Bela Vista Hotel & Spa
The Bela Vista Hotel & Spa is a secluded and intimate boutique hotel in Portimão, located on a rocky outcrop overlooking the Atlantic Ocean in the famous Praia da Rocha area. This 19th-century beauty on magnificent Praia da Rocha was converted from a private house into the first hotel to open on the Algarve, on 1934. Although now hemmed in by concrete monstrosities, it nonetheless retains its prime beachfront position and once you are through the high, wrought-iron entrance gates it is impossible not to get swept up by its century-old charms.
The hotel itself is made up of three buildings, the original Palacete, the Blue House and the Garden House, all home to a style that is modern, eccentric and packed with colour and pattern. Today, the estate offers bespoke service and features the fanciful and light-hearted touch of designer Graça Viterbo, who favours a baroque emphasis on the bright blues of lapis lazuli in his décor. The hotel is a five star luxury establishment that can boast of visits from the first president of Portugal, Sidónio Pais, and well as the last king of Italy, Umberto di Savoia.
Bela Vista Hotel & Spa provides its clientele with 38 rooms and suites, housed in the three buildings above. There are 11 spacious bedrooms and suites in the main building decorated in bold blues, whites and yellow, many with original wall tiles. A separate house in the grounds offers six further suites and 20 further rooms overlook the pool in a two-storey extension. At the Bela Vista Hotel & Spa, the light and spacious guestrooms are individually furnished to reflect their seaside location and offer spectacular views of the glistening waters. All rooms are decorated with a marine theme and most provide views of the Atlantic Ocean from private balconies. They combine luxurious, modern comfort with an ambiance where hotel guests feel welcomed and valued. The fresh and inviting rooms, designed by Graca Viterbo, provide the perfect setting to escape and unwind.
Guests at this 5-star hotel can laze by the hotel swimming pool, relax down on the adjacent private beach or discover the local picturesque town of Albufeira, before a round of golf on one of many nearby courses. Following a shopping visit to Portimão or a trip to Faro, residents at the Hotel Bela Vista can rejuvenate at the stunning Spa with a menu of luscious treatments before dining at the gourmet hotel restaurant. The Spa and Wellness center, signed onto the L’Occitane label, offers five treatment rooms, including two rooms for couples, as well as a sauna, hammam, and a fitness centre that is open to all hotel guests. The Vista Restaurante with a large terrace overlooking the ocean, specializes in modern cuisine based on regional dishes. Both the restaurant and the bar offer high quality food and an excellent choice of cocktails. The Portuguese chef, João Oliveira, delivers some of the best gourmet food in the Algarve.
This luxury resort is 80km from Faro Airport and offers visitors a stylish and tranquil stay in the Algarve. The Algarve Coast stretches from east to west along the southern edge of Portugal, where the ocean breezes are cool, the sun is hot and the skies are clear throughout the summer. In the 1960’s, the area became famous for its incredible Mediterranean weather and its wide beaches of white sand, called praias, where whitewashed cottages and tall lighthouses, the farbos of the ports, look out over the blue Atlantic. Along the Praia da Rocha, in the town of Portimao, the Bela Vista Hotel and Spa stands in a tall and stately mansion offering an amazing vista of the beaches and the ocean water from a bell tower in the corner of the building.
Portimão and the Algarve Coast have become busy and splendid vacations areas. The hotel can easily provide water sports equipment to guests on a bespoken basis, and the new marina of Portimão is nearby, where bicycles can be rented by energetic guests who wish to enjoy the town. After a day on the beach and the fine dining, a brief stop at one of the hotel’s bars will refresh the visitor and the luxurious accommodations of the Bela Vista will provide the most relaxing night you could imagine. The Algarve sun will be waiting for you when you awaken.
Bright and comfortable rooms with pleasant decoration, facing the amazing garden of the Hotel, or the main street of Praia da Rocha or with a spacious balcony and with areas around from 20 to 24 sqm. Classic rooms are located at “Palacete”, “Casa Azul” ou “Bela Vista Jardim”. The Classic Rooms provide air conditioning, L’OCCITANE amenities, Wi.fi., Safe box, Desk, LCD TV and Iphone dock on request.
