Torre de Palma Wine Hotel | Monforte, Portugal

Torre de Palma Wine Hotel is a stylish country retreat featuring white-washed Alentejo architecture. Dating from 1338, it celebrates the ancient Roman passions for wine, olive oil, horses, and spas. Interiors feature a a charming mix of elegant furniture and quirky knickknacks, recalling a well-loved home.

Rooms are distributed between the imposing 14th century mansion with its tower and the former stables and worker’s cottages. They are spacious and individually decorated and come with a seating area, a satellite TV, an iPod dock, a minibar and a safe. Bathrooms feature underfloor heating, tubs and/or walk-in showers.

The hotel offers indoor and outdoor swimming pools, a spa and wellness centre, lounge, library and a restaurant and bar. Riding school with Lusitano horses. The restaurant serves gourmet regional Alentejan dishes.

✅ free Wi-Fi • size matters: 18 rooms & suites (30-80m2) (323-861 sq ft) • hotel opened: April 2014 • architecture: João Mendes Ribeiro • interiors: Rosarinho Gabriel (Atelier Coisas da Terra) • bathroom amenities: Castelbel ✅ free on-site parking • no pets allowed • 24-hour front desk • Estremoz: 30-minute drive • Lisbon Airport: 2-hour drive

The DNA: History trumps experience. If that sounds like a contradictory statement, then you haven’t met Paulo Barradas Rebelo and Ana Isabel Rebelo. The duo trained as pharmacists—they fell in love while in pharmacy school—with Paulo going on to become an executive at Bayer, yet they had no hotel experience. What they did have, however, was a great passion for the region and its rich history. “The Romans came here in the first century,” explains Paulo. “They brought us wine and olive oil, and those things have been right here for 2,000 years. You can literally taste the history!” Ana, meanwhile, stresses a strong connection to the property itself. “We knew the farm was in ruins, but we fell in love with it and felt that it simply had to be saved. And once we took it on, we wanted to do it in a way that respected and celebrated the heritage and history here.” (from Design Hotels™).

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