Team Monte Rosa


Sandra is the insightful lady behind the creation of Monte Rosa. Born in Holland in 1954 she started her career in Groningen as a teacher for children with impaired hearing. As she turned 30 Sandra was in search for a new and more adventurous life and moved to Portugal. She realized a dream by starting up a health food restaurant and juice bar in Lagos, that proved to be a great success. After having her daughter Arianne they moved into the countryside and commenced the Monte Rosa project in 1993. With the ethos that a good atmosphere and open communication is the key to a strong foundation of a business, Sandra created Monte Rosa to what it is now. She has a great interest in environmental matters and personal development. In Portugal she had training in hypnotherapy. With her commitment to these topics she has been a representative for the Findhorn Community in Scotland for 30 years. Mindfulness helps Sandra to avoid stress and to enjoy life fully.



Theo came to Monte Rosa as Assistant Manager in the summer of 2011 after a wonderful 39 year career in education. With a warm, witty and charismatic personality Theo has proven to be very versatile at Monte Rosa as he always willingly gets involved in any task which needs attention. He is a highly competent host, cook, handyman and is Sandra?s partner. Theo and Sandra were recently reunited after being colleagues in education over 35 years ago. In his spare time Theo enjoys the athletic side of life as he frequently cycles and plays in tennis tournaments. He has recently started offering tennis lessons at Monte Rosa to share his passion with our very willing guests.

Theo the partner of Sandra


(1979) Ten years ago Marieke fell in love with Portugal. She decided to study Portuguese Language & Culture and spent a lot of time on the Costa Alentejana. In the Netherlands she worked as a freelance copywriter and gained experience in various PR and communication functions. The Portuguese landscape, the wonderful climate, the outdoor life rhythm of Portugal continued to draw and at the start of 2018 the helm changed. Together with her dog Billy, Marieke moved to Monte Rosa. She now takes care of the administration and guest communication and is also your host. As an enthusiastic hiker, Marieke can also contribute to organizing and guiding walking tours.



(1978) is an always positive and hardworking lady. She was born in Lagos, where she grew up with a mother that was running a guesthouse. Many years Sandra was a dental assistant. In March 2013 she wanted something new and started her job at Monte Rosa, to help with cleaning, serving breakfast and helping with the BBQ. She also gives a warm welcome to the English and Portuguese guests.
She is the spouse of Chico and mother of Ricardo, André and Marta. The children also visit Monte Rosa sometimes, especially at BBQ night.



(1980) was born in Northern Portugal and is still a fan of football club "Porto". He works at Monte Rosa since 2008 as all round handyman, builder, gardener, grill man and assistant for airport transfers. He is the partner of Sandra Pinela and father of 3 children, with who he lives at an animal farm in Pereira. Chico, with his optimistic character, is a great guy to have around. He can repair almost everything you will ask him to, which is of unmissable help at a place like Monte Rosa. His English is improving day by day as he is actively learning to speak the language.

chico of monte rosa


Rosario (1971) worked for 20 years as an educational assistant in a day nursery in Lagos. She wanted something different and joined the Monte Rosa team in February. She serves the breakfasts and together with Sandra P she ensures that the rooms and cottages look immaculate. She also helps in the preparation of the dinners and sometimes receives the guests. She lives near Lagos with her 21-year-old son.


Voluntering opportunities

We regularly welcome volunteers at Monte Rosa who are multi-deployable and can stay for at least a month. They help in the perma garden, irrigating or preparing meals, table cover, serving and washing dishes and pool maintenance. You can also be asked for a cleaning job or paint job. If you are interested in working for a while on a voluntary basis, please send an email with your CV, a photo, the period that you are available and a short description of yourself, your education, qualities and motivation.

volunteer on monte rosa


(1990) is the daughter of Sandra. From her third year she lived on Monte Rosa and she saw how a small pension net grew into a large holiday park. Arianne pledged her heart to Lisbon, where she studied communication, marketing and graphic design / design. She now has a nice job at a start-up of a fashionable Portuguese shoe brand. Since April 2017, it occupies a stylish accommodation in the beautiful historic center of Lisbon, from which it rents the front 3-room apartment. This allows our guests to combine their holidays with a cultural stay in the heart of Lisbon. Arianne is your hostess and can show you around in this charming city.
Pictures of the apartment can be found on our website at `accommodation' and on

Arianne the daughter of   Sandra
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