Pleasant decorated sea view rooms with or without balcony, offering the sweetness and comfort necessary for a remarkable stay in the Hotel, with areas from 20 to 25 sqm. Elegance rooms are located in the three buildings. The Elegance Rooms provide air conditioning, L’OCCITANE amenities, Wi.fi., Safe box, Desk, LCD TV and Iphone dock on request.
Pleasant decorated rooms with outstanding sea view or Garden View or Balcony in a Modern Building, with areas from 25 to 29 sqm. Deluxe rooms are located in the three buildings. The Deluxe Rooms provide air conditioning, L’OCCITANE amenities, Wi.fi., Safe box, Desk, LCD TV and Iphone dock on request.
Charismatic sea view room located at the old Palace, charming and elegantly decorated with balcony or special feature like large bathroom. Rooms with areas from 25 to 29 sqm. To spend a night in a “Character” room is to be a part of the history of the Bela Vista Hotel. The Character Rooms provide air conditioning, L’OCCITANE amenities, Wi.fi., Safe box, Desk, LCD TV and Iphone dock on request.
Exceptional and charismatic sea view, free access to the Private Terrace where you can enjoy the beautiful sunset of Praia da Rocha. The room has areas around 30 to 61 sqm. Junior Suites are located at “Casa Azul” and historical building “Palacete”. The Junior Suites provide air conditioning, L’OCCITANE amenities, Wi.fi., Safe box, Desk, LCD TV and Iphone dock on request.
Pleasant Suites located in a modern building with an exceptional balcony where you can enjoy the magnificent sea view. Rooms with area around 50 sqm. Suites are located at “Bela Vista Jardim”. The Suites provide air conditioning, L’OCCITANE amenities, Wi.fi., Safe box, Desk, LCD TV and Iphone dock on request.
SPA by L’OCCITANE
To rest body and spirit in all its fullness, the renowned French brand L’OCCITANE, elected Bela Vista Hotel to set up its unique SPA in Portugal. L’OCCITANE is a brand created in 1976, which has always cultivated values of authenticity, respect for the environment and sensuousness. Therefore, each product benefits the experience of demanding producers and ancient knowledge of Provence traditions. This SPA is an extension to the requirements of this brand in 400 sqm area, which invites you to feel the finest ingredients combined with the purest traditional massage techniques. Here’s where you breathe tranquility. Enjoy five treatment rooms, including two rooms for couples, Sauna, Hammam, wet relaxation area and an equipped and comforting Fitness Lounge. Surrender to the genuine scents of Florence city with L’OCCITANE and meet a full range of treatments for face and body. Alone or accompanied.
Ideal for swimming and sunbathing and with breathtaking views of the Ocean, the vanishing pool occupies much of the terrace. On the edge of this modern outdoor pool, you have a bartender at your service and find the peace that seeks you to enjoy the blue sky that distinguishes the region of Praia da Rocha.
Private Access to the Beach
If you’d rather a stroll along the beach or a swim in the ocean, the Bela Vista Hotel has a private and direct beach access, so that you can enjoy your summer in a full commodity mode.
Meetings & Events
The Bela Vista Hotel provides two meeting rooms with a capacity up to 70 people theater-style. Perform your event in a place that offers a breathtaking sea view and at the same time is equipped with the most diverse and modern audiovisual equipment.
“Finalist Condé Nast Johansens 2016” – awarded by Condé Nast Johansens Awards
“Nominated at World Travel Awards 2015” – by World Travel Awards
“Winner World Luxury Hotel Awards 2014” – awarded by World Luxury Hotel Awards
The history of Bela Vista Hotel & Spa:
The Bela Vista Hotel & Spa is an historical Palace built in the early 20’s. The property was originally a private mansion and the owners decided to turn it in a hotel with 15 rooms in 1934 (the first hotel in the Algarve region). Nowadays it belong to the same generation Portuguese family, who decides in 2009 to embark in a new challenge: the opening of a luxury 5 stars hotel with 38 rooms with a fine dinning restaurant, while respecting the history and authenticity of the place. Re-opened in July 2011 the hotel is, the only one in the Algarve region, considered a Historical Monument.
