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Overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, the two Presidential Suites at the Belmond Reid's Palace combine historic styling with hand painted wallpapers, lofted ceilings, and floor-to-ceiling windows. Guests can choose from either the Churchill Suite and the George Bernard Shaw Suite, both of which feature views of manicured gardens and the ocean. Continue reading below the photo.

Belmond Reid's Palace

The two Presidential Suite each have separate bedroom and sitting rooms. Within the spacious living areas there are Bose sound systems, satellite TVs with DVD players, and balconies. While the master bedrooms have king size beds, turndown service, and luxurious bathroom amenities. Read more below the photo.

Presidential Suite Living Room at Belmond Reid's Palace

The Belmond Reid's Palace is located on a semi-tropical Portuguese island north of the Canaries, and 450 miles off the west coast of Africa. Just outside of the town of Funchal, the historic cliffside luxury hotel has a sea level platform with direct ocean access, three swimming pools (two seawater and one freshwater), four restaurants, spa, and tennis courts. There's also family-friendly amenities including a children's pool and supervised activities, plus a shopping boutique.

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Tea at Belmond Reid's Palace


Destination Spotlight: Lisbon

Known for sidewalk cafes, fado serenades, custard tarts, and a mild climate, Lisbon is the second-oldest European capital (Athens is the oldest). Set amidst seven mountains, Lisbon combines a nostalgic past with a progressive style, for a laid-back setting in the midst of a major city. As the only European capital with sunsets over the sea, the charming city is set on one of the world's greatest natural harbors. As a safe haven during WWII, the peaceful city is full of World Heritage monuments, museum treasures, and ancient painted tiles. There are medieval village-like neighborhoods, and vintage trams transport visitors and locals alike through the romantic streets. 

Crowned by St. George's Castle, some of Lisbon's must-sees include the Moorish Alfama quarter, the Romanasque Sé Cathedral, Madre De Deus Convent, São Roque Church, and the Estrela Basilica. Belem Tower is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Calouste Gulbenkian Museum showcases treasures from the East and West, while Jerónimos Monastery located along the river has ornate Manueline cloisters, plus there's palaces and beaches to explore. For shopping Avenida da Liberdade features designer boutiques, while Pombaline Baixa and Chiado have specialty stores offering local items. At sunset, join the locals on a cobblestone patio and drink sunset shots of ginjinha, a popular cherry flavor liqueur. 

Offering a comfortable climate year-round with golf courses and beaches nearby, the city hosts lively events throughout the year including the Festival Música Viva (May 20-27, 2017) and the Muro Urban Art Festival (May 25-28, 2017). In August, the Festas do Mar celebrates the sea in honor of Our Lady of the Navigators with daily concerts, fireworks, arts, crafts, and a traditional procession. The Lisbon & Estoril Film Festival happens in November, and there are traditional Christmas concerts held throughout the city in December. 

To compliment Lisbon's activities and cultural options, Five Star Alliance offers a selection of luxury hotels that will appeal to a range of travelers including Historic Palaces, Urban Retreats, and Luxe Resorts.

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Historic Palaces

Olissippo Lapa Palace

Guest Room at Olissippo Lapa Palace

Perched on a hilltop in one of Lisbon's most exclusive neighborhoods, Olissippo Lapa Palace is a resort set within a 19th century villa that is the former home of the count of Valenças. Close to famous sites and upscale shopping, the hotel's furnishings recreate the styles of King D. João V and Queen D. Maria I, combining art deco, colonial, neoclassic, and Algarvian influences. From the luxurious Tower Suite, guests can enjoy views of Lisbon from one of two balconies.

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Pestana Palace

Pestana Palace Lisbon

Offering 800 years of cultural influences, Pestana Palace Hotel & National Monument is surrounded by tropical gardens with an original lake and pavillion. The Valle Flôr Palace was built in the late-19th century and features frescoes, marble, and handpainted tiles. There are valuable works of art within the palace, and the highly-regarded Restaurant Valle Flôr serves traditional Portuguese cuisine overlooking the park. 

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Tivoli Palacio de Setais

Tivoli Palacio de Setais

Perched on a mountainside overlooking the UNESCO World Heritage town of Sintra, Tivoli Palacio de Setais was originally built by the Dutch. Today, the luxury hotel has 29 rooms set within two palace wings with elegant decor, frescoes, and Dona Maria style furniture. A short drive from Lisbon, there's an outdoor pool with a sundeck, Setais Restaurant with chef-prepared Portuguese cuisine, and two tennis courts. 

