The Christian Louboutin hotel, on the coast of Alentejo Portuguese, it is no longer a project. Its construction is progressing by leaps and bounds and not even the pandemic is going to stop its plans in the cradle of fado, that country that has given so much to the world’s most famous shoe designer. Portugal is the second home of this French universal, who enjoyed the “eco-chic” paradise of Comporta for years, until he finally got fed up with that environment located just 120 kilometers from Lisbon, which in recent years has become overcrowded.
Thus his idyll was forged with the small town of Melides, on the Alentejo coastline. There, facing the immensity of the Atlantic Ocean, Louboutin had the dream of setting up its own boutique hotel, charming and select. Now the skeleton that bears the signature of the Portuguese architect is settling Madalena Caiado. With capacity for 15 rooms, in principle it is scheduled to open its doors next year, although it may be delayed depending on the circumstances of the health crisis.
The first investment in this business amounted to 500,000 euros and was destined to acquire the land in the Lagoa de Santo André. Now the global calculation reaches two million euros, since he and his partner, the landscape designer Louis Benech, they do not want to neglect a single detail. The two of them have been enjoying a house in Melides for three years, in addition to the one they have in the heart of Lisbon, next to the Castle of São Jorge.
At 57, Louboutin thus shows that has grown tired of the frenzy of the great fashion capitals and he is devoted to his Portuguese passion. Melides has conquered it with its low-rise white buildings, its cobbled streets and that feeling that time stands still, with the Atlantic waves as the background soundtrack. So much so that it has launched a line of shoes called exactly “Melides”, in homage to this picturesque and charming town.