If you’re planning a winter break this year, then Lisbon should definitely be on your list of considerations.
I was lucky enough to visit back in January this year and although the weather is beautifully sunny, the city still has an awful lot to offer.
Flying from Jersey is easy enough, into Gatwick, a quick transfer to Heathrow and then time to enjoy an indulgent brunch (and obligatory visit to Caviar House and Prunier!) before departing with TAP Air Portugal for the short 2 hour 40 minute flight to Lisbon.
Arrival at Lisbon airport is super easy, you’ll find your way out to the transfer area with no trouble and be on your way to your final destination.
I was staying at the beautiful Dolce Camporeal Lisboa, a five star resort located in Torres Vedras, just 30 minutes’ drive from the airport. You won’t be disappointed with the views along the way and its breathtaking surroundings.
As you might expect, the inside of the hotel is just as stunning as the surrounding views, we were greeted with sweet treats and a huge comfy bed and luxury toiletries in the bathroom, which were just so tempting that I dived straight into a relaxing bath before dinner.
Before dinner, I found time to explore the hotel a little more. The grounds are enormous, the facilities include two tennis courts and a golf course, not to mention numerous beautiful courtyards. There’s a spa, indoor and outdoor pools, three restaurants and plenty of event spaces in and out. No wonder it’s a popular venue for weddings!
The girls and I got ready in our rooms and then met up for pre-dinner drinks before making our way down to dinner, stopping to explore the stunning wine cellar along the way. The lights in here were so funky, if anyone knows where you can get them, let me know please – the wine cellar wouldn’t go amiss either, if anyone would like to build me one!
Dinner was a huge affair, with numerous buffet stations and literally something for everyone. Salads, sushi, fresh seafood, pasta, cheese & meats and a huge roast carved right in front of us.
The dessert selection was simply amazing, I’m not a massive sweet fan, but as they were bite size it seemed rude not to at least try them … each and every one!
I love eating this way, when you can just select a little bit of everything you fancy, it’s so much nicer than having to commit to just the one dish, and the Camporeal has it down to a tea. Every single dish was fresh and really tasty and we got to try some great traditional Portuguese dishes.
We managed to pack quite a lot in, considering we’d only really had half a day at the resort, but already we all felt so much more relaxed and ready to do some exploring the next day.
The scenery is incredible and the resort offers the ultimate in relaxation, it was even nice enough to sit out and catch a few rays around the pool in the afternoon. It’s definitely a great spot to base yourself to explore the area. But more on that coming soon…!