When to go:
The Algarve is truly a year round destination. Spring and summer is long and winter is short but mild. This is the region in Portugal with the best climate. Whilst there is snow and negative temperatures in the northern areas of the country, in the Algarve the sun beds wait for you. Winter is also a great time to visit the region. Summer is the high season par excellence and also the most crowded time of the year. Tourists eager for a sun tan head for the golden sands of the many splendid beaches. Spring and autumn open and close the bathing season and are usually warm enough to take you to the beach if you get tired of exploring the many other enchantments the Algarve has to offer. Each season has its advantages. The golf courses are open all year round, so it is up to you to decide if you prefer to play during the warmer months of July and August or the cooler sunny months of April through to the end of October. The Algarve’s beaches may also be enjoyed throughout the year. Many are not only known for their fantastic infinite white sand and blue cool waters, but also for their seaside restaurants, offering a great gastronomic experience. Explore the local arts and crafts during all seasons. The Algarve is famous mainly for pottery, which can prove to be an extremely interesting experience.
There’s place where the refinement and the excellence meet the nature’s tranquility. A place with an inspiring setting, where the serenity should be experienced in all its splendor. Here is a dream destination with a charming environment that it will provide you unforgettable moments. Surrounded by a breathtaking scenery, the Bela Vista Hotel combines refinement with hospitality in a historical space, perfectly adapted to the most modern requirements. Enjoy a full scenic landscape that Bela Vista Hotel provides, in combination with the best aromas and flavors, providing true moments of relaxation, tranquility and rest. Led by Chef João Oliveira, who got through the most award-winning restaurants, Largo do Paço Restaurant, the Yeatman and Vila Joya Restaurant, the kitchen is creative and sophisticated. The menu is inspired in a perfect combination of the national cuisine and the Mediterranean, respecting the original flavors and the freshness of the ingredients. Allow yourself to feel the passion that this Chef assigns in its irresistible delights, and be prepared to enjoy an unforgettable experience together with a breathtaking view: the cliffs of Praia da Rocha.
With enticing cocktails, delicious snacks and friendly servers is the perfect spot for undisturbed sunbathing by the poolside with your food served right to you by the pool bar.
This luxury resort offers visitors a stylish and tranquil stay in the Algarve. The Algarve Coast stretches from east to west along the southern edge of Portugal, where the ocean breezes are cool, the sun is hot and the skies are clear throughout the summer. In the 1960’s, the area became famous for its incredible Mediterranean weather and its wide beaches of white sand, called praias, where whitewashed cottages and tall lighthouses, the farbos of the ports, look out over the blue Atlantic. With a stunning and aweinspiring view of Praia da Rocha, the Hotel is located by the sea over the indescribable cliff of Praia da Rocha in Portimão. A few minutes you can find the Marina de Portimão, awarded by “The Yacht Harbor Association/British Marine Federation”, with the highest prize: 5 golden anchors. Also a few kilometers away, you can enjoy the world’s most prestigious golf clubs, placed in landscapes of breathtaking view and with an absolutely unique climate.
Visit Portimão – Traditionally an important trading and fishing port, Portimão has now become one of the Algarve’s most popular holiday destinations and a modern city offering fabulous beaches, proximity to the natural beauty of the Alvor estuary and plenty of animation. The attraction of the area lies in the amazing diversity of its countryside and beaches. The protected area around the estuary is a beautiful place to visit. Its marshlands and canals are graced with numerous species of migrating birds and offer a sense of tranquillity that is far removed from the animation of the coastal resorts. Portimão is a bustling seaside city in which there is plenty to see and do.
Visit the Museu de Portimão – The ultra-modern, award-winning Museu de Portimão, housed in a 19th-century fish cannery, is one excellent reason to visit Portimão. The museum focuses on three areas: archaeology, underwater finds and, the most fascinating, a recreation of the fish cannery (mackerel and sardines). You can see former production lines, complete with sound effects, clanking and grinding and the like. An excellent video (in Portuguese) of the fishing industry reveals each step in the process, from netting the shoals to packaging.
Hike the Via Algarviana – If you like a good walk, by far the best way to appreciate the magnificent landscapes of the inland Algarve is to hike part (or all) of this 300 km trail that crosses the region from northeast to southwest. Some of the most beautiful sections are around Monchique, where splendid vistas open up as you climb through cork groves to the Algarve’s highest hilltops.
