Why it’s worth traveling for…
One of the first hotels in Algarve, the stylish boutique Bela Vista Hotel & Spa, set in a turn-of-the-century villa on the clifftop at Praia da Rocha, opened in 1934 – and retains many of its original ornate features: period stained glass windows, painted wooden ceiling, and blue-and-white (a Portuguese signature) wall tiles. The 38-room, Relais & Chateaux property was reimagined in 2011 by acclaimed interior designer Graça Viterbo who introduced bold pops of yellows, whites and blues, nautical stripes, and a sea theme into the light-filled rooms – many with original wall tiles and ocean views. The sea is, of course, a highlight – guests have direct, private access to the beach and stunning water views appear at every turn. The hotel’s famed Michelin-starred restaurant, VISTA, decorated with coral and shells, and helmed by Portuguese chef João Oliveira, also overlooks the ocean. As does the chic pool, flanked by stately palm trees and white cabanas. The spa by L’Occitane, another Viterbo interpretation, is also a standout with its five treatment rooms, hammam, sauna, and uplifting shades of blues and turquoise.
Unlock the secrets of the Algarve. Spend the day with Chef Oliveira at the oyster farm learning everything you always wanted to know about these fascinating creatures – dinner and wine tasting us part of the experience. Then explore by boat the unique caves and rock formations of Benagil and Ponta da Piedade – found only in the Algarve region.
38 rooms and suites
VISTA (1 Michelin star by Portuguese chef João Oliveira; menu inspired by traditional Portuguese/Mediterranean)
VISTA Bar (Handmixed cocktails meet stunning architecture and decor – subtle nautical vibe, painted tiles and mosaics)
Pool Bar/Lounge (small bites, fine wines and dreamy cocktails)
The Spa by L’Occitane (features a plunge pool, hammam, sauna, and treatments drawing upon the natural ingredients and scents of the region). Fitness Lounge. Outdoor Pool (lined with towering palm trees and white loungers; direct access to the beach).
- Michelin star restaurant – and chef’s table – by Portuguese chef João Oliveira
- Location: set high on a cliff overlooking the sea and on a pedestrian-only street, within easy walking distance to restaurants and nightlife
- Direct beach access
- Bright, light-filled rooms with a subtle nautical theme, many overlooking the ocean
- Authentic design features including original Portuguese-style azulejo (paintings) and tiles
- The bathroom in room 116 (main house) is set in a stained glass turret.