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THE CABANAS NO RIO IS UNLIKE ANY OTHER EXOTIC PARADISE, IT BLENDS OUTDOOR LUXURY WITH COMFORT AND EXCLUSIVITY. TRANSLATED AS CABINS ON THE RIVER, THIS HAVEN IS TUCKED AWAY JUST ONE HOUR SOUTH OF LISBON. THE PORTUGAL VILLAGE OF COMPORTA OFFERS VISITORS A UNIQUE EXPERIENCE. FROM ITS BEAUTIFUL SANDY WHITE BEACHES, UNIQUE SWEET AND SAVOURY DELICACIES AS WELL AS PRIVILEGED CONTACT WITH THE AMAZING ARRAY OF FAUNA THAT CALLS THIS PLACE HOME – WHAT MORE CAN YOU ASK FOR?
words by IEVAN DARWIN
Imagine having the view of stunning European folk architecture, the Palafitte harbour of Carrasqueira from your very own cabin. The brainchild of architect Manuel Aires Mateus, the Cabanas no Rio is the perfect romantic hideaway to relax, relinquish your stress and simply enjoy nature. Mateus used recycled wooden panels to build the walls, floors, roof and fittings of the two structures, leaving the material exposed both inside and out. The edge of the roof sits flush with the walls, plus the wood is expected to change color as it is exposed to the weather. “The wharf is medieval and assembled with wood,” said the architects, explaining their material of choice. “Its identity is kept long beyond the material’s resistance, an identity that allows it to change, to replace, keeping all the values.” The cabins were both built off-site and transported to the site on the back of a lorry. You can cuddle up next to a special someone or simply forget about your industrial troubles in the two huts. Each perfectly equipped with all you need for your stay with the first cabin being the bedroom with an ensuite bathroom which can be used both indoors and outdoors making it a serene and tranquil time when having that needed shower. As for the second cabin, it features the living room and a small kitchen equipped to prepare simple meals. Not to forget two armchairs to relax, a comfortable four-poster bed, a terrace overlooking the Sado river and private small pontoon over the water with a canoe that is provided for guests making this a couple’s dream getaway for you to not only relax, but explore the wonders around the property. An idyllic place with a breathtaking view, the Cabanas no Rio is one place not to be missed.