Portugal may seem like underrated travel destination, but it’s definitely grown in popularity over the recent years. Lisbon, being the most popular Portuguese city, is full of life and energy; the fascinating landscape and cultural diversity give it a unique, attractive appeal. The weather is mild, making Lisbon very livable and long summer months allow tourists to enjoy this destination for longer periods throughout the year.
Only time will tell, now that we are “post-pandemic”, how things will truly bounce back in the travel industry. My guess is that it will boom drastically over the next 8-12 months. And so it should. One of the hardest hit industries both financially and emotionally, taking a toll on people’s ability to “escape” their day-to-day lives.
I hope Portugal is on your list of places to travel to in the near future. Here’s a list of my top 5 luxury hotels to stay at the next time you’re visiting Lisbon.
Lapa Palace Hotel
Rooted in deep Portuguese heritage and history, this beautiful and sophisticated property is located in a quiet neighbourhood, giving you the sense of calm we all need. The hotel has a refreshing garden pool surrounded by tranquil gardens, ornamental fountains and streams to ease your mind into relaxation. There’s also an indoor pool, turkish bath and sauna available at the spa. The cuisine ranges from upscale Mediterranean, to light refreshing sandwiches and snacks by the pool. The Rio Tejo Bar is one of the most beautiful retreats in the city, ideal for a informal drinks on the terrace, while overlooking the Tagus River.
Altis Belém Hotel & Spa
A design marvel winning a plethora of awards, Altis Belém Hotel & Spa, is an absolute gem. Home to the Michelin Awarded Feitoria Restaurant, discover some of the most exotic cuisines in Portugal. Enjoy more casual fare at the Cafetaria Mensagem on the terrace overlooking the marina and the Tagus river. However, it’s the hotel design is what will really captivate you. Embark on a unique journey, being present in all 50 rooms in the form of an illustrated panel, that takes you from Mauritania on the west coast of Africa, through Arabia, India, from Siam to Osaka and across the world through Brazil.
Four Seasons Hotel Ritz Lisbon
Located in the heart of Lisbon, stands the stunning Four Seasons Hotel. In typical Four Seasons’ fashion, the team there will take care of you from head to toe the moment you walk in. The concierge team is so experienced and knows the cities’ ins and outs. They even have a special partnership with a professional photographer to take you on a 4-hour motorcycle sidecar to experience the streets of Lisbon like you never have before (so cool!). Choose between several discerning dining options, including the renowned CURA, Lisbon’s rich regional palette of seasonal ingredients or their lavish brunch set at Varanda Restaurant. An eclectic mix of sculptures, paintings and tapestries adorns the halls and, of course, the Spa at the Four Seasons will never, ever disappoint you.
Tivoli Avenida Liberdade Lisboa
An iconic landmark and absolute stunning property in Lisbon, the Tivoli Avenida Liberdade Lisboa Hotel will completely elevate your trip to Portugal. Your first stop when you arrive should be the stunning garden pool for a light snack and refreshing cocktail. Then you’ll want to book yourself into the Anantara Spa for one of their signature treatments. Indulge in Lisbon’s hotspot, SEEN where the food, cocktails and views are one-of-a-kind. Finally, cap off your night at the Sky Bar – an extension of SEEN – while you gaze into the stars and have Lisbon take over your senses and seduce you into the night.
Reminiscent of the townhomes on London streets, this super boutique hotel offers an elegant escape into a discreet oasis of luxury. Known for it’s beautiful courtyard garden, the hotel has a classy, modern feel to it with a lot of dark accents and eclectic lighting. The Sitio restaurant offers elevated fare, in a very private setting serving up classic Portuguese cuisine. A good option for business travellers who want to avoid large, busy hotels. Hotel amenities include an outdoor pool with heated water and jets, massage in the rooms and sailing boat trips with hotel catering options on board (the boat is owned by the Hotel).