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By Zahra Al-Kateb | January 4 2007
Whether a sumptuous bed, a spectacular view or service beyond compare – choose from our stunning selection
Located atop one of Lisbon’s famous seven hills, Four Seasons Hotel Ritz Lisbon offers stunning panoramic views over the city, including Eduardo VII Park, the Old Town, St.
George’s Moorish castle and the River Tagus. This magnificent ten-storey building provides 282 guest rooms and suites, each with grand, elegant interiors and luxurious 18th century replica furnishings. The hotel also boasts fine Portuguese tapestries, paintings and sculptures, leaving guests in no doubt as to why the Four Seasons is considered Lisbon’s finest hotel. The Four Seasons Hotel Ritz Lisbon’s rooftop fitness center offers a range of facilities, including a 400-meter outdoor running track. Guests can also unwind in the spa and pool, and enjoy gourmet dining at the hotel’s Varanda restaurant. Four Seasons Hotel Ritz Lisbon offers the elite traveler one of the city’s most exclusive experiences.
Why we love it: The Presidential Suite is one of the most luxurious in Lisbon. Situated on the hotel’s top floor it offers spectacular views across the capital’s historic quarter to the River Tagus. Step through the majestic marble entrance and you’ll find an enormous living room, a marble bathroom, an executive work desk and a private dining room – all furnished and decorated in an elegant imperial style. The suite can be extended to two bedrooms, with the addition of a connecting room.
Guilherme Augusto Costa, General Manager
+351 213 811 400
Rua Rodrigo da Fonseca 88, 1099-039
Located in Lisbon’s prestigious Lapa quarter – the traditional residence of Portugal’s nobility – the Olissippo Lapa Palace Hotel has an enviable position on a hilltop among beautiful sub-tropical gardens.
Built in the 19th century, the Lapa Palace offers a luxurious retreat for today’s elite traveler. Combining elegant, traditional décor with stunning panoramic views across the city, the Olissipo Lapa Palace has played host to a long list of famous names, from international royalty to President Bush and REM. The hotel’s gardens and pool area offer the perfect place to unwind and the spa offers guests more than 50 different treatments. The Restaurante Lapa, under expert guidance from Maitre d’ Chainho de Oliveira, has a seasonally changing menu featuring the freshest local produce. If you can tear yourself away from this haven of luxury, the Olissippo Lapa Palace is just a short drive from Lisbon’s best shopping areas.
Why we love it: Situated on the fifth floor of the original 1870 Palace, the Royal Suite’s spacious rooms are decorated in original 19th century style with replica furnishings made in the north of Portugal by renowned local craftsmen. In addition to a terrace overlooking the gardens and city, the room features a large marble bathroom with a Jacuzzi, as well as a kingsize bed with separate closet space. The Royal can be converted into a two- or three-bedroom suite.
Fernando Maia, Managing Director
+351 213 949 494
Rua do Pau da Bandeira 4, 1249
Palácio Belmonte is one of Lisbon’s most uniquely beautiful and relaxing hotels, located in the city’s oldest palace and former home of the Earl of Belmonte.
Painstakingly restored yet retaining its historical charm and character, Palácio Belmonte offers ten unique suites each with their own outstanding features, including Roman and Islamic towers offering incredible 360-degree views over the city. All suites combine traditional craftsmanship with natural modern designs and amenities, in addition to a Mediterranean Garden and a black marble pool. As you’d expect with such high levels of customer service, Palácio Belmonte also offers private massages and therapies. In addition, elite travelers can enjoy gourmet cuisine from Michelin-starred chef José Avillez, on the terraces, in the beautiful gardens or in the dining rooms.
Why we love it: Key features: Palácio Belmonte offers ten extraordinary suites, but the Bartolomeu De Gusmao is especially stunning. Located in an historic 8th century Moorish tower this stunning three-level double suite offers superb panoramic views from its private terrace across Lisbon’s old Alfama district and the majestic Tejo river. The unusual octagonal living room features a high ceiling and is decorated with original 18th azulejos tile panels. The Bartolomeu De Gusmão is a truly unique suite and a real slice of Lisbon’s colorful history.
Nelson Carvalheiro, Chief Concierge
+351 218 816 600
Páteo Dom Fradique 14, 1100
One of Europe’s most exclusive retreats, Penha Longa Hotel Spa & Golf Resort is located among the truly stunning surroundings of the Sintra Mountains and Estoril coastal region of Portugal.
Dating back to the 14th century, this grand palazzo-style estate has been the choice of European royals and dignitaries for centuries. Just minutes away from the enchanting towns of Sintra, Cascais and the capital Lisbon, this charming, romantic hotel is perfect for the elite traveler who enjoys luxury amid lush rolling hills, beautiful gardens and shimmering mountain lakes. The resort features three golf courses, including the ‘Atlantic’ designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr, which is one of the top 30 courses in Europe. What better way to relax after a round of golf than in the hotel’s spa, which offers nine treatment rooms, a stunning garden Jacuzzi and two swimming pools. Penha Longa has three restaurants including the Arola, run by two Michelin-starred chef Sergi Arola, in addition to a Japanese restaurant and two cocktail bars.
Why we love it: This majestic two-bedroom suite is designed for royalty and features private marble bathrooms, a living room with fireplace, an office, kitchenette and a dining room seating ten guests. The master bedroom also boasts a private sauna and Jacuzzi. With two balconies and a terrace providing spectacular views over the palace and the surrounding mountains, the Imperial is one of the most stunning and luxurious suites in Portugal.
Ana Gorjão Henriques, General Manager
+351 219 249 041
Estrada da Lagoa Azul, Sintra-Linhó, 2714