Luxury hotel holiday Penha Longa Resort Sintra

Penha Longa is an elegant golf and spa resort in the Sintra Mountains, offering a range of facilities for both relaxation and activity. Its majestic facade is only just visible above the trees on the hilltop, but the view on approach sets the scene for the grandeur of the hotels interior, and the privacy of its verdant grounds. High ceilings adorn each room, and emphasise the light that floods through the wide open windows, and golf, spa, and wellness activities ensure that guests feel the same serenity that decorates the hotel. The rural location of the Penha Longa, on the border of two national parks, means that it offers an intriguing alternative to the popular Portuguese beach resorts. We would recommend combining the Penha Longa with a seafront hotel as part of a two-centre holiday in Portugal.
Included in your Expressions holiday
  • Accommodation in a double or twin room on bed and breakfast
  • Scheduled flights with British Airways London to Lisbon
  • Private car transfer airport to hotel and back
  • Concierge service and Expressions Holidays regional helpful hints
  • Optional room, board and flight upgrades. Details on request

Luxury bespoke holidays to Penha Longa Resort, Sintra

Penha Longa Resort is a 5-star luxurious hotel in a beautiful rural location. Offering a wide range of activities, exquisite cuisine and outstanding service, it offers something a little different to the usual Portuguese beach holiday.

Facts in brief

Official star rating 5

Location The hotel is located in Sintra

Annual opening All year

Closest airport Lisbon Airport

Distance from airport The hotel is about 30-minutes' drive from Lisbon Airport

Hotel facilities and services

6 Restaurants, Outdoor and Indoor Pools, Children's Pool, Tennis Courts, Jogging Trails, Spa, 2 Championship Golf Courses, Biking Trails, Kids' Club, Laundry Service, Health Club, Business Centre, Free WiFi Internet Access, Shopping Gallery, Games Room. Children are allowed to eat in 5 of the hotel's restaurants (Lab is the exception) and there are no specified dining times for children. In the Aqua Restaurant, set beside the pool and open during the summer season, a children's menu is available and the restaurant also serves 'light bites' and grills. Children's menus are also available at Arola, serving contemporary Portuguese dishes, and Japanese restaurant, Midori. In addition, Il Mercato specialises in Italian fare and light meals are served in the B Lounge.

Complimentary watersports

Swimming.

Out and about nearby

The hotel is nestled in the National Park of the Southern Sintra Mountains and is only minutes away from the excellent beaches of the Estoril Coast. The UNESCO World Heritage listed town of Sintra is within easy reach of the hotel. Lisbon is only 25km away.

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Holiday price guide Sample prices are per person based on two people sharing a Deluxe room with forest view for 3 nights

From about

£516

Holiday Code EXH09

The prices displayed here are a guide only. Each holiday price will be tailor-made at the time of booking to reflect all actual costs including up-to-date special offers.

Luxury bespoke holidays to Penha Longa Resort, Sintra

Once the summer palace of Portuguese Kings, and with origins traceable to the 14th century, Penha Longa Hotel and Golf Resort has been elegantly restored to reflect its history. A brown building nestled amongst rolling hills, the resort's architecture is inspired by local style, embodying the elegant design of a palazzo estate. Blending contemporary sophistication with the grace of tradition, interiors are bright and charming to provide a calm and welcoming atmosphere. The resort's lush vegetation expands out towards two golf courses - the 9-hole Monastery Course and the 18-hole Atlantic Course - behind which the elevated hotel provides a striking backdrop. Six restaurants provide a varied choice for dining, from Il Mercato's Italian cuisine, to Midori, a Japanese restaurant. Relaxation can be had on a chaise lounge at the outdoor pools - with one for families and one specifically for adults, or in the new spa. Here, located in the historical palace complex and amongst lush garden surroundings, a wide range of sophisticated and holistic therapies and treatments are available. A kids club operates during school holidays and provides a range of activities such as historical visits, treasure hunts, face painting and theatre performances. Guestrooms are spacious and luxuriously appointed, with exquisite fabrics and beautiful wooden furniture. Each has a balcony with views of the grounds.

