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When you arrive on an island, the first thing that comes to mind is to set up shop as close to the water as possible. This makes complete sense, and it explains why Ponta Delgada’s harbor is the busiest part of the small city. There are a number of hotels to choose from along the waterfront, including what is considered the nicest hotel in town, the Marina Atlantico, but if you want the best room in the city, we recommend you head inland a few blocks.
For the most part, the São Miguel Park Hotel is just like any other. In fact, the rooms themselves are nothing to write home about, simply on par with the rest of the offerings found throughout Ponta Delgada. Two specific rooms, however, have earned our pick as the best rooms to book in the entire city. Despite the hotel’s location away from the water, it has everything to do with the view.
When you walk down the hall towards the ocean on the sixth (top) floor, you’ll notice that it dead ends into a glass door. Upon inspection, you’ll notice that it no longer opens. That’s because what was presumably once a public terrace has been converted into private balconies for rooms 625 and 628, which are located across from one another at the end of the hall.
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You may or may not know Neal’s Yard Remedies, the original organic, slightly hippy UK skincare brand. If you have, you don’t need us to sell it to you. If you haven’t, get hold of some, now –it produces some of the most wonderfully scented, naturally made products you’ll ever find, as well as herbal teas, supplements and all that hippy jazz.
Although a few of the Neal’s Yard branches in London do spa treatments, it’s more of a buy-to-use-at-home range, which is why this news is so important: The first non-UK Neal’s Yard spa has just opened at Vivenda Miranda on the Algarve in Portugal.
The hotel is on a bit of an eco crusade, focusing its food on local and seasonal produce, introducing vegan, gluten free and raw food dishes, and revamping the spa, which opened June 1. They’re also introducing “lifestyle retreats” focusing on meditation and raw food, in conjunction with Neal’s Yard – from £1395 for a week, see here for further details.
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Are you a parent who prides themself on being cool, not frumpy? Does your heart sink if you check into a family-friendly-but-mediocre resort? Do you have too much self-awareness to run the gauntlet of wrathful looks if you chance it with the kids in a trendy place?
If so, you need to get to Portugal. Specifically, Praia Verde, in Castro Marim, on the eastern coast of the Algarve. It’s the latest property for the Design Hotels portfolio, and it’s family friendly. No, apparently that’s not a contradiction in terms.
The all-suite property opened in April, and goes for a look that will complement, rather than dominate the landscape: a low-rise building with neutral colors and natural materials – wood, slate, even straw – to keep the focus on the outside, even when inside.
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Usually major metropolitan areas are where you’ll find every hotel brand under the sun close together, but in a few years’ time there might be a very unlikely contender for having one of the largest concentrations of different hotel brands in the world: a master development in Portugal, roughly 50 miles south of capital Lisbon.
If one day a reality, we couldn’t name anywhere else that boast hotels from Hilton, Marriott, Four Seasons, Park Hyatt, Raffles, Fairmont, Aman, and Six Senses, all cosily together on the peninsula across the water from Setúbal and further down the Alentejo coastline – yet that is what the above map calls for.
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Earlier this week, we gave you an inside look at the Four Seasons Ritz in Lisbon and its partnership with the Martinhal Beach Resort in southern Portugal. We liked the unique agreement because of its efforts to show visitors two different sides of the country, and we also stumbled across something else at the Four Seasons Ritz that we think is a damn good idea: An online city guide that serves as a concierge.
Now, the hotel still has a real-life concierge who is happy to go the traditional route and make suggestions on the fly, but due to the availability of consumer reviews online, the days of walking down to his or her desk and a making a restaurant choice in 30 seconds is without question a thing of the past. The recognition of this online movement, combined with a growing skepticism from guests about a concierge's objectivity, has inspired the Four Seasons Ritz to put all its recommendations in writing for guests to peruse before and during their trip. The hotel is figuring that guests still want the staff's input -- aka insight from the locals -- but might want the chance to do their own research before making a reservation at a restaurant or dedicating a day to an experience.
