Tivoli Palácio de Seteais Portugal
Tivoli Palácio de Seteais
Rua Barbosa du Bocage, 8, 2710-517 Sintra
Tivoli Hotels & Resorts
MINOR HOTELS – Minor Continental Portugal
5 – Star Luxury Hotel
At Tivoli Palacio de Seteais our guests are immersed into an authentic Portuguese experience in every sense. This Palace is part of Portuguese history and every single area and services replicate the Portuguese Culture. We have a continuous improvement strategy implemented where each day is better than day before. Altought it is a palace from XVIII century, the hotel is already adapted for the today’s discerning travelers with all the technology of a modern Hotel : Wifi, Flatscreens, Docking station etc etc but never losing the Palace authenticity. During the upcoming year (2017) we will be adding a SPA as well improve the F&B Concepts.
Tivoli Palácio de Seteais
History & Story
The Palace was built for the Dutch consul Daniel Gildemeester, on lands granted by the Marques de Pombal. Seteais was enlarged between 1801 and 1802 and the cornice of the buildings that compose the main facade and the arch was decorated with typical neoclassical motifs by Diogo José Vito de Menezes Noronha Coutinho, 5th Marquis of Marialva. On the year of 1762, he bought Campo dos Seteais and decided for the building of a Palace which was given the same name. After the dead of Daniel Gildemeester in 1793, his family sold the Palace to the 5th Marquis of Marialva. The walls of several inner rooms of the palace were decorated with frescos attributed to French painter Jean Pillement and his followers. With the end of the House of Marialva and the dead of the Marquis, the Palace was no longer dwelled until it was bought by the Earl of Sucena. After owner’s changing several times, the palace was acquired by the Portuguese government in 1946. The Seteais Palace has been used as a luxury hotel since 1954, but its original characteristics have been preserved.
2008 / 2009 – Designer : Maria Ilharco
Main Strengths, Special Touch
Much more than just a 5-star hotel in Sintra, Tivoli Palácio de Seteais is a gem of period architecture taking you back to the romance and luxury of the Age of Enlightenment. The palace is an authentic and whimsical base for discovering Sintra, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is the only Luxury Hotel in Sintra city center which makes it the perfect place to enjoy and discover this magical town classified by UNESCO as World Heritage. Each room is outfitted with its own unique character from resplendent frescoes to rich tapestries and other adornments of rare beauty. Enjoy a private dining experience in a palace ballroom or by the pool. Spend middle hours wandering the mazes or enjoy them from a distance in the comfort of our Seteais Restaurant while you sample the highly original cuisine of our master chef. On the mountainside of Sintra with privileged views of the Moorish Castle and Pena Palace, in a palace made for romance, enjoy the experience of a special dinner for two. Dine in one of the palace’s ballroom or next to the pool. This is Dining Delight, an experience which brings together stylish flavours and an idyllic scenario for an unforgettable night. Recently Launch the Program “Own your Palace for a day” An exclusive, bespoke programme for clients to journey back in time and literally own the entire palace, its 30 bedrooms and all public areas and gardens, for 24 hours. Own a Palace for a Day is perfect for holding unique occasions, celebrations or family & friends vacations.
The hotel is located in Sintra, a resort town and UNESCO World Heritage Site, next to the famous must-see attraction Quinta da Regaleira and 1.5 kilometres from Sintra train station. Sintra is situated 22 kilometres from Lisbon Airport and 15 kilometres from the beach town Cascais.
Key sites/activities in the area
Live a series of genuine experiences, truly dedicated to our guests and their tastes, time, expectations and travel motivations. Our experiences are designed to bring out the best, the most original and authentic moments that each destination has to offer. Enjoy a horse-drawn carriage ride through the Sintra Mountains, relish mouthwatering regional delicacies and marvel at picturesque nature and unique highland landscapes.
Picnic on the hills :
A trip in a horse-drawn carriage with a stop for a picnic in the Sintra hills. Can you imagine it? A basket brimming with delicacies, sitting on a picnic cloth with the hills as the backdrop. During the trip, you’ll also discover some of the secrets hidden in the historical palaces and monuments.
Tasting Colares (Wine Tasting) :
Discover the Sintra region through its flavours. At the Colares Regional Cellar, founded in 1931, your group will extend their knowledge of this region through the tasting of wine, cheese and cured meats. With 5 types of tasting to choose from, immerse yourself in this atmosphere rich in flavours and traditions.
