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Bustling cities brimming with culture, historic palaces, picturesque vineyards, and glittering beaches—Portugal has it all. For couples seeking a combination of culture, relaxation, and excitement, a honeymoon in Portugal is a fantastic option. You could easily combine a few days exploring a major city like Lisbon or Porto with a few days of indulging at a wine resort or relaxing by the beach. From the country’s cool capital to the scenic Douro Valley wine region, we surveyed the best hotels in Portugal to help you decide where to stay.
Best Honeymoon Hotels in Portugal
- Best Overall: Six Senses Douro Valley
- Best Budget: Memmo Alfama
- Best Luxury: Tivoli Palácio de Seteais Sintra Hotel
- Best Design: Vila Foz Hotel & Spa
- Best City Hotel: Maison Albar Hotels – Le Monumental Palace
- Best on the Beach: Pine Cliffs Resort
- Best for Wine Lovers: Monverde Wine Experience Hotel
- Best for Foodies: The Yeatman
- Best Scene: Tivoli Avenida Liberdade Lisboa
Best Overall : Six Senses Douro Valley
Nestled in the picturesque Douro Valley, this sustainable resort has it all—a fantastic spa, delicious cuisine, beautiful grounds, and plenty of activities.
Spa, alchemy bar, restaurant, wine library, outdoor pool, barbecue, organic gardens
Chic modern design
You need a car to explore the area
This luxurious resort from the wellness-oriented Six Senses brand is nestled in the picturesque Douro Valley in a 19th-century quinta surrounded by gardens. Days might start with a healthy breakfast on the terrace, then a massage and some relaxation at the spa, followed by a cooking lesson in the open kitchen, and a visit to a nearby winery or a guided wine tasting with the sommelier before dinner. Whether you want to explore the area and its historic estates or just relax at the pool and spa, the options are endless.
Best Budget : Memmo Alfama
This stylish boutique hotel in Lisbon’s historic Alfama neighborhood offers great value.
Rooftop pool and bar, bicycles for rent, complimentary neighborhood walking tour
Sleek modern design
Some rooms are noisy or lack views
Breakfast not included
This 42-room member of Design Hotels offers exceptional value, with rates starting under $130 per night in the low season. Tucked down a cobblestone alley in Lisbon’s historic Alfama neighborhood, it’s a hidden gem with a sleek design, great food and drinks, and a red-tiled rooftop pool and bar offering fantastic views of the city’s red rooftops. Rooms are done up in neutral colors and have glass-walled bathrooms, so you can admire the views of the Tagus River while showering.
Best Luxury : Tivoli Palácio de Seteais Sintra Hotel
You’ll feel like royalty at this luxurious hotel in a historic palace in Sintra, where Portuguese nobility built their castles.
Anantara spa, tennis court, outdoor swimming pool, free parking
Hotel is housed in a historic monument
Location is perfect for visiting Sintra’s historic castles
Excellent food and drinks
Not handicap accessible
If you dream of staying in a Portuguese palace, this is the place for you. A member of the Leading Hotels of the World, this hotel in an 18th-century palace built by the Dutch consul features original frescoes, tapestries, antiques, and exquisite art. Rooms may have period furniture, but they also have modern amenities like Nespresso machines to make your own cup of coffee. The elegant restaurant serves modern Portuguese cuisine in a frescoed room. When not touring Sintra’s palace museums, guests can play tennis, relax at the pool, or indulge in a spa treatment.
Best Design : Vila Foz Hotel & Spa
Design lovers will adore this boutique hotel in a 19th-century mansion that’s gotten a modern makeover while retaining original details.
Michelin-starred restaurant, casual bistro, lobby bar, spa, gym, bikes
Location in a peaceful neighborhood by the ocean
Destination dining and drinking
Helpful, friendly staff
A bit far from the center of Porto
Can be difficult to get into the restaurant
For the couple who loves design and wants a local experience in Porto, this intimate boutique hotel is a lovely place to stay. A member of Design Hotels, it’s housed in a converted 19th-century mansion overlooking the Atlantic Ocean in the posh neighborhood of Foz, where wealthy families once built their summer homes. The hotel draws locals and visitors for its Michelin-starred restaurant, but the casual bistro is also worth trying. The breakfast buffet is especially rich, with sweet and savory options, eggs made to order, and even oysters and champagne.
Best City Hotel : Maison Albar Hotels – Le Monumental Palace
This Art Deco gem in the center of Porto has everything you need for a fabulous stay.
