The Portuguese-based firm Saraiva+associados (S+A) approached the design of the award winning Royal Óbidos Spa & Golf Resort with respect for the indigenous environment, applying low-density development as their core design concept. The surrounding beauty of the landscape played an integral role in the seaside resort.
Encompassing 136 hectares of land, the resort architecture is carefully designed to integrate into the natural contour of the outlying hills whilst maintaining its own identity. The designers chose to let the topography, which varies from 50 to 150 metres, determine the multiple levels in which the structures sit. The use of modern, restrained construction, rooted so well within the natural space, softens the edges between the two.
The Resort’s interior was designed to incorporate the serenity of the surrounding environment. Sizeable windows, views from every room, a gardened hallway, and natural wood and stone materials provide a well-balanced flow between the in and outdoors.
The interior selections, made by Yoo Studio, are inspired by local culture, especially the medieval village of Óbidos, dating as far back as 1281, with its traditional churches, cobblestones, and beautiful tiles. The design resonates with a tranquil and contemporary interpretation of Portugal’s western coastal region.