Vidago Palace Hotel, Portugal

One hour from the colour-splashed town of Porto, the mountain-flanked Vidago Palace Hotel is situated in Vidago National Park, home to four natural thermal springsFriday, November 4, 2016

By National Geographic Traveller The Collection

One hour from the colour-splashed town of Porto, the mountain-flanked Vidago Palace Hotel is situated in Vidago National Park, home to four natural thermal springs. This hotel combines the architectural opulence of the Belle Epoque with the minimalist architecture of a sleek modern spa, designed by Pritzker-winning architect Alvaro Siza Vieira.

Dating back to 1910, the doors to the spa first opened as King Carlos I attempted to match the grandeur of other palaces across Europe. Now, since its centennial reopening in 2010, Vidago offers 70 luxurious rooms and suites for travellers seeking a rural Portuguese getaway. Behind its coral-pink facade, each light-flooded room gives a nod to days gone by, with a mix of Beiriz tapestries, chaises longues, vast bathrooms with retro mosaic flooring, and views over the park’s lush canopy of trees.

Part of Vidago’s appeal sits beyond its four walls: the centenary park sprawls over acres of shady glades, lakes and colourful plants, including camellia japonica and grandiflora magnolia. From there, the award-winning golf course weaves its way, tempting visitors to stay outside a few hours more — if the spa doesn’t coax them back indoors.

The local therapeutic natural mineral waters are incorporated into treatments, along with the region’s famed honey and olive oil — not forgetting its wine and rich gastronomy, of course. With its sharp architectural lines and yards of white marble, the wellness centre is a cool, calming space in which to unwind. There are 18 treatment rooms and two couples’ suites, a hammam, heated outdoor vitality pool, plus two pools for swimming, sauna and meditation, and a fitness centre and juice bar for post-workout refuelling.

Six restaurants and bars cover a variety of interior settings — from the velvet banquettes amid lush indoor greenery in the Garden Conservatory, to the Four Seasons Room, decked out in the style of an 18th-century literary salon, with its copper-coated silk paper walls.

One of the Leading Hotels of the World, Vidago Palace is a remarkable global landmark, a 45- minute drive from the UNESCO-listed Douro Valley.

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Stroll through the 250-acre Vidago centenary park, home to a tranquil lake, colourful plants and four thermal springs

Need to know

Key Facilities

• 70 rooms and suites
• Thermal spa
• 18-hole golf course
• 6 restaurants
• Conference centre seating 264
• 7 meeting rooms

Contact Information

vidagopalace.com
T: +351 276 990 900
E: reservations@vidagopalace.com

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