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THE SUITE LIFE AT PESTANA PALACE LISBON

James Andrew -- Dom Luis Felipe suite a the Pestana Palace Hotel

James Andrew — Dom Luis Felipe suite a the Pestana Palace Hotel

In keeping with our theme of exploring the great houses and palaces of Portugal via palace hotels, the Dom Luis Felipe suite at the Pestana Palace Hotel certainly provided us with more than a little taste of the palatial experience! Our ravishing rooms welcomed us back from each day’s exploration and provided us with the most sublime base of operations while in Portugal. A stay at Pestana Palace feels more like being a guest at the home of a relative who just happens to be a Marquis – welcoming and yet elegantly eccentric!

There is so much to see in Lisbon, but among the not-to-be-missed highlights is the Palacio Nacional da Ajuda. The original royal palace was destroyed by fire in 1795, and replaced with a monumental neo-classical style palace in the early 19th century, however it was left incomplete in 1807 when the Royal family was forced to flee to Brazil. It was finally completed in 1861 when Luis I became King and married Maria Pia Princess of Savoia. Needless too say they spared no expense in finalizing the structure and appointments, and the place has left me utterly inspired.

Palacio Nacional da Ajuda

Palacio Nacional da Ajuda

Palacio Nacional da Ajuda

Palacio Nacional da Ajuda

Palacio Nacional da Ajuda

Palacio Nacional da Ajuda

Palacio Nacional da Ajuda

Palacio Nacional da Ajuda

Also on the must-see Lisbon list is the Museu de Artes Decorativas. Housed in the 17th century Palacio Azurara, it is dedicated to preserving Portuguese traditions in the world of decorative arts. On display are some of the finest examples of furniture, textiles, silver and ceramics. Going there really is a two-for-one experience: enjoying the spectacular palace on the one hand, and the splendid collection on the other!

An exhibition of Portuguese chairs at Museu de Artes Decorativas

An exhibition of Portuguese chairs at Museu de Artes Decorativas

Luncheon at Pestana Palace is always a good idea and since we had the most wonderful weather, we were served on the back terrace overlooking the lovely gardens. One should also be sure to dine at Restaurant Tavares – perhaps one of the oldest restaurants in Portugal, it is an elegant venue serving traditional Portuguese cuisine.

Savoring the beauty of our ravishing rooms at Pestana Palace, I’m sporting a Ralph Lauren Purple Label red tartan wool cashmere jacket, red and white striped cotton shirt with white contrast collar and cuffs by Turnbull and Asser, vintage black silk pocket square, antique Victorian Scottish agate cuff links,Tom Ford era Yves Saint Laurent “Windsor” loafers in black leather, Ralph Lauren black alligator belt with sterling buckle, vintage Rolex, a bit of Tom Ford Bronzing Gel provides a healthy glow and my fragrance is Creed Windsor (indeed, I felt very much like a Windsor, staying at Pestana Palace!).

5 Comments

  1. Dean Farris says:

    Beautiful!

  2. My favorite country in all of Europe is Portugal!!!! You saw it! You know why!!

    It is so …..it is the “x-factor” I cannot describe….but YOU CAN!!!

    What a great writer and a great describer! Go James!

    my chair story will follow!!!!

    XXOO

    You are the BEST!!

    ps I think I am coming in early december!!

    Penny

  3. James Andrew says:

    Darling Penelope Bianchi,

    We can’t wait to see you!!!

    Portugal was so sublime – I just cant wait to go back – to much to see /experience!

    So thrilled my installments are recalling your found memories!

    BTW you look so sublime in your all white ensemble on your site!

    Perfection!

    Love

    JA

  4. Karena says:

    James, there is so incredibly much beauty and history to absorb. I am so glad you had such a fabulous time! Thank you for sharing these glorious images with us!!

    xoxo
    Karena
    The Arts by Karena
    Artist Sandra Goroff

  5. James Andrew says:

    Dear Karena,

    There really is and- Absorb- is key- I try and really savour more moments and really take in the experience and beauty of each place- rather than a frenzied muddle of sight-seeing.

    Thanks for ALL your tremendous support and feedback!

    Cheers

    JA

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