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Myriad by SANA Hotel
Hotel Republic, the UK representatives of SANA Hotels, gave an invited group a memorable taste of Portugal’s capital. Michelle Chenery reports
It took only 2hrs 30mins from London Heathrow to Lisbon on one of TAP Portugal’s 38 direct flights a week. Abreu, the DMC handling our itinerary, welcomed us and in a short time we were benefiting from an early check-in at the Myriad by SANA Hotels. Whilst enjoying a welcome drink we signed our forms and were asked to select from a bunch of room keys. It was then we learned that one of us had been lucky enough to have picked the key to the Penthouse Suite. We all appreciated this generous gesture by the hotel.

We were soon into the packed itinerary planned for our Fam Trip. After a buffet lunch, there was a short walk to the cable car at the Vasco da Gama Tower with an 8-minute ride along the edge of the Nations Park and eastern edge of the Tejo estuary, with a view of the MEO Arena, originally the Atlantic Pavilion. We reached the Oceanarium across shopping centres, bars and restaurants. There we were able to take a walk through some of the water-themed attractions before travelling to Lisbon’s more historic sites. Following the route of the famous Tram 28, we were driven uphill towards the medieval São Jorge Castle (Saint Georges Castle) a Moorish relic overlooking the historic centre of Lisbon and the Tagus River.

Events can be held here in five unique event spaces. The Officers Mess (Praça D’Armas ) and The Romantic Garden (Jardim Romântico) can cater for a banquet for up to 1,000 or 1,250 cocktail style. The Castle Terrace offers 400 guests superb views.

We then walked down through the winding streets and staircases of the medieval borough of Alfama to Commerce Square (Praça do Comércio). The former site of the Royal Riberia Palace until it was destroyed by the great Lisbon earthquake in 1755, it is now the picturesque location for restaurants, bars and event spaces.

We had drinks and tapas at the Aura, where Portuguese dishes are served under the watchful eye of Chef Duate Mathais and gastronomic producer Fabrice Marescaux. There are rooms for private dinners indoors under vaulted arches, or out on the terrace, where we sat with our drinks, watching the hustle and bustle on the square, before returning to our hotel.

"Myriad – when anyone asks for the WOW factor this will certainly spring to mind. I loved all the daylight and outside space you certainly feel you are on the river and the conference space is amazing. The Malhoa is certainly a great business hotel especially with the layout of the conference space. I think this will work really well for my clients in January and I will certainly highlight this at my presentation on Friday. The Lisboa’s location is ideal and loved the Cheese Board on arrival and Eggs Benedict for breakfast! The Epic is an oasis in the middle of the city especially with Roof top bar and pool and the conference space is so flexible.
"I really enjoyed the activities, the highlight was definitely the speedboat trip, it was certainly a case of the louder you scream the faster you go! a unique way to see the Lisbon and also the lovely lunch in Sintra on the roof terrace. All the activities were so well co-ordinated and the team at Arbreu were very informative and fun to be with. I will now be able to recommend exciting ways to see Lisbon to our clients.
"This was certainly a trip to remember very educational but fun at the same time. The level of service, welcome and gastronomy in each of the venues was extremely high."
Wendy Sibbald
Easy Tiger Corporate Events
The 176-room, 10-suites Myriad by SANA Hotels is well-located within the Nations Park overlooking the Tagus River. It has three meeting facilities on the first floor, known as the Leonidas Rooms, with areas ranging from 72 up to 313 sqm. They all have windows looking out over the Tagus. The largest can host up to 120 at a banquet and 84 cabaret. Combining two rooms provides space for up to 250 at a reception.

Furthermore, the hotel is linked by a covered aerial bridge to the Myriad Crystal Centre, a modern conference and event centre that offers 15,000sqm of events space. It has seven rooms on the ground floor as well as outdoor decking. A removable wall system allows up to seven flexible spaces or, combined, for events for up to 650 guests. All the rooms are equipped with air-conditioning, projection screens, dvd players, sound and lighting control, wireless internet as well as a range of voice and data connections. Three boardrooms are able to cater for 30 delegates theatre style.

It was very relaxing to sit for a little while on the hanging egg chair in my room looking at the views before going for dinner in the River Lounge and bar.

A nice touch was that each one of us had our name and company logo printed on our own personal menus for the meal. It was easy for us all to check that we were OK with all the ingredients. We enjoyed codfish petals, braised Iberian pork and a milk and white chocolate duo of mini macaroons with raspberry sorbet and pistachio caramel.

