SURFING THE NATURAL BEAUTY OF SAGRES
Looking out on one of the best surfing spots in the world, Memmo Baleeira attracts surfers from all across the globe. Rodrigo Machaz, the hotel's owner, can himself be found in the ocean, riding the waves, almost every day.
Surf’s up in Sagres on Portugal’s Algarve. Hotel proprietor and avid surfer Rodrigo Machaz built his 144-room Memmo Baleeira alongside one of the top surfing spots in the world. Yet you needn’t be a world-class wave rider to experience the rush that ...
"What is special about surfing compared to all the other sports is that you feel very close to nature. It’s the board, you and the wave. It’s more than a sport; it’s very spiritual"
... comes from the sport. In fact, even beginners are welcome at Memmo Baleeira, where a fully-outfitted surf center offers classes and equipment for all levels. “What is special about surfing compared to all the other sports is that you feel very close to nature,” Machaz says. “It’s the board, you and the wave. It’s more than a sport; it’s very spiritual.”
The resort also arranges activities like windsurfing, hiking and mountain biking for guests, who, upon returning to the hotel, are welcomed by a spa that can soften any blows received during the day. In the evening the dining experience is always special; Machaz and his team are happy to provide guests with freshly caught local specialties they would not even know to ask for such as grilled limpets, fried moray, or barnacles. “This is seafood that you only have in this region! Memmo Baleeira is not about an effort to forcibly invoke minimalism, but about focusing on what is beautiful. Here, luxury is not a marble bathroom, but having a beer while watching the sunset.”