Portugal is that rare gem of a country where it’s possible to tick every box. It’s great for families, friends and couples. Its cities exude charm and character while the coastline and countryside are alternately dramatic and serene.
On top of this, the flight time from London is less than three hours making it a great destination for a short or long break in the sun, by the beach, on the fairway or among the vineyards. Let’s take a look at our favourite luxury holidays in Portugal …
The Conrad Algarve is unadulterated five star luxury for the whole family. Glamorous, romantic and beautifully appointed, the hotel opened in 2012 and has a sophisticated and stylish look with a stunning infinity pool and views over the surrounding countryside. Golfers will love the six top class courses, all within 6km of the resort.
Families with children will enjoy the kids club and activities, including watersports and off-roading adventures. And spa lovers will be delighted with the idyllic Conrad Spa, a haven of tranquility featuring private spa cabanas attached to each treatment room.
For complete indulgence, stay in the Garden Rooftop Suite with its indoor pool and retractable glass roof, expansive sunset-facing terrace, private entrance and private access to the spa. Just 20 minutes from Faro airport, the Conrad Algarve is ideal for a super luxe multi-generational family holiday, where everyone wants to do their own thing, while being together.
No less luxe, but completely different to the resorts of the Algarve, Sublime Comporta lies to the south of Lisbon. With 14 rooms (a further 14 are planned), this boutique hotel sits in a 17-acre estate of pines, cork trees and wild flowers. Just minutes away are empty, white-sand beaches and turquoise seas.
Minimalist design allows the environment to speak for itself in this luxury hideaway, bathed in white with natural textures, sights and sounds. For a totally indulgent treat, stay in the Owner’s Suite, measuring 40msq with two balconies, outstanding views of the property and main pool and a private jacuzzi.
Venture our for beach horse riding, dolphin watching, sailing and golf. Or stay put, work on your wellness, take to two wheels or simply enjoy the exquisite cuisine and wine on offer.
Located 30km to the east of Lisbon just outside of Cascais, The Oitavos is ultimate five star luxury. Beautifully designed rooms, lofts and suites have incredible ocean and golf course views. The Forte is a 120sqm exclusive private villa set among the greens of Oitavos Dunes and with 360º views of the Atlantic Ocean, Cabo da Roca (continental Europe’s westernmost point) and the hills of Sintra.
The Oitavos is perfect for golfers, spa-lovers and anyone in need of a wellbeing fix. Equestrians can take to the dunes or do some serious dressage training at the Oitavos Equestrian Centre. Golfers will love the Golf-In-Golf-Out Oitavos Dunes course, ranked at number one in Portugal by Golf Magazine, and the only course in Portugal to make its top 100 in the world list.
The Oitavos is perfect for golfing groups and families who want to unwind with activities and sports in a stunning location within easy reach of the sights of Lisbon.
PENHA LONGA RESORT
Situated within national parkland on the southern Sintra Mountains and just minutes from vibrant Cascais, Penha Longa Resort is a breathtakingly beautiful resort which includes a luxurious hotel, a 19th Century palace originally a 14th Century monastery, two spectacular golf courses and a stunning spa which uses the prestigious luxury brand Natura Bissé.
The golf course features 27 world class holes designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr and is escapist golf at its best. Its bold drives, courageous approaches and artful greens, give an adrenalin rush and a soothing journey through one of Portugal’s most beautiful landscapes.
Away from the fairways, guests can take part in culinary experiences, tennis coaching, take to the ocean and visit historic Lisbon, Cascais, Estoril and Sintra.
Away from Portugal’s beautiful beaches and glorious golf courses, is the vibrant city of Lisbon. Well known for centuries of culture, Lisbon should be on everyone’s list for a superb city break. It’s such an easy city to get around and wander the streets in balmy weather. Take a Tuk-Tuk to the castle, or ride the Lisbon Tram 28 through the city. Enjoy the outdoor cafe culture, and get immersed in the Time Out Market for some of the best informal dining that you’ll find anywhere in the world.
Head out to Belem Tower (below) where it would be wrong to not have a custard tart or two at the nearby world-famous Pastéis de Belém. And after all that time spent wandering the Lisbon streets, indulge in the incredible Corinthia Lisbon spa and let your stress melt away. Just one of the many reasons why we love the Corinthia Lisbon.
PORT & GOLFING TOUR
But why stay in just one place? Our port tasting and golf playing two week tour will take you from Lisbon out to The Oitavos, on to Porto and then set sail up the Duoro River for the Douro Valley wine region where you’ll have the opportunity to blend your own bottle of Port to take home.
This is a delightful two week treat for Port and wine lovers, culture enthusiasts and golfing fanatics. Stay at sublime hotels such as The Oitavos, Corinthia Lisbon and the Six Senses Douro Valley for ultimate luxury and relaxation.