A 10 minute drive from UNESCO-listed Sintra, this hotel is near enough to the sights for excursions yet retains a restful ambience for when relaxation beckons. From the golf course, which is surrounded by 40,000 trees (oak, palm, pine, magnolia and cedar), you’ll see the town’s castle-lined hills looming in the distance.
Once you’ve mastered all 18 holes on the course, head to the sauna, Jacuzzi and hammam. The indoor pool has a Moroccan flavour, with a royal blue palette and arches that wouldn’t seem amiss in Marrakech. A North African theme also permeates the bar and restaurant at the hotel, with their bold red colours, richly printed curtains and mystical lantern-style light fittings.
Family-friendly rooms at Pestana Sintra Golf are brightly coloured in warm tones for a cheerful effect; choose a mezzanine suite for a kitchenette to prepare snacks and a separate space for the children to sleep. The little ones can make a splash in the fountains at one of the two hotel pools, while parents achieve a blissful state of mind with a hot stone massage, shiatsu, aromatherapy or reflexology treatment. For an experimental choice, try the cleansing and exfoliating vinotherapy, which puts wine grapes to creative use.