Where to stay while seeking relaxation with a side of adventure in Portugal

Douro River and surrounding mountains on an overcast day...
Douro River and surrounding mountains on an overcast day... / Roberto Machado Noa/GettyImages

Portugal is a beautiful country with plenty to delight all ages. Adults traveling solo or with others have many kind words about the activities offered, like wine tasting and the enchanting hotels to stay in abroad. The countryside, with its vineyards disguised as rolling hills, the majestic white sand beaches, the mountains flourishing with life, and the rivers that slowly meander across the land, make Portugal a gorgeous and lush country. 

Tourists looking for lively entertainment and sheer adventure gravitate towards the cities of Lisbon and Porto. At the same time, those who enjoy the quieter side of life may choose to stretch their legs in Lindoso, just inside the borders of the famed and wolf-friendly Peneda do Gerês National Park. No matter your path, Portugal will forever dance in your memories. One part of the adventure is finding the most unique hotels to rest your head for the night. Of course, it helps if the hotel happens to be an adventure of its own.

Unique, luxurious, strange, and lovely Portugal hotels to add to your bucket list 

The hotels in Portugal are genuinely one-of-a-kind and will live in your memories for a long time. Depending on where in Portugal you choose to leap off into your adventure, the hotels, and places to stay will vary from beach bungalows to luxurious resorts. We have compiled a short list of the best of Portugal’s hotels.

  1. Quinta da Pacheca - This luxury hotel, nestled in the village of Cambres along the Douro River, is a unique adventure in itself. Imagine staying in a wine barrel tipped on its side, adding a thrilling twist to your stay. The packages include trips to the on-site spa, vouchers for the delectable food served in the dining hall, and, of course, wine! Every stay comes with a complimentary wine tasting and tour of the 75-hectare vineyard, making your stay a true adventure.
  2. Vila Vita Parc - This stunning five-star resort, gracing the beautiful beaches of the Algarve, is a haven of luxury. Choose from luxury rooms, suites, villas, and apartments, all with either a garden or ocean-front view. The rooftop suite is a dream with its sleek daybeds, rain shower for cooling down, and plenty of vibrant pottery to give it a trendy look. The spa suites offer an extra touch of luxury, providing you with a truly unique and indulgent experience.
  3. The Yeatman - Immerse yourself in pure elegance at this enchanting resort with some of the most beautiful rooms. The stunning views over Porto add to the magic. From the decanter-shaped pool to the enchanting glowing jacuzzi overlooking the city, every detail oozes luxury. The most unique stays at the Yeatman are the master suite, featuring a round wine barrel-shaped bed, and the Bacchus Suite, with its open floor plan and a free-standing metal bathtub, both sure to leave you in awe.

Leave Portugal feeling glamorous

Whether you choose to stick close to the capital city of Lisbon or would rather experience the more romantic setting of the countryside or beaches, you can’t go wrong with choosing Portugal for your next vacation. The list of fantastic hotels and resorts is exhausting, catering to every taste and preference. Another unique way to experience the country is to stay in an Airbnb. Frequently, those are the coolest places to stay since you can choose from a tiny house, treehouse, or even windmill, ensuring a truly unique and personalized experience.