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The Five-Star Oitavos Juxstaposes Minimalist Décor With Abundant Amenities

Aug 13, 2015  |   Contributor: Sean Hillen

Having visited many hotels in many countries, I can easily attest to The Oitavos owning the widest corridors I have ever seen, with enough space to drive a car through.

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Discover the Diverse City of Lisbon Through Museums, Dining & Coastal Road Trips

Jul 24, 2015  |   Contributor: Sean Hillen

Conquests by Phoenicians, Romans, Moors and Christians have left Lisbon with a fusion of cuisines and cultures merging together in one city. The diverse destination is home to castles, museums, fine dining restaurants and plenty of great attractions scattered around its neighborhoods. Whether it’s your first time or tenth, here is a list of must-do activities while visiting Portugal’s capital city.

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Portugal’s Algarve is More Than Just Another Beach Destination & Sunbathing Haven

Jul 14, 2015  |   Contributor: Sean Hillen

Portugal’s southermost region is well known for its sandy beaches and lively nightlife, but The Algarve also entices visitors because of its diversity. Here, golden cliffs drop off into the ocean’s waves below and Moorish ruins remain where entire communities once lived. As a major tourist destination, former fishing villages have been turned into summer resorts, but if you look close enough, its history still lingers amidst high rise apartments and modern developments. However, this beautiful region still has plenty of treasures worth discovering and plenty of activities to hold any traveler’s wanderlust interest. Here are a few tips on activities for navigating the region in three days:

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Pine Cliffs Resort: One Property, Six Sections & an Abundance of Activities in Portugal

Jul 10, 2015  |   Contributor: Sean Hillen

Spread over 178 acres, Pine Cliffs Resort in the Portuguese Algarve is so vast it has even developed a special botanical handbook and walking tour for its guests. 

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Lisbon's Biggest 5-Star Hotel Boasts Even More Renovations

Jun 25, 2015  |   Contributor: Sean Hillen

As the largest five-star hotel in Lisbon, the Corinthia has long attracted many corporate travelers, but more recently it has focused more of its on leisure guests. The building had been a hotel for more than 19 years before the Pisani family of Malta, founders of the brand, took it over in 2004. And while it had already gone through radical renovations to raise its status from four to five-star, it is doing so again. Last year they revitalized their Tempus Bar and lobby area, and this year, more rooms are being remodeled.

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From Luxe Rooms to Fine Dining & Nearby Wineries: A Look at Portugal's Vitória Stone Hotel

Jun 12, 2015  |   Contributor: Sean Hillen

Once providing inn-style family accommodations, following a major renovation last year, Vitória Stone has turned into a chic, four-star hotel just outside the historic walls of the central Portuguese town of Évora. Its low-ceilinged lobby is characterized by concrete pillars, which look as if they've just been poured. Large, glazed wine amphorae stand around the floors and black and white photographs of archaeological cromlechs on the walls enhance the theme of ancient history.

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Why Spain and Portugal’s Iberian Peninsula Needs to Top Your Culinary Travel Wish List

Mar 30, 2015  |   Contributor: Vicki Arkoff

Some things are worth traveling around the world for; great sights, sounds, and experiences that engage all the senses. That’s why culinary tourism is such a growing trend. Great food and drink are always at the top of my list. One of the most prized foods in the world that any foodie visiting Spain must try is Jamon Iberico, a.k.a. iberico ham, the country’s most prized national delicacy. Costing $1,200 and up for a 15-pound leg, the highest grade is more pricey than Champagne and more esteemed than truffles or caviar.

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Follow the Path of HRH The Queen of England on This 12-Day Douro River Cruise

Jan 17, 2015  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

I’ll be the first to admit that cruises typically aren’t my thing; but this 12-day, 11-night Douro River of Portugal getaway has my attention. I could say that it’s because of its interesting shore excursions or that the allure of Portugal drew me in, but let's be honest, it's because of HRH The Queen of England. Why you ask? Just take a gander at her in the below picture when two years ago, everyone's favorite long-living royal put her stamp of approval on the vessel, all the while dressed like vanilla soft serve (also a favorite).

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Six Senses Expands Into Europe With New Douro Valley Resort Opening in 2015

Jul 12, 2014  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

I mean, c’mon, that view, that glistening pool, the cocktail that will undoubtedly be in your hand—don’t act like you’re not impressed by Six Senses’ first European property. Located in the Portuguese UNESCO World Heritage area of the Douro Valley, the well-known spa brand is expanding in the region's wine country with an opening slated for spring of 2015.

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Bike Tours Portugal Promises a Luxury Vacation on Two Wheels

Dec 5, 2013  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

While riding around on a bicycle isn’t necessarily a luxury affair, Bike Tours Portugal (BTP) has found a way to make it a little more glamorous when visiting Europe. Choosing from either guided, self-guided or tailor-made tours, guests can hop onto their very own two-wheeler for an adventure that is both eco-friendly and filled with four- and five-star accommodations.

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5 European Wine Tours That Are Anything But Stuffy

Aug 29, 2013  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico  |  1 Comment

Wine tours are a quintessential part of traveling through Europe, as its regions hold some of the most famous vineyards, brands and family-run wineries in the world. If you’re a frequent traveler to The Old World you may be looking for something a little different this next time around. Like you, we were itching for that extra twist that made a tour stand out among the rest. Below is a compilation of some of Europe’s unique wine experiences.... Read More

Discover Portugal's Peaceful Western Algarve at Martinhal Beach Resort & Hotel

Dec 21, 2012  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

Boasting stunning architecture and playing up natural elements inspired by its surrounding landscape, Martinhal Beach Resort & Hotel allows guests to experience the unspoiled Western Algarve. Luxury seeps through every inch of this beautiful five-star resort which is met by unrivaled hospitality. Its organic décor is a welcomed treat bringing grace and simplicity to the resort.

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Best Beaches in Europe

Nov 19, 2012  |   Contributor: Tara Imperatore  |  8 Comments

White powder sand, secluded enclaves, staggering cliffs, crystal clear water, and swaying palms are just some of the reasons travelers flock to the beaches winding around the European coastline. Whether you want to surf, build sandcastles with the kids, ride jet skis, snorkel among the marine life, or merely sleep in solitude, there is a beach waiting for you in your favorite destination across the Atlantic. We’ve picked five from the long list of impressive places to dig your feet in the sand and bask in nature’s beauty on your next luxury vacation in Europe.... Read More

Inspira Santa Marta First Hotel in Portugal to Earn Green Globe Re-certification

Oct 8, 2012  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman

Inspira Santa Marta Hotel in Lisbon, Portugal has been granted a recertification for it's sustainable practices by Green Global. “We are very proud to be the first hotel in Portugal to earn the prestigious Green Globe re-certification and international recognition,” said Nicolas Roucos, General Manager at the Inspira Santa Marta Hotel in Lisbon.... Read More

9 Phrases Every Traveler Should Know

Mar 6, 2012  |   Contributor: The Daily Meal  |  1 Comment

No matter the travel destination, arriving somewhere new with a good handle on the local language is really helpful. Skipping the charades-style hand gesticulating and the awkward stumbling through the native tongue makes for much easier communication — and it’s also much more fun.... Read More

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