In a recommendation that will boost an already enviable profile for Praia da Rocha’s Bela Vista Hotel, CNN has chosen it as one of the 20 most beautiful in Europe – and the most beautiful in Portugal.
According to the CNN analysis, "Set in a pristine environment in Praia da Rocha, Bela Vista was the first hotel to open in the Algarve, back in 1934. Since then dozens of luxury hotels have appeared but the eclectic charm of this boutique hotel is above all others.
“The original decoration of the Hotel - with carved wooden ceilings and colorful wall tiles - were kept during the recent renovation that brought modern touches with elegant and bold furnishings to Bela Vista. The hotel's highlight is undoubtedly its outdoor freshwater swimming pool surrounded by palm trees and overlooking the ocean."
The hotel originally was a 19th century family home which became the first hotel in the Algarve in 1934. As Praia da Rocha has grown up around it, the Bela Vista somehow has remained intact on an enviable front line plot overlooking the beach and ocean.
In addition to the CNN recommendation, the Bela Vista Hotel & Spa was voted the "Best Boutique Luxury Hotel in the country" in the World Luxury Hotel Awards (2014), "Traveller's Choice 2016" by TripAdvisor and is in the "Top 25" of the luxury hotels in Portugal.
The hotel’s Vista restaurant, run by chef João Oliveira, is considered one of the Algarve's best, not only for its excellent food but also for the wonderfully romantic sea view.
The CNN recommendation places the hotel above other of the Algarve’s finest old buildings that have been turned into hotels – mainly due to the full refurbished that was undertaken with sensitivity and thoughtfullness.