The oldest hotel on the spectacular sun-soaked Algarve, The Bela Vista Hotel & Spa, is still the best after all these years.
Portugal’s famous southern coastline, The Algarve, stretches for more than 100 miles and offers a variety of idyllic gold sand beaches, each with its own special charm, not to mention more than 30 world-class golf courses for those who prefer sports to sunbathing.
Seaside resorts abound, and the variety of hotels and fishing villages along this glorious stretch of coastline is mind-boggling. But of course, the oldest hotel on the Algarve chose its location for a reason. Located on the cliffs of Praia da Rocha overlooking the azure sea, the Bela boasts one of the best spots on the coast,
Vista Hotel and Spa is every bit as sumptuous and luxurious as it was when it was transformed into the first hotel on the sun-drenched strip in 1934. Of course, it’s been refurbished numerous times since then, but it still retains its olde worlde glamour and charm, and its very special cachet.
Situated on a rocky outcrop above the golden beach, the hotel offers a secluded getaway close enough to all the action, but far enough away for privacy. Guests enjoy private access to the beach, and nearby Portimao is just minutes away by car, taxi or bus.
Sultry sun-soaked Mediterranean holidays were invented here at the Bela Vista. Lazing on a trendy sunbed by the beautiful pool sipping a cocktail, lounging on the beach soaking up the sun, enjoying a romantic dinner on the terrace or taking a stroll through the neatly manicured gardens all offer as much allure as they did more than half a century ago.
The Bela Vista Hotel and Spa still occupies the original mansion built here in 1918, where 11 of the exclusive rooms are situated. The other 27 rooms and suites are found in two separate buildings, the more modern Blue House and new Bela Vista Garden wing. All the rooms are decorated with a marine theme and offer spectacular views from their private balconies, whether it be of the Atlantic Ocean or on the gardens.
Dining at the Bela Vista is a delight, one can choose to savor superb traditional cuisine al fresco on the terrace, or enjoy sitting inside the restaurant. The wine list is as extensive as the dishes on offer, making each meal a delightful adventure.
The Bela Vista Hotel & Spa is part of the exclusive Relais & Châteaux association of properties.