For those who want to escape the kids’ clubs and (let’s be honest) frantic nature of a family resort and even some hotels, Portugal offers some excellent adults-only hotels. With no youngsters around, you can enjoy a sophisticated break, whether that be relaxing on a sandy beach or exploring the country’s fascinating cities.
So if you’re a couple looking for a bit of romance or a group of friends wanting peace and quiet, here are Portugal’s best adults-only hotels.
Algarve adults only hotels
TUI BLUE Falesia
Near Albufeira, Algarve
Perched on a dramatically cascading cliff, TUI BLUE Falesia in the Algarve is ideal for a romantic getaway. Easy access to one of the area’s most beautiful beaches makes moonlit strolls and days of sunbathing simple.
Reconnect with your loved one as you pamper in the BLUE Spa, eat at one of three restaurants, or relax with a cocktail at either of the bars. If you’re feeling up to it, TUI BLUE also has exercise classes, yoga, and tennis courts.
Dom Manuel I Charming Residence
Exclusively for couples, the Dom Manuel I Charming Residence is a sophisticated boutique hotel offering elegance amid classic Portuguese design. Spend you days cooling off in the pool, cleansing in the sauna, or unwinding with a massage in the on-site spa.
Located in the centre of Lagos, this hotel is ideally located for exploring the local area. You’re a few minutes’ walk from the beach and Lagos Castle, a medieval fort that offers a fascinating insight into the area’s rich history.
Secluded away in Porches, on Portugal’s south coast, is Villa Paraiso, an intimate, boutique hotel which is one of several hotels on the Algarve that’s naturist-friendly. Want to avoid annoying tan-lines? At Villa Paraiso, privacy is guaranteed and you can feel comfortable whipping your clothes off in the garden and exploring the beautiful grounds away from prying eyes.
Otherwise, guests can catch some rays on the sun lounger and then cool off in the pool. Each of its five bedrooms is artistically formed with a mix of Colonial-style décor and African wildlife memorabilia. Chat with your fellow guests over the daily buffet breakfast.
Enjoy an outdoors lifestyle at the adults-only resort, Falesia Hotel. Golfers can play the nearby Pine Cliffs Golf Course or test themselves against Vilamoura and Vila Sol’s championship courses. Take laps of the indoor and outdoor pool or rent a bike and explore Albufeira.
For a more relaxed and romantic vacation, Falesia Hotel has a sophisticated restaurant with garden and pond views plus a cocktail-serving bar. The golden sands of Falesia Beach are just five minutes’ drive away.
Bela Vista Hotel & Spa
Praia da Rocha, Algarve
For a refined couples’ getaway, head to the Bela Vista Hotel & Spa, one of the oldest hotels in the Algarve. The palatial former-mansion on the cliffs of Praia da Rocha offers a heady mix of old-world design and modern amenities, accompanied by excellent service.
Kings and presidents are among the distinguished guests who have stayed there, which means luxury living is very much encouraged. Pamper yourself at the L’Occitane spa, enjoy an exquisite gourmet meal at the restaurant, or relax by the pool.
Sensimar Savoy Gardens
Feel completely calm as you enjoy Sensimar Savoy Garden’s views over the glittering sea and paradisiacal estate. With no children to break the silence, you’re free to explore the fragrant gardens in peace or cool off in the outdoor pool.
Head to the rooftop terrace and lay out on the sun loungers while enjoying glorious views over the nearby ocean and mountains. In the evenings, let it all go at the hotel’s night club or relax in your comfortable, modern suite.
Galo Resort Hotel Galomar
Glorious views of the Atlantic Ocean are the hallmark of Hotel Galomar — a child-free resort on Madeira Island. With a privileged position on the rocky cliffs, guests benefit from miles of uninterrupted vistas from almost every angle.
Whether you go with your partner or friends, you will enjoy a wealth of facilities including a seawater pool, sauna (with ocean views), and a gym. Those concerned with eco-friendly travel will be delighted to hear the hotel is 100% self-sustainable for its energy.
Lisbon adults only hotels
This Alfama boutique hotel, which allows guests aged 16 and over, serves exquisite Portuguese wines from a rooftop terrace which also has an innovative, deep-red pool.
When you’re not enjoying the top-class comfort and design of the hotel, explore Lisbon. The luxury shopping of Avenida da Liberdade is a few minutes’ walk away, as is São Jorge Castle.
WC by The Beautique Hotels
WC by The Beautique Hotels offers a quirky, adult-friendly getaway that mixes fun and sophistication in equal measures. This elegantly curated hotel offers eye-catching, design-led furnishings at every turn plus a range of modern amenities in the rooms.
It’s also ideally located in Lisbon, a comfortable walk to the downtown area. Couples can spend their days exploring the nearby attractions and hit Lisbon’s trendy bars and clubs at night. The WC does have a very cool restaurant and there are plenty of good eateries nearby.
