Stay at the Penha Longa Resort
You could be forgiven for acting like a big kid when you arrive at the buzzing Penha Longa Resort. It’s the sort of place that just has that effect thanks to the sheer volume of things to do. Where do you start? A round of golf on a renowned course? A swim in the large open air swimming pool? A spot of yoga? At least you won’t have to worry about the kids, they’re already occupied with their own activities.A resort with panache and style set right into the mountainsides of the natural park of Sintra-Cascais, this is Portuguese vacationing at its finest.
Lisbon is just 30 minutes by car but feels a world away, nestled as you are in the foothills of the mountains. UNESCO world heritage site Sintra is 10 minutes by car and the famous Pena palace is 15. This may be a countryside resort, but you’re not far from the bright lights.
The good points: the rooms are large with spacious balconies and plenty of natural light thanks to the big windows. However, the rooms are a little dull in style - think muted colour schemes and corporate in feel. Those who love their rooms to be filled with personality might want to stay elsewhere.
Who is it for
Parents will love the family friendly vibe of the hotel with its children’s activity centre and kids’ clubs. Golfers will be at home on the courses, naturally. And if you love a resort-style hotel with many activities in one place, it will be right up your street.
Amenities & Activities
The hotel boasts two golf courses designed by renowned golf architect Robert Trent Jones Junior that will leave enthusiasts weak at the knees. Then there’s the two outdoor pools (one adults only, one family friendly), the excellent spa, tennis courts, jogging track and the Michelin starred restaurant. Thanks to the range of amenities, this is the kind of hotel where you don’t have to ever leave its boundaries to have a good time.