Entering the Bela Vista Hotel and Spa is like stepping into a bygone era, where stained glass windows, azulejo tiles, intricate wood carvings and even a romantic turret recall a Portugal of yesteryear. These original features certainly bestow a sense of old-world luxury, while modern additions invite guests to surrender to the serenity expected of any discerning 21st century traveller, particularly in the L’Occitane Spa. Here, you can choose from a wide range of therapies and treatments inspired by nature, go for a dip in the plunge pool or take time out in the sauna and steam room too. On top of this, Bela Vista is home to a tranquil outdoor pool framed by palm trees that also looks out to the Atlantic Ocean, while the beach is then right on your doorstep for those who prefer to frolic on the all-natural sand. Completing this lavish picture is a Michelin-star restaurant, where chef João Oliveira and his team whip up exquisite delicacies that will impress just as much as the coastal vistas – it’s no coincidence that the hotel’s name actually translates as, ‘Beautiful View’.