Nestled within one of Lisbon’s most prosperous areas, Garam Lisboa is perfect for a refined city break without children. Couples and solo travellers will love its location in the heart of old Lisbon, right next to the Tejo River, and near to the city’s Ancient Art Museum.
The hotel itself is a design lover’s paradise. The bedrooms and shared spaces have been furnished with barrels of character from real-wood chairs and doors to charming art pieces. In the mornings, guests are treated to a continental breakfast before an exciting day of exploration.
Cascais adults only hotels
Pergola Guest House B&B
Enjoy the old-world charm of Pergola Guest House, a sophisticated 19th century manor surrounded by a beautiful, flower-filled garden. The historic architecture and décor will throw you into a world taken straight from a romantic novel.
During the days, go on cultural tours of Cascais, a historic fishing town with museums, a bustling marina, and beaches. If you’re feeling adventurous, Lisbon is just a 30-minute train ride away from Cascais Train Station, located 100 metres from the hotel.
Sintra adults only hotels
Eugaria Country House by Los Lisbon
A romantic stay at Eugaria Country House in Sintra offers country walks taking in the fresh air and stunning vistas. Nestled within Sintra Natural Park, the 18th century farmhouse’s surrounding areas provide a perfect place to stretch your legs and forget the strains of life.
Walking trails take you through a range of landscapes, from woods to beaches and coastal cliffs. You could even visit Cabo da Roca, the furthest point west in continental Europe. In the mornings, enjoy a breakfast buffet made with home-grown ingredients.
Chalet Sintra 1892
An utterly charming B&B, Chalet Sintra 1892 offers solitude and escapism in a quirkily designed guest house. In each room, you’ll find a fascinating object-d’art or two — great talking points when you meet up with the other guests in the shared areas.
Plus, with no children around, you’re free to grab a glass of wine or port and relax in the beautiful gardens with a good book. Explore the local area or take a train from the nearby station and venture into Lisbon.
Porto adults only hotels
BO — Santa Catarina Luxury Apartments
Sophisticated elegance — unspoiled by the cries of youngsters — is at the heart of the BO — Santa Catarina apartments. Their elegant look is clean, modern, and stylish — perfect for a couple wanting a chic getaway in Porto.
Some of the city’s main attractions are just a few minutes’ walk away. Visit the local landmarks, such as the Church of Lapa and the famous Bolhão market. For your relaxing days, chill by the swimming pool on the shaded sun loungers.
Madeira adults only hotels
Enotel Quinta Do Sol
Explore the rich history and culture of Funchal, capital of Madeira, with a stay at Enotel Quinta Do Sol. The modern hotel is within walking distance from many of the main attractions including the Cathedral of Funchal and the Marina do Funchal.
If you want don’t want to leave the resort, you can swim in the outdoor and indoor swimming pools, work out in the fitness room, or eat at the restaurant. In the evenings, head to the bar for live piano music.
With no kids around, the rooftop bar at Allegro Madeira is the place to be. Enjoy glorious views over the deep blue Atlantic as you enjoy a wonderfully cool drink. During the day, take a stroll along the nearby ocean-front promenade or explore Funchal.
If you’re feeling up to it, a fitness centre offers the chance to work out while a spa is a more-relaxing alternative. The modern rooms are stylish and unfussy with injections of block colours to add dynamism.
Business travellers and couples on a romantic city break will adore the peace afforded by the intimate Marino Lisboa hotel. With only eight rooms (and no children allowed), you’re free to enjoy your stay without distractions from other guests.
The hotel itself offers clean, well-designed rooms with excellent, modern amenities. If you’d like to venture out, nearby attractions include some excellent restaurants, public squares, and Lisbon Botanical Garden — all of which are within walking distance of the hotel.
Évora adults only hotels
Casa do Escritor
History buffs will get a kick out of Casa do Escritor, which is just a short walk from some of Évora’s greatest monuments. During your stay, make sure to explore the Roman temple, Chapel of Bones, and the Cathedral of Évora.
With just three double rooms, Casa do Escritor is ideal for an adult who wants to escape the noise. The majority of guests will be out during the day, but the hotel does have a swimming pool if you’d prefer to swim instead.
Óbidos adults only hotels
Lov’in Book Guesthouse
Lov’in Book Guesthouse offers a comfortable and trendy night’s sleep for those hoping to explore the historic town of Óbidos. The hotel is ideally situated, just 100 metres from the castle, and within walking distance from plenty of cafes and restaurants.
The hotel itself sits in a medieval home but has been renovated using recycled materials — which gives it a unique charm. Evenings should be spent exploring the nearby area and trying a local cherry liqueur called Ginjinha de Óbidos.