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SINTRA AND THE HOTEL TIVOLI PALACIO DE SETEAIS

James Andrew at Tivoli Palacio de Setais

James Andrew at Tivoli Palacio de Setais

After a fabulous breakfast at the Pestana Palacio de Freixo in Porto, we boarded an express train back to Lisbon. There we were collected at the train station and brought to Sintra for the last leg our sublime journey.

With its lush micro-climate, enchanting wildlife, and fairyland architecture, the town of Sintra is an absolute dream, and thankfully we had a good three days to explore! Of the Sintra hotels, Tivoli Palacio de Seteais is a stand out. This neo-classical masterpiece dates to the late 1700’s and was purchased by the Dutch consol, Daniel Gildemeester. In 1800 it was sold to the 5th Marquis of Marialva who added the second matching pavilion and the triumphal arch in honor of the Prince Regent and future King Joao VI. It became a hotel in the early part of the 20th Century. With its superb location and spectacular views, the Palacio de Seteais was certainly a splendid place to spend our remaining days in Portugal, and the perfect base of operation from which to explore the rest of Sintra.

Quite nearby — actually just a quick walk from the hotel — is the must-see, Quinta de Regaleira. Built in the early 1900’s, it was the esoteric fantasy retreat of eccentric millionaire, Antonio Augusto Carvalho Monteiro. The Italian set-designer and architect Luigi Manini was enlisted to create the magical gardens and palace and it is imbued throughout with historical, mystical, and even occult symbolism. To say that it is a visual feast is an understatement.

Gardens at Quinta da Regaleira

Gardens at Quinta da Regaleira

Quinta da Regaleira

Quinta da Regaleira

Redering - Quinta da Regaleira

Rendering – Quinta da Regaleira

Interior, Quinta da Regaleira

Interior, Quinta da Regaleira

Quinta da Regaleira

Quinta da Regaleira

James Andrew at Quinta da Regaleira

James Andrew at Quinta da Regaleira

For a day of touring, I’m sporting a Tom Ford charcoal wool silk tweed jacket, grey cotton cashmere corduroy pant, grey and charcoal checked cotton shirt, a Ralph Lauren black and ivory dot print silk scarf and red alligator belt with sterling buckle, Seaman Schepps black pearl cuff links, Tom Ford era Gucci black suede loafers, Turnbull and Asser grey and black dot print silk pocket square, vintage Rolex, my fragrance is Tom Ford London, and I’m using a bit of Tom Ford Bronzing Gel for a healthy glow.

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6 Comments

  1. Hi James and Scott!

    Brilliant trip! Never have I seen such a beautifully researched and beautifully spent trip! NEVER!!

    As I wrote you when I heard Portugal was your destination…..it is my favorite country in all of Europe! (don’t cry Italy….you are very very close!)

    The last hotel…Palacio de Setais….was my mother’s favorite hotel in the world….and mine. 50 years apart we visited it!

    Bravo for such a beautiful trip; for your wonderful pictures taking us all along…..and I can’t wait to see you in New York! (remind me to tell you my “chair story” at the Palacio de Queluz!) (It is a wonder I didn’t just die right there….all that beauty….walking through those rooms with all those windows and NO “HALLWAYS”!!!! Lordy! The light!!

    Such incredible beauty……and when I was there…….the loveliest most friendly people with so much respect and appreciation for tourists!!

    I hope it is still the same!

    Penelope

  2. James Andrew says:

    My Dear Penelope Bianchi,

    I am of course beyond thrilled to hear you are so enjoying my musings on Portugal.As you can see I am just wild about this place and certainly can’t wait to go back!!!

    The Palacio de Seteais is an absolute dream- perfection!

    We can’t wait to see you while you are in town – looking forward to dinner at River House and perhaps a lunch at Le Grenouille and a visit to the Four Seasons – before they close!

    Much Love

    JA

  3. Bill Fleming says:

    That is so wonderful..WE were just in the area and love the style.

  4. Karena says:

    James absolutely everything is so artfully presented, I would love to travel to this wondrous place in Portugal!

    xoxo
    Karena
    The Arts by Karena
    Books for the Holidays!.

  5. James Andrew says:

    My Dear Bill Fleming,

    Wonderful Indeed!

    Could not get enough and can’t wait to return!

    Cheers

    JA

  6. James Andrew says:

    Darling Karena,

    I just cant imagine why Portugal is often overlooked as a destination.

    It is an absolute dream and overflowing with magic and beauty!

    All Best

    JA

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