Next morning, after an excellent breakfast buffet in sunny weather on the outdoor deck, it was time to check out of the Myriad and head for further adventures. We were off to explore the Lisbon Coast in an exciting way.

Seaview Nautical Events met us at a local marina and we boarded an RIB (semi rigid boat). After a quick safety briefing and donning our lifejackets, we were sailing out into the main channel of the Tagus. After a leisurely start, with stops at the Lisbon Cathedral and the Christ the King statue, we raced under the vast suspension bridge and past the recently opened MAAT museum and onto the Monument to the Discoveries, then sped to disembark near the famous medieval defensive Belem Tower, criss-crossing the wakes of other vessels to make our trip all the more adventurous.

Seaview offers a range of waterborne programmes for groups. Up to 102 people can enjoy one or two hours in an RIB; they also have fishing boats and a variety of yachts; or organisers can choose from paddle surfing, kitesurfing, water ski-ing, waveboarding and canoeing.

A refreshment after the river experience gave us a taste of Lisbon’s famous custard tart, Pasteis de Nata. Then we were able to have a look at the renowned Jerónimos Monastery on the way to the National Coach Museum.

We very much enjoyed visiting the Royal Riding School which houses a collection of ornate royal carriages dating from the 17th and 18thC. Available for hire for receptions, cocktails and gala dinners, the Royal Riding School can accommodate up to 300 people seated and up to 500 standing amongst the exhibition pieces, subject to approval. Housed nearby within the new National Coach Museum, the Auditorium can host up to 340 guests.

Our itinerary included lunch at the SANA Malhoa Hotel. Located close to some of Lisbon’s important business centres in Praça de Espanha Square, it stands within walking distance of the Alberto Theatre, El Corte Inglés and the Twin Towers with a wide selection of restaurants cinemas and shops. We ate out on the terrace area of the Mediterrâneo Restaurant, which is accessible via two entrances and can be privatised, serving a buffet lunch. The main restaurant can seat up to 140, offering diners a choice of Portuguese cuisine mixed with flavours of the Mediterranean. The lobby bar has piano sessions on Tuesday and Thursday evenings and has an area that can be privatised for a private meeting or to watch a sporting event or film.

We were now ready for the next activity and were transferred to the Carmo Convent, located in Lisbon’s Santa Maria Maior municipality. It survived the 1755 earthquake but now stands without a roof. As such it serves as an iconic open event space within the remains of its walls and arches. During the cold seasons the space can be covered with a canopy. It accommodates up to 500 for cocktails or 300 for a banquet.

We were then handed over for the rest of the afternoon to the activity company, Boost. We were split into two groups and provided with a colour-coded lanyard carrying an emergency contact number, a tablet and an app. We were then despatched on our merry way around the town on a treasure hunt. We had to find statues and historical buildings and take photographs of them to prove we had been there.

A stretch of the route was on the famous Tram 28 and a Boost member of staff was there to ensure we boarded the right one.

Left to fend for ourselves, we had great fun getting to know Lisbon and at the end we were all rewarded with a shot of Ginja, a Portuguese liqueur made from sour cherries soaked in alcohol, giving it a very unique flavour. Don’t ever be tempted to eat cherries, however.

Boost also provides tours in open-top VW Beetles, Go Car Tours, Segway tours, eco tuk tours, an escape treasure hunt and cycle tours on vintage style electric bikes.

We were then driven on eco tuks to our hotel for the night, the SANA Lisboa. Located on one of Lisbon’s busiest thoroughfares, Fontes Pereira de Melo Avenue, the hotel is within walking distance of theatres, cinemas and shopping areas as well as being next door to the Marques de Pombal Metro station. The property has 287 rooms with views over the park or the city centre.

Its meetings facilities are spread over two floors, with 15 rooms allowing organisers to hold events for up to 340 persons in the standard configuration. Six of the rooms feature natural light and retractable walls and can be configured for events for up to 1,500. All are equipped with wi-fi, total blackout, audio visual support and air conditioning and feature a screen, flipchart and pens, notepads pens, mineral water, SANA Hotel sweets and one internet access point as standard. We were welcomed with a spread of Portuguese cheeses, meats and custard tarts.

After a break to refreshed, we were taken a short distance to another 5-star SANA property, the EPIC SANA Lisboa. Epic in name and epic in character. It is one of SANA’s largest Lisbon properties and has 311 bedrooms over 10 floors, with six different categories, as well as two dedicated conference floors. Located within walking distance of the city centre, the famous business district, the shopping district of Amoreiras and the historical monument of Marques de Pombal, it is only 7.5km from Lisbon airport. It is therefore an ideal base from which delegates can explore the city.

