to great variety of wild life such as flamingos, storks and dolphins.

On top of it all, Portugal is just simply such an amazing place to go to. It’s a beautiful and culturally rich country, with friendly people and wonderful food! What more can you want? I’m certainly dreaming of going back there for a summer holiday with my family and, if I’m lucky enough…

Photographs by Nelson Garrido