Alentejo Marmòris Hotel & Spa
What We Love
- The Jetsetter rate includes daily breakfast and access to the spa
- Liberal use of marble throughout the property
- Indoor and outdoor pools
What To Know
- Free WiFi and parking
- The hotel is less than a two-hour drive from Lisbon
- A car is recommended to explore the area
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
In the historic village of Vila Viçosa, close to the Spanish border, the Alentejo Marmoris Hotel & Spa is a former mill turned rural retreat designed by Portuguese architect Miguel Cancio Martins (the creative brain behind the Buddha Bar in Paris). The property is owned by a family that has worked in the marble business (for which the Alentejo area is known) for generations, and the material has been used liberally throughout, from the modern lobby to the intricate bathrooms to the sublime spa. The 45 guestrooms are decked out in monochromatic furnishings and splashes of canary-yellow, and each has an individually designed marble bathroom with a large tub and an elaborate sink. The Narcissus Fernandesii restaurant serves traditional Portuguese dishes and wines from the Alentejo region; many of the ingredients are grown in the fields surrounding the property. The mammoth Stone Spa by Cinq Mondes is (of course) clad in marble; it offers a sizable pool as well as massages and ayurvedic treatments.
In the Area
Vila Viçosa’s marvelous marble palace is a two-minute walk from the hotel. It’s one of Portugal’s largest palaces, and was the birthplace of Catherine of Bragança (who later became queen of England). Inside you’ll find rich tapestries, Chinese porcelain and Brazilian ebony furniture. Stroll the town’s peaceful streets, which are lined with orange and lemon trees; most of the sidewalks, benches and door frames are made of marble. Explore the medieval castle ruins, and pop into the archaeological museum on the first floor. Evora, one of Portugal’s best-preserved medieval towns, is 38 miles away, and you can reach Lisbon is less than two hours.
How to Get There
Perfect for a quiet and relaxing short break. The hotel is stunning and famous for its marble. The pool is really lovely with a shallow area that is perfect for children.
Our room was a nice size with a Juliet balcony from both doors. Bath and shower over and two sinks. There’s also a small fridge and lovely bathrobes.
Despite being just a 2 hour flight from the UK the weather in October was amazing and the village was lovely for a wander. We found a small shop selling cakes and confectionery and it was really great value to get snacks there.
Food at the hotel was lovely and we also ate in the village one evening which was very pleasant apart from the smokers who were sat close by.
Loved our experience at Alentejo Marmoris Hotel. From the moment we arrived and met Luis at the front desk we knew we would enjoy our stay. The room was very nicely appointed, the restaurant fabulous but what really excelled was the staff. Luis at the front desk, Luis Martins, the Storyteller and Jose at the front desk were all friendly, knowledgeable and efficient. It was a truly memorable stay.
My husband and I just returned from a trip in Portugal and were fortunate to stay in this beautiful hotel for 5 nights. Our room was large, clean, and incredibly comfortable and gorgeous. The staff at the hotel was first class and the grounds are spotless. We enjoyed the pool and the two whirlpools. We ate dinner at their Michelin Star restaurant and had breakfast there every morning. Highly recommend this place.