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
This was the best part of our European trip, my family and I agreed next time we visit Portugal we'll stay here at least two weeks! Beautiful resort with a king bed, master bathroom (stand alone shower, tub and separate toilet and bidet), full kitchen, living and dining rooms; second bedroom in separate quarters with small appliances, two twin/full beds and a master bathroom! Multiple dining options which were amazing: Manjapão buffet breakfast, Garden Terrace for snacks and late night eats-with room service if staying in the main hotel, and the Grande Escolha for a sophisticated dinner and delightful selection of locall wines; just be sure to make a reservation. The Wellington bar was a nice place to grab a quick meal and a traditional caipirinha! A few things we noticed during our stay which could be improved are: the level of cleanliness in the apartment: everything was neat and organized (looked exactly like the pictures shown on RCI's website) but it was dusty and I could tell the rugs hadn't had a good cleaning in a while and the floors hadn't been sweep prior to our arrival or during our one week stay. My parents found toys in the couch, definitely not a good look. But the overall vibe and flow of the resort was professional, orederly and relaxing. Looking forward to checking out the Mandalay spa on out return trip and having a Turkish bath and ayurvedic massage!!
This is a resort hotel. It's vast and lacks atmosphere but the desk clerk was pleasant and efficient. Our room was huge (we'd been upgraded) with a view out over the pool. Spotlessly clean, but impersonal. Lots of convenient parking.
The bathroom arrangement is so strange we took a photo. There are louvred slats between the bathroom and the bedroom so that you can keep an eye on your partner while they are using the bathroom. If you look beyond my wife in the photo you can just see the toilet, which has no door. It's very, very strange. You can close the slats to provide some privacy but any bathroom noises are easily heard in the bedroom. A certain amount of singing can reduce embarrassment. I honestly have no idea why anyone would design a room like that.
The place is some distance from Torres Vedras so you are pretty well forced to use the hotel restaurant. There is a restaurant that provides a buffet but that is only available to people with half board. The alternative is an expensive restaurant providing the sort of meal we were just too tired to enjoy. There is food at the bar, but the bar was noisy and the staff were unimpressive. We ended up eating travel snacks in our room.
The breakfast buffet is plentiful but unimaginatively mid-Atlantic and lets itself down in details. The scrambled egg was in vast dishes left too long under the heat lamp. Sliced Kiwi fruit for a salad was unpeeled. (Either leave the peel and let people cut it up themselves or peel before slicing - I shouldn't have to explain this.) The whole thing was efficient but impersonal and done without love for the food or the guests.
This hotel really caters for golfers and conference attendees. It's not a good place for tourists.
Dolce Hotel is situated on a nice hilly golf course, well kept and very challenging.
Staying in this hotel offers the possibility to play on other golf courses, near Obidos and to visit the charming village of Obidos.
Excellent experience in wonderful countryside. Peaceful surroundings, attentive service, good food. Only 25 minutes from Lisbon, but a whole different world. Great for a romantic weekend or a golf stay
It was perfect! Absolutely wonderful. We had the most pleasant experience during our stay, with two excellent dinners in Grande Escolha. It was our 10th anniversary (and we got married there!) so all was taken care of (by the staff) so that the experience was unique and flawless! Thank you! You made it special!