Destination / Wish You Were Here

Pestana Palace, Lisbon

Set just outside the busy centre of Lisbon, the Pestana Palace Hotel is the perfect base for exploring Portugal’s capital. Part of the Leading Hotels of the World group and classified as a national landmark, it’s housed in the palace Valle Flôr, built in the 19th century. Sit by the pool, sip an aperitif in the opulent bar overlooking the gardens or wander the hotel with its restored chapel and decorative sitting rooms. European charm in all its glory.

See …
Wander the cobbled streets of Bairro Alto, then head to the Museu Coleção Berardo for its impressive collection of modern and contemporary works. To escape the heat of Lisbon head to the beach at Cascais, about an hour from the capital, where the rocks meet the water and gelato flavours match the coloured umbrellas on the sand.

Take …
A simple swimsuit is necessary for all the poolside lounging, and the Matteau navy bikini does the trick. For daytime wanderings I love Matin’s simple white cotton dresses and Barton Perreira’s 70s-inspired shades. For cocktail hour, a cream floral Gabriela Hearst dress or a Chloé multi-coloured striped gown to match Lisbon’s painted houses. Flat shoes are a must for the cobbled streets – Golden Goose trainers and Valia Gabriel sandals will keep you comfortable. In summer, don’t forget a hat.

Taste …
Have traditional tapas and local wines at Taberna da Rua das Flores. No trip to Lisbon is complete without tasting the Portuguese tarts – go to the famous Pastéis de Belém and eat in, and then get some extra to take home.