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Urban Retreats

Four Seasons Hotel Ritz Lisbon

The Ritz-Carlton, Lisbon

A landmark hotel in the heart of the city, the Four Seasons Hotel Ritz Lisbon is within bird's-eye view of Libson's historic sites. There are two upscale restaurants, Varanda Restaurant with chef-prepared cuisine by Michelin-starred French Chef Pascal Meynard, and O Japonês with a range of Japanese specialties. The hotel has a luxury spa, fitness center, and historic artwork throughout the property.

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Bairro Alto Hotel Lisbon

Bairro Alto Hotel Lisbon

Nestled within the city's creative hub, Bairro Alto Hotel Lisbon is a boutique hotel celebrating art and design, between the bohemian Bairro Alto and the cosmopolitan Chiado neighborhoods. The sixth floor terrace provides an idyllic setting to relax while enjoying panoramic views of the city, while on the ground floor, Florés restaurant serves dishes blending Portuguese and Mediterranean flavors. 

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Corinthia Hotel Lisbon

Corinthia Hotel Lisbon

Overlooking Monsanto Nature Park and the 18th century aqueducts, the Corinthia Hotel Lisbon is within walking distance of the Lisbon Zoo, Gulbenkian Museum, main shopping areas, and historic sites. There's a Spa and Wellness Club with 13 treatment rooms for spa services, the Acqa with heat and sensory experiences, a state-of-the-art fitness center, and heated indoor swimming pool.

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Luxe Resorts

Penha Longa Hotel and Golf Resort

Penha Longa Hotel and Golf Resort

Set in the hills of Sintra, a short drive from downtown Lisbon, the Penha Longa Hotel and Golf Resort offers an upscale setting with historic buildings, golf, and the Penha Longa Spa and Wellness center with body treatments, fitness center, and wellness activities. The property's seven restaurants provide an array of dining options, including the recent Michelin Star recipient, LAB by Sergi Arola. For families the resort has programs for babies, toddlers, school children, and teens. 

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Palacio Estoril Hotel and Golf

Palacio Estoril Hotel and Golf

Since opening in 1930, the Palacio Estoril Hotel and Golf is a grand hotel overlooking the Bay of Cascais in the seaside town of Estoril. About 20 minutes from Lisbon, the resort offers the Estoril Wellness center with yoga, Pilates, and beauty treatments. There's also the Banyan Tree Spa with massages and spa treatments, plus a Turkish bath, Jacuzzi, dynamic circuit, and sauna. The resort is surrounded by gardens, and there is an outdoor swimming pool, along with meeting spaces, and the Grill Four Seasons Restaurant with Portuguese and international dishes served in an upscale setting.

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The Oitavos

The Oitavos

Overlooking the Atlantic Ocean,  The Oitavos is a contemporary resort focused on design and innovation. Located five minutes from the town of Cascais, the family-owned property blends the country's heritage with modern Portuguese style. On the outskirts of Sintra National Park, the resort has a spa with a balneotherapy area, fitness center, and heated outdoor swimming pool. There are multiple dining options, as well as the Oitavos Dunes championship golf course, and activities for guests. 

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The recently opened Anantara Vilamoura Algarve Resort is the first Anantara property in Europe. Set in one of Algarve's premium neighborhoods, the modern spa resort overlooks the Oceanico Victoria golf course and offers four swimming pools, signature restaurants, and creative activities programs for children and teens. The Anantara Spa Vilamoura provides an array of signature treatments along with an indoor vitality pool and sauna. There's a contemporary art gallery on-site, and the property provides a shuttle to a beach club and Tivoli Marina Vilamoura with beachfront dining. Continue reading below. 

Anantara Vilamoura Algarve Resort

Five Star Alliance Perk: Guests making reservations through Five Star Alliance receive a 20% discount at the Anantara Spa, and a room upgrade based on availability. 

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Surrounded by the Ria Formosa Nature Park, the Hotel Quinta do Lago offers a unique location with pedestrian access to the beach, golf courses, spa, outdoor pool, and fine dining. The award-winning property has luxurious guest rooms and suites with private furnished terraces, views of the estruary and sea, along with plush amenities such as warm towel racks, illuminated makeup mirrors, and large walk-in showers. Continue reading below.

