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Beaches of the northeast: Etnia

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Sister hotels Etnia and Etnia Clube de Mar share a chic aesthetic that is much in keeping with their location in the relaxed yet upmarket beach town of Trancoso.

The older of the two, Etnia is an intimate boutique hotel immaculately designed in a simple, contemporary style that could be described as barefoot luxury. There are just eight whitewashed bungalows in the hotel's shaded tropical grounds of mango and banana trees. Each is individually furnished and inspired by a different part of the globe, from Africa to Asia. There's a delightful restaurant and bar area with fluttering white drapes, and a large swimming pool surrounded by a wooden deck and semi-open lounge.

Nestled amongst the palm trees at the quieter end of Trancoso's miles of unspoilt beaches, the recently opened Etnia Clube de Mar has fewer rooms still: just five stylish and luxurious beach bungalows dot the tropical garden where you'll also find a swimming pool, open-air beach bar and restaurant serving fresh local ingredients with a Mediterranean twist. Each of the spacious villas is split-level and features an outdoor shower, living room, kitchen and hammock-draped patio area.

What our experts say

Each of the exclusive bungalows have been beautifully and lovingly decorated and are set in the grounds of a lush tropical garden. After browsing the little boutiques in town or strolling along the kilometres of beach my favourite part of the day was heading back to the serenity of Etnia for a dip in the cooling pool. The staff and service are impeccable without being formal and there is a menu of activities on offer if relaxing in your bungalow gets too much. They also have a fantastic shop in town with a variety of unusual gifts to take home with you. A genuinely lovely place to stay.

Jenny Powles

Jenny Powles

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