From the sunny Algarve to the cultured cities of Lisbon and Porto, Portugal has lots to offer in terms of relaxed beachside getaways.
With flights to Faro, Lisbon and Porto being relatively cheap from the UK, there’s no better time to head to the land of Azulejos tiles, sun drenched Moorish ruins and rugged Atlantic coastline.
Whether you’re looking for a culture hit in Lisbon, an infinity pool to laze beside or waking up to incredible views. We’ve picked our favourite boutique hotels from around Portugal, all within walking distance of a beach and all stunning within their own right.
Farol Design Hotel
If you’re looking for an escape that really makes the most of being by the sea then the Farol Design Hotel might just be the one for you. Its beach-side location allows for 180 degree sea views, as well as easy access to the coastal paths which are perfect for afternoon bike rides. Along these routes, visitors will find many restaurants that specialise in delicious seafood cuisine and sushi.
What’s more, the Farol Design Hotel is pet friendly and offers a complimentary Pet VIP Pack, so that no one gets left behind.
The hotel houses 33 guest rooms including four suites, eight designer rooms and a luxury penthouse. The Penthouse has the added benefit of being separate from the hotel therefore creating a more intimate and private space.
The floor-to-ceiling windows provide stunning panoramas of the Atlantic Ocean and the penthouse gymnasium, spa, personal chef and house butler are all there to ensure your stay is magical.
Hotel Bela Vista
Set in a historical 19th century building on the edge of Praia da Rocha in the Algarve, Hotel Bela Vista is the ultimate combination of luxury meets beach chic.
The stylish interiors make subtle references to traditional Portuguese design whilst maintaining the utmost in modern and luxury amenities.
The hotel enjoys private and direct beach access, as well as a beautiful outdoor swimming pool. The chic bar, located at the edge of the pool, is perfectly positioned to ensure a cool and refreshing beverage is always within arm’s reach.
The rooms at Hotel Bela Vista are unique and full of charm, making the most of the sea views and the deep blue hues so characteristic of Portugal. Each room is equipped with WiFi, an LCD TV, iPhone doc and much coveted L’OCCITANE amenities.
If you consider yourself a foodie, then look no further than Praia Verde. Food is a way of life at this hotel and no stay is complete without a visit to À Terra, the hotel’s restaurant. Fresh, locally sourced and deliciously homely, this is comfort eating at its best.
And when you’re not busy stuffing your face, the hotel is located close to the Guadiana River known as “Portugal’s Venice” as it wends its way through the town, supporting a diverse array of wildlife including flamingos.
The hotel has 40 suites, which are decorated in neutral tones, equipped with a kitchenette, balcony and a choice of garden or sea views.
Travelling with kids? The hotel boasts a grandiose family-sized room complete with incredibly comfortable fold-out couch for kids.
Looking for more Algarve inspiration? Check out our top hotels in the stunning beach town of Albufeira.
LX Boutique Hotel
Once derelict, the building that now houses LX Boutique Hotel was reborn like a phoenix from the ashes allowing guests to live a true Lisbon experience.
Set in the heart of Downtown, this is the perfect place to experience everything this vibrant city has to offer, from great nightlife, to fine cuisine and lots of fascinating historical features.
The Classic Rooms offer city views, free WiFi, air conditioning, an IPod dock and a mini-bar.
The rooms are decorated to reflect a truly Lisboan influence, with library-style wallpaper in honour of the famous Portuguese poet, Fernanda Pessoa who would take his constitutional walks along the hotel’s street every morning.
For more than 80 years, the Tivoli Hotel Lisboa has been an emblematic feature in the city.
Close to the old Portuguese neighbourhoods and all the top shopping spots, the hotel is ideal should you be in the market for some Chanel, Dior or even Cartier.
Tivoli’s Skybar is a popular night time hub with panoramic views of the city, perfect for watching the sun go down. Guests can then choose to dine in either Terraço Restaurant or the Brasserie Flo Lisboa, two of the hotel’s eateries.
A look inside the Presidential Suite reveals, marble floors, monochrome accents, a whirlpool bathroom and plush furnishings. The 250 metre-squared suite is located on the 7th floor and enjoys incredible views over the historical Avenue da Liberdade.
1872 River House
Porto is a city of great culture, great wine and Port (naturally) and is also close to the beach, just in case you miss that salty breeze. For a different take on a beachside hotel, why not check out Porto’s 1872 River House?
The iconic hotel is found nestled on the banks of the River Douro and is ideal anyone looking to take in Porto’s stunning scenery and marvel at the city’s iconic metal bridge, Dom Luis, which rises high above the water.
Every room at 1872 tells a different story with the Portuguese furniture restored and adapted to suit each individual space. Rustic touches such as exposed brick walls, shutter windows and minimal furniture allow guests to enjoy the space and make the most of the spectacular views.
Hotel da Vila
What’s brilliant about this hotel is that it’s twinned with the Estalagem Ponto do Sol, a hotel just a three minute walk away and guests are free to use the facilities at both – two hotels for the price of one!
Hotel da Villa is located in the centre of the small village Ponta do Sol and practically falls into the ocean. The focus on chic design is palpable at this hotel as modern furniture, innovative light fixtures and natural materials make for a warm and inviting space.
If you can bear to leave your beautiful room then snorkelling, diving, dolphin watching, caving and hiking are some of the activities on offer in the hotel’s surrounds.
Fortaleza Do Guincho
A luxury five-star boutique hotel, complete with a Michelin-starred restaurant, Fortaleza Do Guincho is set on a cliff-top overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. The warm and welcoming ambiance of the hotel makes it the perfect destination for both a family holiday and a romantic retreat.
If you are thinking of holding an event or business meeting then look no further. This hotel is ideal with its fully equipped business centre, free WiFi access and even a medieval room that makes an exquisite setting for gala dinners of up to 110 people.
However it’s not all work and no play, the hotel is located close to some of the best golf courses in the country, as well as spas, surf schools, and tennis courts.
Cascade Wellness & Lifestyle Resort
Perched upon a clifftop in the historic city of Lagos, Cascade Wellness & Lifestyle Resort offers a five-star, elegant and sophisticated experience.
The luxury spa is the hotel’s hub for relaxation or if you are looking for a family retreat then look no further as Cascade welcomes children of all ages. The hotel hosts a Caskiddy Kids Club, sand bottom swimming pool and several child-friendly leisure areas.
The Cascade is divided into four individually decorated wings, reflecting the expeditions of Portuguese navigators across the four continents. So depending on which wing stay in you may find yourself surrounded by African, European, Asian or South American themed décor.
Areias do Seixo
Póvoa de Penafirme, Santa Cruz
Pine forests, sand dunes, and the sound of crashing waves. Less than an hour from Lisbon, Areias do Seixo is a secluded retreat, focusing on simplicity and staying close to its roots in nature.
The hotel restaurant’s locally sourced and thoughtfully prepared cuisine is not to be missed, as is the unique SPA where you can leave the daily grind behind.
Each of the hotel’s Love, Land, Tree and Gold Rooms are uniquely decorated but all feature a charming log fireplace, a wooden terrace, breath-taking sea views and even a private Jacuzzi. But if that’s not enough, checkout the hotel’s luxurious villas, which boast their own private pools, barbeque area, kitchen and fireplace.
You will find yourself spoilt for choice!