Pool at the Hotel Quinta do Lago

The resort's private beachfront within the Ria Formosa Natural Park has lush gardens and walking trails. Accessible by a wooden bridge and protected by rolling dunes, there's a long stretch of golden sand beach, with lounge chairs provided for relaxing by the sea. 

Hotel Quinto do Lago Beach

Within the Quinta do Lago estate, there are four championship golf courses: Quinta Do Lago North, Quinta do Lago Sul, Pinheiros Altos, and Laranjal. Rated amongst the top 20 golf resorts in Europe, guests have access to the courses, plus driving ranges, putting greens, chipping greens, and golf simulators. There's a Golf Academy offering individual lessons with PGA experts for novices to advanced players. In addition, the property hosts the Hotel Quinta do Lago Amateur Golf Challenge annually, and guests have easy access to twelve additional courses nearby. 

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Hotel Quinta do Lago Golf Course


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Pousada do Porto Palacio do Freixo Hotel's pool is a delightful place to spend the day. The direct access
to the river and the long path along the marginal allows the guests easy exploration of the area around the riverside.

Pousada do Porto Palacio de Freixo

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Hotel Quinta do LagoThe Hotel Quinta do Lago is situated in the Resort of Quinta do Lago in the Algarve, next to the Formosa Estuary (Ria Formosa) and the sea, in the very heart of the Ria Formosa Nature Park. Hotel Quinta do Lago is the ideal place to discover nature.

Nature Activities and Adventures Include:

Horseback Riding-There are numerous stables near the hotel, from where one can enjoy the beauty of the Ria Formosa National Park on horseback.

Birdwatching-Quinta do Lago is a luxury destination for true bird watchers; here they have the opportunity to observe many different species in their natural habitat. The best location is besides the São Lourenço Lagoon, where a wooden shelter provides views over the water.Hotel Quinta do Lago

Seaside-Discover the unique beauty of the coast with its rock formations and caves. Take an exclusive cruise to relax, or have fun in the company of others on a group cruise.

Countryside-The inhabitants of Algarve's countryside maintain traditions of past centuries. Taste the traditional cuisine and enjoy the natural beauty of Algarve's best kept secret.

Beach-The Quinta do Lago beach is located a mere 300 meters from the hotel. You will find a vast array of water sports that will enliven your summer. You can also visit nearby beaches such as the Garrão beach and the Ancão or the Vale do Lobo beaches.

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Bairro Alto Hotel is located in the heart of historic downtown Lisbon, between two of the most emblematic city districts, the bohemian Bairro Alto and the chic, cultural and trendy Chiado.

Bairro Alto Hotel Lisbon 

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Pousada do Porto Palacio do Freixo Hotel

Pousada do Porto Palacio do Freixo Hotel is housed in a palace which has been classified as a National Monument since 1910, was by architect David Sinclair and decorated by architect James Mitchell. The building is located on the banks of the Douro River, named after the famous Wine Region in Portugal, which dates back to Roman times. In the main building of the Pousada - the old Palace - you can find the restaurant, bar, and social rooms. In the other building, the old Harmony grinding mills, you can find the bedrooms, some of which hold a magnificent view over the river.

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Farol Hotel is literally located on the water, planted on the edge of the cliffs of Cascais, overlooking the Atlantic. Cascais, a town of charming old houses and cobbled streets huddled around a graceful bay on Portugal’s spectacular Estoril Coast.

Farol Hotel

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Pestana Palace


Located in Lisbon city but only a short drive from the Estoril Coast and its beaches, Pestana Palace is a XIX century palace, now fully restored to its former glory and classified as a National Monument. The luxury hotel looks over an inner private park lush with many subtropical trees and plants and enjoys panoramic views over the Tagus River.

 

Now for a short time, you can take advantage of Special Five Star Alliance Rates at Pestana Palace. 

 

The Five Star Alliance Rate Includes:


-Superior City View Room, which is 24 square meters or a Deluxe City View Room, which is 26 square meters. Rooms have either King or Twin beds

-The Breakfast Inclusive rate includes Buffet Breakfast at the restaurant. 

-WiFi

-Free use of the health club and outdoor pool

-Welcome cocktail consiting of the area's famous port wine and pastry Pasties de Nata.

 


All rates are based on double occupancy and extra person charges may apply. Please be advised that the rates, availability, as well as any extra person charges are subject to change depending on the hotel’s policies.

 

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