Check in: The Oitavos, Cascals

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This beautiful family-owned resort hotel, overlooking the Atlantic, is set within the Sintra-Cascais Natural Park and boasts an award-winning 18-hole golf course. It’s one of the newest properties off the Cascais coast and is just a bike ride away from the famed, surf-friendly Guincho Beach where they shot scenes for the James Bond film On Her Majesty’s Secret Service.

The rooms
The hotel boasts 142 guest rooms, which are broken down into 14 regular rooms (40sq m), 126 lofts (64sq m), two suites (120sq m), and one villa (120sq m) that’s located on the secluded peripheral of the golf course. The villa comes with a private salt water swimming pool, butler service and a fully equipped kitchen. The rooms and lofts are separated into superior and premium categories, which translate to the view you get and the orientation of the guest rooms in relation to sunrise and sunset. All rooms have two flat screen televisions, docking stations, a living room area, balcony and sizable bathrooms with Japanese-style electric toilets and complimentary Wi-Fi. 

The facilities
The Oitavos offers four dining areas – Ipsylon Restaurant and Bar, for a fine-dining Portuguese gastronomic experience; the Atlantico Pool Bar and the Japanese Bar for fresh, casual seafood dining; and Verbasco, a clubhouse restaurant for golfers. For a bit of R&R don’t miss the spa, which is home to an indoor pool, sauna, steam room and Jacuzzi. But the best part of the property, besides the golf course, has to be the pristine, outdoor salt water pool. 

The low down
For a true escape from city life, The Oitavos offers an ideal getaway for couples and families. The hotel is gorgeous, well-laid out and blends in seamlessly with its natural surroundings. The big emphasis of the property is on allowing guests to comfortably enjoy the incredible scenic views Cascais is blessed with. And The Oitavos accomplishes that in style. Arthur Tam

The Oitavos Rua de Oitavos, Quinta da Marinha, 2750 374, Cascais, Portugal, +351 21 486 0020; theoitavos.com. Rooms from $1,280 (inc tax) per night.

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