A stone’s throw away from the historical centre of Guimarães – a UNESCO world heritage site – Pousada Mosteiro de Guimarães is situated in a beautifully restored 12th century Augustinian Monastery, filled with a lifetime of Portuguese history.
"The inclusion of Pousada de Guimarães in the Small Luxury Hotels of the World chain is another important step in our mission to make the brand grow in quality and innovation” comments Miguel Velez, Executive Committee Member at Pestana. “We now have five Pousadas recognised by the Small Luxury Hotels of the World, which allows our customers to traverse Portugal from North to South, while staying in monasteries and palaces with genuine history".
Alongside Pousada Mosteiro de Guimarães, Pestana is delighted to introduce their existing members of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World, representing the best from the Monuments category and focusing on exceptional service and on curating, local, authentic experiences for guests using the historical beauty of their surroundings.
Pousada Mosteiro de Amares, North Portugal
A magnificent 12th century Cistercian monastery, Pousada Mosteiro de Amares’ is the perfect country escape, where guests can enjoy stunning views of the local Minho region, hike in the Peneda-Gerês National Park, discover cultural gems in the city of Braga, and find historic statues and interiors within the Pousada. With rolling lawns that are home to the secluded marble pool – the only one of its kind in the country – it’s hard not to be captivated by the view of endless mountains and the Portuguese history upheld by the Hotel.
Pousada de Lisboa, Lisbon
Located in the heart of Lisbon on Praҁa do Comércio square, Pousada de Lisboa is an expert blend of modern luxury that works seamlessly with its heritage listed structure. It is filled with original art pieces on loan from the city's museums, and offers sweeping views of the Tagus river and the iconic São Jorge castle that dominates the city's skyline. Guests can explore the city sites with a moto sidecar tour, unwind at the Pousada’s indoor swimming pool and spa, and dine on Portuguese culinary classics at Lisboeta, headed by up-and-coming Chef Tiago Bonito.
Pousada Mosteiro do Crato, Alentejo
Inaugurated as a project in 1955 by Portuguese architect Carrilho da Graça, Pousada Mosteiro do Crato is the result of a careful adaptation of the area of the “Paço” (manor-house) and the Medieval Monastery-Fortress to contemporary levels of innovation, decoration and comfort. Located in central Portugal, guests can relax under olive trees by the Pousada’s stunning pool, explore the Alentejo region on horseback or, for an active adventure, head to the Montargil Dam to try the water sports.
Pousada Palácio de Estoi, Algarve
The crowning glory of Estoi in the Algarve is Pousada Palacio de Estoi. An 18th century palace surrounded by regal gardens inspired by those at the Palace of Versailles, the Pousada is an eye-catching local landmark from the outside, and a glamorous 21st century hotel on the inside. Guests can marvel at the antique paintings and the gold leaf ornate plasterwork in the foyer, commissioned by the original owner of the palace, or discover where 18th and 21st century design meet by indulging in afternoon tea at the Rocco-style saloon. With a rooftop pool engulfed by palatial style gardens, there is plenty to explore before unwinding and indulging in the regional cuisine with a twist at The Viscount restaurant.