Known as the ‘bread basket’ of Europe, the Alentejo region is the agricultural heartland of Portugal, her undulating plains and fertile soil fed by the mighty Tejo River, from where the region received its name: Alentejo—beyond the Tejo—as important to Portugal as the Po is to Italy.
While the Po helps create the world-class Parmigiano Reggiano, the Alentejo produces things a lot less edible, but no less important, the world’s finest cork and marble. And right at its beating heart, within the charming, historical, marble-encrusted town of Vila Viçosa, lies the Alentejo Marmoris Hotel & Spa, one of the newest luxury hotels in Portugal.
Just a two-minute walk from Vila Viçosa’s historic Royal Palace, the Alantejo Marmoris in keeping with the rest of the town, luxuriously cocoons its guests in a marble wonderland. Far from its more humble origins as a vintage mill, the Alentejo Marmoris has been stunningly transformed into a world-class luxury hotel, from the intricate marble flooring to the aptly-named and marble-adorned Stone Spa.
There is a highly contemporary feel to the property, although the design manages also to embrace its past, with much of the original intricate exterior still evident; the red roof tiling contrasting with white-washed walls. The 45 guest rooms are elegant spacious living areas, with contemporary four-poster beds, striking individually designed, pastel-coloured marble bathrooms and, in most cases, an outside terrace.
The central feature of the hotel is the Stone Spa, one of the first of its kind in Alentejo, with a heated indoor pool and outside pool with hydro massage. Four treatment rooms offer a range of indulging treatments originating from Polynesia, Japan, Thailand, Morocco, Indonesia, India and China.
Naturally, in a region so rich in agriculture, the hotel’s Narcissus Fernandesi restaurant uses only locally-sourced ingredients for its Alentejo-based cuisine, expertly put together by a new-generation chefs who can create traditional dishes with a skilfully contemporary twist.
After walking the marble halls and pathways of Vila Viçosa, what better place to return than the inviting luxury of Alentejo Marmoris Hotel & Spa?
Location: Évora is 62 km. Lisbon International Airport is 184 km. Badajoz, Spain, is a 50-minute drive.
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