The best points and miles hotels in Portugal
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Travel to Portugal this summer was given the green light by Transport Secretary Grant Shapps last week. From 17 May you can legally travel to Portugal for leisure reasons, with no quarantine on your return to the U.K. Right now, foreign tourists are still banned from entering Portugal, though the Portuguese government says it will allow British tourists in from 17 May.
There are a surprising number of excellent points hotels in Portugal from all the major programmes. If you have a stash of hotel points or Membership Rewards points you are considering transferring to become hotel points, here are the best points and miles hotels in Portugal.
Cash prices for these properties fluctuate wildly. During the August school holidays, you can expect to pay top dollar, so redeeming points can be a fantastic deal. In the shoulder season and even the low seasons outside of June to September, you should compare points redemptions against cash rates as you may be able to score a cheaper deal.
You’ll likely fly into Lisbon (LIS), Porto (OPO) or Faro (FAO) airports. Lisbon and Porto serve their respective cities while Faro serves the expansive Algarve region on the Southern coast.
Conrad Algarve — 89,000 points per night
(Cash prices for a base room from £243-£555 in shoulder and summer seasons)
The standout Hilton group property is the spectacular Conrad Algarve, a long-time favourite of British travellers. Located on the south coast of the country, you can expect endless sunshine, beautiful beaches, fantastic seafood and friendly and welcoming locals. The Conrad Algarve is popular with families — there’s plenty of space to spread out, run around and relax, whether it’s by the pool or the nearby beaches.
For adults, there’s the Michelin-starred restaurant Gusto, yoga classes and a luxury spa.
Hilton Vilamoura As Cascatas Golf Resort & Spa — 60,000 points per night
(Cash prices for a base room from £110-£268 in shoulder and summer seasons)
For something a little quieter, the well-heeled head to Vilamoura, also in the Algarve region. The region is popular with golfing enthusiasts and the As Cascatas Golf Resort is spread over five acres of landscaped gardens next to the well-regarded Dom Pedro Pinhal Golf Course.
The hotel has six pools and Portugal’s largest spa.
Boeira Garden Hotel Porto Gaia, Curio Collection — 44,000 points per night
(Cash prices for a base room from £127-£141 in shoulder and summer seasons)
The town of Porto, while not right on the beach like many towns in the Algarve, is spectacular. Think cobbled streets, brightly coloured houses, rooftop bars and authentic family-style restaurants at every turn.
Try a port tasting, though I can tell you from experience, you will be served far more than a small sample in each glass! The Boeira Garden Hotel is just outside the town of Porto well situated less than 20 minutes from both the town and beaches.
Pine Cliffs, a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa, Algarve – 50,000-85,000 points per night
(Cash prices for a base room from £210 – £343 in shoulder and summer seasons)
One of the most-awarded luxury resorts in Europe, an hour’s drive from Faro Airport (FAO), this property is so big there are several different properties within the property. You can choose from the cliff-top “home away from home” hotel, the Ocean Suites family apartment, right up to the most expensive Residences.
A resort this size has loads to see and do for the whole family, from tennis, golf, water sports, boutique shopping and beauty salons. The property also has permanent residents who like the place so much they live there permanently.
Fontecruz Lisboa, Autograph Collection — 50,000 points per standard night
(Cash prices for a base room from £121-£261 in shoulder and summer seasons)
If you’re looking for more hustle and bustle than relaxation, head to Portugal’s capital Lisbon. With a much lower cost of living than major cities in the likes of Spain, France and Italy, you’ll find a thriving cosmopolitan atmosphere of beautiful but somewhat gritty architecture, culture and cuisine that’s easy on the eyes and the wallet.
This five-star boutique hotel is located in the heart of downtown Lisbon on the Avenida Liberdade. Its chic lounge bar specialises in theatrically-poured giant gin and tonics.