The Scale Bar was a welcoming place of entry to a property with pleasant staff and smiling faces at every turn.

We were then shown the meeting spaces, spa, different categories of rooms and the UpScale Bar before reaching the Flor-de-Lis restaurant, where we dined.

The Chef had made a special selection of dishes for us. There was poached grouper, foie gras, seared Charolais sirloin, mango sorbet with passion fruit foam and, finally, a creation of sherbet and strawberries.

We very much needed the restful night at the SANA Lisboa to digest, order our thoughts about all the day’s activities and be ready for the next part of the itinerary. After a satisfying breakfast, we checked out and travelled to Sintra, a resort town along the coast. En route a member of the Abreu staff informed us about the different areas of Lisbon and their monuments. Stopping off in Cascais, a picturesque fishing village, we took a short walk through a part of the town that is closed to traffic and enjoyed a coffee break at one of the local cafes, soaking up some of the local culture.

We walked a little further to Coconuts in the centre of Cascais. This is a venue that has an indoor ballroom and a large outdoor terrace with stunning views over the ocean. Catered by Casa do Marques, it can host 300 for a banquet and 400 for a cocktail reception.

There is a sister property, Arriba by the Sea, which we then drove to along the coast. It is a recently modernised but ancient historical building perched on the cliff edge, owned and catered by Casa do Marques. Its 410sqm ballroom can seat 320 or cater for 600 cocktail style.

A large outside pool area, able to host 250 for a reception, has direct access to the beach and a large parking area.

Further towards Sintra, we reached the fantastic Colares Cellar. Housed within a building dating from the 19thC, the venue offers two very different events spaces. A uniquely styled modern building can be used for welcome drinks and smaller groups for dining and wine tasting, whilst the 120m-long Wine Cellar, enhanced by cast-iron candelabras and ageing oak barrels, can cater for up to 700 at a banquet and 500 for cocktails.

Our activities were nicely rounded off with a meal on the terrace at Hotel Central in historical Sintra. The property hs five versatile meeting rooms and the magnificent Terrace that affords views of Sintra Palace and is able to host up to 120 people. Groups of up to 150 are catered for in the Eça de Queiróz and Ramalho Ortigão rooms, with more intimate gatherings of up to 30 can be catered for in the Alexandre Herculano room.

Our sunny light lunch comprised a choice of breads, cheeses and Caesar salads. After some free time in Sintra, our itinerary ended with a 45-minute drive to the airport in Lisbon for our TAP Portugal flight back to London.

More details of the SANA properties we visited
The Myriad by SANA Hotels boasts 176 rooms and 10 Suites. There are 150 deluxe rooms that measure between 25-30sqm, and have views overlooking the Nations Park and the Tagus River, featuring a work area with desk, Nespresso machine and mini bar. There is a choice of double or twin beds and a whirlpool bath or shower with massage jets. The rooms are also equipped with free Wi-Fi, a digital safe, Pay TV and Video on demand, Music via Bluetooth, LCD TV, cable and satellite TV, 24 hour room service, 2 telephones and bathrobe and slippers. The 25 Premium rooms measure 30-37sqm and include a double bed, hanging egg chair situated perfectly for the views, shower with massage jets, whirlpool bath, work area, multimedia connection for MP3 player and laptop and bathroom amenities by Aromatherapy Associates.

There are a further nine suites that measure 55-59sqm, featuring a double bed, whirlpool bath and shower with massage jets, an independent lounge and work area. Located on the 21st floor is the Presidential Suite with a floor area of 111sqm. It features two separate entrances, one connected to support the kitchen as well as lounge and dining area, sofa, walk-in closet, 2 bathrooms, Nespresso coffee machine and has 1 connecting room available on request. Located on the ground floor, The River Lounge Restaurant and Bar boasts views over the Tagus estuary, open daily with Chef Frederic Breitenbucher producing different dining experiences for different times of the day.

SANA Malhoa Hotel
Boasting 181 rooms in total, consisting of 95 doubles, 70 twin, 16 single, 16 triple and 30 connecting rooms all featuring free Wi-Fi, digital safe, air-conditioning, work desk, radio and Pay TV. On the top floor the hotel’s 4 Suites have panoramic views over the city and verandas. The bedroom has an additional area and features a king size double bed, a spacious marble bathroom, as well as two TVs, two mini-bars and two work areas.

