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REVIEW: Vila Foz Hotel and Spa


    Located in front of the Atlantic Ocean and just 15 minutes from the center of Porto, Vila Foz Hotel and Spa is the perfect place to stay in one of the Portuguese pearls. Full of touches of distinction and elegance, as soon as you enter the hotel garden, you will be struck by the beautiful architecture of the palatial house, where some of the suites are located, as well as the hotel’s bar and restaurant. It is a Portuguese colonial castle that was restored and converted into a hotel a few years ago. Next to it, with a more modern architecture, is the new building that houses most of the rooms. The two buildings are connected by an amazing tunnel filled with jaw-dropping decorations!

    Just 15 minutes by road from the Porto airport, this luxurious 5-star hotel is located on the main avenue of the Foz do Douro neighborhood, one of the best and most prestigious neighborhoods in Porto that houses large and luxurious residences. Located in front of the Atlantic, you will be able to enjoy the sea breeze during your stay. In addition, due to its excellent location facing the sea and away from the historic center, it is the perfect place to disconnect and relax.

    Vila Foz Hotel and Spa is a member of Design Hotels, which already gives you a guarantee of quality throughout your stay and here it does not fail: an incredible design hotel facing the sea. It is important to highlight the excellent service and attention of all its staff. Kind and friendly, they will accompany you from the beginning to have an unforgettable experience.

    The magnificent hotel staff will advise you on the visits you can make in the city of Porto. From strolling along the incredible Foz promenade in front of the hotel, taking a dip in one of its beaches or being fascinated by the Don Luis I Bridge at the mouth of the Douro River in the historic center of the city. In addition, the hotel itself offers a complementary transfer service from the hotel to the city center and vice versa, thus being a perfect starting point to get carried away by one of the most beautiful areas of Portugal.

    A perfect plan for a sunny morning during your stay at the Vila Foz Hotel and Spa may be to take one of the bicycles that the hotel makes available to you and take a ride along the Foz promenade. There you can enjoy some of its restaurants, its beaches or, if you dare, get to the center of Porto by following the shore of the mouth of the Douro River.

    We stayed in one of the impressive rooms in the new building overlooking the magnificent Atlantic Ocean. The room is adorned with a modern decoration inspired by the overall design of the hotel and the waves of the sea. Waking up and going out to the balcony and feeling only the waves of the sea is priceless! The size of the room is also a plus, as it is large enough to store your luggage, move around in peace, relax in your armchair or, if you need to, work at the beautiful marble table. In addition to its spacious beds and modern bathrooms, you can relax at the end of the day with one of the cocktails from the bar on the terrace of your room enjoying the sound of the waves.

    To start the day, nothing better than having breakfast in the hotel restaurant. Located on the ground floor of the palatial building, it also has an outdoor terrace from which you can enjoy the first rays of sunlight of the day. Breakfast is amazing, we loved it! It has a great variety of pastries, fruit, cheese and cafes.

    The hotel also has an incredible spa: the Vila Foz Spa. Located in the hotel’s new building, the spa has an indoor pool, sauna, gym and Turkish bath. With natural light from early in the day, it also has a large terrace with comfortable loungers from which you can sunbathe during your stay. Also, let yourself be advised by the friendly staff to enjoy some of the treatments they offer. We tried one of their massages and it was impossible to leave more relaxed! The incredible pool is perfect for both relaxing and swimming, as it has benches on the sides that allow it to also function as a jacuzzi. While you rest on the pool loungers with the pleasant heated temperature of the enclosure, you will be able to enjoy some of the amenities and snacks that the hotel puts at your disposal. If you are one of those who needs to exercise during your travels, the hotel gym will offer you the perfect space, with a huge window with a waterfall that overlooks the pool. From the pool itself (or from the outside) you can access the hotel’s solarium, where you will have spacious and comfortable loungers from which you can sunbathe.

    If we return to Porto, we will definitely stay at Vila Foz Hotel and Spa again. The combination of the architecture of the palatial house and the modernity of the new building, together with its excellent location, make it the perfect place! It is the place perfect for both a family getaway and a trip as a couple. If you come by car, the hotel also offers the on-site parking. So now you know, pack your bags, and enjoy your stay!