A mountain retreat always seems difficult, you can already imagine a hard and treacherous journey to this hotel, in the middle of the woods. The weather is nothing like the photos, where the ocean like fog is just below the footsteps of the hotel – It’s raining. It’s freezing cold. Just like where you came from.

Then there’s Macdonald Monchique Resort & Spa.

Located in the south of Portugal, where the weather is better than the photos, having a sunshine that, even in winter, makes your days bright; where the road is easily accessible by the main highway, and where you are at the top of Algarve; where instead of mud you can have sand at your feet, as at a 20min. drive there’re striking beaches.

Here, right after the light winter rains, the green is the background colour to a vast selection of activities that make you rest while being active. Nothing is imposed, but it’s there, easily booked at the leisure desk. Wellness is a priority, but relaxing comes first. The comfortable and large Panoramic Suites give a painting like view with a spectacular and private sunset.

The Spa.

Just like any mountain retreat worthy of its name, it has a decent spa. But Sensorial Spa is way beyond decent. It’s amazing. Not just because it supports a complete thermal circuit that makes sure you find pure relaxation, but because therapists are the most thoughtful people you’ll find. It’s easy to let them take care of you and you’ll never regret it.

The food.

Food at Macdonald Monchique Resort & Spa is not just for consumption, it’s to savour. The flavours are international, but you can taste the native ingredients in every dish. You can tell right away that there’s a proud Portuguese chef behind the carte. Taste anything and enjoy everything.

If you’re looking for a mountain retreat to rest and relax, Macdonald Monchique Resort & Spa is the best in Portugal.