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The interior design enthusiast is always on the look-out for the perfect interior design project, and when they go on vacation, their hunt doesn’t stop either. So today, we choose some of the best hotels in Portugal – the editor’s home country – for the interior design enthusiast!
Portugal has it all: from medieval castles to cobblestone villas, captivating cities and golden beaches; great food, a wide variety of traditional dishes and a rich history – the idyllic scenery is just the beginning. Vila Nova de Foz Côa has 20,000 year old sone carvings, mysterious megaliths outside of Évora and elaborate corridors of Unesco World Heritage Sites in Tomar, Belém, Alcobaça or Batalha.
In the countryside of Portugal, beauty unfolds. One can go hiking amid the granite peaks of Parque Nacional da Peneda-Gerês or take in the pristine scenery and historic villages of the little-explored Beiras. Over 800km of coast offers more places to soak up the splendour. Gaze out over dramatic end-of-the-world cliffs, surf stellar breaks off dune-covered beaches or laze peacefully on sandy islands fronting calm blue seas.
The Six Senses Douro Valley is surrounded by ancient vineyards, this area in Portugal is the oldest demarcated wine region in the world, the hotel has a contemporary personality with beautiful chandeliers made of wine bottles, innovative see of cork flooring, and a unique Wine Library and Terrace.
The guestrooms, suites and villas are decorated in modern and sleek designs with large windows taking in beautiful Douro River views. The Six Senses Douro Valley‘s spa has an indoor pool and ten treatment rooms. The hotel is designed with a chic and modern feel with an emphasis on sustainable design.
The Four Seasons Hotel Ritz Lisbon recently underwent a renovation of its guestrooms, suite, also unveiling a new outdoor swimming pool, outdoor bar and terrace. The Portuguese architecture studio OITOEMPONTO was appointed in 2019 to breathe new life into the guest rooms and suites at the iconic hotel.
Four Seasons Hotel Lisbon also opened a new restaurant – CURA – where the Chef and head culinary curator Pedro Pena Bastos meticulously selects ingredients, drawing from Lisbon’s rich regional palette to create seasonal, artisanal dishes such as squid with hazelnut, bergamot, roasted seaweed butter and Ossetra caviar.
The Pestana Palácio do Freixo is a five-star hotel and was classified in 1910 as a National Monument due to being a unique example of Baroque architecture. The Palácio do Freixo setting is that of an urban resort, with breathtaking views of the Douro River, being a member of The Leading Hotels of the World. The hotel is characterised by its sumptuous 18th-century architecture, built by Nicolau Nasoni, one of the most important architects that helped Porto become a World Heritage Site.
The Lumiares is a five-star boutique hotel located at the heart of the city, paying homage to Lisbon’s colours, patterns and light. Designed in collaboration with Portuguese brands, makers and artists, the beautiful apartment-like rooms are designed to feel like a five-star home away from home.
The Lumiares Boutique Hotel is situated in a Lisbon quarter home to a bohemian mishmash of everyday residents, artists and merchants’ studios, restaurants, quirky shops, lively bars and cafes; a warren of asymmetrical buildings with mismatched facades of varying heights and hues, its narrow streets and pavements cobbled in Lisbon’s iconic square paving stones.
Douro41 Hotel & Spa has sixty-one rooms and five suites, undergoing a renovation during 2018 and 2019 to showcase modern minimalist lines, whilst maintaining the comfort and elegance of a unique luxury property. The hotel is in harmony with the river and the mountains surrounding it – a prime example of this are the two outdoor swimming pools, both infinite, where guests almost feel part of the landscape. With a contemporary design, neutral tones and architecture that enhances the Douro River’s beauty, the Douro41 Hotel & Spa is the ultimate luxurious getaway.
W Algarve was due to open in April, however it was postponed to October 2021. The hotel is the first resort project outside of Asia for the interior design studio AB Concept who have been working closely with Divercity Architects. W Algarve will have one-houndred and thrity-four rooms and suites as well as eighty-three residences with a modern style harmonised with local influences.
Each room connects with large private balconies, while duplex living adds style to the WOW suites, all offering coastal rooftop views. AB Concept, led by Ed Ng and Terence Ngan, has taken the region’s rugged coastlines, green meadows and vineyards as inspiration for the interior design scheme, using sandy neutrals, greens and blues throughout the hotel.
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