Alma Lusa Hotel
Altis Belem Hotel & Spa
Located in the heart of the most charming area of Lisbon, between the bohemian Bairro Alto and chic Chiado neighborhoods, the hotel Bairro Alto has been a favorite retreat and watering hole for decades. It reopened in late summer 2019 after a multi-year renovation, during which two adjoining buildings were added to the original ones that face the Praça Luís de Camões. Pritzker Prize-winning architect Eduardo Souto de Maura masterminded the merger of the four historic 18th-century buildings, which now feature 87 guest rooms and multiple suites.
The design respects historical elements but adds refreshing nods to today’s Portugal. Fabulous embroidered panels with swans (birds are of the hotel’s motifs) line the hallways, and the wood-paneled Mezzanine bar features mid-century furniture that evokes a private Lisbon apartment. An incredible handmade wall hanging that spans multiple floors is displayed in one of the interior stairwells.
The fifth-floor rooftop restaurant, BAHR, has views to the Tagus River and a menu curated by well-known chef Nuno Mendes, whose Chiltern Firehouse has been one of London’s hotspot restaurants since it opened. There is also a pastry shop off of the lobby that serves traditional Portuguese pastries and coffee, and another restaurant, 18.68, will open shortly on the square facing Palacio Chiado.
While the staff is still working out some of the service issues of a new hotel, the spa therapists are earning raves, and the hotel is already the place to stay for those who believe in the old adage: location, location, location.
Belmond Reid’s Palace
The Belmond Reid’s Palace in Portugal is perched atop a cliffside in Madeira and the most luxurious hotel in the area. Read Indagare's review.
There’s something about staying in the rolling countryside of the Algarve—far away from the relentless energy of the bigger coastal cities—that's totally transporting. This gorgeous country house tucked away in eastern Algarve is the ultimate hideaway. Close enough to charming coastal towns and the beach, it boasts a setting surrounded by acres of almond and olive orchards, giving it a most intimate atmosphere.
Husband-and-wife team Tim and Hallie Robinson moved from London to transform this rugged country estate into a sought-after destination. The result is a hotel with the charm and personal touches of a B&B and the high-tech, forward-thinking amenities of a luxury design property. The 10 spacious, light-bathed rooms are swathed in mix-and-match textures that add personal, homey touch, from the pony-skin area rugs and patterned upholstery to four-post wood beds and vintage-looking cabinets. Each of the rooms have relaxing outdoor gardens.
The public areas feature that same attention to design detail, making guests feel like they're staying at a fabulous friends’ very big house. The hand-picked flea market finds and the supple leather chairs and the unusual bursts of color here and there set a casual yet stylish mood. Things get particularly picturesque in the outside dining spaces with nothing but blue skies and acres of orchards in line of vision. A typical meal consists of fresh fish served with produce grown on-site and olive oil from the estate. If you do need to venture out, Tavira’s charming streets and shops and Algarve’s famous beaches are just minutes away by taxi.
Four Seasons Hotel Ritz Lisbon
Located at the edge of Eduardo VII Park away from the bustling city center, Four Seasons Hotel Ritz Lisbon is all about the quiet elegance of Old World luxury.
Grand House Algarve
An historic and charming boutique hotel with a riverfront location in the Algarve’s traditional town of Vila Real de Santo António.
Herdade da Chaminé
The Herdade da Chaminé is the passion of Marta Galvão de Mello, who turned her family’s estate into an exclusive hideaway in 2006. Located a one-and-a-half-hour drive east of Lisbon, in the mostly agrarian Alentejo region, the Herdade sits on a 214-acre property, which is planted with pine, cork and olive trees and includes three horse stables, a cattle pen and large swimming pool.
The peach-and-white-colored 17th-century main house, which is only available for full take-overs in one-week periods, is surrounded by outdoor patios and seating areas. The property was lovingly restored by de Mello, who decorated the interiors with her family’s art and antiques. A plugged-in guide, she can arrange a variety of special activities in the area, including private wine tastings at one of the 30 vineyards nearby, hot-air balloon trips, tee times, painting classes and tickets to the local Portuguese-style bullfights. If you’re not prepared to play Ernest Hemingway for the day, she can still get you to meet and have lunch with the toreadors afterwards. Families and friends traveling together should consider taking over the entire property (a private chef who specializes in regional cuisine is on site at all times).
Herdade da Malhadinha Nova Country House & Spa
Located in Alentejo, Herdade da Malhadinha Nova is a soulful countryside property with an emphasis on wine, excellent food and activities.
