A stay at the Palácio Belmonte offers a truly remarkable travel experience. This boutique hotel has perfected the art of luxury in simplicity, as well preserving the rich history of the palace which dates back to 1449. In 1994, architectural genius Fredric Coustols purchased the Belmonte and began restoring the palace into its present day glory, beautifully intertwining its traditional appeal with modern day comforts.
Belmonte’s breathes an aura of ultimate relaxation through its tranquillity and simplistic beauty. Walking through the palace is entrancing; the historic design perfectly blended with contemporary features creating stunning views in every direction. It offers ten unique suites each named after a famed Portuguese individual from varying industries including the arts, science, and philosophy. Fredric used his immaculate eye for detail to decorate each of the rooms in distinct fashions using historical artefacts and specific colour schemes to further emphasize the unique character of each space.
The Library contains over 3,500 books to appease every mind and has a stunning butterfly collection on display. Next to the Library is the archaic dining room commonly known as the Governor’s Room; an extraordinary space soaring seven meters high and remarkably decorated with hand-painted tiles dating back to the 18th century. Follow the tiles into the elegant Music Room and onto the colossal East Terrace to indulge in the majestic views of the Atlantic and Alfama district.
To revitalize, spend an afternoon lounging in the organic Mediterranean garden and swimming in the black marble pool. The outdoor space at Palácio Belmonte is a beautiful continuation of the hotel’s entrancing atmosphere, designed with a focus on light, space, and privacy.
For a livelier atmosphere, The Cultural Club is ideally situated on the front patio. This buzzing corner connects the entrance to Saint Jorge’s Castle to the Almafa District and offers endless forms of entertainment inviting you to experience local music, art, dancing and various events year round.
The Belmonte has won numerous awards, most recently the Best Boutique Palace Hotel Worldwide by Hotel of the Year Awards and Conde Nast Traveler Gold List Award in 2015.
As remarkable as this hotel appears online, rest assured that the colourful images and descriptive words do it no justice; Palacio Belmonte should be experienced in person to capture its exquisite spirit in full.
Text with permission of Wish hr partner, Quintessentially Lifestyle.