The new InterContinental Estoril
Located on the Portugese Riviera near Estoril and 27km from Lisbon, the InterContinental brands number one hotel has 59 bedrooms and 2 suites, each with spectacular ocean views. The best feature : the 70m2 suite with a huge balcony all thanks to João Paciência, who is responsible for the architecture of the resort aided by Ricardo Boffill and Jean Nouvel. After enjoying a cocktail at the Atlantico lounge, which also looks out onto the sapphire-emerald waters of the Atlantic, we head to gourmet restaurant Lota.do. The restaurant, extended by a terrace of white sofas with blue cushions, is decorated with wood coloured tones and azulejos (glazed tiles), to emphasize the Portugese identity, and offers superb seafood dishes. The hotel also has an outdoor pool, large peaceful gardens, a well-ness centre and a Ritual Spa, Club InterContinental. Estoril is also home to one of Europe’s largest casinos which served as the inspiration for Ian Flemings novel ‘Casino Royale’ as well as having golf courses and beautiful sandy beaches. A. F.-M.