What beats staying at one of the best properties in golf? Booking the best room there. In this installment, we spotlight the Forte at the Oitavos Hotel, in Portugal. Check back here weekly for another swank suite.
Where: Cascais, Portugal
What it costs: $1,600-$2,700/night
What’s inside: The 1,300-square-foot private villa is separated from the main resort and isolated on a hilltop overlooking the Atlantic Ocean and the 10th and 11th holes of the Oitavos Dunes Golf Course (an Arthur Hills design ranked 65th on GOLF Magazine’s Top 100 Courses in the World). The suite features a king-sized bedroom suite with whirlpool bath, living room, a fully equipped kitchen, outdoor heated swimming pool and a spectacular wraparound sun deck. You’ll sleep soundly on the cozy down comforters, goose feather pillows and 100 percent satin cotton linens. The bathroom has a rainforest shower system, separate whirlpool bathtub and two sinks. If you tire of gazing at the ocean, turn your attention to one of two 46-inch flat screen HDTVs.
What else you get: The stunning 360-degree views include the Atlantic Ocean; Cabo do Roca, the rocky spit of land that serves as the westernmost point of Continental Europe; and the hills of Sintra, with its storybook village populated by several castles. Seafood-lovers can feast on a variety of caught-that-day offerings in one of the resort’s restaurants (meal credit of up to 70 Euros [$76] included in your room rate). Also popular is the on-site, state-of-the-art spa. Or you may merely want to soak up rays at The Oitavos’ infinity-edge pool, where backdrops include coastal dunes, forests of umbrella pines and, of course, the soothing waves of the Atlantic. The surrounding development of Quinta da Marinha and the charming nearby seacoast village of Cascais provide additional shopping, dining, golf and water-based activities.
For other budgets: Rooms in the main hotel start at $196-$305 per night in the high season of late spring/early summer and from $169 in the shoulder season of November. Golf Package rates begin at $322 per night.
Book it: 011-351-21-486-0020, theoitavos.com