Nature and Nurture at Penha Longa Resort
Tucked within a 545-acre national park, Portugal’s Penha Longa Resort appeals to nature-lovers and outdoor enthusiasts. Aside from its lush setting, the resort offers plenty of ways to experience and explore its surroundings.
STEP BY STEP
Given that the site of the Spa at Penha Longa Resort was once a monastery, it’s only natural that the space maintains the peaceful, reflective intent of its original inhabitants. The only of its kind in Portugal, the Labyrinth invites guests to reconnect with their innermost self, focus the mind, release stress and unlock their imagination. Spiraling toward the center, the path can be walked alone in a private session or in a small group workshop, all of which are designed around the three Rs of a labyrinth: release, receive and return.
To immerse yourself in the wellness experience, the resort’s Energize Program (3, 5 or 7 days) combines nutrition, exercise and spa treatments. If you prefer to connect with nature while inside, too, the spa’s Aromatic Touch massage uses therapeutic nectars based on natural plant extracts.
WALK (OR RUN) THIS WAY
The best way to explore some of the 545-acre national park the resort calls home? With a trainer-led walk/run along the Historical Circuit. The 60-minute trek bridges the past of Penha Longa with its breathtaking natural beauty, passing important sights from the 16th to 19th centuries including royal apartments, the monastery and several gardens. The walk can be tailored to your intensity level (low, medium or high) and can be done as a solo, paired or group outing.
SUN. SIP. REPEAT.
Ten minutes from the resort’s lush landscape are the rolling waves of Estoril Beach. Among the most beautiful in the region, the beach’s tranquil waters make it ideal for families with children (kids surf lessons are available through the resort’s Ritz Kids program). Overlooking the ocean, the resort’s Villa Tamariz Utopia beach club includes a seafood-inspired restaurant and an outdoor lounge and terrace for light bites and drinks. Close out the weekend with Sunday brunch followed by a day at the beach.
JUST FOR KIDS
Nature’s beauty isn’t lost on young travelers, who have plenty of opportunities to explore the outdoors with the resort’s Ritz Kids program. The sprawling Jardim de Damas (Ladies Garden) is overlooked by the Sintra Mountains and includes a playground, cable slide and mini golf. The resort also offers buggy tours and complimentary mountain bikes.