Bela Vista is a luxury boutique hotel set in a stately historical 19th-century villa, originally the Algarve's first hotel. Many details of the impressive building stayed intact: painted wooden ceilings, wall tiles, stained-glass windows and a wonderful turret. The hotel is situated on the cliffs of Praia da Rocha, with direct access to the beach. The original villa features a new wing added and the whole complex boats eclectic interior design and beautiful landscaped gardens.
The rooms and suites (18-64m2) are decorated with ornate wallpapers, contemporary furniture and bold hues in a maritime style. Most provide views of the Atlantic Ocean from private balconies. Room facilities include a flat-screen TV with cable channels, a safe, a work desk and iPod docks are available on request.
Al fresco dining is possible on the terrace of the gourmet restaurant "Vista", above the cliffs and offering stunning views at sunset. The menu, headed by João Oliveira, is based on Portuguese and Mediterranean dishes and there is a varied wine list. The hotel also has a classic hotel bar and a lounge with quirky grand piano.
The hotel has a beautiful outdoor palm-lined swimming pool and sun terrace. The L’Occitane Spa offers five treatment rooms, a hammam and a sauna.
Seasonal hotel: open March-November. Children are welcome 12 years and older.
Member Relais & Châteaux.
• 38 rooms
• Hotel opened: 1934
• Interiors: Graça Viterbo
• Unique: The bath in the stained-glass turret in one of the character rooms.
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