Hotel to Heart: Penha Longa Hotel & Spa in Portugal

Today I’m sharing another gem in my list of great hotels I stayed in. The Penha Longa Hotel and Golf resort is a unique luxury hotel nestled in the rolling Sintra mountains near Lisbon and in the Estoril coastal region. It is the perfect getaway place to enjoy tranquility and rejuvenate in a natural surrounding, yet close enough to the beach, Sintra village and 30 minutes away from Lisbon. I have a soft spot for elegant hotels with a history and charm, and hotels with character. The Penha Longa is just that! [continue reading after photos]

The resort is built in palazzo style and houses on an estate of the 14th century. The estate includes a landmark monastery. In 1353, Friar Vasco Martins chose the site for a magnificent monastery, and through the years it has been a frequent retreat of Portuguese royal and foreign dignitaries. The grounds are spectacular with beautiful flowers, lush gardens, historical elements, forest and walking routes to explore nature. And since I also play golf and am a fervent spa visitor, I could appreciate the golf court and lavish Six Senses Spa as an extra perk. [continue reading after photos]

I stayed in a premium room with a separate seating area and private balcony with scenic view on the hills and estate. In the marble bathroom bottles of BVLGARI are lined up to pamper yourself. Truly a regal escape with authentic historical adornments, nature and a peaceful atmosphere. It was total bliss.

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