experience our happy place
Cam is originally from Los Angeles and Vera is Portuguese from Porto. We met while living and working in NY. As New York City dwellers, we found ourselves devoting most of our free time to travel, mostly to places where we could surf and experience outdoor sports. We could have never imagined that our mutual love for travel and the beach would lead us to Alentejo, this amazing region, which we are now proud to call home. Having previously lived in many different countries and with friends spread all over the world, we understood that our connection to this place was a natural consequence of our journey. The decision to settle in Cercal was no small challenge as we removed ourselves from our careers and the comforts of our previously established lifestyle. There was definitely a time when we thought opening a private vacation rental in Portugal to host retreats was a far off dream. As we embrace this new chapter, we are honored and excited to share our dream home with you.
what we care about at quinta camarena?
Sustainability is a way of life at quinta camarena. Our family has a deep respect and love for the region of Alentejo and we are passionately committed to protecting and preserving her to the best of our ability. Gratefully, we are able to plant our roots here and carry a strong sense of social responsibility to our community. We are excited to share the authenticity and natural beauty of the land with our guests.
CURRENT SUSTAINABLE INITIATIVES
We use as much seasonal and locally grown produce as possible, with fruits and vegetables grown either on our land or local farms. Daily fish is procured from the fishermen of the nearest sea towns, meat is likewise organically grown by local producers, and we stock a delicious assortment of the finest regional cheeses, wine, homemade jams, and granola
We don’t use any chemicals on our gardens, incentive all organic farming and try to use natural eco friendly detersives and toiletries
We do not believe in, sell or encourage the use of single-use plastic bottles on the property. Please enjoy unlimited access to our own tap water that tastes great and is safe for drinking. Reusable glass jars are stocked in every room.
Discouraging the use of plastic in general on the premises and have eliminated all small containers, using refillable shower gel and shampoo containers for each room
Water is heated from solar panels and by 2021 all our electricity will be from solar energy. We use efficient interior LED lamps and solar lights for the exterior
quinta camarena donates and volunteers regularly to programs dedicated to helping the local elderly communities in need. Let us know if you are interested in volunteer
Our design and architecture are Inspired by the heritage and surroundings of the region. we try to be creative and use sustainable materials with a preference to those that are locally sourced and recyclable. You will find many furniture and décor pieces that were made by ourselves transforming existing objects, wood from our trees, bottles, etc
We take recycling very seriously and encourage all the guests to do the same. All organic residuals are used for compost that we produce ourselves to fertilize our soil . If you want to get to know more or show it to your children, we would be happy to show you.
We strongly believe in inclusion and welcome all guests of any religion, race, or sexual orientation and do not tolerate any act of violence or discrimination among our clients.
We love animals and we are a PET FRIENDLY hotel.
Come breathe the countryside and beach air on your next Portugal vacation.