Penha Longa is a contemporary hotel sensitively incorporated into a much older landscape, with a vast and private sporting estate wrapped around it. Its origins may be in the 14th century - there’s a neighbouring monastery from this era that has well-preserved cloisters and a chapel decorated with original tiles – but its facilities are right up to date.
The main building has elegant interiors. Bedrooms are luxurious if conventional in their look. Every room has a balcony overlooking the resort gardens and forested hillsides.
Spend time on the hotel’s well-regarded golf courses, both designed by celebrated golfing architect Robert Trent Jones Junior. Warm up on The Monastery, a nine-hole course, then tackle The Atlantic, a championship, 18-hole, par 72 course. Soothe any strains afterwards in the spa, set within the gardens, where you’ll find a Jacuzzi, contrast pool, waterfall and Portugal’s only Meditation Labyrinth. Soak in the hot tub. Swim in the indoor and outdoor pool or make the short journey to the coast and the superb beaches of Estoril and Cascais. Travel a but further to explore the Moorish architecture and atmospheric streets of Sintra. Lisbon is just a half hour drive away as well.
Depending on what you’re hungry for, sample the eight on-site restaurants, with culinary options ranging from American burgers to Mediterranean flavours and Italian pasta, Japanese sushi and traditional Portuguese favourites. Best of all is the gastronomic LAB by Sergei Arola, a Michelin-starred and atmospheric restaurant where you can spoil yourself with an indulgent tasting menu as well as select from a showcase of fine wines and an exclusive collection of Cognacs and Armagnacs. Penha Longa provides a series of culinary experiences as well, from wine and gin tasting with a sommelier to market visits with a chef.