Torre de Palma Wine Ho­tel

Alen­tejo re­gion, Por­tu­gal

Living Etc - - TRAVEL / ETC -

The low­down A white­washed gem in the heart of the Alto Alen­tejo. Best for Sub­lime iso­la­tion for wine devo­tees.

When a ho­tel is ded­i­cated to liv­ing life Ro­man-style, cen­tred around wine, olive oil, horses and spas, it’s a safe bet you’re in for some­thing special. And from the mo­ment you pull up to the com­plex of tra­di­tional, pris­tine white­washed es­tate build­ings and el­e­gant, sym­pa­thet­i­cally ren­o­vated manor house, you won’t be dis­ap­pointed. Climb up the cen­tral tower for wel­come drinks on your first evening to take in the sun­set and vast views across the es­tate’s 14th-cen­tury vine­yards and you’ll fall in­stantly un­der Torre de Palma’s spell. In­side is a fu­sion of old and new, with 18 rooms and suites decked out in so­phis­ti­cated neu­trals, vin­tage touches and lay­ered tex­tures. Pay homage to Alen­tejo wine at the ho­tel’s tra­di­tional win­ery, where an ar­ray of wine-re­lated ac­tiv­i­ties are on the menu, from tast­ings to har­vest­ing and stomp­ing grapes. There are also ma­jes­tic Lusi­tano horses wait­ing for you at the sta­bles and a stun­ning spa for some chill-out time. Then head to the bar to grab a perch on a rope swing to con­tinue sam­pling the best wines from the re­gion. The house Vinho Branco, made from the prized An­tão Vaz grape grown in the ho­tel vine­yard is well worth a tip­ple. To­tal bliss.

Book it Double rooms from ap­prox £120 (de­sign­ho­tels.com).

CLOCKWISE FROM TOP A warm sun­set wel­come is the tip of the ice­berg of Torre de Palma’s breath­tak­ing views; the re­mains of an an­cient house were lov­ingly re­stored; quirky dé­cor in the mas­ter suite is cour­tesy of ar­chi­tect João Men­des Ribeiro and in­te­rior de­signer Rosar­inho Gabriel; blue is the double room’s colour; and hang out at the bar – on a swing

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