Best Boutique Hideaways & Beach Resorts in Portugal
Review our hand-picked selection of some of the best places to stay in Lisbon, Douro Valley, Algarve, Comporta and Porto.
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Stays at this magnificent terracotta-hued 19th century manor, set in the heart of a UNESCO World Heritage Site, are all about wellbeing: luxuriate in river-view suites, relax by the pool (outdoors or in), explore nature trails, enjoy delicious organic produce from the kitchen gardens, take a yoga or pilates class or personal training session, arrange an integrated wellness programme or simply surrender to the magic of the spa’s skilled therapists at Six Senses Douro Valley
Just an hour south of Lisbon, Comporta is still a relatively unknown destination and remains deliciously wild and unspoilt. Sublime Comporta (as heavenly as its name suggests) is set amid a pine forest just moments from some of Portugal's best beaches. And 'wow', what beaches! This beautifully designed boutique hotel is the perfect escape from urban life with great food, just 14 fabulous rooms, suites and villas, a lovely little spa and a deeply relaxing get-away-from-it-all vibe.
Re-opened July 2019. In the two years that this pastel-colored 19th century palace has been closed for renovation, Lisbon has exploded as the darling of the European weekend break. Its fortuitous location between the trendy Bairro Alto and Chiado neighbourhoods means it’ll be as much of a hit with this new generation of visitors as it was with those before. It will also be home to the first-ever restaurant in Lisbon from Portuguese super-chef Nuno Mendez, with a focus on reinventing typical local dishes. Bairro Alto Hotel is perfect for a luxury weekend break!
Palacio Estoril is a grand but informal 1930's hotel on the Portuguese Riviera, a couple of miles from Cascais and in easy striking distance of Lisbon. This is a great value option if you want to combine exploring Lisbon with relaxing by an expansive swimming pool and be in strolling distance of a beach. Palacio Estoril is still swathed in the glamour of the 30's and has hosted royalty, movie stars and statesmen, and the bar was where Ian Fleming famously wrote Casino Royale. Today, guests can also enjoy Asian inspired treatments in the Banyan Tree Spa and join half a dozen complimentary daily health and fitness classes, including yoga and pilates.
Vila Monte Farm House has bright interiors, a wonderfully laid-back atmosphere, and is surrounded by citrus trees and pink bougainvillea. With its two local-flavour restaurants, twin swimming pools, an abundance of inviting spots for lounging and incredible sandy beaches nearby, it’s boho-chic at its best.
Vila Joya is a wonderful boutique hideaway set on a picturesque sandy beach in a peaceful, secluded location. With its famously excellent dining, courtesy of its Michellin starred restaurant, this family run property also has a delightful little spa, and a swimming pool in the hotel's extensive gardens. All rooms and suites have sea views.
Surrounded by pine trees and overlooking a stunning 4 mile long sandy beach, Pine Cliffs Resort is a perfect family holiday destination with lots of activities to keep everyone, whatever their age, happy and entertained. It's a short flight to Faro, followed by a 45 minute transfer - so really easy to get to. For families, we recommend the 2 and 3 bedroom residences which come with a living room, kitchenette, utility room and a balcony or terrace. Ample space for everyone! Pine Cliffs has a highly regarded kids' club with numerous supervised activities, an Annabel Croft Tennis Academy, 9 hole golf course, an outstanding spa, half a dozen restaurants, a selection of water sports on the beach, and several swimming pools.
Outstanding 5* family-friendly resort set above one of Portugal's prettiest and most secluded sandy beaches. The resort sits in 50 acres of mature sub-tropical gardens and is well known for its excellent restaurants, indulgent spa, kids' club and numerous land and water sports. Vila Vita Parc is a top contender for a fabulous family holiday.
Sophisticated and luxurious family beach resort set in a national park, close to the village of Sagres and numerous sandy beaches, on the western end of the Algarve. Offering a superb selection of stylish, contemporary accommodation in the hotel, plus one to three bedroom townhouses in the Village, and several modern 2 to 5 bedroom Luxury Villas. Martinhal Beach Resort is a superb family holiday option.
It's a short hop down to Faro, followed by an easy 30 minute transfer, and you can find yourself at Epic Sana on Portugal's beautiful Algarve coast. With its dramatic cliff top position overlooking a vast sandy beach and stylish contemporary décor (echoes of South Beach, Miami), Epic Sana has luxury accommodation, extensive facilities (including an amazing spa) and offers a choice of wellness retreats, such as yoga, fitness, de-stress, mindfulness, detox and weight loss.
Opened in 1910, this luxurious, stately palace – commissioned by King Carlos I – offers a taste of La Belle Époque and was originally built to entice wealthy international travellers to experience the health benefits of the local mineral water. Today, Vidago Palace is an award-winning member of 'The Leading Hotels of the World' and has an English country manor sensibility about it, with its star attractions being the romantic atmosphere, the magnificent 18 hole golf course and the sleek, white-marble spa, where you can take the local spring waters in style. Perfect for couples looking for a sophisticated place to stay with plenty of interesting things to see and do locally.
We have numerous fabulous villas dotted around Portugal, including the Algarve (such as super-lux 5 bedroom Villa Balbina with direct access to a semi-private beach, contemporary 4 bedroom Villa Martinhal and rustic 3 bedroom Beach Cottage), Douro Valley and the Silver Coast. Our villas range from simple to sublimely luxurious and range in size from 2 to 10 bedrooms, all with private pools. Please let us know your dates, party size and destination preference, and our villa experts will find the perfect option for you. Please get in touch.
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