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The best spa hotels in Lisbon

Looking for a relaxing holiday? You do not have to leave the city to find peace in the best spa hotels in Lisbon


By Time Out Lisbon editors

Posted: Wednesday August 8 2018


Fotografia: Matilde Cunha Vaz
Pestana Palace Lisboa

Lisbon is getting busier and we don’t mind that at all. With so many cool streets to go, shops to browse and restaurants from all over the world to experience, besides the good and old traditional ones, of course, you can end your holidays more tired than when you began. Whether you're looking for a relaxing treatment or to spend a full weekend, these hotels have the ideal recipe to forget the craziness of the urban life for a while. Lean back, place some cucumber in your eyes and enjoy some zen music at one of the best spa hotels in Lisbon.

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InterContinental Lisbon

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Lisbon is an all-round show pony when it comes to cracking views (all those hill-climbs have to count for something), but the InterContinental takes the cake for having one of the best. Pair the sweeping city vista with the hotel’s prime position near the swanky Avenida da Liberdade and you’ve got yourself a winner. Last year the hotel underwent a renovation, so everything here looks exceptionally swish. Choose from a classic room, executive or suite – complete with marble bathrooms – and doze off in a cloud-like bed surrounded by cosy furnishings at the end of the day. There's a restaurant in-house called Akla, as well as the bar Uptown, and nearby is the Marquês de Pombal metro.

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Corinthia Hotel Lisbon

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The unassuming exterior of the Corinthia is a mere smokescreen masking an opulent interior. This fancy five-star hotel’s seemingly low-key status makes it a magnet for the powers of the world, with guests such as Hillary Clinton passing through its doors. Set over 24 storeys, Corinthia welcomes guests with a marble lobby flanked by the creations of both Portuguese and foreign artists. The 518 rooms have calming, earthy colours and provide AC, cable TV, wifi and luxury toiletries. Elsewhere around the hotel you'll find a gym, a pool, spa, two restaurants serving traditional Portuguese cuisine, a bar and gardens with waterfalls.

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Pestana Palace Lisboa

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A stay at Pestana Palace Lisboa is a stay at one of the most luxurious hotels in the world. Seriously. Even Madonna stays here when she's in town. Dating back to the 1800s, this colonial mansion once belonged to the Marquis of Valle Flôr, and has been designated a national monument. You don't need to stay here to be able to visit, but if you can afford it, you'll get to experience one of its outrageously elegant 200-odd rooms and suites, the old ballrooms, Valle Flôr restaurant and its traditional Portuguese fare, and the sprawling gardens.

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Altis Belém Hotel & Spa

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We're not really sure why, but Belém remains one of Lisbon's most underserved areas in terms of hotels. Especially considering all the major attractions in the area: Belém Tower, Jerónimos Monastery and the Pastéis de Belém pastry shop, to name but a few. This lack of hotels has, however, allowed Altis to grow a modern, luxury hotel right beside the Tagus. This five-star stay offers stunning design inside and out, a Michelin-starred restaurant, rooms with balconies, a pool, spa, Turkish baths and hydrotherapy treatments.

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Hotel Avenida Palace

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This Belle Époque style hotel opened for business in 1892, and has often been praised as one of Europe's finest and prettiest. It was designed by José Luís Monteiro, the same master builder who conceived the facade of the nearby Rossio train station. Avenida Palace precedes by many decades the big tourist boom. It survived the Portuguese republican revolution, the Spanish civil war and both world wars, while being a major venue for political intrigue and espionage – or so some say. Its 82 rooms and suites face Lisbon's centre. The bathrooms are marble, the decoration is Spartan.
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EPIC SANA Lisboa Hotel

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At a time when Lisbon's hotel business turned towards smaller, more intimate boutique hotels, the SANA Group parked right next to the Amoreiras a five-star giant with a surprisingly warm and family-style customer care, as if to prove that size really doesn't matter. The 291 rooms and suites are a luxury  proposition. Their minimalist décor highlights their generous size and spaciousness, making their king-sized beds the centre of attentions. Bathrooms are also worthy of mention, with their huge showers and tubs, so large you will feel like soaking in a bath all day long and fall asleep (we're not saying that's what happened, but we're not saying it didn't either).
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Hotel Heritage Avenida Liberdade

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Miguel Câncio Martins, the same architect that designed the famous Buddha Bar in Paris or the Pacha in Marrakesh, created this stylish hotel from a Pombaline-style 18th century building. The original outline remains unchanged, with its cast-iron balconies, stonework and tile walls. But the makeover made it fresh-faced, urbane and cosmopolitan, mixing the young and the old – an alchemy that earned it international recognition as one of Portugal's most successful restoration projects. You will see why right on your way in, with an old apothecary counter converted into a tea station, and the mezzanine turned into a library. It is a small hotel, 41 rooms, with a range of amenities you wouldn't expect from a location merely six storeys tall.
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Four Seasons Hotel Ritz Lisbon

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Architect Pardal Monteiro did a stellar job on the Four Seasons Hotel Ritz. The vast concrete exterior looks like a monument in itself, especially the bits carved with murals, but the interior will take your breath away. Get ready for marble-floored halls, huge candelabras, golden furniture, table-wide flower arrangements and art collections, both modern and historic, about whose history you can learn more through the hotel's app. The spa is the finest in the city, with an eighteen-metre indoor pool, mani-pedis with vegan products and over 700 square metres for sports and fitness, including a gym, sauna, Turkish bath, pilates studio and an 400-metre running track on the roof of the hotel.

