My husband and l have just spent two nights at this stunning old palace which we both thoroughly enjoyed. It is a very large building and the breakfast room & dining room are vast but beautifully decorated. We went out locally to dinner the first night to a small restaurant which they had recommended called Quinta Des Carvalhos which was in walking distance and then dined in the following night. The meal in the dining room was excellent and there were other tables occupied but don't expect a cosy atmosphere as it is such a large room. The staff were all charming and helpful and looked after us extremely well. We are golf players and the golf course is stunning especially when you start playing the holes away from the old course in the park and go up on the hillside. The greens are very well kept and other than at weekends the course is not too busy. We loved our games there but managed to lose a few balls as in the first 5 holes there are some deep ditches with water in so next time we will have a scoop with us! I also used the spa & had a delightful young lady who fitted me in for a treatment. The Manager was charming and helpful as well as the golf pro in the golf shop and we really did thoroughly enjoy our stay. It is a bit out of the way but really only one and a half hours from Porto on excellent roads. We will definitely be back for a return visit.
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- 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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