Best Honeymoon Hotels in Portugal

Six Senses Douro Valley is our top pick for a romantic Portuguese getaway.

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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


Library at the Six Senses Douro Valley resort in Portugal
Courtesy of Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas
Why We Chose It

Nestled in the picturesque Douro Valley, this sustainable resort has it all—a fantastic spa, delicious cuisine, beautiful grounds, and plenty of activities.

Notable Amenities

Spa, alchemy bar, restaurant, wine library, outdoor pool, barbecue, organic gardens

Pros and Cons 
Pros
  • Chic modern design

  • Wellness oriented

  • Attentive service

Cons
  • You need a car to explore the area

  • Expensive

Hotel Overview 

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


Why We Chose It

This stylish boutique hotel in Lisbon’s historic Alfama neighborhood offers great value.

Notable Amenities

Rooftop pool and bar, bicycles for rent, complimentary neighborhood walking tour

Pros and Cons
Pros
  • Good location

  • Sleek modern design

  • Nice breakfast

Cons
  • Some rooms are noisy or lack views

  • Breakfast not included

Hotel Overview

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


Tivoli Palácio de Seteais Sintra Hotel

Tivoli Palácio de Seteais Sintra Hotel

Why We Chose It

You’ll feel like royalty at this luxurious hotel in a historic palace in Sintra, where Portuguese nobility built their castles.

Notable Amenities

Anantara spa, tennis court, outdoor swimming pool, free parking

Pros and Cons 
Pros
  • Hotel is housed in a historic monument

  • Location is perfect for visiting Sintra’s historic castles

  • Excellent food and drinks

  • Attentive service

Cons
  • Not handicap accessible

Hotel Overview 

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


Vila Foz Hotel & Spa

Vila Foz Hotel & Spa

Why We Chose It

Design lovers will adore this boutique hotel in a 19th-century mansion that’s gotten a modern makeover while retaining original details.

Notable Amenities

Michelin-starred restaurant, casual bistro, lobby bar, spa, gym, bikes

Pros and Cons
Pros
  • Gorgeous design

  • Location in a peaceful neighborhood by the ocean

  • Destination dining and drinking

  • Helpful, friendly staff

Cons
  • A bit far from the center of Porto

  • Can be difficult to get into the restaurant

Hotel Overview 

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


Maison Albar Hotels – Le Monumental Palace

Maison Albar Hotels – Le Monumental Palace

Why We Chose It

This Art Deco gem in the center of Porto has everything you need for a fabulous stay.

Notable Amenities

Michelin-starred restaurant, Japanese restaurant, bar, spa, indoor pool

Pros and Cons 
Pros
  • Beautiful Art Deco design

  • Helpful staff, especially the concierge

  • Central location in the heart of Porto

  • Excellent food and drinks

Cons
  • Pricey

  • Some guests complain about maintenance issues

Hotel Overview

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


Pine Cliffs Resort

Pine Cliffs Resort

Why We Chose It

This breezy resort offers great style and service in the Algarve, one of Portugal’s top beach destinations.

Notable Amenities

Beach club, eight outdoor pools, 13 restaurants and bars, fitness center, spa, nine-hole golf course, tennis courts

Pros and Cons
Pros
  • Loads of restaurants and bars

  • Great seaside location

Cons
  • Expect to see some kids around

Hotel Overview

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


Monverde Wine Experience Hotel

Monverde Wine Experience Hotel

Why We Chose It

Oenophiles will adore this hotel on a working vineyard in the Vinho Verde region.

Notable Amenities

Restaurant, vineyard, wine-blending facility

Pros and Cons
Pros
  • Sleek modern design

  • Excellent dining and drinking options

  • Wine-focused activities like blending your own wine

Cons
  • May be too remote for some

  • Rooms are quite dark

Hotel Overview 

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


World's Best Restaurant Views: The Yeatman
Photo courtesy of The Yeatman
Why We Chose It

The Michelin-starred restaurant at this Relais & Châteaux member is reason enough to book a room.

Notable Amenities

Michelin-starred restaurant, casual restaurant, bar, Caudalie spa, outdoor pool

Pros and Cons
Pros
  • 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

Cons
  • Decor feels a bit dated

  • Michelin-starred restaurant must be booked far in advance

Hotel Overview

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


Tivoli Avenida Liberdade Lisboa

Tivoli Avenida Liberdade Lisboa

Why We Chose It

This luxe hotel in the center of Lisbon boasts a rooftop bar that’s the place to be.

Notable Amenities

SEEN Lisboa restaurant, Cervejaria Liberdade restaurant, lobby bar, outdoor swimming pool, Anantara spa, fitness center

Pros and Cons
Pros
  • Superb location

  • Trendy rooftop bar

Cons
  • No outlets in the bathrooms

  • Some guests complain about the service

Hotel Overview

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.

Final Verdict

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.

Methodology

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.

Tivoli Avenida Liberdade Lisboa

Tivoli Avenida Liberdade Lisboa