Dolce CampoReal Lisbon
What We Love
- The challenging Donald Steel–designed par 72 golf course
- Creative Mediterranean-influenced cuisine and an impressive Portuguese wine list
- Top-notch Decléor treatments at the spa
- WiFi is free
What To Know
- Secluded but not isolated, the property is a 45-minute drive from Lisbon
- Attracts lots of families in the summer months
- The unsupervised heated indoor pool is meant for exercise; swimming caps are mandatory
- Free WiFi
- Golf Course
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Surrounded by meandering hills dotted with squat windmills and whitewashed villages, Dolce CampoReal is a handsome golf and spa retreat a 45-minute drive north of Lisbon. The mustard- and tangerine-hued façade contrasts with the verdant grounds and the vineyards and olive groves beyond. Inside, it’s classically styled with dark wood furnishings and iron-framed fireplaces. Contemporary flourishes include abstract oil paintings and wacky sculptures, and open-plan spaces allows the property to breathe.
Bed and Bath
A beige and cream color scheme accentuates the generous dimensions of the 151 guestrooms. The smallest room category (Deluxe Double) starts at 344 square feet. Ivory linens top oversize beds, and bathrooms feature sleek Roca tubs and funky double-head showers; neat rows of Gilchrist & Soames bath products line the marble-clad sinks.
Dine on traditional Portuguese cuisine at the Grande Escolha restaurant. Chef Rui Fernandes enlivens his patriotic menu with southern European flourishes. The wines, however, honor the nation, with regional labels brought to the fore. Tuck into light tapas dishes at the lively Sports Club, and start each day at the Manjapao breakfast salon; the buffet spread is gargantuan. The DiVine Spa overlooks the surrounding vineyards and has a tea room to relax in after a Decléor treatment. There’s an indoor lap pool and a heated outdoor pool with a Jacuzzi. Active types can hit the gym, tee off on the 18-hole par 72 golf course or go horseback riding at the equestrian center.
In the Area
Wine is big business in Portugal’s Oeste region. Guided tours and tastings take place at most wineries, including Quinta do Sanguinhal, where one of the wine presses dates back to 1871. For a culture fix head to Obidos to walk the medieval town walls and admire the enchanting views of dinky whitewashed cottages and a 12th-century castle. The daily market at Caldas da Rainha is at its loudest and busiest mid-morning. This is the place to shop for authentic handcrafted souvenirs. Hungry? Join the locals at family-run O Pátio do Faustino, in Torres Vedras, for fish and seafood grilled to perfection and served with carefree aplomb. Lisbon’s city center is a 45-minute drive away.
How to Get There
The 2 day break felt like so much more as it is so close to Lisbon. The location is great, spacious and comfortable with all the services you might need. We enjoyed the swimming pool very much. The staff are helpful and courteous.
Good location as a base to visit the North of Portugal. Must have a car, there is nothing within reasonable walking distance from this resort.
Beautiful, spacious and quiet rooms. Very scenic view if you have a room overlooking the hills.
Closest town (Torres Verrdas) is about 15 minutes drive. There is a small mall with grocery store, restaurants etc.
I ate the worst pizza ever at this restaurant. Also the C salad failed miserably. I had really low expectations but they failed to exceed them.
I never ate at the regular restaurant so my rating should only reflect the pool restaurant.
I stayed with a friend in a 2 bedroom unit through RCI exchange program. It was well worth the exchange fees, however, I can't comment on what the cost might be if booked direct. Very beautiful suite and resort about 30 min drive outside Lisbon, in a very rural area. Rental car highly recommend to explore and get around. No real villages or shops to access without a car, but if you just want to stay at resort and enjoy, it is lovely and possible.
The Wi-Fi kept going out, the couch and rug were in need of being replaced. The full kitchen was a bit lacking for us since we like to cook. Everything was clean and the staff was very nice. It would have been nice to have some entertainment at the resort.