Life can be stressful and sometimes we just need to treat ourselves to something extra special. Nothing says ‘pamper me’ more that a 5 star, luxury spa getaway. As you’ll soon discover, Portugal is host to many world class spas catering to high end travelers. Let’s take a look at some of the most popular spa destinations in the country.
1- The Oitavos Spa, Cascais
This family owned hotel offers a modern taste of Portugal. With its luxurious and innovative design, high standards, and amazing spa, guest can expect only the best holiday retreat. Situated on the Atlantic coast and adjacent to the Sintra National Park, guests can enjoy many different natural landscapes. The hotel is also close to Cascais as well as the well known Guincho beach.
There are many guestrooms including several lofts, master suites, and a private villa.
The Spa and Balneotherapy area includes a heated indoor seawater pool, Jacuzzi, sauna and Turkish bath. There is also a heated outdoor seawater swimming pool.
There is also a World Class Championship 18 hole links course, designed by world renowned landscape architect Arthur Hills and rated 65th in GOLF Magazine’s 2013 Top 100 Courses.
2- Vidago Palace Hotel, North Portugal
This incredible palace-like structure was built in 1910 for the King. It was restored in 2010 with opulent design and brought back to its former glory.
Situated amidst a 250 acre park, the hotel is surrounded by ancient Sequoias, magnolias, and camellias as well as four mineral water pavilions.
Vidago Palace hotel is fairy tale like, with majestic interiors and a grand staircase. The hotel is deckes out in gilded detail, expensive rugs and tapestries, and stunning mosaic floors.
The Spa was designed my prize winning architect Álvaro Siza Vieira. Many of the treatments implement the mineral rich thermal waters as well as aromatherapy. There is also a vitality pool, Turkish bath, Sauna, Hammam, and two swimming pools.
The golf course was renovated by Cameron & Powell in 2010 and they transformed it into a challenging 18-hole, par-72 course.
3- Penha Longa, Sintra
This luxury 194 room resort is situated with a large national park in the Sintra Mountains of Portugal. In addition to the first-class hotel, there is also a 19th century palace on the grounds, which was also once a monastery back in the 14th century. There is a manificent Spa and Wellness center which offers luxury treatments to pamper guests. There is also a 27 hole golf course designed by the world-renowned Robert Trent Jones II that is set right within ancient ruins.
Penha Longa is in an excellent location with only a 16 miles drive to Lisbon, and close to the famous Cascais and Estoril beaches.
4- Epic Sana Algarve
Overlooking the gorgeous coastline of Albufeira, the Epic Sana Hotel has over 150 rooms, and close to 70 specialty accommodations. The hotel encompasses the Sayanna Wellness Spa and Fitness center and has five outdoor swimming pools and an indoor pool as well.
The hotel has a terrific location that allows guests to tour the Algarve easily. Due to its central location, exploring the Algarve to the west and to the east are just short drives from the hotel.
5- Memmo Baleeira Design Hotel, Algarve
Located in the Algarve town of Sagres, the Memmo Baleeira Design Hotel is a great choice for a relaxing getaway. There are stunning sea vistas and views of the Baleeira Harbour from the Resorts 144 rooms and suites.
The spa offers decadent treatments for the ultimate relaxing vacation. The spa also includes a sauna, fitness room, and heated indoor pool. The outdoor pool offers breathtaking views of the ocean. There are many sport related activities available too, with a Surf center on location as well as bicycle rentals, jeep tours, and water sports. For golf lovers, there are many courses in the area to visit.
6- The Divine Spa at the Vine Hotel, Madeira
The Vine Hotel was designed with the theme of Madeira wine. The décor reflects the wine’s full bodied richness. The ultra modern building was designed by architects Ricardo Bofill and João Francisco Caires, and the interior was designed by Nini Andrade Silva.
The Spa also keeps within the wine theme, and offers Wine Therapy for incredible rejuvenation and relaxation. The skincare products in the spa include wine elements. This spa offers some of the most unique treatments in the world and is definitely a place to get pampered.
7- Convento Do Espinheiro Hotel & Spa, Alentejo
The Convento do Espinheiro is a luxury hotel housed in a restored centuries-old convent in the fascinating and historic city of Évora. The hotel offers a relaxing and private getaway and the extensive grounds include a chapel and cloisters.
There are 92 rooms offer guests a vacation in the lap of luxury. There is a Spa and pool for rejuvenating treatments as well as a wine cellar and world class restaurant.
8- The Palheiro Spa, Madeira
The Palheira Spa is part of the Palheiro Estate and the Hotel Casa Velha. This breathtaking 5 star hotel is located next to the famous Palheiro Gardens. The Palheiro Spa adds a lavish touch to the already luxurious accommodations. This boutique spa offers an array of professional spa treatments including massage and many unique beauty treatments. The grounds aslo include an 18 hole golf course designed by Cabell B. Robinson.
9- Le Bela Vista Hotel & Spa, Algarve
Le Bela Vista Hotel is located in an early 20th century mansion and lends a romantic ambiance combined with refinement and luxury. This charming hotel and spa will give you one of the most unforgettable getaways in a lifetime.
The famous French cosmetic brand, L’OCCITANE chose Le Bela Vista Hotel to set up their tranquil spa. Guests are invited to experience the purest traditional massage techniques and the products with only the finest ingredients.
10- Cascade Wellness & Lifestyle Resort, Algarve
Situated on the top of a cliff in the Algarve, Cascade Wellness and Lifestyle Resort offers guests an elegant and luxurious vacation. The hotel is known as one of the top hotels in the region, providing high end travelers 5 star accommodations. The rooms are very spacious and include balconies or terraces.
The hotel is located in Lagos, Portugal and close to award winning beaches as well as the Ponta da Piedade lighthouse where visitors can enjoy spectacular views.
Guests can immerse two impressive swimming pools, one which has a natural sand bottom. The tranquil Tainai Spa offers a diverse range of treatments as well as a Jacuzzi, indoor pool, and sauna. Visitors can also enjoy the fitness center, golf practice facility, and tennis courts.