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
Parking on site
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Marble-clad rural retreat in an ancient mill with a top-notch Portuguese restaurant and a mammoth spa
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.