5.0
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What We Love

  • Buffet breakfast is included in the Jetsetter rate
  • Jetsetter members receive a 20 percent discount on treatments in the minimalist spa
  • The bucolic surroundings, great for a true getaway
  • The chance to drink Vidago’s health-giving mineral water in the on-site pavilions
  • The Wine Cellar, which offers tastings of the region’s finest wines and ports
  • The Cameron & Powell–designed championship golf course, known for its mature trees and stunning views

What To Know

  • Vidago Palace is in a rural setting, a long way from the bright lights
  • There are a few good local restaurants serving regional food, but don’t expect international standards
  • The vineyards of the Douro Valley are at least an hour away
  • Weekends tend to get booked up, so golf and spa reservations are essential
  • WiFi is free in the common areas but costs approximately $5 per hour in the guestrooms

Amenities

  •  Babysitting
  •  Casino
  •  Free WiFi
  •  Golf Course
  •  Gym
  •  Handicap Accessible
  •  Kids Club
  •  Parking On Site
  •  Pool
  •  Restaurant
  •  Spa
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Overview

The Review

The Vidago Palace seems to have existed forever. Lying low and long amid 250 acres of mature parkland, it invites visitors into a vanished world of fairy tales, ballrooms and carriages. But it was actually built for King Carlos in 1910, and he often came to relax in the healing waters of this natural spa.

The retreat was transformed by a multi-million-dollar renovation under new owners, Unicer, one of Portugal’s leading breweries. Renowned hotelier Grace Leo Andrieu led the restoration with her signature impeccable taste. Hand-painted silk wallpaper from De Gournay lines the walls of the 70 rooms and suites, echoing the park outside thanks to the flower and cherry blossom motifs.{“type”:”img-inline”,”src”:”/static/images/product/properties/editorialreviews/11085/pgal-34479-1311087474-full.jpg”,”width”:”275″,”caption”:null}

Guestrooms have every comfort and reflect a bygone era when good taste also meant restraint. I loved the Vidago embroidered pillows that made a great head rest while I read. The public areas are lavish, however, with gilded ceilings and hand-woven tapestries, parquet floors and custom-made lights. Leather walls furnish the bar and cigar room, and downstairs is the wine cellar, with a chef’s table for 12 guests.

In the gourmet restaurant, the Salão Nobre Dining Room, there’s a modern twist on traditional Portuguese fare, but all four restaurants are consistently good and place an emphasis on local ingredients, including chestnuts, mushrooms, truffles and game from the woods surrounding the property.

The minimalist spa, a new creation by Pritzker Prize–winning architect Alvaro Siza Vieira, contrasts beautifully with the Belle Epoque hotel. Cool and white, it has a 20 treatment rooms for relaxation and indulgence. I felt I lost 10 years in one afternoon.

How to Get There

Vidago Palace
Parque De Vidago
Chaves, 5425-307 Portugal

Reviews

5.0 Excellent 828 Reviews
Summer stay
Tony W

We came across this hotel via the internet and were very impressed. We were planning to spend a few days in Northern Portugal and combines this with a visit to the Vintage Hotel in Pinhao. This was originally build as a Palace and staying there feels just like that. We were in a junior suite and in the lap of luxury. 4 Balconies!
The staff are delightful and nothing is too much trouble. The restaurant is cordon blue so expect a hefty bill if you go a la carte. We were half board so there is a special menu for that. The food is delicious and the service first class. The hotel was not over subscribed when we visited so we had the pool to ourselves more often than not.

Magical
wodile

The most beautiful hotel interior. A gran hotel feeling and very friendly service. Don’t miss the idyllic lake and delightful wells.in the rooms there are books from Flaubert and flowers. Soft pure coton sheets, breakfast that is delicious and elegant. The sevoce is excellent and the spa relaxing!

5 star Beauty - Staff only 2 star
jlodub

Vidago Palace is fabulous... spa amazing, 5 star rooms and bathrooms and really tranquil BUT the Service staff (bars, restaurants and breakfast) are awful... honestly, hardly a word of English and really un-friendly... never say "hello, how are you" or ask you if you're enjoying your stay - its incredible considering the fabulousness of the Establishment....... the Reception team, Bell Boys, and Housekeeping team are very good and nice - just the aforementioned...... very disappointed about that but all else very good.