Best of the Best 2018 - 524
BELMOND REID'S PALACE
MA DEIR A , POR TU GA L
N E I G H B O R H O O D Tropical Garden, Ocean Cliffs
Discerning travelers adore Belmond Reid's Palace for its superb service, excellent hospitality
and fine culinary experiences in calm and exclusive surroundings. It was here that Sir Winston
Churchill painted and wrote his war memoirs, and also where George Bernard Shaw mastered
the tango. Indulge in a Deluxe Room for the best ocean and garden views from your private
balcony or patio. Several dining options are available; all restaurants feature exclusive atmospheres and unique culinary adventures. Don't miss the oceanfront spa with Aromatherapy
Associates and Natura Bissé treatments.
A DV I S O R T I P
$100 value food and beverage credit per stay.
Reserve a harbor-view balcony room. Enjoy
alfresco dining, sample Madeira at the weekly
tasting and walk the hotel's gardens.
Dana Point, California
Distance from Funchal Airport (FNC): 14 miles/23 km
Size: 158 rooms Room Style: Classic Vibe: Sophisticated
VILA MONTE FARM HOUSE
MON CA R A PA CHO, POR TU GA L
N E I G H B O R H O O D Moncarapacho
With its bucolic setting and boho-chic vibe, Vila Monte gives "down on the farm" a decidedly
fashionable edge. Step away from the busier Algarve for a stroll through aromatic gardens and
citrus orchards; when the sands call, a shuttle will carry you to nearby Fuseta Island Beach.
Shades of white soothe tired souls in the 55 rooms adorned with tree-trunk coffee tables and
hand-carved accents. You can learn how to harvest oysters, sling traditional Algarve pottery or
help prepare locally sourced meals for sharing in the rustic À Terra restaurant. Outdoor movies are screened each evening.
50-minute massage for two, once per stay.
On Saturdays, guests can join the hotel chef
on a tour of the local market, followed by
lunch with wine by the kitchen's central fire.
Distance from Faro Airport (FAO): 11 miles/17 km
Size: 55 rooms Room Style: Indigenous Vibe: Casual
SÃO LOURENÇO DO BARROCAL
MON SA R A Z, POR TU GA L
N E I G H B O R H O O D Monsaraz, Alqueva Lake, Évora
More than just the food comes farm-fresh at São Lourenço do Barrocal. There is a natural elegance to the entire lifestyle at this rustic retreat, a family-run, working estate located in southeastern Portugal. Here, guests are invited to hit pause and reset amidst the rural Alentejo
landscape, wandering among the ancient holm oaks, olive groves and private vineyard, or
perhaps picnicking in a wildflower-filled meadow. The 40 rooms and cottages reveal artisan
touches, with handmade brick floors and an eclectic mix of homey pieces. Spa therapies utilize
exclusive cosmetics from the organic Austrian brand Susanne Kaufmann.
Choice of $100 spa services credit per stay
or 60-minute horseback ride for two, once
The estate is located within Alqueva's Dark
Sky Reserve, the world's first "Starlight
Tourism Destination." The night skies are
known to leave stargazers gasping.
Distance from Lisbon Airport (LIS): 95 miles/152 km
Size: 40 rooms Room Style: Indigenous Vibe: Casual