Wonderful four night stay at the Vidago Palace. Exceptional service across the board, very smart yet entirely unstuffy or pretentious. Not a huge amount to do in the hotel's environs, but who cares with a spa, pool, restaurant and sunshine like that. Furthest we got was about 200 yards up the road to try the excellent and reasonable food at the Quinta dos Cavelleros (or something like that) on a couple of nights.
Had a few treatments at the spa, hands down star experience was the Vichy Scrub, bit like a human car wash. Sigh...Also started the spa water drinking therapy, although was too lazy to do the requisite 1/2 walks between sips and ended up poolside with a cold Super Bock after a couple of days instead.
Pool great, best place to park oneself up the hill behind the pool on one of the nicely-spaced apart pairs of loungers, surrounded by trees and the occasional cicada chirp.
Restaurant not cheap but good, in the most amazing cavernous ballroom. Lots of amuse bouches and a wonderful sommelier, Vito (I think!) who would pour my glass of sublime vinho verde in two halves to make sure it stayed the perfect temperature.
Room was top notch, very comfy bed, a tonne of books on art and architecture, huge bathroom, Molton Brown bits and all very farrow and ball.
Bar area great, and a thank you to Luis who served me most evenings, with very Portuguese-style generosity on the measures of vinho verde or occasional white port.
Staying now at a five star, luxury hotel of the world place in Porto before heading home, and can honestly say doesn't live up to the Vidago in any shape or form. The service at the latter about the best I've ever experienced.
As for the breakfasts...well I don't want to give it all away...enjoy!!!
- 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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