As travelers who always seek local advice, we dig the balance that this provides. We think it's a great idea and a nice compliment to guide books and services such as Yelp. You essentially get the concierge's recommendations up front, and then you can go off and investigate them (as opposed to making a split-second decision standing at the desk with a line behind you). The hotel said its recommendations are constantly reevaluated for quality control and based on what it believes to be the best fit for its clientele, so in this case, it points guests to higher-end restaurants around Lisbon.
One of the challenges of visiting a country for the first time is deciding where to spend your time. Do you hit the big cities, small towns, or cruise to the coast?
Jaunted recently filled us in on the gory deets surrounding American travelers' lack of love for Portugal, but two hotels have teamed up to help visitors get the best of both worlds on their first trip to the country: The Four Seasons Hotel Ritz in Lisbon and the Martinhal Beach Resort & Hotel in Sagres (South Portugal).
The package is a total of eight days/seven nights and includes three nights at the Four Seasons Hotel Ritz Lisbon, four nights at Martinhal Beach Resort & Hotel, one 25 minute massage at Martinhal and free breakfast at both.
Quinta Do Lago, located on the southern coast of Portugal, just got a Conrad Hotel, and from photos we're seeing, the place is looking pretty top-notch.
The 154-room hotel is not too far from the resort town's stunning Atlantic Ocean coastline (which directly faces Morocco), and on the luxury property there's plenty to keep guests entertained: a health club, spa, outdoor pools, tennis courts and five restaurants and lounges, including the awesome-sounding Dado, where guests can munch on South American cuisine and sip cocktails in personal poolside cabanas that come with individual grills.
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Now that the summer rush is over, there are some great airfare deals to Europe right now. And with fall bounty in full swing, it's a good time for a culinary vacation. These cooking classes teach knife skills and the nuances of some of the world's greatest cuisines. They can be anywhere from intimate classes in a villa's kitchen to private rooms at small cooking schools taught by Michelin-star chefs.
Complete immersion is the fastest way to learn, so your course includes shopping in the markets, and wine tasting tours (of course!).
Here are some classes we found to inspire your inner chef.
Things are moving along at a steady clip for Autograph Collection, Marriott's winning assemblage of top-tier, independently-owned hotels around the world—a collection that's grown at a rate of approximately one hotel per month since 2010.
The brand's newest members include three European hotels—Fontecruz Lisboa (pictured), Hotel De Bourgtheroulde and Hotel L'Hermitage Gantois—the first of which is noteworthy for being Autograph's first hotel in Portugal. Though the second two are by no means insignificant: set in Rouen, France, the De Bourgtheroulde is a 15th century stone mansion, while L'Hermitage was originally built in the 1400s.
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Where does Gwyneth Paltrow rest her head when she heads to Lisbon? Subscribers to Paltrow's weekly
guide to detoxes and cleansing lifestyle newsletter found out when a guide to Lisbon hit their Inboxes on Thursday. As you might expect, the hotels which received the G.P. Stamp of Approval are grand in stature, with the requisite clean living retreat included in the roundup.
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For the latest update in our Boozy B&B’s we traveled to the sunny climes of Portugal to visit the UNESCO World Heritage city of Oporto, and the ridiculously picturesque hills of the Douro River Valley where we tasted the famous fortified Port wines as well as Douro DOC wines (we’re talking Touriga here) as well as to sample the local hotel scene.
Will your eye be drawn to the apple-colored walls or the UNESCO-rated view outside? The choice is yours
We love hotels and we love wine here at HotelChatter, so a wine hotel is a pretty much guaranteed win for us. So we’re hoping that The Yeatman – which opens July 15 in the port-making district of Oporto, Portugal – will live up to our hopes.
It's sounding solid: for a start, there’s a 25,000 bottle-strong wine cellar (including, of course, a mammoth selection of port) with a restaurant run by a Michelin-starred chef to sop up the alcohol.
But perhaps most exciting is the vinotherapy (or vinotherapie, seeing as it’s French) spa, which is going to be run by Caudalie. We’ve heard fantastic things about their spas before (there are only a few dotted round the wine-beats of Europe, and we’ve never got to try one) but we’ve tried and liked the products, and there’s nothing we’re liking more than the idea of being wrapped up in vine leaves and having red wine drizzled over our dry bits.