Wine, Serenity, and Good Service
Posted 30-Oct-2015 on Hotels
L'AND Vineyards was a beautiful place, with excellent wine and great service.
It's about an hour's easy drive from Lisbon airport, although the turn-off to their side road is a bit difficult to spot at night, and we had to make a U-turn to get to it. The "service entrance" is actually easier to find and works just as well, delivering you to the front entrance after passing the staff quarters and parking. The staff, by the way, were wonderful, quick to respond to every request and very polite and conscientious throughout our stay.
The property itself is gorgeous, well-designed with mid-century modern furniture and decor and naturally beautiful landscaping and grape vines outside. The man-made lake was low on water when we were there, so we could see the black lining, but apart from that the views were beautiful. The whole place is very quiet and serene, which was exactly what we were looking for in a weekend away.
We didn't try the spa, but the indoor pool and sauna were very nice, and we had little competition for them, so they felt almost private. The enormous bathtub in our suite was also great. There's no gym, but doing laps in the pool and some yoga in our enormous suite took care of our fitness needs.
And the food and wine were excellent as well - the food as you'd expect from a Michelin-starred restaurant, and the wine was almost shockingly good given the low price.