As I was googling places to stay for our Azores trip, I came across the WHITE Exclusive Suites & Villas. A “wow!”, escaped from my lips. I browsed a bit more in the picture galleries and I knew right away — this is it, let me at it!
São Miguel, the main island of the Azores chain is also the largest one. It is often called “the green island” because of the flora that covers it.
During our Azores stay, we spent four nights at the Santa Barbara Eco-Beach Resort. For a hotel location, it can’t be beat — and the owners Rodrigo and João knew it, too.
Porto is the port wine capital. My first priority in this city therefore is clear: nip from the little port wine glass! And I certainly plan to indulge in a bigger glass of white or red wine, too. But there are more reasons to visit Porto than alcohol! So, read on, for more about Porto and my tips for a pleasant visit to the city and more.
Six Senses is a prestigious Asian hotel and spa operator. With the wellness-sounding name and a reputation for sustainability that precedes it, I had read in 2015 about the opening of their first hotel in Europe. That bit of news stuck in the back of mind, until recently when we flew to the Azores with a stopover in Porto, in northern Portugal. Finally, I could check out that “little” hideaway; it would just take a quick side trip to the Douro Valley…
Porto’s historical downtown is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. But it’s ok to touch the buildings anyway. Take for example the former Armazém warehouse, where once upon a time ironmongers came and went.
When autumn approaches we usually look for a destination to spend some more sunny days to extend the summer. Autumn is the perfect season to travel to Portugal since it offers visitors a wealth of culture, beautiful landscape and great golf courses! Besides from stellar boutique hotels, of course…
Onyria Marinha Edition Hotel & Thalasso is a luxurious five star boutique hotel in Cascais, just a 20 minutes’ drive East of Lisbon. The hotel stands out for its spectacular architecture and dreams (with Onyria meaning “dreams” in Greek).
Portugal is well known for its stellar golf courses. The wide range of golf resorts in Portugal will appeal to all golfers. Most of the renowned courses are in the South of Portugal, in the Algarve. However, Portugal’s centre, and the Lisbon coast offer some exceptional places, too! We had a close look…
Located near Cascais, one of the most richest municipalities in Portugal, The Oitavos Hotel is only a 20 minute drive from Lisbon. One reads, on the hotel website, that the Oitavos seeks to “embrace rather than compete with nature,” and it succeeds in doing just that — the ambiance of the hotel seamlessly merges ultra modern interior design with the wild natural surroundings, including the lush Oitavos Dunes golf course and the rippling Atlantic oceanfront.
Areias do Seixo is probably one of the most enchanting boutique hotels we have seen in a while. It’s located approximately a 45 minutes drive North of Lisbon, on Portugal’s Atlantic coast, and it’s an absolutely romantic and charming hideaway! We’re happy to award it our travelmemo WOW factor!
Situated in Alentejo, a south-central region of Portugal, L’AND Vineyards hotel welcomes visitors to this impressive resort nestled within vineyards and enchanting landscapes. Initially drawn by its eye-catching architecture, we were blown away from first sight!