THE BEST HOTELS FOR GOLF HOLIDAYS IN CASCAIS & ESTORIL
Our recommended hotels in Estoril, Cascais, Sintra & Lisbon.
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.
When it comes around to dinner time, there is a restaurant under the cosy vaulted ceilings of the old guard house, with tables outside too if you prefer. Walking out, 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/require.
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 - only a ten-minute stroll away.
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 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 just five minutes away by car or taxi in Cascais or along the coast road to Guincho.