SideCar Circuits in Sintra :
Sit comfortably in this 1930s replica and set off on a sidecar adventure. Choose from circuits to the beach passing through Praia Grande, Praia da Adraga and Praia das Maças or if you prefer a greener route, head for Capuchos, Peninha and Cabo da Roca. You can also design your own tour!
Sintra Fly & Taste :
A unique Helicopter along the Sintra coast to Cabo da Roca, Guincho and back over the Sintra mountains. You can enjoy a delicious lunch in Comporta and return to Sintra for a much-deserved rest.
Cooking classes :
Discover the treasures of Portuguese cuisine and the rich biological landscape in a private cooking class. Impress friends and family back home by learning a classic fish and rice dish with aromatic herbs from our local garden and fresh coastal catches. The secret ingredient? Lemons plucked right from our property’s trees. Enjoy your creation afterwards by the pool paired with special wine from nearby vineyards in Colares.
The Magical Sintra is also a world-class place for Trekking, cycling and Golf.
• Historic centre – 10 min. drive
• Quinta da Regaleira – 15 min. walk
• Cinema – 15 min. drive
• Casino – 25 min. drive
• Praia Grande beach – 20 min. drive
• Golf – 6 courses in a 20-km radius with special conditions for guests
• Pena Palace – 45 min. walk or 15 min. drive
• Monserrate Palace – 12 min. drive
The Legend of Seteais
In 1147, one of the first Christian knights to climb the Sintra Mountains was D. Mendo de Paiva. He found a secret door through which several Moors were trying to escape. Among them was a beautiful Moorish girl accompanied by an old lady in waiting. When she saw the knight, the young girl shouted “ai!”. As D. Mendo informed the girl that she was to be his prisoner, she shouted “ai!” again. The lady in waiting then fearfully revealed that her mistress had been put under a spell, and would die the day she said “ai” seven times. When she heard of this secret, the young girl let out her third “ai!”. D. Mendo did not believe such nonsense, and while he was taking both ladies prisoner, the girl screamed “ai!” once more. She sighed and the lady in waiting shouted “that’s the fifth “ai!”. The knight told them to wait where they were, as he was going to take them to a safe place.
As soon has he had left, a group of Moors appeared to rob the women. With a hefty blow from a dagger, they cut off the lady in waiting’s head. Seeing her die, the young girl let out a mournful “ai”. This was the sixth “ai” and the seventh was the last thing she said when she saw the dagger coming towards her. When D. Mendo returned, he swore to avenge the death of the young girl. In her memory he named that secluded area of Sintra “Seteais” – Seven “ais”.
To this day, in the Seteais gardens, there is a place where if you shout “ai” you’ll hear an echo come back seven times, in honour of the girl who died there. It is no surprise that this magical, one-of-a-kind hotel has attracted so many important people.Our famous guests, drawn by the palace’s mysticism, beauty and service, include Agatha Christie, Alain Prost, Brad Pitt, Catherine Deneuve, David Bowie, Mick Jagger, John Malkovich, Johnny Depp, Kylie Minogue, Maria Callas, Marguerite Yourcenar, Mel Gibson and many more.
Childrens and families are also very high on the hotel agenda. After all this unique property looks it was taken from a fairy tail book. The Hotel apart from the connecting rooms also have a special children amenities which will make every family holiday an unforgettable stay.
• Number of rooms, (keys) in all: 30
1 Diplomatic Suite
Sumptuously furnished, this suite with its XVIII and XIX century decorations is inspired by Queen Maria I, “the Good Mother” of Portugal. The perfect palatial retreat features a living area with an open-space oce, lounge area and a balcony overlooking the swimming pool. Luxuriate in splendour-filled relaxation, from steamy baths to fresh espresso. Take advantage of 24-hour butler service catering to your every whim.
5 Deluxe Room Valley View
Deluxe Valley View Rooms boast panoramic views of the Sintra Mountains, the valley and palace pool. Indulge in expansive space and XVIII and XIX century trappings. Balconies in some rooms, butler service and a welcome platter of local port wine and Portuguese sweets promise royal treatment from start to finish.
6 Superior Room Valley View
Outfitted in polished wood and plush textures, these elegant spaces are the true definition of “fit for a king”. Warm up from cool Sintra nights with hot refreshments from a Nespresso coffee machine or a soothing bathtub soak. Wake up in the easeful sophistication of a palatial hideaway perfectly positioned overlooking verdant valley.