Explore Silves – Silves lies inland, surrounded by valleys of orange groves and dominated by a red sandstone castle that stands proudly against the skyline. The centre of culture during the Moorish occupation of the Algarve, Silves was home to poets and orators until the Knights of Santiago took the city in 1242. Visit the castle and its Cistern of the Enchanted Moorish Girl (Castelo de Silves). The lovely cathedral, nearby, dates from the 13th century (Largo da Sé). There is also an archaeological museum.
Discover a Church – The simple, whitewashed churches that dot the Algarve landscape give no indication of the riches that lie within. Often covered with ancient, hand-painted tiles (azulejos) from floor to ceiling, many also have opulent gilded altars. Doors and windows are frequently Manueline, a style of late-Gothic architecture named after King Manueline (who reigned from 1495 to 1521) that was funded by the vast wealth brought to Portugal from the spice trade. Just outside Almancil is the tiny, 18th-century São Lourenço Church, considered one of the gems of the Algarve. The blue and white azulejos, finished in 1730, cover the cupola, the walls, the nave and nave vault to such striking effect that the richly gilded altar is completely overpowered.
Enjoy the Zoo Marine – This is the Algarve’s biggest visitor attraction. There is a strong emphasis on conservation and education and many opportunities for children to interact with the animals and birds at close range. The dolphins, sea lions and seal shows are excellent and children aged six and over can swim with dolphins in small groups. There are also water slides and merry-go-rounds.
Explore the wildside – To see sea life in its natural habitat, head to Mar Ilimitado at Sagres, which specialises in marine wildlife-watching. Accompanied by a couple of marine biologists, guests go out in a RIB and are likely to see sea turtles and porpoises as well as storm petrels, shearwaters and gannets.
Shopping – Local pottery makes an attractive souvenir to take home. Plates in all shapes and sizes are hand painted with flowers, fish, dragonflies and more in blues, turquoises, greens and yellows. Coffee and tea sets, lamps, butter dishes, soap dishes, plant pots and candle sticks can all be shipped home if required.
Portugal’s southermost region is well known for its sandy beaches and lively nightlife, but The Algarve also entices visitors because of its diversity. Here, golden cliffs (like picture above) drop off into the ocean’s waves below and Moorish ruins remain where entire communities once lived. As a major tourist destination, former fishing villages have been turned into summer resorts, but if you look close enough, its history still lingers amidst high rise apartments and modern developments. However, this beautiful region still has plenty of treasures worth discovering and plenty of activities to hold any traveler’s wanderlust interest.
If you have already been to the Algarve, then you know just how much this region of Portugal has to offer. For those of you who have yet to enjoy an Algarve holiday or will be retuning for another, book your room at Bela Vista Hotel & Spa. Thie secluded and intimate boutique hotel in Portimão, located on a rocky outcrop overlooking the Atlantic Ocean in the famous Praia da Rocha area, is surrounded by a breathtaking scenery, the Bela Vista Hotel & Spa combines refinement with hospitality in a historical space, perfectly adapted to the most modern requirements. The mansion which houses the Bela Vista Hotel is dated of 1918 and preserves the romantic aesthetic that inspired it. Its beauty is felt in each detail and the decor is currently signed by Graça Viterbo, one of the most respected and leading professionals in Portugal. Bela Vista Hotel & Spa provides its clientele with 38 rooms and suites, housed in the three buildings. All rooms are decorated with a marine theme and most provide views of the Atlantic Ocean from private balconies. They combine luxurious, modern comfort with an ambiance where hotel guests feel welcomed and valued. Guests at this 5-star hotel can laze by the hotel swimming pool, relax down on the adjacent private beach or discover the local picturesque town of Albufeira, before a round of golf on one of many nearby courses. Following a shopping visit to Portimão or a trip to Faro, residents at the Bela Vista Hotel & Spa can rejuvenate at the stunning Spa with a menu of luscious treatments before dining at the gourmet hotel restaurant.
However, there’s no better way to get an first overall feel of the region than via the watching of following video by CineTravel. They take us to the rugged coastline, trough old cities and rustic Portugese landscape to a haunting ossarium and of course to the edge of the world. Because at one time, it really was…