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Tried and tested: The Oitavos, Portugal

From: What Katie Tried Next,

14
May
2012
Tried and tested: The Oitavos, Portugal

Breathtaking natural views of rolling blue waves and undulating sand dunes provide the perfect backdrop to contemporary spa The Oitavos, snuggled 20 miles away from bustling Lisbon in the coastal area of Cascais, in sunny Portugal. With attentive staff catering to your every need, this is definitely one spa that you’ll never want to leave...

The venue

The Oitavos is a stamp of sleek modernity among gorgeous natural wilderness. The quirky ‘Y’ shaped building ensures that every view is outward facing, taking in the picturesque coastal views, or even the luxurious golf course. Clean white lines and shapes create the signature simplistic style throughout the building, which houses 142 rooms, 16 of which are suites.

The hotel’s 5* restaurant provides delicious menus that are a mix of traditional Portuguese food and contemporary cuisine from around the world. The accommodation is incredibly spacious, with the striking modern decor only increasing the roomy feel.

The treatment

Offering a uniquely organic and sea-inspired spa menu, The Oitavos sticks close to its natural roots by incorporating water-themed treatments and facilities into their indulgent spa. As well as a natural sea water swimming pool, they also have 10 treatment rooms, a hydrotherapy pool, heated indoor and outdoor pool, Turkish bath, Jacuzzi, sauna, gym and numerous seawater treatments. They use VOYA products to further emphasise their links to the nearby ocean, specialising in sea-salt exfoliations and deluxe seaweed facials and baths.

We enjoyed the elegantly named Sea Breeze Manicure and Pedicure, which lasted a blissful two hours, as well as the lymphatic drainage massage and express massage, which were carried out to the highest quality, with therapists Claudia and Leila on hand to attend to our every need.

They also offer a golf course, which was rated as one of the top 100 by America’s Influential Golf magazine, plus a health and racquet club and an equestrian centre nearby – they really have thought of everything.

The result

One of the best bits of The Oitavos is the massive attention to detail that really ensures that your spa break is memorable, divinely comfortable and perfectly unique. Everything was well considered, with nothing left to chance, and it was the small things that really made the difference to our stay.

We adored the little welcome note left in our bedroom, as well as the useful cards listing our treatment times for each day of our stay. We also loved the super snuggly and soft quality linens and robes - we couldn’t have felt any more at home. Wahanda CEO Lopo Champalimaud is also a regular visitor, as The Oitavos is actually run by two of his cousins – so needless to say, we’ll be back…

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