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|Pousada de Cascais*****
The latest addition to the Pousada chain of historic Portuguese buildings transformed into luxury hotels.
The Cascais Pousada is an hotel like no other we have ever seen. Occupying the entire 16th Century fortified citadel of Cascais, it is more akin to a luxury village shrouded from the outside world by a medieval shield of stone.
The beautifully designed cool interior is an oasis of calm with pure white hallways leading to crisp cream rooms. The bedrooms and facilities are spread around several original buildings and a couple of new wings so on arrival a good stroll will reveal a few hidden treasures.
The Pousada de Cascais has a large bar area spreading below the reception and drinks may also be taken out on the old town square. Breakfast is in the form of a huge rooftop buffet overlooking the new marina. For dining there is a restaurant under the cosy vaulted ceilings of the old guard house, with tables outside too if you prefer.
There are two rooftop pools at the Pousada: one indoor and one outdoor. Both have plenty of space for sun bathing and great views of the ocean amd town. There is also a spa and gym beside the indoor pool where you can enjoy sports massages or beauty treatments as you prefer.
The Pousada's location cannot be beaten either: walk out the front gate and you are in town, walk out the back gate and you are in the new marina!
If you want to stay in the coolest spot in Portugal this is the place for you!
In the centre of Cascais overlooking the town’s small beach and harbour the Hotel Baia is close to the town square, which is ringed by the liveliest of the bars and restaurants – just the spot for night owls!
Bedrooms are reasonably sized with balconies on the ocean side (small supplement) or slightly larger on the town side (better Twins), all are air-conditioned.
The ground floor is entirely given over to the bar and restaurant both of which spill out onto the sunny seaside terrace. If you don’t fancy the beach for a dip, the Baia has a small covered pool on the roof with a patio offering great views over the Estoril coastline.
Conveniently there is an underground car-park directly beneath the hotel (for which there is a small daily fee).
|Vila Gale Cascais****
On the western edge of town, beside the old citadel and the new marina with its shops, restaurants, cafés and bars, the Vila Galé Cascais is in a quieter part of town - yet only five minutes on foot to the lively heart of Cascais.
The hotel is thoroughly modern having enjoyed a recent transformation into its current burgundy and cream livery. Half of the bedrooms overlook the Ocean, the others the town: there are also plenty of Suites.
Outside in the private garden there is a pool with plenty of sun-loungers on the surrounding grass to relax away a few post-golf hours.
There is a good restaurant and bar in the hotel, with many many more at the nearby marina or in Cascais proper. The hotel also has a private car-park and is on the right side of town for getting out to Oitavos Dunes and Quinta da Marinha golf courses in no time at all.
One of the best hotels for a golf holiday in Cascais.
Quinta da Marinha was the first leisure resort to be developed along the Estoril coast with golf, tennis, swimming pools, hotel and apartments in acres of natural pine forest close to the ocean. Over the years Quinta da Marinha has gradually expanded and evolved. It now has two hotels: the original Quinta da Marinha hotel and the modern, very luxurious Onyria hotel. There are two sets of villas as well: the original Quinta da Marinha villas and the new, much funkier Onyria villas.
To help explain all this clearly we have provided a description of each below, simply click on the title to reveal photos and a full description. If anything is not clear - please ask!
|Onyria Marinha Hotel****
The Onyria Marinha hotel is one of those rare delights - a modern hotel that makes you feel at home! The stone and glass exterior is quite subdued in contrast to the striking, pure white interior. Warmingly there are plenty of natural touches too, as many areas of the hotel (bar, corridors etc.) have been lined with pine, and darker woods cover the walls in the very large bedrooms.
All of the bedrooms have huge sliding windows covering an entire wall that open out onto a private balcony. Bathrooms are enormous too with big tubs and rain showers. If you like to bathe in the sunlight, there is a floor to ceiling window from the bedroom into the bathroom (and a full length electric blind for a more discrete ablution).
The hotel has a good restaurant (incongruously Italian for some reason), you may also dine in the Clubhouse or at the resort's oceanside restaurant Vista Mar (free transfer) or of course at any of the others either at Cascais marina or in town.
The Onyria is right beside the Clubhouse and First Tee, so you will be staying in prime golfing position.