Room descriptions

Penha Longa Resort has 194 rooms (including suites) with picture windows and terraces that offer panoramic views that overlook the two golf courses, bath with separate shower, honor bar, coffee machines, 24-hours in-room dining, room safe, iPod docking system, satellite television, internet connection, telephone with voicemail.

Deluxe Room
Deluxe Natural Park Room
Junior Suite
Executive Suite
Family Suite
Imperial Suite
Presidential Suite

Special offers for this holiday>

Holiday price guide Sample prices are per person based on two people sharing a Deluxe room with forest view for 3 nights

From about

£516

Holiday Code EXH09

The prices displayed here are a guide only. Each holiday price will be tailor-made at the time of booking to reflect all actual costs including up-to-date special offers.

Luxury bespoke holidays to Penha Longa Resort, Sintra

The journey and how you get there

For a holiday to Penha Longa Resort, Expressions Holidays includes scheduled flights with British Airways from London to Lisbon. Flights may be available from other UK airports with Easyjet, Jet2 and TUI for example. The hotel is about 30 minutes’ drive from the airport and we recommend that we book a private car transfer for you, or include the use of a hire-car for the duration of your holiday.

Additional information

Other information: Nature walks, Night nature walks.

Special offers

Honeymoon or wedding anniversary offer 2020 Book a honeymoon or wedding anniversary stay and receive a complimentary room upgrade to the next category, (subject to availability), fresh strawberries and sparkling wine in room upon arrival.

Holiday price guide Sample prices are per person based on two people sharing a Deluxe room with forest view for 3 nights

From about

£516

Holiday Code EXH09

The prices displayed here are a guide only. Each holiday price will be tailor-made at the time of booking to reflect all actual costs including up-to-date special offers.

Luxury bespoke holidays to Penha Longa Resort, Sintra

About Portugal

An Expressions tailor-made holiday to Portugal's countryside bursts with pretty villages, glitters with historical treasures and World Heritage sites, as well as converted mediaeval monasteries, and elegant manor houses now hosting some of the finest hotels in Europe. Though Portugal's spirit is undoubtedly rural, its big towns Porto and Lisbon are lively, magical places making full use of their waterside setting, offering rich picking for those that like to wander, with colourful waterside cafes and boutiques, leafy boulevards and old-fashioned trams still rattling through the streets. Smaller towns offer their own enchantment, with well-preserved medieval quarters that invite exploring in towns like Évora, Coimbra, Guimarães and Braga. Outside the cities, travellers can enjoy Portugal's warm sunny weather, exploring centuries-old vineyards, visiting stone villages in the mountains or soaking up rays on the magnificent southern shoreline. Dramatic scenery lies all along the coast from windswept cliffs with edge-of-the-world views to wild dune-covered beaches. More than just a static backdrop, the scenery sets the stage for outdoor adventure. Hiking, surfing, windsurfing, horse-riding, big game fishing, kayaking, diving, golfing, and mountain biking are a few ways to spend a sun-drenched afternoon. 600 miles southwest of Portugal lies the island of Madeira, home to Reid's Palace Hotel, an elegant and glamorous five star hotel in a superb location, ideal for holidays all year round, due to the mild winter climate, and on an island renowned for its beautiful vegetation.

Highlights of Lisbon

The area close to the city of Lisbon is known for its variety of attractions. Moorish architecture left over from Arabic rule can be seen in the Castelo de Sao Jorge in the Alfama. Collections of Portuguese art are on display in the Museu Gulbenkian, the Museu de Arte Antiga, and the Berardo Collection. For a taste of Portugal's maritime history, visit the Monasteiro dos Jeronimos. Sintra, the favourite haunt of Lord Byron, is home to twin-peak-top castles and royal palaces. Beautiful, golden sandy beaches can be found in Cascais to the west of Lisbon, or on the Costa da Caparica to the south; particularly idyllic are the coves between Setubal and Sesimbra. Peniche is a picturesque seaside town renowned for being one of Europe's best surfing spots. You can explore all that the area around the city of Lisbon has to offer with our Tour of the City and Countryside of the Lisboa Region.

