The Oitavos Hotel & Spa

Cascais, Portugal

Features

  • Day Spa
  • Fine Dining
  • Going Solo

Spa

  • Hydrotherapy
  • Pool
  • Thermal Facilities

To Do

  • Golf
  • Gymnasium
  • Hiking/walks
  • Horse riding
  • Personal training
  • Pilates
  • Pool – Indoor
  • Pool – Outdoor
  • Watersports
  • Yoga

Set in a gorgeously rugged part of Portugal’s Estoril coast, the hotel’s exterior is curiously space age, but this is lunar landscape meets luxury design. Every room at the Oitavos has a lounge area. And thanks to its clever ‘Y’ shaped design every room also has a beautiful sea view. Many also have views onto the award-winning golf course…

The Spa

Use the Balneotherapy Area to relax and unwind through the medicinal effects of heated sea water, work out a little by swimming or use the powerful jets of the pool to relieve stress points. If the idea is to detoxify, make use of the sauna circuits, Turkish bath and ice fountain.

Spa Facilities

  • 10 treatment rooms, eight filled with natural light
  • Sauna
  • Turkish bath
  • Jacuzzi
  • Balneotherapy area complete with sea-water Dynamic swimming pool, open to the interior and exterior

Spa Products

To Stay

Portuguese architect José Amaral Anahory has come up with an uncompromisingly modern construction of steel and glass flooded with natural light, The Oitavos has 142 unusually spacious rooms and suites with full-height glass doors onto a large balcony.


Facilities and Activities

  • Yoga
  • Horse riding
  • Tennis courts
  • Squash
  • Padel
  • Biking
  • Helicopter tour
  • Golf

Getting There

Rua de Oitavos, Quinta da Marinha, 2750-374 Cascais, Portugal

+351 21 486 0020

Lisbon Portela Airport

Toni JonesBy Toni Jones

Every room at the Oitavos has a lounge area. And thanks to its clever ‘Y’ shaped design every room also has a beautiful sea view. Many also have views onto the award-winning golf course…

Set in a gorgeously rugged part of Portugal’s Estoril coast, the hotel’s exterior is curiously space age, but this is lunar landscape meets luxury design. As soon as you step through the door, there it is – the soothing and calm interior, filled with soft colours and fabulous lighting that it’s become known for.

Floor-to-ceiling glass throughout the building offers panoramic views of the dramatic surroundings, whether you are ooh’ing over the prosecco-laced breakfast buffet or people watching on one of the hotel’s monthly party nights, Oitavos Beats. And a few steps outside there is a picture perfect infinity pool that’s just begging to be insta-bragged.

The Spa

The vibe in the spa is cavernous but calm, and the floor-to-ceiling windows continue here with eight of the 10 treatment rooms featuring views onto the wild surroundings. Even the sauna and steam room have a window onto the outside world and there is something terribly soothing about looking on to blue skies, wild flowers and groups of bunnies while you work up a sweat in the steam.

There’s a hi-tech 24-hour gym space, and as well as the infinity pool on the terrace there’s an indoor/outdoor saltwater pool featuring brilliant massaging jets and a Jacuzzi.

The Treatment

The treatment list here is huge featuring over 15 types of massage including the ‘Special Golfer’ and the packages – including The Royal Rejuvenation (massage, customised facial, exfoliating ritual ) and From Land To Sea (seaweed bath, massage, facial, mineralizing body wrap –  are worth indulging in if you have the time.

The therapists use Voya products throughout – an Irish organic seaweed range fresh from the Atlantic. My Voya massage was soothing but actually super energising. Invigorating massage techniques were used in combination with organic seaweed oil, leaving my skin feeling soft and my mind rejuvenated!

Other Treatments

Scrub THERMA with sea salt and essential oils.Dedicated massages including Sports, Relaxation, and Lymphatic Drainage.

Coral and Lemon Facial.NB it’s worth booking in advance for all of the treatments as the spa gets full pretty quickly. It’s also worth noting for any long weekenders that the spa isn’t open on Mondays.

To Stay

Our spacious room was painted in a delicious shade of seaside blue. It had double sinks, super-king beds, a lounge area big enough to actually lounge in, iPod docks, 2 x TVs and bundles of delicious Aromatherapy Associates products.

Even the balconies feature sofas, which is the perfect place to watch the sun set over the Atlantic as you and a lucky plus one raid the delightfully stuffed mini-bar.

As a spa hotel, pampering is taken very seriously here, and the open plan bathrooms are an integral part of the suite experience. The bath features an ocean view (as well as a great view for your partner), the glass shower features a seat for pondering life/shaving your legs beneath the huge rainshower and there are two lengths of robes to choose from, depending on how frisky you are feeling.

To Eat

Even if you’re not a golfer you should treat yourself to lunch at the clubhouse, where we tucked into garlicky clams, lovely light octopus salad and flavour-packed ceviche – all caught from the water straight in front of us. Driving your own golf buggy there is optional but a LOT of fun, especially after a glass or two of honey-hued wine from the hotel’s own vineyard.

At the main hotel the chef’s table at the Ipsylon Restaurant offers a cool take on Portuguese cooking with the emphasis on the freshest seafood (we were treated to fish in a bag and mini clay pots of aromatic broth). The main restaurant menu is a clash of cuisines, combining high-end sushi with grade A steaks and fancy fast food, so good for sharing if you have an adventurous mouth. And we would recommend saving room for the cheeseboard.

Outside of the hotel we loved The Adraga beachfront restaurant, a local favourite where you are introduced to your fish before it is cooked up and served swimming in live oil.

Don’t Miss

Don some flats and take a day trip to the beautiful hilltop town of Sintra, which features castles, cobbles and chocolate-cups filled with port as well as photo opps galore.

Thrill-seekers should book onto a speedboat with WaterX which a brilliant way to spot Lisbon, and a brilliant excuse to need another Voya massage straight after.