An enjoyable holiday means different things to different people. For some, a getaway should be all about excitement and adventure. Others like to explore a new place and learn about local culture. Still, others want to relax in a version of paradise – and if this is your idea of the ideal holiday, then Lisbon won’t disappoint.
The Portuguese capital is a picturesque location, situated on the mouth of the Tagus River, at the base of a range of pretty hills. The city is understated, elegant and known for its gorgeous sunny climate, and it’s the perfect spot to unwind and forget about the stresses back home. Enjoy a walk through Alfama, the city’s bustling medieval quarter, spend a day in one of Belem’s fascinating museums or stretch your legs with a leisurely walk through Bairro da Lapa, an elegant residential neighbourhood. Take a cruise, spend a day on the coast or enjoy a gastronomic treat at one of the city’s fine restaurants. Or, for a real taste of paradise, enjoy the luxury of Altis Belem Hotel & Spa in the heart of the city. This five-star design hotel provides a contemporary take on the Golden Age of Portugual – the 15th and 16th centuries when the country was a global empire. The hotel has 50 luxury rooms and five suites, each of which is themed on the Golden Age trading routes from the Far East, Africa and the Americas.
Many rooms have private gardens, which overlook the garden, local monuments or the river, and some feature private hot tubs. BSpa by Karin Herzog, is the hotel’s in-house spa. It includes a heated indoor pool, sauna, Turkish bath and Vichy shower rooms. An array of pampering treatments is on offer, such as massages, facials and aromatherapy and there’s also a fully equipped gym. To make the hotel even more of a paradise, there’s also an array of dining establishments to choose from. Restaurant Feitoria has been awarded a Michelin Star, and there’s also the stylish Bar 38º 41′ and Cafetaria Mensagem.