The spa at the Onyria hotel is tucked away downstairs behind a sunken garden with a variety of treatment rooms, an indoor/outdoor pool, huge steam room and saunas. A very peaceful spot.
|Quinta da Marinha Hotel****
The Quinta da Marinha hotel is situated about halfway around the eponymous course, so there is a short drive (or a kilometre stroll) to the Clubhouse.
This large hotel was fully refurbished in 2013 and upgraded to five-stars. It is now a very comfortable establishment sitting at the end of the tenth hole. Designed in an atrium style, its enclosed trees and shrubs lend a very bright and airy atmosphere to the corridors and public areas.
All of the bedrooms are of a good size, many have balconies overlooking the course (for a small supplement). In front of the hotel the central patio has a generous swimming and there are plenty of sun loungers, plus easy access to the patio bar.
The Quinta da Marinha hotel has a restaurant large enough to cope with a full-house, that runs a self-service buffet dining system every evening. The other dining options are around at the Onyria hotel or five minutes away in Cascais.
Not only has there been a new style of hotel at Quinta da Marinha, there have been some avant garde villas added too.
These sit right alongside the original villas, beside the Onyria hotel and Clubhouse. For self-catering golfers who like a more modern form of accommodation, there is no better place to stay.
The Onyria Villas have a very open aspect with plenty of glass used to let in the Portuguese sunshine. Available in either one or two en-suite bedroom format, they have fully equipped open-plan kitchens downstairs that extend into the combined dining and sitting rooms.
Outside there is a small patio garden and the villas are only a few yards form the Clubhouse pool and the facilities at the Onyria hotel.
|Quinta da Marinha Villas
For golfers planning on staying for more than a couple of nights however, we believe that the small villas strung out around the Clubhouse and close to the first Tee offer a more flexible stay.
Available in either one or two en-suite bedroom format they have compact yet fully equipped kitchens, sitting rooms and individual gardens or enclosed patios. They have recently undergone a complete makeover and refurnishing so are back in very good condition again.
Breakfast is included in your stay, so you won't have to worry about dashing out at the crack of dawn to find a bakery!
You will also be able to enjoy all the other facilities at the hotel and Clubhouse: pool, spa, bar, restaurants et cetera.
| Hotel Palacio***** - Estoril
Dating from 1930 the classical Hotel Palácio is a tribute to relaxed formality. Friendly and correct, from the spotlessly uniformed doorman wishing you “Bom Dia” in the morning sunshine to the crisply starched barman pouring you one last “Porto” in the evening glow.
The glittering entrance halls, dining rooms, and lounges with their high ceilings and period furnishings are impressive. As are the bedrooms, all recently overhauled and all with air-conditioning.
In the garden there is a large pool and you will not have to stray too far from your sun-lounger when lunchtime rolls around as a buffet is served right alongside on the verandah. For dinner the Four Seasons restaurant opens its doors.
A huge development at the Palacio is the new Banyan Tree Spa. Housed in a separate building that is connected to the hotel via a tunnel, so your slippers will never touch the ground! In the spa there are three floors of pools, jacuzzis, saunas, hammams, gyms, massage suites etc. etc. so you can pamper yourself silly.
|Hotel Albatroz*****- Cascais
The Hotel Albatroz is little golden nugget clasped in the back streets of Cascais. Deceptively small from the outside, until you are aware of the three 17th Century royal residences that are cosseted under the shelter of the new wing. (These villas were commissioned by regular visitors to the Royal Family whose Summer Palace was only a few yards away).
The rooms in the new wing are modern and tastefully decorated in keeping with the heritage of the site: those in the villas differ in shape size and design – however all are sumptuously styled. Between the villas a small central courtyard garden has a pool and access to a tiny swimming cove. A very special place to stay.
N.B. A further eleven rooms are also available at the "Villa Albatroz" overlooking the quay.
|Tivoli Hotel Sintra****
Should you wish to stay further from the hustle and bustle of the seaside, head for the cool hills of Sintra and the Tivoli hotel.
From its elevated position it offers wonderful views and its location will permit you to combine golf and all the cultural and culinary attractions of this ancient town.
You could also stay in the exclusive Palácio de Seteais in Sintra - please call for details.
Golf Par Gold
5 nights at the Baia Hotel*** in Cascais
3 nights at Onyria Marinha****