Pousada Palacio de Estoi: Mansion Hotel on Portugal's Algarve Coast

Pousada Palácio de Estoi hotel in Portugal's Algarve beach region

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The coastal Algarve, Portugal’s southernmost region, is a great value destination on the Continent. But that's not the only reason to visit.

• The Algarve delights lovers of sun, sand, and seafood
• Add a rich history dating back to the early Middle Ages
• Add panoramic coastal golf courses
• And one of shortest transatlantic flights
• Here on Luxury Travel, my reasons you must visit the Algarve

Where to Stay Frugally in the Algarve? Pousada Palácio de Estoi

Pousada Palácio de Estoi is a majestic pink castle. This estate was built in the late 1800s in Baroque style by the local aristocrat, Visconde de Estoi.

The property has been a member of Portugal's pousada hotel association since 2003.
• Find out more about the 40 historic pousadas of Portugal
• Pousada Palácio de Estoi is a member of the prestigious Small Luxury Hotels of the World
• And it is a remarkable bargain, considering the quality of the guest experience

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The Palácio's Setting: Estoi, a Jewel of a Town

The estate is grandly set in the hilltop village of Estoi, steps from the village square.

• Estoi is not frequented by tourists
• It is full of winding cobblestone streets that are a pleasure to explore
• A short drive from the village are the ruins of Milreu, an excavated Roman villa noted for its well-preserved mosaics (see photos here)
• The property is just 20 miles from the major airport of the Algarve, in Faro
• And it's a scenic 15-minute drive down to a glorious beach


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Handsome Rooms at Pousada Palácio de Estoi

The Palácio, a Baroque-style gem, caresses the eye in shades of salmon-pink and sand-beige. Its 60 contemporary rooms are annexed to the original building, which is dedicated to lounging and dining.

• Light, airy room furnishings contrast with rich, dark wood walls
• All rooms overlook the rolling Algarvian hills with a sea view on the horizon


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Beautiful Gardens with Slightly Naughty Décor

Pousada Palácio de Estoi is noted for its park-like surroundings.

• Its impeccably manicured, French-style gardens are built around a three-tiered stone fountain
• A pair of small teahouses in the courtyard are a must-see; the one for men features a series of Azulejo tiles of the naked-lady variety
• Another lovely garden at the Palácio, visited by appointment (ask the concierge), flaunts  abundant fruit trees, monumental fountains, and a cascading staircase with azulejo walls


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Restoration of the Palácio’s Noble Origins

Palácio de Estoi is being painstakingly restored to its original grandeur. Tiles, frescoes, and small details like doorknobs and moldings have been lovingly repaired.

• Pastel-colored angels once again hover on the ceilings’ frescoes
• Guests can lounge, read, and socialize in several wood-paneled living rooms
• A private stone chapel inside the palace hosts destination weddings
• A salon overlooking the gardens can be reserved for receptions and private events
• For an inside look atthe Palácio, introduce yourself to front desk director Monica, who is eager to share her passion for the Palácio’s heritage


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Food Worthy of Royalty at Pousada Palácio de Estoi

The property serves refined Portuguese fare strong on local seafood.

• There is one restaurant, serving three meals a day
• Guests may dine on the scenic outdoor terrace or in two interior dining rooms
• The original palace kitchen, with its beautiful azulejo-tiled walls, is visible to the dining rooms
• In addition to an a la carte menu, the Palácio features a prix fixe Portuguese menu which varies monthly (Chickpeas were the theme during my visit)
• Recommendation: the quality and portion size of the grilled octopus is impressive
• The breakfast buffet overflows with charcuterie, fresh fruit and juice, cereal, bread, pastry 

A Huge Pool at the Palácio...

An unusual guest amenity at the Pousada Palácio de Estoi is its 150-foot outdoor pool.
• The pool overlooks a wild grass meadow, the hills, and the sea in the distance

Guests can relish a massage or facial in the hotel's cozy spa.
• Hotel guests who can use the spa's sauna and steam room without a spa appointment


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Find Out More More About Pousada Palácio de Estoi

• Its website: Posada Palácio de Estoi
• On Facebook

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