Vidago is a lavish palace with excellent spa and golf facilities, set in 250 acres of woodland.
This Belle Époque-style palace is unashamedly grand. It dates back to 1910, when it was originally built for the king, and its striking symmetrical salmon-pink exterior makes an eye-catching first impression. You’ll really feel like you’re making an entrance as you glide up the steps here. Inside, the hotel oozes opulence; the attention to detail is incredible, with personalised motifs, hand-made fabrics and gilded triple-height ceilings everywhere you look.
The glittering Grand Ballroom is now the hotel’s gourmet restaurant, where a fine-dining spin transforms traditional dishes from northern Portugal. More low-key dining takes place at the Winter Ballroom (the hotel’s breakfast room) and the contemporary Club House. Guest rooms are super-luxurious and have a more calming décor, with a four-hued colour scheme, plush armchairs, rosewood writing desks and views of the parkland or hillside.
The hotel’s most modern addition is a large all-white-marble thermal spa wing. The local area is known for its underground hot springs and the spa uses its mineral-rich waters. As well as luxury treatment rooms, you’ll find indoor and outdoor pools, a steamroom and sauna. Other top facilities include an 18-hole par-72 golf course that’s set among ancient trees and has views over the hills to charming villages.
In 250-acre gardens close to the spa town of Chaves and half an hour from the Douro Valley
Good to know
70 rooms and suites
• Cruise along the Douro River and go wine tasting in the Douro Valley* • Visit the UNESCO World Heritage-listed medieval city of Guimarães* • Hire a bike and cycle around local villages*.
4 restaurants, 4 bars
Breakfast at Winter Garden.
Meal upgrade options (per person per night)
Half Board • Breakfast and dinner at the Grand Ballroom restaurant
Full Board • Breakfast, lunch and dinner at the Grand Ballroom restaurant.
*Denotes local charge