Now is the perfect time to travel. Pack your cases. Life is too short to stay in one place. In Portugal you will experience two hotels that redefine the term Luxury : The Tivoli Palacio de Setzeis, a dream palace and The Anantara Vilamoura Algarve Resort, wich recently made it into Forbes Magazine’s hot favourite list of the best new luxury hotels in the world.
There is no place in Europe where the sun shines more frequently and you could even imagine that it shines brightest here in the Algarve, at the south-west tip of Portugal. It reflects on the Atlantic Ocean as its tempestuous waves break on the rugged cliffs. Vilamoura, not far from the coast, is considered a jetsetter paradise. Vineyards, olive groves and Roman ruins shape the landscape and exist beside designer boutiques and golf clubs. Situated above the vast green expanse of the Victoria championship golf course, the Anantara Vilamoura Algarve Resort offers the perfect retreat. Not only are the sandy beaches at close hand, the five star resort also has five pools, which should not remain undiscovered. And on a culinary level, the extensive hotel has a lot to offer, as indulgence is given a high priority in the Anantara Vilamoura. The Ria Restaurant specializes in fish and seafood. Every morning the catering team presents the best catches of the day, which can then be preordered for lunch. Chef Bruno Viegas and wine guru Bruno Cunha stage opulent evenings with perfectly coordinated Portuguese dishes and wines in the EMO restaurant. The hotel also orchestrates unforgettable culinary experiences in a private ambiance, including your own chosen menu and private chef as part of „Dining by Design“. From here you can also discover the Herdade da Malhadinha Nova vineyard. In Abernova, situated in the middle of nature, the family company endeavours to produce the best wine in the world. Visit a wine-tasting, treat yourself to a picnic in the vineyards and find out more about the manufacture of these complex, fruity wines.
The Tivoli Palácio de Seteais is located near the Palácio Nacional da Pena in Sintra, a picturesque city, 25 kilometres from Lisbon. At one time the Portuguese nobility had extravagant palaces and decorative gardens built here. Its exciting cultural landscape contributed to it becoming a UNESCO world heritage site. The Tivoli Palácio de Seteais itself is, as the name suggests, a palace from the 18th century. The rooms and suites are designed in majestic style and offer a breathtaking view of the Sintra mountains, the Moorish castle and the Pena Palace. It is not easy to outdo this panorama; however the luxury hotel manages to do this with its fabulous cuisine. In the Seteais Restaurant you dine surrounded by frescoes and paintings. Order the Royal Tasting: five courses of mouth-watering enjoyment for two people, or let yourself be pampered in the newly opened Corales Wine Room with exclusive Portuguese wines and regional delicacies. The Tivoli Palácio de Seteais also offers wine lovers excursions to the nearby Adega Regional de Colares vineyard. Located in a time-honoured building from the 19th century, Adega houses wooden barrels and vats with a total volume of over one million litres. Find your favourite wine and drink to love, life, to whatever takes your fancy. Because as Louis Pasteur so aptly put it: „There is more philosophy in a bottle of wine than in all the books in the world.“
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