This week we are discovering the new it place in Portugal! The Feel Viana Sports hotel, that has just opened two months ago.
A real sports and nature luxury retreat to disconnect from the world and connect with your mind body and soul!
HOW TO GET HERE:
Fly to Porto, you will find direct flights from most countries, from Barcelona I flew with Ryanair (always on time) and its 1.30h flight time.
From Porto the hotel will pick you up and you drive about 40 min in a highway to Viana do Castelo, a beautiful town where the Feel Viana hotel is located.
WHERE TO STAY: FEEL VIANA SPORTS HOTEL
The hotel has been a dream come true by his CEO and founder José Sampaio, a sports lover who pursued his passion to create a hotel where people could come to have fun and enjoy life in the beautiful Portuguese scenery of Viana, which has the best conditions to practise these sports.
The Feel Viana has only been open for two months and I can tell you it feels as if it has been working for a long time, the staff is super attentive, friendly and they all speak many languages. They actually have 4 star rating but I would give them 5 right away: the high quality of the service, the location, the amenities, the rooms, the decoration, the spa… they are all top luxury.
The hotel is made up of a main building with the reception, standard and suite rooms, spa, restaurant and sports equipment facilities and there are also external bungalows, if you are looking for a more private quiet time, ideal for families. I stayed at the Junior Suite 133 with views to the nature and the sea. Just sitting in the balcony watching the sunset here is worth to do!
This hotel is a paradise for anyone who loves sports, specially water sports like Kite surf, windsurf or paddle surf, that you can practice directly at the hotel beach. The hotel turns around the healthy life and the contact with nature and you have sooo many activities to choose from. There are also yoga lessons every day, that I did of course , you know I am addicted!
I recommend you to take an electric bike tour around the city Viana do Castello and cycle up to the church to get the best views from the city. The electric bikes are super cool to ride, you will see it takes little effort and it still has all the fun!
When you feel like taking a break from all these activities you also have many options!
First one is to go to the hotel beach and chill there watching the kite surfers going around the sea and the sky, I promise the sights are wonderful!
Second choice is to stay at the pool at the hotel, where you can tan, have a swim or enjoy one of their Porto wines! They also have a beautiful terrace with sofas where you can sit and enjoy the breathtaking views and the nature wonders of Viana.
And my favourite.. You can go to the Spa! I enjoyed a wonderful 90 minute relaxation massage. I have to say the masseuse Rita gave one of the best massage I had since I came back from Bali in December (and they are the biggest experts there). So I can only thank her for that amazing experience. The spa also has an interior pool and the ultimate Hammam and Turkish baths together with the natural Voya products organic made from seaweed.
Find them on instagram @feelviana
WHERE TO EAT: The Feel Viana Restaurant
The food at the Feel Viana represents a mix of international with local Portuguese touches, accompanied with the healthy sports vibe of the hotel.
The breakfast buffet offers a wide range of cereal, pastries, fruit juices.. and scrambled eggs with bacon (best breakfast!), enjoy it with the views to the nature, you can hear the sound of the sea and the waves, is there a better way to start the day?
For lunch you can choose from their brunch and salads menu, sandwiches and enjoy them on their fabulous terrace! I recommend you the Serra d’Arga Beef Burger and healthy bowls such as the Buddha bowl with sweet potatoes, broccoli and kale! They also have healthy smoothies to accompany your brunch, my favourite the Hulk, with Mango, baby spinach, kale and almond milk.
For dinner you should start with a vinho do Porto and then share some dishes to start, I suggest the sweet potato gnocchi with egg and the green beans tempura. As a main dish you must try the grilled octopus and their special Veal cutlet for 2 people with bearneaise sauce! Lucky we are doing lots of sports here because the food is delicious!! 😉
You cannot leave without seeing Porto and the best way is to do it with the Feel Douro yacht tour along the Douro river!!! I experienced the beauty of Porto from this amazing yacht that will take you around the river. Music on, wine in hand and the magical light of Portugal ! You know who did the exact same cruise on this yacht last week? Harrison Ford with his wife Calista Flockhard ! Amigoooos you have good taste 😉 You can also book this same yacht and cruise along the Douro all the way up to Spain at Castilla Y Leon on a 3 day cruise! Who wants to join this plan? Find them on instagram @feeldouro
Soooo all of this and many more Portuguese adventures you will see live on the video I will upload this week on my Youtube channel RoviTravel by Mon Rovi Subscribe and let’s continue to explore the world together!
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Thank you for reading and see you in Portugal amigos!