The Oitavos, Cascais, Portugal
Sited near Cabo da Roca, Europe's most western point, overlooking Portugal's dramatic Atlantic coast, the Oitavos is a perfect weekend escape - just a twenty-minute drive from Lisbon airport. Owned by the third generation of the Champalimaud family, the hotel is part of the Quinta da Marinha resort, which includes the Arthur Hills-designed Oitavos Dunes golf course, ranked one of the top 100 courses in the world.
Lisbon born architect José Anahory designed the minimalist décor using light colours such as sea blue, grey and white, with a few bright flashes in the form of contemporary sculptures and paintings by Portuguese artists. Surrounded by sand dunes and pine trees, the 144 glass-fronted rooms and suites have large balconies overlooking the Atlantic or the golf course.
Chef Cyril Devilliers is in charge of the cuisine, offering a casual tapas option at the Pool bar and fine dining at the Ipsylon restaurant, where breakfast is also served on the terrace. Make sure you try one of the latter's freshly baked, Portuguese custard tarts.
The sea-inspired spa has everything you can possibly dream off including a hammam, Jacuzzi, sea water pools and natural therapies using Voya products, based on algae - which are infinitely more luxurious than they sound.
Rua de Oitavos, Quinta da Marinha, 2750-374 Cascais, Portugal; tel: 351.214 860 020; www.theoitavos.com