If beauty and seclusion are what you’re after, then this is the place. Stood on a spectacular rocky outcrop, which is private and cornered off from everything but the sea. There’s also a small beach next door and the marina is within walking distance, which is handy for the many guests who arrive by yacht – seriously. The restaurants and bars of Cascais are a 10-minute walk away.
Ten of Portugal’s top fashion designers such as Ana Salazar and Miguel Vieira were brought in to create the hotel’s ‘design rooms’ to outstanding results. The rooms mix abstract features, such as modern ornate statues and chequered sofas, which create an exciting, alternative and unique vibe. I particularly liked regally leafing through the papers on the gilded armchairs. For some, this may be all too much and the rooms can feel more like a gallery than a place for sleeping.
The gothic tones, which are used throughout, blend in with the surrounding granite rocks upon which the hotel is set. Corridors are lined with gilt framed wall hangings.
Eating and drinking
The fushion food is good at The Mix, while On the Rocks is one of the best bars on the Atlantic, minimalist and stylishly-designed.
There’s an achingly cool swimming pool, with a fitted catwalk for priming, posing and pouting. There are also massage and beauty therapies as well as yoga on the ocean-top yoga platrorm.
This hotel tries hard in every sense, and that extends to service, which is flawless.
Who stays there
Euro elite, beautiful people and the super wealthy.
This is an expensive hotel and deals are hard to find. But it's worth the hefty price tag for the unique experience.
- Celebrity spotting
- Great views / scenery
- People watching
Pros & Cons
- Beautiful location and people
- Unique style
- Can get noisy when parties are on
- Takes itself very seriously