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Vidago Palace - Luxury holidays to the Douro Valley

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  • About this holiday

    With the vineyards and rolling hills of the Douro Valley on its doorstep, the five star Vidago Palace is an enchanting and majestic property well-suited to couples looking for a romantic break as well as families looking to explore the less touristy regions of Portugal. An 18-hole golf course and a thermal spa built around the Vidago mineral waters ensures that this elegant hotel appeals both to guests looking to experience more of Portugal’s natural landscape and to guests seeking a few days of total relaxation and serenity.

    The journey and how you get there

    Complimentary

    Included in your holiday

    Expressions Holidays includes scheduled flights from London Gatwick to Porto with British Airways, group B hire car, and accommodation for 7 nights on a bed and breakfast basis.

    Holiday prices

    Sample prices are based on two people sharing a classic double room for 7 nights.
    From £1,040 per person on a bed and breakfast basis.
    The prices displayed here are a guide only for this hotel and each holiday price will be tailor-made at the time of booking to reflect the actual flight costs and all up-to-date special offers.

    Hotel code

    EXH1925

    Our opinion

    The Vidago Palace is a beautiful new addition to our Portugal programme, introducing standards of luxury that are unrivalled this side of the Douro Valley.

    Hotel description

    A grand and opulent pink-fronted palace in northern Portugal, the five star Vidago Palace first opened in 1910. Since then, it has gained status as a member of the Leading Hotels of the World group, and offers regal elegance and ultimate luxury. 70 rooms and suites continue the majestic feel of the public rooms, with rich colours, textured fabrics, and large windows framed by floor-length curtains. Petite glowing lamps illuminate limited edition artworks, and soft armchairs look out across the verdant grounds, adding to the Belle Epoque style. Guests can dine in the appropriately named Grand Ballroom. Ornate carpets cover the floor, and a balcony traces the shape of the interior walls, crafted out of polished dark wood, and supported by white pillars crowned with floral golden capitals. Light, pale curtains and duck-egg walls with white panelling keep the large room feeling airy and spacious. To accompany your sumptuous dining experience, enjoy a glass of vintage wine from the wine cellar. A quirkier, more unique dining experience can be had at breakfast at the Winter Garden, an indoor mezzanine restaurant that has the same grand indoor balconies and stylish furnishings of the Ballroom, but with the additions of tall potted plants and a green, white, and black colour scheme. Beside the secluded outdoor pool, guests can enjoy a few drinks at the Pool Bar, while soaking up the sunshine and fresh country air on a sun lounger. At any time of day, you may choose to sample a treatment from the thermal spa, fed by famous Vidago mineral waters, renowned for their therapeutic properties. Set in an outbuilding as luxurious as the main palace, the spa has blue walls to contrast the pink, stairways that grant access to the low rooftop, and a crowning blue and white dome. Narrow, elegantly carved windows keep the lighting inside atmospheric and soothing. After relaxing in the spa, perhaps take to the 18-hole golf course, which weaves between green, yellow, and red trees, and undulates across the sweeping Douro countryside. The modern Club House is open for a serene dining experience after enjoying a few hours on the course. The facilities at the Vidago Palace come together to form a truly luxurious hotel, deserving of its five star status, situated in an equally charming and comparatively unexplored part of Portugal.

    Location

    Rural, in the Douro Valley.

    Official star rating

    5

    Annual opening

    Distance from airport

    83 miles

    Closest airport

    Francisco Sa Carneiro

    Room types

    70 rooms and suites with modern amenities, living areas, and finishing touches such as Beiriz tapestries, chaises longues, and large windows.
    Classic Room
    Superior Room
    Privilege Room with living room
    Junior Suite
    Suite

    Hotel facilities and services

    The Grand Ballroom Dining Room, the Winter Garden Breakfast Room, the Club House, poolside bar, Quatro Estacoes, lobby bar, and wine cellar. The Thermal spa has 1 indoor and 1 outdoor pool, gym, sauna, Turkish bath, juice bar, yoga, tai-shi, pilates, reflexology, massages, and other treatments. The golf course has an 18-hole course, practice area, driving range, pitching area, club house, golf classes, and equipment rentals.

    Water sports

    Land sports

    Golf and golf classes.

    Out and aboutnearby/local interest

    While staying at the Vidago Palace, it is essential to spend an afternoon or so in the town from which it gets its name. Vidago is a small spa town known for its naturally sparkling mineral waters. Sample the white wines produced in the local area, as well as the speciality cured ham and smoke meats in one of the inviting quaint restaurants. Chaves is another nearby spa town, dominated by an abundance of archaeological remains. Trajan’s Bridge has become Chaves’ emblem, and signifies, as in Vidago, the town’s age. Explore to Torre de Menagem and the monuments that surround it, as well as the many small museums. Wandering along the peaceful streets will take you back in time to the flourishing medieval city it once was. To witness some of Portugal’s most arresting natural sights, follow one of the Aguiar Nature routes that wind their way over the plains, through villages and towards historic towns. Stop off at Aguiar da Pena, which has a vast castle, built on a granite outcrop. More stunning views can be appreciated from the Minheu viewpoint in the Alvao Nature Park. Nearby Lamego is an ancient pilgrimage town, most recognisable for the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Remedios, which sits at the top of a high, decorative zig-zagging staircase. A longer drive will take you into Porto, which sits at the mouth of the river. The 17th century Baroque Se Cathedral alone is worth the drive. It is believed to be one of the greatest artistic triumphs of 17th century Portugal, particularly due to the incredible carvings that adorn every column, every archway, and the altar. For something a little more self-guided, trace the roads alongside the Rio Douro to see the panoramic views and pass the picturesque medieval towns and villages.

    Sports nearby

    Hiking, walking, cycling.

    Children

    The Vidago Palace welcomes children, and has a children’s spa, a Junior Golf School, babysitting service, extra beds and cots on request, a children’s menu, and craft workshops for younger children.

    Minimum stays

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