Planning an upcoming trip to Portugal, I came across the delightful Carmo’s Boutique Hotel in Ponte de Lima, Portugal – what is said to be the oldest town in the country. Carmo’s Boutique Hotel is a fifteen-room, super romantic getaway that should be part of your next trip to Portugal. Not far from Porto and the Douro Valley, the hotel is a perfect point for exploring Portugal’s stunning north.
The gorgeous glass and concrete property melds playfully into the beautiful landscape. Even more interesting, the modern building is decorated in a style more reminiscent of a noble family home than a stark boutique hotel, making for a casual and intimate experience.
Even with just fifteen rooms, Carmo’s Boutique has an elegant restaurant with a strong attention to wine, personal service, and the flavors of the region. The hotel also features a full spa – one of the most unique offerings is a bath in 280 liters of pure goat’s milk! I’m intrigued!
Set among amazing scenery with outdoor terraces, a stunning pool, and a gorgeous town, you really should check this place out.
Four Seasons, one of my favorite hotel chains, just announced a pretty revolutionary app that takes travelers beyond the standard reservations and information focus of existing apps that many hotels have.
The new Four Seasons app brings the technology and anonymity that we have come to love to the hotel arena. It is a do-everything program that lets guests check in, order room service, request transportation, order a fluffier pillow, schedule turndown service, and more. Forget needing to call down to the spa to book a massage – it’s on the app.
What’s great is that every Four Seasons hotel is linked up to the app, so there is no guessing if you will have access to certain services or amenities. Of course, you can always call a human too!
While hotel apps are not new, Four Seasons has definitely gone beyond what is presently in the market. Hopefully we will continue to see this push toward technology in hotels as they pursue differentiation in an increasingly competitive landscape.