Vila Foz Hotel & Spa
Facing the Atlantic Ocean, here is the Vila Foz Hotel & Spa, incredibly wrapped in exceptional tranquility. Located on one of the most beautiful areas of the Foz district in Porto, this spectacular hotel offers a truly discreet and relaxing experience, in full contemporary style despite being set within a sumptuous 19th century manor. The acclaimed designer of the island of Madeira, Nini Andrade Silva has designed the visual concept of property, a concept that has embraced the contemporaneity of our century, without however neglecting the historicity of such a sublime place.
The Vila Foz Hotel & Spa has been restored with passion, a a big attention to details and modernity. In addition to the main building, elegant annexes have been created that house the largest number of hotel rooms. The entire renovation has combined the classic romanticism of the designer, with linear and clean forms typical of a modern context. Various materials have been used including stone, mosaics and bronze, which have allowed us to create a warm and intimate environment. The grandeur of the classic and austere spaces of Vila Foz have been softened by different warm and soft decorative elements, which helped to recreate a harmony between the beauty of a classic style and the more modern one of our days.
Vila Foz Hotel & Spa has 68 rooms and suites, all refined, modern and full of all comforts. The size of each room can vary from 28 to 48 sqm and each room represents the style of the designer Silva, rooms full of details and elements such as screen-printed carpets, custom-designed furniture, natural wood and stone. The latter combine and contrast perfectly with the use of glass and mirrors, which thanks to well-designed lighting, give each room a style of elegance, comfort and luxury. The bathrooms in gold and travertine are majestic, refined and luxurious.
However the highlight of the hotel is undoubtedly the Vila Foz Restaurant which occupies the largest room in the manor. It has an ornate ceiling as well as a decoration made up of combinations of colors and original curtains that blend well with the modernity of the structure. Fish and seafood that arrive from the near ocean, are the absolute protagonists of the cuisine of chef Arnaldo Azevedo. Guests can choose from an a la carte menu or enjoy a tasting menu that also offers a pairing of wines. Considering that it is located in a land acclaimed for its wines, the list can only be rich in wines from the Douro valley, as well as the most famous Port wines. Obviously the list is full of classic wines from other areas such as Burgundy, Champagne and so on. Indead, for those who want a more informal culinary experience, the welcoming and relaxed Flor de Lis Restaurant is the perfect place to enjoy a menu with several delicious regional dishes.
At the Vila Foz Hotel & Spa, not only the palate is aroused but also the soul, thanks to its exceptional Spa which is a relaxing sanctuary, with sauna, Turkish bath, therapeutic rooms, indoor swimming pool and a relaxation area totally surrounded by beautiful gardens. Vila Foz Spa offers a wide choice of traditional and holistic treatments, using innovative products by Maison Codage Paris and Elemental Herbology.
This sumptuous hotel takes us back in time to the upper middle class of the city of Porto, thanks to the architectural details of the nineteenth century, perfectly adapted to the present day. It is located close by the center of Porto. Even if you want to spend all your time inside the Vila Foz Hotel & Spa, you have to know that Porto is beautiful. Famous for its architecture, delicious cuisine and a lively and creative art scene, Porto attracts travelers forever and with the Vila Foz Hotel & Spa, the city increasingly gained its reputation as a true leisure destination.
Overlooking the wild Atlantic Ocean, Porto’s affluent Foz do Douro neighborhood is known for its sublime restaurants and chic boutiques, as well as the magnificent 17th-century Castelo do Queijo fortress. Culture vultures are well served by the nearby Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art, a cultural institution designed by architect Álvaro Siza Vieira. The country’s largest urban garden, The City Park, is just a few minutes’ walk from the hotel, and boasts 15 km of trails, lakes, rich and diverse fauna and flora, and direct access to the beach.
Fine Dining by Chef Arnaldo Azevedo
Given its location in Portugal’s culinary capital, it comes as no surprise that the gastronomic concept at Vila Foz is a superlative affair. Helmed by executive chef Arnaldo Azevedo, Vila Foz’s eponymous fine dining restaurant serves up expertly crafted seasonal cuisine with a focus on seafood in the stately surroundings of the manor house. Guests wishing for a more informal dining experience will find a cozy and relaxed atmosphere at Flor de Lis, which offers sophisticated regional dishes.
Vila Foz Spa
Nourishment for the soul, on the other hand, is provided by Vila Foz’s spa, a peaceful sanctuary of therapy rooms, a Turkish bath and sauna, an indoor pool, and an outdoor relaxation area surrounded by lush, landscaped gardens. Offering an extensive selection of traditional and holistic treatments using innovative Maison Codage Paris and Elemental Herbology products, the spa is perfectly placed to restore and balance the senses of even the most overwrought of travelers.
Value for Money
Double rooms are from Euro 315,00 in high season; and from Euro 235,00 in low season. These rates are per room and per day and include breakfast and free Wi-Fi. Rates are subject to change without prior notice.
Access for guests with disabilities?
The Hotel is equipped for disabled clients. They can have simple access to rooms, common areas and restaurants.
Yes, with a good selection of interconnecting rooms and free cribs for children under 2 years old.