5 Superior Room Pool View
Unique XVIII and XIX century ornaments and rich wood furnishings combine for a true reflection of Seteais Palace’s incomparable pomp. Quiet down with sensual baths or fresh refreshments from a Nespresso coffee machine in a magnificent haven. Savour a welcome platter of Portuguese sweets and port wine gazing over luxurious swimming pool views.
13 Superior Room Garden View
Marvel at a leafy garden oasis from your private palace sanctuary. Rich upholstery from days of yore match peaceful seclusion for a fascinating peek into Sintra’s past. Enjoy hot drinks from your Nespresso coffee machine with 24-hour in-room dining, and a welcome plate of port wine and Portuguese sweets. Enjoy the most splendid version of relaxation and privacy.
• 24-hour in-room dining
• Complimentary outdoor parking
• Helicopter landing facilities
• Limousine transfer from Lisbon
• Printer and scanner
• WiFi in all rooms and public areas
• Customised check-in with welcome lemonade and traditional local sweet Queijada in the beautiful reception area
• Babysitting services available upon request
• Entertainment kits for children and babies
Restaurants & Bars
• Restaurant Seteais – Menu prepared by Chef Miguel Silva
A gourmet dining experience enriched with breathtaking scenery. Enjoy exquisite vistas of the Sintra Mountains over flourishing gardens from your breakfast table. Frescoes and oil paintings add extraordinary beauty. Dine on epicurean
Portuguese and international delights, with live piano in the evenings for a truly decadent ambience. The restaurant can cater up to 120 people for special gatherings and celebrations.
• Bar Seteais
Refresh with impressive Sintra vistas and excellent sips. With its privileged location, this bar has unparalleled panoramic views of Sintra. Sit back at the end of the day on the delightful outside terrace with a glass of local wine, cocktail or your favourite hot drink. Sink into superbly appointed indoor surrounds or al fresco on the terrace.
• Dine Delight
For the perfect wedding proposal or once in a lifetime indulgence, Dining Delight, our customisable dining experience, is a must. Choose your preferred setting on the property – in a pergola by the pool overlooking Sintra or an elegant palace room decorated with frescoes by famous French painter Jean-Baptiste Pillement. Sip Champagne followed by an exclusive five-course tasting menu with wine pairings, tailored to your specific tastes, served by a private waiter.
• Colares Doc
Indulge in an exclusive wine lovers experience at the Seteais Colares DOC room, our elegant new tasting den. Sip exclusive vintages from Sintra’s neighbouring wine region Colares, where a unique ageing process reveals smooth complexity and vivid flavour creating “what may well be Portugal’s most distinctive still wines,” according to the New York Times. Sit back in plush surroundings furnished with decorations from the Regional de Colares Winery. Enjoy wine tasting menus accompanied by tapas or a gourmet dinner with an impeccable choice of local cellared pairings.
• Tennis court
Get active against awe-inspiring mountains. Tighten up your tennis skills. Our professional coach offers classes for children, teens and adults five days a week in lush green surrounds. Plan the perfect workout with a former pro or a personal trainer. Private or group lessons, the choice is yours.
• Swimming pool
• Reading room
• Anantara Spa and Wellness Centre
Savour Sintra’s charm and enchantment from the most relaxing location: a contemporary spa set in lavish gardens. The Anantara Seteais Spa and Wellness Centre offers pampering treatments fit for royalty, combining authentic indulgences with restorative holistic awakenings. Allow mind, body and spirit to bond amidst nature, as you drink up the fresh mountain air and idyllic forest surrounds.
• Personal Trainer, Yoga and Tai-chi (on request or Seasonal)
Corporate & Celebration Events
• Weddings – maximum capacity 280 people (Restaurant + Terrace)
From ceremony to banquet and honeymoon bliss, count on our Experience Team to organise your dream wedding. Float through the day knowing all the details are covered, from palace accommodation for the entire wedding party to magical photography settings on the front lawn, in the garden and expansive ballrooms. At Tivoli Palácio de Seteais, fairytales do come true.
Banquet – maximum capacity 280 people (Restaurant + Terrace)
Meeting « U » shape – Guildmeester room, maximum 35 people
Meeting theater – Guildmeester room, maximum 100 people
• Conferences and meetings
The Tivoli Palácio de Seteais has two meeting rooms and one restaurant area holding a maximum of 250 people. All rooms boast abundant natural light and state-of-the-art audiovisual equipment, allowing for a wide range of events, while taking full advantage of the palace’s stunning surroundings and unique setting.
-2 rooms equipped with the latest technology
-Reception facilities for groups