AlmaLusa is one of Portugal's new wave of smart, boutique boltholes
AlmaLusa is one of Portugal's new wave of smart, boutique boltholes

The 5 best Portuguese hotels

From stylish urban stays in Lisbon to family-friendly rooms on the Algarve

Aoife O'Riordain
Tuesday 02 August 2016 17:07
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AlmaLusa, Lisbon

Lisbon is on the rise as one of Europe’s must-visit cities and AlmaLusa is one of its new wave of smart, boutique boltholes. With 28 rooms set in an historic 18th century building on the Praca do Municipio, the look here is classic but contemporary with a nod to the building’s rich heritage. All of Lisbon’s highlights are within easy reach and walks along the banks of the nearby Tagus River beckon.

Praca do Municipio 21, Lisbon, Portugal (00 351 212 697 440; almalusahotels.com). Doubles from €110 per night B&B.

Martinhal Cascais Family Hotel, Cascais

A stay at Martinhal has become a winning formula for families visiting the Algarve who are reluctant to sacrifice style for child-friendly surroundings. In March it opened a second outpost in the seaside town of Cascais, just 20 minutes outside Lisbon. Its 84 rooms and villas are decked out in its signature tasteful, bright interiors, while there are two pools, a spa and a huge kids' club.

Quinta de Marinha, Rua do Clube, Cascais, Portugal (00 351 507 788; martinhal.com). Doubles from €200 per night B&B.

Families welcome at Martinhal Cascais

Pestana CR7 Funchal, Funchal

Football fans take note: CR7 is Madeira-born Cristiano Ronaldo’s new venture in collaboration with Pestana Hotels and it's even taken the world’s most famous footballer's nickname as its moniker. The hotel, which opened in July, has a rooftop cocktail bar and has brought a youthful sizzle to the Funchal scene. Rather than just lolling by the pool, guests staying in one of the hotel’s 49 rooms can also channel their inner Ronaldo and sign up for one of its specially devised Get in Shape fitness programmes.

Av Sá Carneiro, Praca do Mar, Funchal, Madeira (00 351 218 442 001; pestanacr7.com). Doubles from €180 B&B.

Pestana CR7, named after Cristiano Ronaldo

Sobreiras Alentejo Country Hotel, Alentejo

The log facades of the recently opened Sobreiras Alentejo Country Hotel echo the cork oak forests surrounding the 22-room Sobreiras Country Hotel in a quiet, rural pocket of the Alentejo. Designed by Lisbon-based Future Architecture Thinking, the eight single-storey, white-washed buildings of the hotel are rooted in the textures of the landscape and have a sparse, modern look. Here the unspoilt landscape takes centre stage with far-reaching views to the east and you can take in the Serra de Grândola mountain range from the infinity pool.

Herdade do Vale das Sobreiras, Mosqueiroes, Grandola, Portugal (00 351 269 109 930; sobreiras.pt). Doubles from €85 per night B&B.

Sobreiras Alentejo is rooted in the landscape

Pine Cliffs, Algarve

Pine Cliffs, A Luxury Collection Resort, is one of beachside Portugal’s great family-centric resorts and it overlooks a stretch of pristine sand. At the start of July it unveiled a €50m renovation that has not only seen each of the hotel’s 217 guestrooms redesigned and public spaces remodelled but also the addition of 148 completely new clifftop Pine Cliffs Ocean Suites and a new spa.

Pinhal do Concelho, Albufeira, Portugal (00 351 289 500 300; pinecliffs.com). Doubles from €150 B&B, and Ocean Suites from €230 B&B.

Pine Cliffs has been completely remodelled

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