The Wellness area located on the lower floors offers a massage service when booked in advance, as well as access to the gymnasium, Turkish bath, sauna and Jacuzzi - all open 24 hours a day. The SANA Malhoa has a dedicated meetings and events floor, offering 7 modular flexible rooms, 3 available with natural daylight. All featuring the latest generation audio visual equipment with free Wi-Fi available throughout. The space covers an area of 555sqm and is able to host up to 700 people. Belem I is able to cater for up to 200 theatre style and 140 for a banquet and for more intimate meetings Belem VII can cater for 15 school and U-shape and 16 persons for a banquet.

SANA Lisboa Hotel
With 287 rooms in total, the hotel has 265 Standard rooms measuring 23sqm, with either park or panoramic views over the city centre, each room offering either queen size beds in single rooms and king size beds in double rooms. They are equipped with Wi-Fi, desk, digital safe, air conditioning, mini bar, alarm clock, 24-hour room service, a telephone in the room and in the bathroom and cable TV. A further 14 Executive Rooms are available on the 10th and 11th floors. In addition to the standard room services, Executive Room guests are provided with a daily newspaper, free parking, VIP treatment, Playstation 4 with various games, a Nespresso coffee machine, an offer of early check-in with breakfast on the day of arrival and a late check-out up to 4pm.

The SANA Lisboa Suites on the 9th to 12th floors of the hotel, with an area of 49.5sqm, offer guests extra space as well as a separate room with dining table, a large sofa and television. These can also be used for small meetings and private events. The meetings facilities at the hotel are spread over 2 floors, with 15 rooms available for use, allowing organisers to hold events for up to 340 persons in the standard room configuration. Six of the rooms feature natural light and retractable walls allowing organisers to create events for up to1,500 people. Nine of the meeting rooms feature a ceiling height of 3.5m and all are equipped with Wi-Fi, total blackout, audio visual support and air conditioning and come with a screen, flipchart and pens, notepads, pens, mineral water, SANA Hotel sweets and one internet access point as standard.

EPIC SANA Lisboa Hotel
Of the 311 guestrooms, there are 114 deluxe twin rooms, 177 deluxe doubles spanning 30sqm, 5 Junior suites, 12 Deluxe Suites measuring 60sqm, 2 Diplomatic suites and 1 Presidential Suite. All rooms come with 24-hour room service, air conditioning, LCD TV, minibar, cable TV service, MP3 docking service, an in-room safe that is laptop compatible, phone, a pillow menu, premium bedding and toiletries, a work desk, free Wi-Fi and music play via Bluetooth. The EPIC SANA offers bespoke conferencing and banqueting facilities, able to cater for up to 1,300 guests. The largest of the rooms, the Morus, spanning 874sq, is able to host up to 870 guest theatre style and 800 banquet style. On the first floor the EPIC offers 6 rooms for small meetings or training sessions, with a foyer and outdoor terrace available for coffee breaks or buffet lunches. The Suber room is able to host 12 people for a boardroom meeting and up to 20 cocktail style. The Laurus room caters for up to 50 buffet style and 80 cocktail style. On the conference floor there are a further 2 large meeting rooms, Morus and Vitis which can be divided into smaller spaces offering organisers a total of 20 different room configurations, as well as a foyer measuring 628sqm for buffet lunches and coffee breaks.

The Morus room with a ceiling height of 4.5m can be divided into 4 separate spaces able to cater for 145 up to 290 theatre style. The Vitis room can cater for up to 250 theatre style and for up to 180 buffet style. It is also divisible into a further 4 smaller spaces. All of the event spaces are equipped with complimentary high-speed Wi-Fi, video conferencing and a full range of audio visual equipment. ISDN lines into each room, individually controlled air conditioning, a guest services administrative support team and tailored menus for food and refreshments are also available.

The hotel also houses one of Lisbon’s largest spas, Sayanna Wellness, located on the ground floor. Spanning 1,700sqm, it includes a fitness area, 6 treatment rooms, some with hydrotherapy facilities, sauna, steam room, Jacuzzi and indoor swimming pool. With an extensive range of treatments available for both men and women, ranging from a candle massage, Thai inspired massages, as well as signature Syanna massages, facials, body scrubs and a chocolate massage to name but a few.

With 10 Hotels in Lisbon and a presence in Albufeira (Algarve), Caldas da Rainha, Estoril, Sesimbra, Berlin (Germany) and Luanda (Angola), SANA Hotels is strongly positioned to serve the business travel, meetings and events sector.
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