Healthy hotels in Portugal

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Portugal has remarkable hotels to recharge your batteries. Here is a great selection to enjoy water, mountains, sand and alternative treatments.


/// SPA Hotels ///

Pedras Salgadas Spa & Nature Park, Gerês

Bornes de Aguiar \\\ +351 259 437 140 \\\ \\\ A partir de €200

At Pedras Salgadas Park there are two accommodation options: lofty tree-houses and eco-houses, which have their feet firmly on the ground , designed by architect Siza Vieira. Whatever you choose, both focus on simplicity, comfort and respect for the environment. Guests have free access to the park infrastructure and services, including thermal spa, mini golf, outdoor pool, children’s playground, tennis court and the Casa de Chá restaurant.


Vidago Palace Hotel, Vidago

Alameda Dr. António Viana, 2, Vidago \\\ +351 276 990 900 \\\ \\\ From €250

Commissioned by King Carlos and inaugurated in 1910, a century after it opened the Palace underwent major refurbishment, recapturing the splendour of times past. Boasting 70 rooms and suites, one of its five stars goes to the building’s renovation, another to the magical forest surrounding it, a third goes to the golf course, redesigned from the original (1936), a fourth is for the Salão Nobre and Jardim de Inverno, two of the Palace’s four restaurants, and the fifth goes to the remarkable spa.


Aqua Village Health Resort & SPA, Penalva do Alva

Avenida Principal, 1, Penalva de Alva, Oliveira do Hospital \\\ +351 238 249 040 \\\ \\\ From €140

A five star establishment dedicated to health and well-being. It has 29 spacious one and two-bedroom apartments that come fully-equipped. Guests can prepare their own meals using the apartment kitchenettes or enjoy the regional dishes served at the Roots Restaurant & Bar. Aqua Village also has a small cinema, library and meeting rooms, but the real attraction is the magnificent spa that uses the thermal springs for its swimming pools and numerous treatments.


H2otel, Unhais da Serra

Avenida das Termas, Unhais da Serra \\\ +351 275 970 020 \\\ \\\ From €140

This intimate mountain hotel in Parque Natural da Serra Estrela blends in with the landscape. It has 90 rooms (17 suites) with a breath-taking view over the Alforfa glacial valley. The restaurant serves local dishes, as well as vegetarian and light menus – tailored to diners, after nutritional assessment. It also has a direct link to the Aquadome.



/// Mountain hotels ///

Six Senses Douro Valley, Samodães

Quinta de Vale Abraão, Samodães, Lamego \\\ +351 254 660 600 \\\ \\\ From €290

Purchased by the Six Senses hotel chain, Quinta do Vale Abraão (scene of Vale Abraão, Agustina Bessa-Luís’s novel made into a film by Manoel de Oliveira), near Lamego, is one of the Douro’s most charismatic estates and perfect for exploring the Serra do Alvão. A combination of 19th-century romantic architecture with contemporary solutions, surrounded by gardens and vineyards, the manor house has 57 elegant rooms and suites, however, what makes it special is the trio of the restaurant, which serves excellent regional gastronomy with produce direct from the kitchen garden, the wine cellar, with a wide variety of Douro wines, and the magnificent spa, which has ten treatment rooms, gymnasium and indoor swimming pool. If you’re travelling with the family, you can stay in one of the villas, which have an outdoor pool.


Pousada da Serra da Estrela, Covilhã

Estrada Nacional 339, Covilhã \\\ +351 21 040 7660 \\\ \\\ From €100

Having been abandoned for decades, the former Serra da Estrela Sanatorium was reconverted into a hotel by the Pousadas de Portugal group, designed by the architect Souto de Moura (Prize Pritzker, 2011). Located on one of the mountain slopes, it enjoys incredible views over Cova da Beira. The building’s vintage heritage can be seen all around. The 92 rooms are simple but both elegant and comfortable. Guests can also enjoy the restaurant, bar, games room, Kids’ Club and gardens, where there is an outdoor swimming pool. The Magic Spa has a sauna, Turkish bath, heated indoor pool and various face and body treatments.


Quinta Lamosa, Gerês 

Lugar da Zebra, Gondoriz, Arcos de Valdevez \\\ +351 91 450 9049 \\\ \\\ From €150 (2 nights)

Perfectly camouflaged against the background of the Gerês landscape and architecture, this ecological agro-tourism facility is near Arcos de Valdevez and the national park, offering four rustic houses. The modern Casa da Corte, the wooden Casa da Árvore, and two Casas do Espigueiro that use the structures traditionally used in the region to store cereals. Well equipped, in addition to two bedrooms, the houses have a living room and kitchen. The verdant landscape and proximity to the River Vez invites outdoor activities, such as hiking, fishing, kayaking, cycling and horse riding.


