Bela Vista Hotel: Beach Mansion on Portugal's Algarve Coast

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    Bela Vista Hotel & Spa in Portugal's Great-Value Algarve Region

    Bela Vista Hotel, unique and stylish on Portugal's Algarve.
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    First of All: Why the Algarve Is a Brilliant Vacation Destination

    For North Americans, the Algarve -- Portugal's sunny southern coast -- is one of Europe's closest destinations. It offers:
    • Western Europe's best travel values, with affordable hotel rates (see Bela Vista Hotel's special offers)
    • Sun, sand, and sea everywhere you look
    • Fresh seafood and Portuguese wines at their best
    • Warm, gracious, genuine hospitality
    • Here on Luxury Travel, all my reasons you must visit the Algarve

    Bela Vista Hotel & Spa: Stunning Seaside Palace on a Famed Algarve Beach

    Bela Vista is impressive, with a breathtaking setting.
    • This ornate estate and mansion from the late 1800s perches on an oceanfront cliff
    • Its bela vista (beautiful view): the golden-sand Praia da Rocha beach and the vast Atlantic

    This Was the Algarve's Very First Hotel

    Bela Vista Hotel & Spa was the Algarve's earliest hotel, opened in 1934.
    • The mansion was restored in 2011 by top Lisbon design firm Graça Viterbo
    • Bela Vista's sophisticated, sincere hospitality equals true luxury hotel service
    • The hotel is for adults only

    Convenient Location of Bela Vista Hotel

    The mansion is right in the center of Portimão, a bustling oceanfront city in the Algarve.
    • It is around 45 minutes on a fast highway from Faro Airport (North Americans will have have flown here from Lisbon)
    • Portimão delights visitors with its many seafood restaurants, cafés, and boutiques

    Bela Vista's Relais & Châteaux Status

    Bela Vista is the only Relais & Châteaux property in the Algarve.
    • This famous French hotel association stands for luxury, service, and fine dining
    • Here on Luxury Travel, what upscale visitors expect from the Relais & Châteaux brand 

    Next: Bela Vista's elegant look & rooms >>

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    Rooms at Bela Vista Hotel & Spa

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    Style of Bela Vista Hotel & Spa

    At first glance, the elegant, white Bela Vista may remind you of a Moorish castle. Inside, it blends vintage luxury with glamorous modern touches.
    • Original hardwood walls, coffered ceilings, and ornate staircases set a posh tone
    • Black-and-white, diamond-patterned marble floors catch the eye
    • If you admire blue-and-white Portuguese azulejo tiles, they're everywhere
    • A collage-covered grand piano in the foyer is a playful touch

    Your Choice: Historic or Modern Suites
    Bela Vista offers 38 suites, making it a personal-feeling boutique hotel.
    Suites are set in three buildings.

    Palacete, vintage and atmospheric, has 11 suites.
    • Each is individually decorated with bold colors and Art Deco-look furniture
    • Walls are adorned with azulejo tilework
    • My Palacete suite, #104, had a Jacuzzi and dazzling views of Praia da Rocha beach

    Casa Jardim (Garden House) is contemporary.
    • Many of its 20 suites have a private terrace

    Casa Azul (Blue House), also modern, has seven charming suites.
    • All have endless, blue ocean views

    Bela Vista's Perfect Beach 

    The Atlantic Ocean, so beloved by the Portuguese, is steps from the hotel.
    • A private walkway leads down to the sand of lovely Praia da Rocha beach
    • A long boardwalk lets you stroll across the entire beach
    • Praia da Rocha is famous for its ubiquitous rock formation

    Bela Vista's Alluring Pool

    Bela Vista’s palm tree-surrounded outdoor pool draws splashers and swimmers a good part of the year.
    • At 17 meters (56 feet) long, the pool is suitable for lap-swimming
    • The wood deck is lined with lounge chairs
    • Dreamy white cabanas beckon twosomes
    • Guests may order drinks or lunch on the pool deck

    L’Occitane Spa, Provençale Style in the Algarve

    The hotel's L’Occitane Spa offers guests sunny atmosphere and spa services.
    • This spa has five treatment rooms and a full range of face and body treatments
    • It pleases the eye with the intense hues of the South of France
    • L'Occitane is a Provence-based bath-products company known for its hotel soaps and lotions in the citrusy Verveine scent

    Next: one of Portugal's most refined seaside restaurants is at Bela Vista >>

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    Top Portuguese Dining at Bela Vista Hotel's Vista Restaurante

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    Vista Restaurante at Bela Vista Hotel & Spa

    Bela Vista Hotel & Spa houses one of the Algarve's top upscale eateries: Vista Restaurante.
    • You can dine indoors, or on the outdoor terrace, gazing at the beach and ocean
    • The restaurant's décor is elegantly, nautically white and blue

    Vista Restaurante's Acclaimed Chef

    Executive Chef João Oliveira took the helm in 2015.
    • His CV covers Michelin-starred restaurants in Portuguese hotels including The Yeatman in Oporto (one star) and Vila Joya in Albufeira (two stars)

    Seafood Is Supreme at Vista Restaurante

    Chef Oliveira's menu spotlights local seafood and seasonal produce.
    • His carpaccio of lobster with ravioli and caviar cream is sublime
    Cataplana -- Portuguese seafood stew -- is heartier, and served for two
    • See a sample menu

    Next: how to find out more about Bela Vista >>

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    Ready for an Affordable Luxury Vacation at Bela Vista in the Algarve?

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    Learn More About Bela Vista Hotel & Spa

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