Michelin-starred restaurant, Japanese restaurant, bar, spa, indoor pool
Beautiful Art Deco design
Helpful staff, especially the concierge
Central location in the heart of Porto
Excellent food and drinks
Some guests complain about maintenance issues
If you want to stay in the heart of Porto, it would be hard to find a better location. Housed in a majestic Neoclassical building on Avenida dos Aliados, this member of the Leading Hotels of the World is a beautiful Art Deco home away from home. As soon as you enter, you’re greeted by the friendly staff, including the concierge, who will happily guide you to the best places in the city. After exploring Porto, indulge in a relaxing couples massage, a swim in the indoor pool, and a meal at one of the hotel’s restaurants.
Best on the Beach : Pine Cliffs Resort
This breezy resort offers great style and service in the Algarve, one of Portugal’s top beach destinations.
Beach club, eight outdoor pools, 13 restaurants and bars, fitness center, spa, nine-hole golf course, tennis courts
Loads of restaurants and bars
Great seaside location
Expect to see some kids around
Spread over 72 hectares, this massive resort has something for everyone. Traditional Portuguese tiles and other local touches combine with a wealth of amenities, including a beach club, tennis courts, golf course, and much more. Guests of the clifftop resort can take a panoramic lift and a stroll on the boarded walkway to Falésia Beach.
Best for Wine Lovers : Monverde Wine Experience Hotel
Oenophiles will adore this hotel on a working vineyard in the Vinho Verde region.
Restaurant, vineyard, wine-blending facility
Sleek modern design
Excellent dining and drinking options
Wine-focused activities like blending your own wine
May be too remote for some
Rooms are quite dark
This wine-focused hotel is the best place to stay if you want to explore the Vinho Verde region in northern Portugal. It started as a way for the owners of Quinta da Lixa winery to accommodate visiting friends, sommeliers, and importers and then grew into a popular boutique hotel. Rooms and suites are starkly modern, with floor-to-ceiling windows that make you feel like you’re right in the vines. Try your hand at being a winemaker for a day, and you’ll get to blend and bottle your own Portuguese wine and take it home.
Best for Foodies : The Yeatman
The Michelin-starred restaurant at this Relais & Châteaux member is reason enough to book a room.
Michelin-starred restaurant, casual restaurant, bar, Caudalie spa, outdoor pool
Home to one of Porto’s best restaurants
Near Vila Nova de Gaia’s port wine cellars
Amazing views of Porto and the Douro River
Decor feels a bit dated
Michelin-starred restaurant must be booked far in advance
Located just across the river from Porto in Vila Nova de Gaia, this classic grande dame draws guests who come to drink and dine at its Michelin-starred restaurant. On warm evenings, the terrace, with its spectacular views of Porto and the Douro River, is the place to be. Because no one can eat a Michelin-starred multicourse tasting menu every night, the hotel also has a lovely casual restaurant where you can try traditional Portuguese dishes like seafood cataplana. The decor here is traditional, with lots of antiques and art.
Best Scene : Tivoli Avenida Liberdade Lisboa
This luxe hotel in the center of Lisbon boasts a rooftop bar that’s the place to be.
SEEN Lisboa restaurant, Cervejaria Liberdade restaurant, lobby bar, outdoor swimming pool, Anantara spa, fitness center
Trendy rooftop bar
No outlets in the bathrooms
Some guests complain about the service
A Lisbon mainstay since 1933, this five-star hotel—a member of the Leading Hotels of the World—is perfect for the couple that wants a bit of a scene. In the evenings, Sky Bar by SEEN is the hot spot, offering stunning views of the city and a place for locals and visitors alike to see and be seen. There’s also a luxurious spa with Asian-inspired treatments, so you can detox and then retox. The thoughtful staff likes to surprise guests celebrating special occasions with a bottle of champagne and other treats.
When choosing where to stay in Portugal, consider the location, amenities, food offerings and more. Hoping to learn more about Portuguese wine while staying at a countryside hotel? Consider booking a room at our top pick, Six Senses Douro Valley, or Monverde Wine Experience Hotel. Want to stay in the heart of a bustling city and craving a bit of nightlife? Tivoli Avenida Liberdade Lisboa and Maison Albar Hotels – Le Monumental Palace could be right for you.
We evaluated around two dozen hotels all over Portugal before settling on the best one for each category. We considered each hotel’s overall reputation, location, quality of service, design, and dining and drinking options. Additionally, amenities such as excursions, spa and fitness facilities, concierge services, and free Wi-Fi were taken into account. We also considered whether the hotel is new or if it has undergone a recent renovation or update. We relied heavily on our expert firsthand experience but also consulted dozens of guest reviews and considered whether the property has won any awards in recent years.