FROM WHERE I'D RATHER BE
Sending Love from Lisbon.
A stunningly colourful city, filled with charm, culture and, bathed in golden sun- what more could we ask for? Send us love from Lisbon this long weekend (or any day, week or month after) and explore the stunning sites this city has to offer- we’re jealous already.
In a city filled with boutique hotels, we think we’ve found our favourite. The perfect modern contrast to the city’s charming, old style aesthetic- Altis Belém Hotel & Spa. Offering the perfect vacation escape, with sleek, contemporary interiors, a scenic roof top pool and hotel spa with a Turkish bath- we couldn’t think of a reason to leave.
During dinner at the delicious Belcanto restaurant, widely known as Portugal's best, indulge in Portuguese wine- for which they are very proud of. Then, whilst in search for the perfect post-dinner tipple, you can’t go past a range of Portuguese cocktails at the quaintly decorated Decadente. Lisbon locals prefer a feminine, statement look for after 5, and we can just see Our Flora V-Neck Kaftan dancing against confetti-coloured buildings as you step out to dine.
Tour around the charming cobbled streets of the old Alfama district, and escape in Lisbon’s rustic, brightly coloured trams- a chic, Instagram- worthy alternative to Melbourne’s own, we promise. These Trams are a signature element of Portuguese culture, and the adventure will not disappoint.
Before you leave - visit 17th century monument , The Church of Santa Engrácia , then take a scenic trip to Sintra and experience the wonder of Pena Palace. All the interior, and exterior, inspiration you’ll need to make redecorating your first post-holiday priority.
Sun kissed sands are Lisbon’s trademark- but we’ve found the city’s perfect pools to lounge by. Our top pick is the stunning rooftop pool at the Epic Sana hotel- complete with restaurant and bar. This heated treasure holds an amazing view of the sunset over the Tagus river, and if a single swim isn't enough- book into a luxury suite downstairs. A view of the Lisboan stars in our sleek Azalea plunged One-Piece? The perfect contemporary touch in a world of rustic charm.
Our packing list for Lisbon is all based on complement and contrast, the ultimate blend of sophisticated modern swimwear to soak up the Portuguese sun, and a vibrant floral motif to complement the city’s tiles.