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Vidago Palace

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Vidago Palace, Trás-os-Montes, Portugal

Northern Portugal’s dramatic Douro Valley wine region now has a resort to match. Vidago Palace, an hour’s drive northeast of historic Porto, is located in a Belle Époque mansion with 70 guest rooms decorated with Portuguese embellishments (hand-loomed rugs; traditional cement tiles). Vidago is an ancient spa town with famed natural springs, and the resort takes advantage of those mineral-rich waters in its 21,000-square-foot spa, designed by Pritzker Prize–winning architect Álvaro Siza. Doubles from $202.

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