Highlights of the Algarve

Known for having some of Portugal's most scenic beaches, the Algarve is a popular destination for those looking for a beach or water sports holiday enjoying the Portuguese sunshine. Sagres and Tavira are recognised as the best places for this. In Albufeira, Armacao de Pera, and Lagos you will find an abundance of the light-catching rocky outcrops and peaceful coves that the Algarve is so well known for. Salema, Burgau, and Sagres were once busy little fishing villages, and now still stand as testament to this important aspect of Portuguese culture. The Reserva Natural da Ria Formosa lies just off the southern coastline, the islands of which can be accessed from many towns, including Faro, Olhao, Fuseta, Cabanas, and Tavira; most of which are also ideal starting points from which to try a little surfing. White-washed and serene Alcoutim is an example of the less-developed Portuguese towns, with a hint of Andalucia in its appearance, and Loule is the perfect place to wander around a bustling market. You may also wish to visit the Roman ruins at Milreu, the Moorish town of Silves, or the Spa town of Caldas de Monchique. For outdoor pursuits, head into the Serra de Monchique Mountain Range.

Highlights of Porto and the Douro Valley

At the mouth of the Rio Douro lies Porto, an atmospheric town with a dramatic aspect and almost Parisian lifestyle. Its streets are lined with historic buildings and wine lodges serving the best of Portuguese wines. The nearby wine towns of Penafiel, Peso da Regua, Pinhao, and Amarante are also recommended for wine-tasting, but have a much more rural location. Amarante, in particular, is believed to be the most attractive wine town in the area, with a central triple-arched bridge, tall stone red-roofed houses interspersed with verdant trees, and a gently flowing river. To witness a sample of Portuguese Baroque architecture, visit the pilgrimage town of Lamego. The main attraction of this town, the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Remedios, lies at the top of an elaborate and intricately decorated set of zig-zagged stairways that pass through archways and across viewing balconies. In Porto, some of the greatest artistic triumphs of 17th century Portugal reside, the Se Cathedral in particular, in which every inch of the columns, archways, and altar have been adorned in golden floral and religious motifs, in true Baroque style. For something even more historic, visit the Palaeolithic rock formations of Vila Nova de Foz Coa, the largest outdoor gallery of stone age remains in the world, which have since been neighboured by flourishing vineyards. Along the rocky gorges of the river, you will find a number of castle-towns, including the Medieval walled town of Trancoso and the fortress town of Almeida.

Highlights of Madeira

A green and fertile island in the Atlantic Ocean, Madeira is situated off the coast of Morocco. Its coastline combines beautiful sandy beaches with rocky cliffs, the latter of which can be best appreciated at Cabo Girao. The island's capital, Funchal, is packed full with historic buildings, including 15th century churches and convents and a Se Cathedral as ornate as the one in Porto. Enjoy the relentless joviality of the street markets, or visit more peaceful attractions, such as the basalt cave of Capela de Sao Vicente or the island's protected nature reserves. Rare Laurissilva forests can be walked, trekked, or hiked through, affording guests sensational views; and the crystal clear waters off the coast can be swam through, perhaps below the water's surface so the ecosystems that live in the reefs can be appreciated. One of the greatest pleasures of Madeira, however, is wandering over the beaches, surveying the rock pools, and taking in the sights from the clifftops. Aside from the key regions that our Portuguese programme focuses on, there is much to find and see in Portugal. Those willing to drive a little further during the day will enjoy a much more diverse touring holiday.

Facts in brief

Capital Lisbon
Airport There are international airports at Lisbon, Porto and Faro, served by a variety of airlines from the UK, including British Airways, EasyJet, bmibaby, TAP, Jet2.
Size 35,000 sq. miles
Population 10 million
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