Vila Galé Sintra: The perfect weekend escape

This Portuguese resort tucked in the hills ticks all the boxes for a luxury stay with a focus on health and wellbeing

Published 20 Jan 2019, 12:21 GMT, Updated 30 Dec 2021, 16:50 GMT
Set in the rolling green Sintra Mountains, this is the ultimate luxury getaway
Set in the rolling green Sintra Mountains, this is the ultimate luxury getaway

Set among the green foothills of Portugal's Sintra Mountains, there's a cool, modern vibe running through Vila Galé Sintra. Guests can unwind in the relaxed rooms, all chic and contemporary with a neutral palette: expect plenty of light streaming through the large windows; huge, comfortable beds with crisp, white bedding; spacious bathrooms; a fully stocked minibar of healthy drinks and snacks; and free wi fi.

Away from the chic boudoirs, however, are sunbeds clustered around the large, glassy swimming pools, where you can gaze longingly at Sintra's dewy forests, rippling hillsides and the golden-hued Pena Palace. The cavernous lobby is bright and airy and adorned with pendant lamps and large seating areas for lounging.  And the foodie offering sets a benchmark for superb healthy eating — think breakfasts of just-squeezed juices alongside dishes of fresh fish and excellent salads. There's also a gym, tennis courts and fitness area, all setting the tone for an unashamedly healthy break.

A carousel keeps children entertained

Kids are kept busy, too, from the on-site play park where tots can swing in the mountain air, to workshops, a children's pool and a soft play centre. There's also a retro-style carousel that'll excite guests of all ages.

But the emphasis at this slick, stylish bolthole is very much on wellness. The spa is kitted out with a Jacuzzi, Turkish bath and sauna, where guests can escape for a range of beauty treatments and massages. The medical spa, meanwhile, is your first port of call for some deeper restorative changes. Here, knowledgeable staff are on hand to design bespoke programmes for each and every guest to restore both mind and body back to a natural equilibrum. Whether you're seeking information on a balanced diet or dietary re-education; in need of expert advice on a particular medical issue; desire a simple check-up; or are looking to quit smoking; rest assured you're in capable hands with a stay at Vila Galé Sintra.  

If you can tear yourself away from all of this, the hotel is a mere hop from UNESCO World Heritage Site of Sintra, rolling hills dotted with sun-faded manors, and the pounding surf of the Atlantic. With offerings like these, Vile Galé Sintra really is much more than a place to sleep.

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