Housed in a renovated townhouse, Valverde is a luxurious boutique option just steps from Lisbon’s best shopping. A three year renovation and expansion added a new wing to the property, and the hotel’s design displays an eclectic vision that emphasizes traditional touches but does not forego modern luxuries. Each of the 48 rooms is decorated in sophisticated, dark hues that are occasionally interrupted with a splash of color. Sprinkled throughout the accommodations are antique furnishings and historic paintings, but all rooms have satellite TV and WiFi. Bathrooms are sleek and modern, with black and white marble tiles, huge soaking tubs in certain rooms and glass-enclosed showers.
The hotel has a small elevated pool surrounded by greenery and sleek loungers where afternoon tea or cocktails can be served. The hotel’s chic restaurant, Sítio Valverde offers a bountiful buffet for breakfast and a traditional Portuguese menu at lunch and dinner, coupled with an extensive wine list. Throughout the year, the hotel plays host to a number of cultural programs, such as music nights with jazz or fado in the courtyard and bar. For those looking to relax or exercise, there is also a spa treatment room and small gym.
Infante Sagres Palace Hotel
Located in the heart of Porto’s downtown, Infante Sagres Palace Hotel is within walking distance of many of the city’s most fascinating neighborhoods, like the Old Town and Rua Miguel Bombarda, Porto’s hippest street. The 70-room boutique hotel is one of the most stylish lodging options in the city. The classic 1950s building features grand staircases, stained glass windows, glamorous chandeliers and dark-wood panels engraved with intricate designs. And while this foundation might paint a fairly traditional picture, the hotel packs in eccentric decorative flourishes that give it more of a contemporary mix-and-match style. Think custom lacquer light fixtures, studded headboards, abstract wallpaper and tons of gorgeous antiques.
While there are not many on-site amenities at Infante Sagres, Book, the hotel’s restaurant located in an old bookstore around the corner is a local hotspot. Everything here is an homage to the building’s literary past: Books not only line the walls but also house the restaurant’s menu. The kitchen churns out Mediterranean dishes such as cream of peas with meatballs.
The hotel’s Angkor Spa follows the property’s striking design scheme, where black walls provide the backdrop to look-at-me paintings and bronze-trimmed mirrors. It’s unexpected, for sure, but so is the fact that it can only accommodate one guest at a time, assuring unparalleled relaxation and privacy.
Martinhal Cascais champions the concept of luxurious family vacations and makes for an ideal long weekend with children.
Martinhal Chiado Family Suites
If there’s a hotel that best represents just how cool Lisbon is becoming, it’s Memmo Alfama, which opened in 2013. The 42-room boutique hotel commissioned Portuguese street artist Alexandre Farto (better known as Vhils) to create a full-wall mural for one side of the building. This in-your-face aesthetic stays outside, however, as a cozier vibe dominates Memmo Alfama’s interiors.
Public and private spaces are outfitted in a warm, natural style to make it feel more like home. Rooms—most of which run on the small side—are decorated with light hardwood floors, stark-white linens and patterned ottomans. Bathrooms have concrete floors, rain showers and infinity sinks topped with fragrant Saboaria Portugueza toiletries. The most private rooms are the Alfama rooms; the terrace rooms open onto a shared space, which can get loud on the weekends.
Public spaces include a library, gym and a happening terrace with a mixed-tile pool that glows scarlet. Open each night, this outdoor retreat called Wine Bar is perfect for a relaxing evening spent soaking in Lisbon’s sights as you nosh on small plates and sip Portuguese vino.
The location in the historic Alfama neighborhood is a great draw. The property is one of the few luxury hotels in the area, and guests feel in the middle of it all. The hotel can arrange complimentary walking tours of Alfama. Its old-world charm is thoroughly transporting: keep your eyes peeled as you walk through its sloping cobblestoned streets. Throughout the neighborhood, you'll come across small, family-owned eateries that serve homemade treats, moody Fado music bars and matriarchs that chat across their windows as they prepare lunch. Nowhere in Lisbon gives you a better glimpse of the city’s past.
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Six Senses Douro Valley
The Six Senses Douro Valley is the brand’s first resort in Europe, and it has made a splash in an under-the-radar wine destination in Portugal.
With its rustic-chic allure and unexpected landscape — an enchanted forest to use as a home base for exploring some of Portugal’s best beaches — Sublime Comporta makes perfect sense as the area's first luxury hotel. Primarily a calm oasis for couples, the hotel has become more family-friendly with a recent expansion.