Just a two hour, £200 flight, an hour by car and you're in the beautiful environment that is the Vidago Palace. The otehr 5 star reviews say most things but to reiterate..this is a beautifully restored Palace built in 1910 and very much in the art deco style. Amazing dining hall with a grand, Edwardian dinner party feel. Take your black tie and you won't be out of place but it is not at all stuffy.
Rooms are good if a little small but with quite spectacular bathrooms. All have terrific views to the front.
Staff are very attentive and a great concierge will guide you to a wonderful day out in the Douro Valley. (Lunch at Quinta Nova is an absolute must!).
Go for a weekend or a week or more but do go, Vidago Palace is great!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Long-revered as a spa retreat among Europe's elite - who came to benefit from the famed mineral waters of Vidago - Vidago Palace is a legend reborn.First opened in 1910, Vidago Palace was created to provide its discerning clientele with rooms and facilities fit for a king. One hundred years later, after extensive restoration and renovations, the newly decorated Vidago Palace invites today’s traveller to be captivated by its Belle Epoque charm, championship golf course, state-of-the-art spa and 5 star hotel services.Surrounded by natural beauty, Vidago Palace is an outstanding luxury hotel in Portugal, the prefect venue for weddings and events and a proud member of Leading Hotels of the World.Among the most famous historic luxury hotels in Portugal, Vidago Palace is magnificent yet inviting, combining the grandeur of a palace with the warmth of a country home.Surrounded by mountains and 250 acres of mature woods and parkland, Vidago Palace enjoys a tranquil setting – perfect for a relaxing and restorative stay. The pure country air and lush grounds, artfully dotted with ornate mineral-water pavilions, provide visitors with a welcome tonic to the trials of modern life.Inside, the grand staircase, high ceilings, large reception rooms and sweeping views lend themselves to Vidago Palace’s magical atmosphere.A showcase for traditional craftsmanship, Vidago Palace is resplendent with hand-loomed rugs, elaborate tiling and hand-painted wall-coverings – all designed to respect and enhance the building’s illustrious past.The interior architects Jose Pedro Lopes Vieira and Diogo Rosa Là, in collaboration with renowned architect Alvaro Siza Vieira and with the support of the Palace’s owners, UNICER, worked diligently to recapture and surpass Vidago Palace’s splendour. ... more less
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