LUX February 2017

LUX - February 2017 11 Finding Peace in Portugal’s Paradise Set against a backdrop of exquisite natural beauty, Macdonald Monchique Resort & Spa offers the perfect opportunity for everyone from thrill seekers to those looking for a relaxing, atmospheric break to indulge their passion and rejuvenate before their return to the real world. Featuring beautifully appointed suites, an indulgent spa, high-end dining options and a wealth of activities available both in the resort and nearby, this idyllic retreat enjoys an enviable location in the ever sunny mountainous woodlands in the western Algarve. Located in the beautiful town of Monchique in north- western Algarve, the hotel has unparalleled views of rustic Portugal whilst also enjoy modern culture and facilities, making it perfect for those who wish to be secluded but not cut off. All the hotel’s rooms are suites with well-appointed views allowing guests the opportunity to recline in the comfort of an exquisitely furnished room whilst viewing the natural splendour which they are surrounded by. There is an accessible suite as well as a selection of terraced suites which offer contemporary styling coupled with a range of high- end amenities and can comfortably accommodate two adults. These suites feature an elegant bedroom with a king-size bed and floor-to-ceiling windows, as well as a separate living room with access to a private, panoramic terrace, from which guests can enjoy unbeatable sweeping views of the mountains. The hotel’s family suites, which can be terraced or not, offer an elegant bedroom with a king-size bed and a furnished balcony, as well as a separate living room with a sofa bed and floor-to-ceiling windows. They also come with a fully equipped kitchenette to ensures guests can enjoy the freedom to spend their holiday as they see fit, making life easier and more comfortable for families. For those with adventurous tastes who wish to indulge in some of the finest cuisine in the region there are a host of options to choose from, with Macdonald Monchique boasting a number of sumptuous restaurants, as well as an elegant cocktail bar and two pool bars. Options range from an informal petiscos (Portuguese tapas) bar and a pizzeria through to a gourmet food market and a fine- dining restaurant specialising in local fish and wines, meaning that there really is something for everyone and even the most discerning of palettes will be impressed by the variety of delicacies on offer. With a causal dress code at all of the hotel’s dining facilities guests can indulge in the very finest of dishes in a comfortable and relaxed atmosphere. The hotel’s authentic Portuguese restaurant, A Petiscaria, specialises in local, seasonal produce. A Petiscaria is a wine and petiscos bar serving a tempting range of hot and cold dishes that are made for sharing. The restaurant provides an extensive selection of Portuguese wines and beers, which pair perfectly with the mix of modern and traditional dishes on offer. Each dish is made with fresh regional ingredients ensuring guests experience authentic Portuguese dining at its finest. For a more global dining experience, O Mercado Culinário offers a wide variety of national and international dishes, with something to suit every taste. Open throughout the day diners can enjoy themed lunches and dinners featuring local and international specialities, as well as innovative ‘show cooking’ from the talented kitchen team, turning meals into a true experience. An upscale dining experience is also provided in the form of luxury restaurant Mon-Chic. Boasting breath-taking views of the Monchique mountains, this elegant à la carte restaurant offers an unforgettable dining experience. With a seasonally changing menu that features local specialities, fresh fish and meats, along with a carefully chosen selection of Portuguese fine wines, this refined restaurant is renowned for its upscale service and quality dishes. Sumptuous seafood and rich, decedent meat dishes predominate the menu, including cured loin of wild boar and an indulgent beef and oxtail stew terrine. Finally, for those looking to take home an exciting local treat or snack in their room on regionally sourced delicacies, Macdonald Monchique offers a gourmet market bursting with a wide choice of Portuguese specialities and souvenirs, as well as local food, wine and snacks. Guests looking to relax and unwind during their stay may look no further than the hotel’s in-house spa. Inspired by the Algarve’s most valuable natural resources and the glorious beauty of the surrounding mountains, the Sensorial spa is the epitome of pure rejuvenation and relaxation. As an adult-only environment the spa is perfect for those looking to escape the hustle and bustle of family life, or guests simply seeking peace, quiet and the very best luxury pampering treatments, performed by attentive and talented staff. The spa offers a range of individually tailored treatments from international luxury spa brand ESPA – a pioneer in the science of natural beauty – as well as treatments from local brand Monchique Cosmetics, which uses local thermal water in its products to give you radiant skin. This, combined with upscale facilities, results in a stylish spa that successfully harnesses the power of nature, incorporating the essences of the region to give you a sensory experience like no other. As well as seven treatment rooms, other facilities include a rock sauna, sensorial showers and an aroma grotto, designed to celebrate the area’s rich raw materials. Guests seeking adventure following their relaxation are spoilt for choice. The Algarve offers something for everyone, from mountain walks and horse riding to surfing and dolphin watching, alongside the region’s award-winning golf courses and beautiful beaches. Many activities are available all year round thanks to the region’s temperate climate. The hotel offers an extensive experience programme to assist guests, showcasing the best of this diverse region, with action-packed itineraries that cover numerous sports and leisure activities, as well as showcasing local customs and culture. Staff are attentive and courteous and always happy to help, and their local knowledge is invaluable to anyone seeking to explore the real Algarve. In addition to the region’s spectacular amenities, the hotel’s on-site facilities include two swimming pools, a state-of-the-art fitness centre and a comprehensive wellness programme, featuring yoga, Pilates and meditation. Overall, with unforgettable scenery, sumptuous food and the very best amenities and service, Macdonald Monchique Resort & Spa offers guests a truly unforgettable experience. To find out more or book your stay please visit o r call +351 282240130. Booking enquiries can be sent to [email protected]