Plush Inland Luxury in Portugal

Travelers always flock to the grace of the Algarve with its glittering cool coastal waters, its golden carved cliffs and its exquisite white washed villas doused in the scent of sea salt and oranges. Yet with the coast comes the crowds and for those looking to slip away off the track then heading inland can be the perfect choice. Inland Portugal boasts a sublime rural affair with its rolling olive groves, its sleepy villages, mouthwatering home cooked cuisine and gentle pace of life. Country life in Portugal doesn’t have to be dusty; you can find scores of chic rustic retreats clad in wisteria with antique furnishings and divine attention to detail. Take a look at these inland retreats for luxury in Portugal.

Herdade de Malhadinha Nova

Tangled vineyards, incredible food and the expanse of golden fields provide the setting for a divine stay at the Herdade de Malhadinha. With a sparkling blue pool set in the shade of the vineyards and a world class chef cooking up a storm in the kitchen, this is one of those getaways that pinpoints perfection.

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Suites boast heated floors, designer furniture and are scented with soft white jasmine to help you unwind. In the luscious spa you can embrace signature Polynesian inspired treatments after spending a morning riding a beautiful mare across the rich pastures of the open fields. With its own winery on hand you can taste the golden nectar and bold reds that capture the essence of Portugal.

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Quinta de Alcaidaria-Mór Ribatejo

As soon as you sweep up the driveway under the cool shade of the Cedar groves you know you have arrived somewhere special. Endless tranquility is captured in the green boughs and the shimmering blue pool where many summer afternoons are spent. The lofty rooms boast brilliant light glinting off the marble floors, claw footed bath tubs and antique beds. With nothing but the natural rolling hills for miles you can walk forever, sit in the gardens and sip vintage ports or take a horse drawn ride into the peace of the sun dappled forest.

Vidago Palace

Beyond the mountains you can find the historic English manor splendor of Vidago Palace. Behind blushing pink walls opulence is the name of the game with a sweeping grand staircase, incredible luxury suites and white marble spa treatments to make you melt away.

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The former ballroom has been transformed into a glitzy place to dine and sample the gourmet delights of Chef Josu Sedanu-Martin. Suites are thoroughly refined offering antique chests, stand-alone tubs and sink into a golden slumber beds. Thermal mineral waters and divine detox treatments leave you laced in bliss especially after a day teeing off on the ornate 18 hole course.

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Carmo’s Boutique Hotel

In the oldest town in Portugal you can find a touch of grace and elegance at Carmo’s Boutique Hotel. With fragrant hills surrounding you, glimpses of the old town and the ebb of the Douro River you can while away the hours in perfect fashion. Luxury suites boast canopy beds adorned in swaths of embroidered Portuguese cotton, high design furnishings, and bright airy windows that invite the sunlight to seep in.

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At the cream leather and glimmering candlelit spa you can sink down into a heavenly pure goat milks bath, linger in the overflowing heated pool and lavish in luxury spa treatments. Explore the rich tapestry of the countryside by taking a boat ride down the river, visiting the nearby open cellar door and soak up the traditions and cultural heritage of the area.

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Jodie Oakes

Jodie Oakes

Jodie Oakes is a seasoned writer and an avid surfer with continuously itchy feet and a love of the finer things in life. After traveling through the continent with a touring band, living in Paris, Amsterdam and under the Auroras Borealis, she is now in Bulgaria where she attempts to piece together her first poetry collection.
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