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Sheraton Lisboa Hotel & Spa

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The 91-metre tall giant hides within its walls one of the most effective staffs you will ever find (they even have a medical department). Its 369 rooms will make you want to move in. We don't even mean the ten executive suites, whose generous areas make them larger than many Lisbon apartments; the standard rooms are breathtaking enough in its style and luxury features, such as Bang & Olufsen LCD screens, marble bathrooms and delightful beds by Sheraton's exclusive brand, Sweet Sleeper. Only the Club Rooms include breakfast, free wi-fi and access to a panoramic lounge with a bar and light meals service, the place where we suspect VIPs go to dodge meetings. In other rooms, the buffet breakfast (you might as well call it lunch, considering the absurd amount of available hot and cold plates) costs 23€ and Internet access costs 15€ per 24 hours (there's free wi-fi in public areas).
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Inspira Santa Marta Hotel

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Born in 2010, Inspira Santa Marta is like a Kinder chocolate egg – plain on the outside, full of surprises within. Upon stepping into the lobby, you will realize the hotel is much more ambitious than you might have previously thought. Don't expect gold-plated walls, but this utilitarian hotel has earned a positive reputation for its good taste and friendliness. It is a favourite among the LGBT community. There are 89 rooms; those on the ground floor are the plainest, but even they have a Nespresso machine, free wi-fi, glass window showers and biodegradable amenities by Ominsens - stuff worthy of a five-star hotel. Feng-shui principles determine the hotel configuration both inside and outside the rooms, which are ample, minimalist and very comfortable.
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Myriad by SANA Hotels

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Myriad SANA takes the most advantage of having the Tagus by its doorstep: the hotel is literally on top of the water, so there can be no better view of the river. The view is so great you might get seasick – there are rocking chairs by the room windows. The hotel is garishly decorated in tones of red, black and white, with mirrors everywhere. The 186 rooms are a bit more low-key in terms of colours, but the River Lounge Bar is a chromatic explosion. It has a Portuguese menu with a twist; in summer nights, enjoy going over it slowly on the outdoors tables overlooking the Tagus.The hotel's top floor is 143 metres high and holds the Sayana Wellness Spa, with an indoors panoramic pool, a gym, a hammam, a jacuzzi and a floatarium where you can experience zero gravity.
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Vila Galé Ópera

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Vila Galé Ópera has been operating for 15 years, but seems ageless. Maybe the Tagus breeze blows youth into it. This hotel has definitely not lost its sense purpose: located right next to the Lisbon Congress Centre, it draws a business rather than a leisure crowd, and therefore it commits itself to be the best possible host for business travellers. The hotel is also very welcoming for those travelling with children, since its 243 rooms come in different sizes, including family rooms. And because life is meaningless if you can't have some fun, beyond conference rooms there is also a health club with a gym, an indoors pool and a bar serving appetizers. There is also a restaurant with regional food tastings accompanied by fine Alentejo wines.
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Altis Grand Hotel

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The Altis Grand Hotel makeover was both silent and effective, and drew very little attention. It was a needed change at a time when competition and demand levels spiked, forcing veteran contenders to move into the 21st century. The Altis Grand Hotel renovated its (300) rooms, making them lighter and more comfortable, including new technology and large bathrooms. If you knew the “old” Altis, you will be amazed by the Spa, the renovation's masterpiece, with its swimming pool, Turkish baths, sauna e treatment rooms. The D. Fernando restaurant suggests Portuguese traditional cuisine, with a strong emphasis on fresh fish from Portugal's coastline. If you want a broader range of options, go up to the Campo de Ourique district and walk around until you find something that catches your fancy.
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Palácio do Governador

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The Palácio do Governador (“governor's palace”) in Belém has an Age of Discoveries theme devised by designer Nini Andrade Silva, who drew from the building's history to create an identity for the hotel. A clear view of the Tagus, only a few metres away, is another charming detail. This isn't just another luxury hotel in the city; it is a true representative of Lisbon's character, cosmopolitan and extroverted. Inside, the architectural details were maintained whenever possible; the front desk, where a chapel used to be, still has the original masonry ceilings and tiled wainscots. The hall patio has traces of a factory that once laboured here, and some of the rooms (60 in total) still have arched brick ceilings.
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BessaHotel Liberdade

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The hotel might look a bit conceited at first, but that self-confidence is justified. Its 113 rooms are simultaneously chic, vintage and practical (some of them have a balcony facing the street). Bathrooms are luxurious, pristinely white and they have an integrated Bluetooth sound system. Everything else is about living the good life. The hotel restaurant tries to innovate, with a contemporary menu with dashes of traditional cuisine to go along with a good selection of Portuguese wines. Any other food emergency can be settled at the front desk, any time of the day. As for the pool, we regret not having spent more time there: its warm water felt great while outside it was rainy and windy. We didn't check the temperature outside, but as we left the pool our skin was steaming.
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