As new facilities go, Farol Hotel’s penthouse is a seriously exclusive addition to the already sophisticated guest accommodation options available at this five-star boutique property. This exclusive penthouse retreat sits in a select location on Portugal’s Lisbon coast, a short drive from the main hotel building.
Mirroring the same eye-catching interior design that has garnered its big sister a string of national and international plaudits, the upstart sibling penthouse features four bedrooms in a stunningly presented and self-contained pied-à-terre that overlooks the shoreline between the resorts of Cascais and Estoril.
The fashionable and romantic Farol Hotel, located in Cascais and on the Lisbon coast — Photo courtesy of Farol Hotel
The strikingly appointed and generously proportioned tiered floor space facilitates bespoke living quarters, a private indoor spa, swimming pool and gymnasium. (The uninterrupted picture window ocean views come as standard.)
A personal chef and 24-hour butler service lend highbrow character to this funky and contemporary home from home, and the privileged service lavished upon is aimed squarely at the well travelled and the well heeled.
The hotel proper enjoys its own fabulous and romantic seafront setting on the other side of Cascais bay: no wonder it’s been rebranded as "Farol Hotel on the Water." Many, though, still refer to it by its original name, "Farol Design Hotel," after the concept that saw the interiors of nine of the 33 rooms and suites styled and created by Portuguese and international fashion designers, an illustrious roll-call that includes Ana Salazar, Fátima Lopes, Miguel Vieira and José António Tenente.
A majestic coastal canvas framed by floor-to-ceiling windows enhances the unique personality bestowed upon these so-called Designer Rooms. A further 11 rooms and the suites share the same Atlantic panorama. The remaining units overlook spruce gardens and the not-too-distant holiday resort of Cascais, in fact just a ten-minute walk from the reception desk.
The hotel premises center around a mansion house dating from 1890, the former residence of the Count of Cabral. Carefully refurbished to retain period detail, the historical aspect of the building provides an interesting contrast against the sleek-edged modernity that is Farol’s hallmark. (Incidentally, farol is the Portuguese word for lighthouse, and the one positioned at the mouth of the bay lends the hotel its name.)
Respected chef Hugo Silva presides over the kitchen at The Mix restaurant, the hotel’s fine dining venue. Traditional Portuguese cuisine fused with the tangy and citrusy flavors of the Mediterranean define his innovative menu.
An über cool hangout during the day, this chic eatery comes into its own after dark, especially on warm evenings when tables are set on the open terrace, within earshot of the ocean’s restless sigh. Guests with a taste for the orient, however, can instead order sushi or sashimi at the Sushi Design restaurant, all freshly prepared by the inimitable chef Pekel.
Outside, sunk into the sweeping patio, is an inviting salt-water swimming pool. The pool's surrounded by neat rows of sun loungers and a leisure area catered for during the summer (and at other times, when weather permits) by the aptly named Bar on the Rocks.
And just in case you thought penthouse guests might be stealing all the glory, Farol Hotel residents can look forward to brand new spa and fitness facilities planned for later this year.