Memmo Principe Real, Lisbon, a Member of Design Hotels — 35,000 points per standard night
(Cash prices for a base room from £155-£252 in shoulder and summer seasons)
Still in the capital, for something stylish (and five-star), yet a little more affordable, the Memmo Principe Real situated in what the hotel insists is “one of the most charming neighbourhoods in Lisbon.” It’s a great balance between the historic and modern sides of Lisbon in a less touristy area.
The brand new W Algarve is also due to open in August 2021, though bookings are not yet being accepted. Standard nights are expected to cost 60,000 Marriott Bonvoy points.
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Quinta Da Comporta, Small Luxury Hotels — 30,000 points per night
(Cash prices for a base room from £318-£422 in shoulder and summer seasons, with a minimum three-night stay)
For something a little different, how about a five-star wellness retreat? Located in a natural reserve there are Pool Villas, Townhouses, Suites and Rooms with a focus on nature, harmony and tranquillity. The hotel is located near a rice field and offers special rice-infused beauty treatments.
Comporta is an easy drive from the capital of Lisbon but feels a million miles away thanks to its peaceful, picturesque location.
The Lumiares Hotel & Spa — 25,000 points per night
(Cash prices for a base room from £121-£283 in shoulder and summer seasons)
Back in the capital of Lisbon, in the heart of the Bairo Alto area, this hotel focus on apartment-style accommodation, giving guests more space than the average hotel room. The fifth floor Lumi Rooftop Bar and Restaurant features spectacular views across Lisbon’s skyline and the Tagus River, perfect for a sunset cocktail.
Hotel Infante Sagres — 25,000 points per night
(Cash prices for a base room from £138-£258 in shoulder and summer seasons)
Back in the heart of Porto, you might recognise the name Sagres — it’s also the name of Portugal’s best-selling beer, which is very welcome after a long day exploring in the endless sunshine.
Welcoming international celebrities for more than 60 years, you can expect old-fashioned luxury and service. The hotel was extensively restored in 2018 and all rooms now feature king-size beds, Wi-Fi and air conditioning.
Some of Porto’s best attractions such as the Bolhão market and Lello bookshop are all an easy five-minute walk from the hotel.
InterContinental Hotels Cascais-Estoril — 40,000 points per night
(Cash prices for a base room from £197-£290 in shoulder and summer seasons)
If you want to best of both worlds of being close to the bustling capital of Lisbon, but close to beautiful sandy beaches, consider Cascais. The charming coastal resort town has a busy marina and a royal retreat in its old town. It’s also close to the famous hillside town of Sintra.
This hotel boasts Portuguese heritage, fish and assorted seafood as well as a mild microclimate (the capital of Lisbon can be extremely hot in the middle of summer). There are indoor and outdoor pools suitable for the whole family.
Mr & Mrs Smith L’And Vineyards Alentejo — 47,500 points per night
(Cash prices for a base room from £159-£291 in shoulder and summer seasons)
For wine lovers, there’s this unique hotel around 60 miles east of Lisbon (LIS) airport. Before you get stuck into all of the Alentejo wine tasting, there’s hot-air ballooning at dawn and an adults-only pool as part of the on-site Vinoble spa.
As part of the “Smith Extra” bonus, you’ll also receive a bottle of wine with your name on the label. Children are permitted, though this is definitely a property geared towards adults who enjoy wine.
Radisson Blu Hotel, Lisbon — 38,000 points per night
(Cash prices for a base room from £62-£66 in shoulder and summer seasons)
Radisson Rewards’ only Portuguese property, Radisson Blu provides solid city accommodation for a low price. It is well rated and situated in the Campo Grande district, which is only 15 minutes from the Lisbon city centre.
Portugal is a fantastic destination for a holiday any year, so I’m very glad it’s made the short green list for quarantine-free travel on return to the U.K. There are a great range of luxurious, unique hotels you can redeem your points at, whether you are looking for the hustle and bustle of Lisbon, the quieter beauty of Porto or the picture-perfect Algarve coast.
Featured courtesy of the Conrad Algarve.
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