Bela Vista Hotel & Spa (Portimão, Portugal)

The Place

Bela Vista Hotel & Spa is located in Portimão in the beautiful Algarve region in Portugal. Within walking distance of the hotel, you can find the Algarve Golf Clubs, the Marina of Portimão, and of course the beautiful coastline.

The Faro International Airport is a 50 minutes’ drive from the hotel. From most areas in the hotel, guests enjoy a stunning view of the famous Praia da Rocha.

Nestled on the cliffs of Praia da Rocha, it is said that this was the first hotel in the Algarve. The property was originally built in 1918 and lots of the material (like the Brazilian wood and many of the beautiful tiles) are still original.  

The Bela Vista Hotel & Spa as we know it today was created in 2011. After two years of renovation, the hotel was extended with a Spa by L’Occitane and two brand new buildings. The property was awarded with five stars and joined the famous Relais & Chateaux chain. Since the re-opening, Gonçalo Narciso dos Santos is the proud manager of the hotel.

The rooms & design

Today, Bela Vista Hotel & Spa features 38 rooms divided over 3 buildings: 11 in the ‘main palace’ (the original building), 20 in the ‘garden house’, and 7 in the ‘pool house’. Graça Viterbo, a famous interior designer in Portugal, was responsible for the design. She created a charming environment where she kept much of the original design but completed it with modern, colourful accents. Almost all of the rooms have a beautiful view on the ocean.


At Bela Vista Hotel & Spa, guests enjoy a luxurious breakfast – with sea view, of course – in the dining room in the main palace; opt for a light lunch on the terrace or poolside; and/or dine in style at Vista Restaurante. At the gastronomic restaurant, the young and highly talented chef João Oliveira prepares creative and sophisticated dishes where he combines the best of the national cuisine with Mediterranean touches.  You can discover more about this great restaurant in our separate review.

The two bars (a beautifully designed one in the main palace and one at the pool) make sure you will not get thirsty during your stay. Bar and Restaurant director Tiago Pereira is in charge here and does a tremendous job offering his guests an excellent experience or a beautiful wine paring in the restaurant.

The pool & terrace

The spa

To burn some calories, you can opt for a beautiful walk in the sand, a dive in the pool, or a treatment in the L’occitane Spa. This 400m2 Spa is the only one in Portugal carrying the L’occitane name and offers a relaxing indoor pool, five treatment rooms, including two rooms for couples, a sauna & hammam, a wet relaxation area and a fitness lounge.

Bela Vista Hotel & Spa is the perfect place to relax and unwind in the Algarve  in Portugal. Gastronomy, an intimate atmosphere, a stunning service and a great spa are just a few reasons why this place is definitely worth a visit.

Bela Vista Hotel and Spa 
Rua Tomas Cabreira
8500-802 Portimao
Phone: +351 282 460 280


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