Estoril & Sintra: 10 of the best event venues

The two towns just outside Lisbon offer golf, coastal views and quality meeting facilities.

Estoril & Sintra: 10 of the best event venues
Estoril & Sintra: 10 of the best event venues

- Tivoli Palacio
Tapestries and frescoes add to the elegant atmosphere at this fully restored and remodelled 18th-century property. The 29 rooms combine state-of-the-art technology with historic architectural details. The lush landscaped gardens, with views of Pena Palace and the Moorish castle, can be used to host a range of events, while the six meeting rooms can hold up to 110 delegates. Recent corporate visitors from the UK include Aston Martin and Vodafone.
Web: www.preferredboutique.com/tivolipalacio

- Hotel Cascais Miragem
This five-star property has overlooked a prime spot of the Atlantic coast since 2004, just outside the town of Cascais. Its modern glass and steel design houses 200 rooms, and extensive leisure facilities in the shape of a 3,000m2 Holmes Place health club, and the Zenstation Spa. Its 18 meeting rooms are able to accommodate up to 800, and there are two brightly decorated banqueting suites for gala dinners. Four clubs surround the property, giving golfing groups a range of options.
Web: www.cascaismirage.com

- Colares Wine Cellar
One of the country's smallest wine regions, Colares is a 20-minute drive from Cascais. The 100 year-old cellar has been converted to receive groups for tastings and dinners. The main building is 120 metres long and can seat up to 6,000 people on round tables. The atmosphere is enhanced by cast-iron candelabras and oak barrels. Luis Gama, sales manager at DMC Portugal Travel Team, says: "We use Colares a lot because it's so stunning. The old cellar and new venue are a good combination - it has its own catering and I think it's a fantastic place."
Web: www.portugal-travelteam.com

- Pestana Sintra Golf Resort & Spa Hotel
This four-star 137-room property is located in the upscale residential complex of Quinta da Beloura's, just over a mile from the centre of Sintra. Opened in 2006, its main draw is the fact it has its own 18-hole golf course with views over the Sintra Hills. Oak and palm trees line the gardens and fairways, giving it a somewhat reclusive vibe, despite its location close to town. There are six meeting spaces, the largest of which can seat 230 theatre-style.
Web: www.pestana.com

- Grande Real Villa Italia Hotel & Spa
Being next to a landmark that translates as 'Hell's Mouth' might not seem an immediate selling point, but this dramatic chasm is one of the most spectacular spots along the coast. This 124-room, five-star property has a regal history, having been the former home of King Humberto of Italy, prior to being refurbished and reopened in 2007. It was redesigned with the C&I market in mind, offering 16 multi-purpose meeting rooms for a total of 450 delegates. A spa, two restaurants and seawater pools complete the facilities.
Web: www.granderealvillaitaliahotel.com

- Hotel Quinta da Marinha Resort
This golf-focused property has staged professional competitions such as the PGA Seniors Tour. Ocean and mountain views can be enjoyed from the fairways, and both the course and property were remodelled in 2007. The hotel is a mix of 198 rooms and 44 villas, offering living rooms, kitchenettes and verandas. The largest of the 11 meeting rooms can seat 450 delegates, and there are five restaurants.
Web: www.quintadamarinha.com

- Hotel Palacio, Estoril
A more traditional offering, the Palacio dates back to the 1930s, and retains a golden-age feeling. It's a grand old property, with uniformed doormen and exacting standards. World Events account manager Alison Tiffin took a corporate group there in the spring. "Our client was looking for a small, five-star property with sea views, golf and facilities for a product launch," she says. "The Palacio Estoril gave them all this and more and I would certainly use it again." There are 161 rooms, including 32 suites, and nine meeting rooms for up to 500 delegates.
Web: www.ghotw.com/hotel/home/palacio-estoril.htm

- Montserrat Palace
This ornate property was built in 1858 in the mountains of Sintra. The three sections of the pavilion are topped with red cupolas, while inside the palace, the exuberant decoration accentuates the oriental style. The Palace offers two different themed rooms, with the Music Hall accommodating around 70 guests and the Columns Room around 80. Portugal Travel Team's Gama says: "The building was in ruins for years and they just finished the renovation. It's a stunning place, surrounded by the lush green of Sintra mountains."
Web: www.portugal-travelteam.com

- Centro de Congresso, Estoril
The Estoril Congress Centre prides itself on its environmentally-friendly approach to hosting events, and has won several awards since opening in 2001. The main hall has capacity for 2,000 and there are several flexible meeting space options across the two floors. The 'B Green' events team actively helps organisers make their events more sustainable, with carbon-offsetting programmes. All this, with architecture that is focused on light, energy and water efficiency, make the ECC one of the most progressive venues in the region.
Web: www.estorilcc.com

- Hotel Inglaterra
Although the property - which from a distance resembles an intricate, pastel wedding cake - opened in 2006, the building has stood since the late 19th century, and was previously used as a residential palace. It harks back to the days of Belle Epoque, and the sophisticated gold leaf gilding and Art Deco-style bar promote a glamorous atmosphere. There are just 55 rooms, mostly in a contemporary style, and three meeting spaces for up to 70.
Web: www.hotelinglaterra.com.pt

DIRECTORY PORTUGAL: Visit Portugal
Contact: Carlos Oliveira, 020 7201 6666
Email: carlos.oliveira@portugalglobal.pt
Web: www.visitportugal.com

 

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