Our Special Readings
Porto: the authentic taste of Portugal
Porto is for some years one of the most popular destinations and now that I’ve been there I understand why. It is a authentic city, nestled in the hills, with a riverfront that separates it from another city full of Port wine cellars, with a gigantic and strange bridge, with trams that clamber up and down, wonderful museums, lots of modern architecture, beaches and sea just a stone’s throw away, all with a unique atmosphere and the authentic taste of Portugal. As if all this were not enough, it is a particularly economical and accessible destination and has become even more so since it is connected to low-cost flights. The only shadow that remains to me on this city is to understand why someone obstinately calls it Oporto and not Porto.
Have you ever said Porto? Not me! I always called it Porto and I always thought that Porto was the Portuguese name. Mistake! The correct name in Portuguese is Porto. So “Oporto” from where does it come out? It seems that it is all a linguistic misunderstanding that derives from a misinterpretation of the Portuguese “o Porto” that foreigners have misunderstood in Oporto. And so Oporto is used in English to indicate the city of Porto. However, I would say that it is the case to abolish Oporto and pass all to Porto, what do you think? But let’s go on…
There are plenty of things to see in Porto. So I point out those that are the main attractions that I think you should visit in the city. And since I cannot choose the one I liked the most, I list them in an order that will be chosen scientifically by chance.
Igreja do Carmo
Considered by almost all the most beautiful example of the city’s azulejos, it is in all respects a very beautiful and very photogenic church: especially on the outside where it is completely covered with white and blue tiles depicting scenes from the Carmelite Order’s foundation. The curious thing is that it is practically set against another church, the Igreja dos Carmelitas Descalços.
The ancient soul of Porto snouts in the alleys of the Ribeira, a picturesque neighborhood overlooking the banks of the Douro. Tall and colorful buildings close together, almost to hold on to avoid falling. This area is very nice for a walk, maybe in the late afternoon to drink something in one of the many bars that alternate on the Cais da Ribeira riverside or in the evening, when a thousand lights illuminate the Dom Luis bridge and the whole area is full of atmosphere magic. Perhaps not everyone knows that Ribeira has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
7 Tips about O Porto
The Portuguese call their city “O Porto” and when foreigners heard them name it, they thought the article was part of the name and so all together call the capital of northern Portugal “Oporto” but to be honest in Portugal, you will never find it written so! But now that I have pointed out this curiosity that is on everyone’s head, here are the other 7 tips that I would like to share with you about Porto.
Beyond the river…is not Porto
When you will be in Ribeira and you will see, on the other side of the Douro river, the signs of the cellars in which you will then go for a taste of the most famous city product, you have to know that the town on the other side of the river is not Porto, but a another city called Vila Nova de Gaia. Unless you decide to take a walk on the beautiful Praia das Rocas, you will hardly visit anything else of this city, in addition to the cellars. Do not be sad about it.
Nationalism is a must
The Portuguese are extremely nationalistic. You will notice it, for example, by the quantity of flags displayed or the obsession with buying only national products. In the wake of this obsession, which in reality is an act of love and trust towards one’s own country, constantly on the edge of the economic chasm, various stores have been created to sell only these national products. The most famous is A Vida Portuguesa that you will find at 20 of Rua Galeria de Paris, on the first floor of an old charming building. Take a walk and maybe buy something as a souvenir there, you will help the local economy instead of the Chinese one.
Special City Guide: Porto
Porto is Portugal’s second city, a major commercial center and capital of the industrious northern region. Its inhabitants like to repeat an old saying: “Braga prays, Coimbra sings, Lisbon has fun and Porto works.” Yet like other energetic second-cities, from Manchester to Milan, Mumbai to Shanghai, Porto has developed a reputation for playing as hard as it works. In recent years, the city has taken off as a center of the arts, fashion and nightlife. The expansion of its airport to take direct flights from North America and low-cost hops from dozens of European cities has opened it up to tourism. Atmospheric, but run-down old neighborhoods are getting a facelift. Swish accommodation options are springing up across the city. Hip new restaurants and bars rival those in the capital. Modern architectural landmarks and cultural hubs like Rem Koolhaas’ 2005 Casa da Música or the Serralves art center designed by hometown boy Álvaro Siza Vieira are internationally renowned. In late 2016, Serralves became the permanent home of a major collection of works by the Spanish surrealist master Joan Miró after a public outcry prevented their sale abroad and 2017 saw the opening of a fancy new gourmet market in the 100-year-old, azulejo-clad São Bento railway station. Also in 2017, Vogue opened the first Western European branches of its super-chic cafe chain in Porto and Berlin, much to the chagrin of the Lisbonites.
Despite all this activity, Porto keeps its timeless charm. The windows overlooking narrow streets of the riverside Ribeira district are still hung with washing out to dry; restaurants serve gargantuan plates of beans and tripe; and across the river, in the wine lodges of Vila Nova de Gaia, countless oak barrels still hold their hoard of silently maturing port wine.
Seeing the sights of Porto requires some legwork, but your discoveries will compensate you for the effort. The tourist office suggests that you take at least 3 days to explore Porto, but most visitors spend only a day. For those on a short schedule, the most famous things to do are visiting a wine lodge at Vila Nova de Gaia; taking in the panorama from the Torre dos Clérigos, with its view of the Douro; visiting the Sé (cathedral); strolling through the most important museum, the Museu Nacional de Soares dos Reis; walking through Ribeira, the old quarter; and, if time remains, seeing the Church of São Francisco, with its stunning and richly gilded baroque interior.