Get­ting There

DRIFT Travel magazine - - Health and Fitness Travel -

Lis­bon air­port is a 30-minute drive from the ho­tel and the train sta­tion is a short walk away. The ho­tel is a 5-minute walk from Ta­ma­riz beach and its prom­e­nade lined with bars and ter­race cafés to en­joy the sea and sun. Also, just yards away is the fa­mous Estoril Casino, the largest in Europe. On the Estoril Coast and in Sin­tra alone, golfers can en­joy seven mag­nif­i­cent golf cour­ses in­clud­ing Palá­cio’s own fa­mous course, Estoril Golf, just 1 km away, which presents a real chal­lenge to all play­ers.

The Ho­tel & Ac­com­mo­da­tion 1930’s el­e­gance and his­tory is re­flected through­out the ho­tel. The lobby and en­trance are so grand, it’s very en­tranc­ing. In keep­ing with the theme of the ho­tel, my room was lav­ishly dec­o­rated, pro­vid­ing a sense of time­less com­fort and cre­at­ing idyl­lic am­biance to re­lax and un­wind.

The Spa

The state- of- the- art Banyan Tree Spa and med­i­cal fa­cil­ity at Pala­cio Estoril is a haven of thick white spa robes, sub­dued light­ing and shiny decor.

The spa has a two-method way with high-tech med­i­cal di­ag­nos­tic tests to find out how we’re ag­ing and what’s go­ing on with our hor­mones and health, but also a range of treat­ments de­signed to ease stress, loss of col­la­gen and im­prove mus­cle tone. The ther­mal pool for Watsu (also known as wa­ter shi­atsu) is an amaz­ing ther­a­peu­tic treat­ment with a mix of mas­sage, float­ing and be­ing cra­dled like a baby, whilst be­ing slowly swirled around.

The Ham­man of­fers a sanc­tu­ary where I felt com­pletely at peace, the wa­ter jets dis­solved the ten­sion from by body, specif­i­cally in my lower back and shoul­ders; words can­not de­scribe just how re­vi­tal­ized I felt af­ter, which en­cour­aged the best night sleep I had in over a month.

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