Caramulo Congress Hotel & Spa, Caramulo

Avenida Dr. Abel Lacerda, Caramulo \\\ +351 232 860 100 \\\ \\\ From €45

The hotel uses the facilities of the former Caramulo Sanatorium, with 87 rooms and views of the Besteiros Valley and surrounding mountains. The indoor and outdoor swimming pools, the Golden Sense spa with health and beauty treatments, as well as the fitness centre are just some of the facilities guests can enjoy. The O País restaurant serves traditional Portuguese cuisine. In addition to the meeting rooms and the congress centre, there are lovely and relaxing gardens.



/// Beach hotels ///

Hotel Vila Galé Collection Palácio dos Arcos, Oeiras

Largo do Conde das Alcáçovas, 3, Paço de Arcos \\\ +351 21 049 3200 \\\ \\\ From €204

The perfect place for anyone visiting Avencas, in Parede. First impressions are of poetry and charm in a late 15th-century palace, rebuilt 300 years later. The 5-star comfort combines with artistic heritage that includes poems by Portuguese authors that decorate the walls. The historic centres of Lisbon and Cascais are a 15-minute drive away.

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Tivoli Palácio de Seteais, Sintra

Rua Barbosa du Bocage, 8 \\\ +351 21 923 3200 \\\ \\\ From €405

Enjoy Magoito beach with a couple of nights at the sumptuous Tivoli Palácio de Seteais, just a few kilometres away, with centuries of history and sophistication in a special palatial atmosphere. This year’s new feature is the Anantara Spa, offering treatments, such as a full body massage with lomi-lomi techniques and hot cataplasms with rosemary, sandalwood and orange blossom, which help relaxation and relieve tension.

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Pestana Dom João II, Alvor 

Praia do Alvor \\\ +351 282 400 700 \\\ \\\ From €179

In addition to quality of the Pestana Group, the great advantage of this hotel is its proximity to the sea and Vau beach, as well as the town centre and Alvor ria. There are two outdoor saltwater pools surrounded by lush, calm gardens, as well as a restaurant, three bars and the Pestana Kids Club.

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Pestana Colombos All Inclusive, Porto Santo

Estrada Regional 120, Sítio do Campo de Baixo \\\ +351 291 144 050 \\\ \\\ From €309

The name says it all. Forget all your worries and enjoy a 5-star establishment, where everything is included. A minute’s walk from the beach and warm, clear waters, in Porto Santo, the other of the Madeira archipelago’s islands, the temperate climate remains practically the same all year round. The indoor and outdoor swimming pools, as well as boardwalk access to the beach, offer a relaxing time, surrounded by good taste.

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Design&Wine Hotel, Caminha

Praça Conselheiro Silva Torres \\\ +351 258 719 040 \\\ \\\ From €62

Excellent for those going to Moledo beach, this 4-star hotel combines modern comfort with historical heritage in an 18th-century Minho manor house that boasts technology and tradition. The focus, as the name implies, is on wines, from north to south, with a wine bar with separate entrance from the hotel.



/// Alternative hotels ///

Zmar, Odemira

Herdade A-de-Mateus, Longueira, Almograve \\\ + 351 283 690 010 \\\ \\\ From €37,50

This eco-camping site provides accommodation for all budgets. Boasting the sea and Alentejo landscape, the 81 hectares offer camping or different wooden structures. There are also treatments with olive tree extract and essential oils from wild flowers, and for massages with Chinese pindas, not forgetting yoga and relaxation sessions.

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Casas do Côro, Marialva 

Largo do Côro, Mêda \\\ +351 91 755 2020 \\\ \\\ From €150

In the Beira Interior region, a couple who worked in the textile industry rejuvenated the soul of the historic village of Marialva. From the original ruins, there are now 12 houses. The eco-sustainable suite can be found amongst the cork oaks and there’s an eco-friendly spa with a panoramic Turkish bath and sauna. Enjoy being immersed in nature.


Brejo da Amada, Grândola

Herdade da Comporta \\\ +351 269 440 007 \\\ \\\ From €75

Surrounded by nature, it combines comfort and total freedom of spirit and mind. Lakes, gardens, old trees and natural sounds evoke the spiritual side of Brejo da Amada, which has bungalows and suites in the main house. During the retreats, there are hatha yoga and meditation classes with Maria João Viana. For inner well-being, try the relaxation massages and shiatsu.


