Need to know
70, including 10 suites.
Noon. Earliest check-in, 3pm.
Double rooms from $202.75 (€180), excluding tax at 6 per cent.
Rates usually include buffet or à la carte breakfast.
The star attraction at the gleaming spa is the water: book a three-, seven- or 14-day programme of water therapy if you’re interested in traditional treatments.
At the hotel
18-hole golf course; tennis courts; spa; gym; yoga; library of books and DVDs; free WiFi throughout. In rooms: flatscreen TV; DVD/CD player; radio.
Our favourite rooms
Room 109 – a Junior Suite – has exceptional views of the lake as well as the hotel’s entrance. The soothing mint-green walls make soaking in the roll-top bath a particularly relaxing experience.
Outside, there's a square 25m pool surrounded by lawns and loungers. There's also a smaller (15m) pool indoors and a paddling pool for the kids.
The town of Vidago is known for its natural springs, so leave room in your case to take home a few bottles of the local spring water, said to have healing properties (you’ll find some in your minibar.)
The 18-hole, par-72 golf course in the grounds was originally built in 1936, but has more recently been transformed in line with USGA specs.
Baby cots can be added to parents’ rooms for free. Extra beds are €40 a night for 3–12 year olds, €75 a night for kids aged 13 and over. There's a programme of activities for smaller Smiths, including nature walks, face painting and art classes.