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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

Stranger Things
RuiV76

Late October for a couple retreat weekend. Empty hotel. Empty restaurant. Bar with 4-6 people. 4 people in the breakfast. Check out on Monday morning. Have a tee time at 10.00 for the back nine. I ask for a late check out so i can get my stuff out after the golf. Sorry, they said, the room is to be occupied. This is top client servicing. Congrats.

Portuguese Perambulation
Alan E

Whilst this hotel is off the beaten track, it is well worth the journey. Superb accommodation, staff, service and location with grand countryside. The gardens too are expansive and calming. Some lovely buildings in the grounds, including the spa water house and the most delightful "Hansel & Gretal" loo! In all a most delightful place to stay. I would like to think we could go again.

Outstanding
BjKl

It is Outstanding and quite unique.
The service is in top and everything is in great original style.
Nice pool area with good pool service / bar.
Vidago Palace also has an associated golf course of high standard.
The hotel restaurants are fantastic. The Grand Ballroom has amazing dishes and with great style, and if you want it a little bit more casual - there is a good restaurant in the cellar "Wine Celler", and within the town (Vidago), are there in walking distance, also some good restaurants.
If you, after this amazingly luxury stay, want to try something more simple and see where the “water” came from, the group (Unicer / Superbock group) - has a nature park nearby (Pedras Salgadas Park) where you can see similar Fonte termale and have a stay in the luxurious tree tops houses.