Grande Real Santa Eulália, Albufeira 

Praia de Santa Eulália \\\ +351 289 598 000 \\\ \\\ From €285

Facing the beach, this Algarve resort has everything you need: rooms and flats, not to mention four restaurants, a nightclub and the Real Thalasso Spa. Offering a unique sensory experience, there is a wide range of thalassotherapy and hydrotherapy treatments and massages (an Atlantic living water circuit, heated with whirlpool jets and air bubbles, sauna and Turkish bath).


by Patrícia Brito, Augusto Freitas de Sousa and Manuel Simões


More SPA hotels

Grande Hotel do Luso, Luso

Rua Dr. José Cid de Oliveira, 86, Luso, Mealhada \\\ +351 231 937 937 \\\ \\\ From €80

Situated on the slopes of the mystical Buçaco mountains, this iconic hotel was designed by the architect Cassiano Branco in the 1970s and has dominated the landscape of the spa town of Luso ever since. Recently refurbished, it has 132 rooms, a restaurant, bar, Olympic swimming pool, indoor pool, squash court, children's playground and gardens.


Hotel do Parque, São Pedro do Sul

Rua do Serrado, Várzea \\\ +351 232 723 461 \\\ \\\ A partir de €70

Located on the banks of the Vouga River, next to the São Pedro do Sul springs, it offers 100 rooms, all with private balcony. Other highlights include the Varanda do Parque restaurant, which serves regional and international dish, the Aristocrático piano bar and the health club and spa with sauna, jacuzzi, indoor heated pool, massages, squash court and gym.


Villa Termal das Caldas de Monchique Spa Resort

Rua de Caldas de Monchique, Monchique \\\ +351 282 910 910 \\\ \\\ From €50

There are five charming accommodation options. Most of the buildings date back to the 19th century, but have been converted to offer different choices and services. Choose between the D. Francisco apartments, the D. Lourenço lodge and the Central, D. Carlos and Termal hotels. The thermal spa includes an indoor whirlpool and outdoor pools.


Hotel Águas do Gerês

Avenida Manuel Francisco da Costa, Gerês \\\ +351 253 390 190 \\\ \\\ From €70

Located at the heart of the resort, opposite the springs and spa, this hotel was completely rebuilt in 2012, while retaining the charm of the past. Its major asset is combining accommodation, meals, spa, nature hikes and special treatments. It has 55 rooms, two suites, a restaurant with resident nutritionist, a games rooms, park and swimming pools.


More mountain hotels

Casa do Ouvidor, Açores

Estrada Regional 22, São Miguel Arcanjo, São Roque do Pico, Pico, Açores \\\ +351 91 726 4622 \\\ \\\ From €150

This rural tourism facility near São Roque do Pico offers a magnificent view of the sea and the island of São Jorge, located directly opposite. Made up of three houses, it allows guests great independence, as well as the chance to enjoy the swimming pool, solarium, garden, hammocks and jacuzzi. Each house has two bedrooms, a living room and kitchen, and comes equipped with all creature comforts.


Eira do Serrado Hotel & Spa, Madeira

Curral das Freiras, Funchal, Madeira \\\ +351 291 710 060 \\\ \\\ From €75

Located in the heart of the island, among the mountains and surrounded by exotic vegetation, the hotel has a great view over the valley, overlooking the picturesque Curral das Freiras, seemingly bypassed by time. The 26 rooms are comfortable and decorated in soft tones, with private balconies. In addition to the restaurant, which serves traditional Madeiran cuisine, and the bar, guests can enjoy the well-being centre with indoor pool, jacuzzi, fitness room, sauna and Turkish bath.


More beach hotels

Casa d’Arriba, Peniche

Largo de Nossa Senhora da Consolação \\\ +351 262 759 333 \\\ \\\ From €80

This guesthouse is housed in an 18th-century building restored in 2003, respecting the original style, while introducing modern, comfortable features. Close to Consolação beach, this is a great option for calmer, more family-friendly accommodation with three bright studios - Verde, Amarelo and Azul (Green, Yellow and Blue) – with an ocean view.


Aldeamento Turístico Camarido, Caminha

Lugar da Joaninha, Cristelo \\\ +351 258 722 130 \\\ \\\ From €150 

The 32 apartments function as a small village in the middle of the Camarido National Forest, in Moledo, between mountains and the sea, as well as being close to the beaches of the Atlantic Ocean and fluvial beaches of the River Minho and River Coura. It offers a quiet, relaxing and safe environment, ideal for families and groups.


Água hotels Riverside, Ferragudo

Quinta do Parchal \\\ + 351 282 490 300 \\\ \\\ From €144

Boasting stunning landscape overlooking the Arade River and a stone’s throw from Vau beach, hotel guests have a private boat. This is a “hotel for everyone”, specially designed for guests with different levels of mobility. 45 minutes from Faro International Airport and 1.5 kilometres from the picturesque village of Ferragudo.


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