Regal Accommodations in Portugal

Regal Accommodations in Portugal
Once a relatively unknown destination, Portugal is making a big splash these days on the tourism scene, luring travelers of all ages to its scenic shores.

For honeymooners, romance is around every corner ? especially in some of the legendary castles and palaces once inhabited by Portuguese nobility.

If you?d like to start married life like a prince and princess, there are many options to choose from, all of them showcasing 21st creature comforts, yet offering that allure of a kinder, gentler world.

Some Monumental Choices:

Quinta das Lagrimas. (Garden of Tears). The scene, in the 14th century, of King Pedro and his mistress, Ines de Castro, this member of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World offers a truly royal respite. There are 52 elegant rooms and suites in several categories located in either the palace or in the newer garden and spa buildings. Two pools, a nine-hole pitch and putt course and a full-service spa provide relaxation. Dining is served in the elegant Arcadas Restaurant and the more casual Pedro & Ines.

Tivoli Palacio de Seteais. Dating from 1787, this posh palace is now a UNESCO World Heritage site and luxury boutique hotel. The 30 elegant rooms boast rich decor, priceless antiques and impeccable services, assuring you a regal experience. The classy restaurant dishes up tasty cuisine as well as live piano music, while the cozy wine bar is a romantic place for a nightcap. A pool and small spa are an added draw.

Pousada Castelo de Obidos. This luxurious boutique hotel is tucked into in a 12th century castle given by King Dinis to his wife Queen Isabel on their wedding day on this site in 1282. What could be a better recommendation! There are 14 rooms inside the castle, three of them in the tower, and in an attached Cottage House. All of them boast first class creature comforts such as: TV, mini-bar, safe, toiletries, robes and free Wi-Fi.The on-site restaurant dishes up tasty regional cuisine. The picturesque town of Obidos promises lots to explore.

Bussaco Palace Hotel.This fairytale palace built in 1885 for the last king of Portugal is tucked into the proverbial enchanted forest and is reputed to be one of the most romantic hotels in the world. Ornate period architecture lining sweeping corridors adorned with typical blue azulejos (tiles) lead to 60 spacious guestrooms and suites. Throughout, you?ll find trappings of old Portugal enhanced by some modern-day amenities. You won?t get a lot of 21st century frills, but all rooms, some with private terrace, promise a memorable stay. The formal dining room presents the perfect backdrop to a romantic dinner highlighted by regional fare.

Palácio Belmonte. Perched atop a hill in Lisbon, construction on this distinguished palace began in 1449 and was home to Portuguese nobility for some 500 years. You won’t find TVs anywhere, but you will find hospitality befitting royalty in any of the 10 unique suites furnished with classical as well as 21st century amenities. Lush gardens showcase a black marble infinity swimming pool and a wide terrace revealing breath-taking views of the ancient Alfama District below.

Pestana Palacio do Freixo. Located on the banks of the Rio Douro, less than two miles from the World Heritage City of Porto, this luxurious hotel features 87 rooms and suites tucked into two historic buildings: an 18th century palace once owned by Portuguese nobility and a 19th century soap factory. A member of the prestigious Leading Hotels of the World, you're guaranteed a regal experience throughout. With two swimming pools - outdoor and indoor - a Turkish bath, Jacuzzi and Magic Spa, you?ll have time to relax. The romantic Bar Nasoni is the place for wonderful river views, all day dining and regional wines, while Palatium Restaurant dishes up more formal fare.

No matter which historic lodging you opt for, you?ll be treated like royalty throughout this genteel country.

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