100 hours on the Algarve with the ethical muse Squad

Isn’t there a saying that goes, “All work and no play…..”

ethical muse ensured business and pleasure would go hand-in-hand during our brief 5 days, 100 hours on the Algarve for The Lost Warhol exhibition. Our squad was supported by @flairhunter of Stephanie Hunt Interiors (Globe roamer. Interior Designer. Trend spotter. Art collector. Vintage obsessor. Color junkie. Boy mom.); Kate Cahill, who hails from New Jersey, was the former Managing Director of BlackRock, and currently is a Trustee of the Oratorio Society of New York and MEND- Meeting Emergency Needs with Dignity: and Vanessa Speville, our young, gorgeous Mauritian friend and personal trainer who resides in France.

TheSquad

The Squad – Back row (L to R): Christina, Vanessa Front row (L to R): Kate, Cathy, Stephanie

VILAMOURA on the Algarve, Portugal should be high on your radar, if it’s not already.  If you have the enviable chance to visit, here are three muse-worthy secrets we are sharing…

Take a Hike

Red ochre cliffs of Praia Falesia

Red ochre cliffs of Praia Falesia

The cliff-top above Praia Falesia may have you walking precariously close to the edge, but it affords the most stunning view of the Atlantic Ocean with an easy hiking terrain. The red ochre cliffs of the Barlavento coast reminded our US friends of Sedona, Bryce Canyon and the Grand Canyon. If you can time low tide, a walk on the beach at sunset is also recommended and will be an unforgettable memory.

Seafood

IMG_6948 Evaristo

We remember Evaristo as a shack on the beach. Today, 16 years later, Evaristo, a 20 minute drive from Vilamoura still maintains that same quality consistency, serving seafood delivered daily from local fishermen. There are no menus. Simply walk in and have Joao show you what is fresh and have it cooked to perfection. When on the Algarve, eat clams. Tiny mouthfuls of sweetness cooked in garlic, white wine and cilantro. Use your fingers and make sure you have bread to mop up those juices. Wash it down with their specialty, a white wine Sangria. Our squad were divided between red and white. Since we aim to please…….we took one pitcher of each thank you.

Shop Till You Drop

Since featuring Lewis Andrews on the genuine muse blog in January, our go-to lifestyle boutique has undergone a renovation with a beach hut rustic look. With a 60% repeat clientele, Lewis Andrews live up to their sustainable business ethos of service, being as personal as possible, and anticipating shoppers’ needs. We know because we keep coming back. Here’s a peek at what’s in store for summer 2016.

lewis andrews bags

Summer saying beach bags. We just couldn’t decide. Love the dreamy messages. “I’m really a mermaid.” “Eat diamonds for breakfast and sparkle all day.”

LA cards

Hint hint Portugese friends. The muses both have birthdays coming up. Winky emoji card sums it up.

hair clip

From the beach to dinner with an elegant hair clip.