New York has the Hamptons. Los Angeles has Palm Springs. Boston has the Cape. Now the stylesetters of Porto, Portugal, a buzz-worthy culture capital in its own right, have an ultrachic escape in Pedras Salgadas Spa and Nature Park.
Twelve eco houses, two tree houses, and one main house set on pristine parkland offer modern accommodations that blend into the stunning natural surroundings. The pod-like tree houses in particular offer a completely unique place to stay. The interiors, lined in pine, are punctuated by a large window and skylight offering dramatically framed views of the greenery just beyond. Even crossing the catwalk-like entry bridge is a theatrical experience.
Nature trails, a boating lake, and mini golf should keep kids entertained, while adults indulge in the offerings of the incredible Alvaro Siza Vieira–designed spa. The Pritzker Prize-winning architect transformed the interiors of a traditional 1890 building to create a soothing, ethereal environment, which houses a mineral-rich, natural thermal spa, an indoor pool, sauna, hammam, and more water-centric treatments.
While the idyllic town wasn’t always so low-key—it was once a resort for 19th-century royalty—it’s current incarnation is sure to charm urban dwellers from around the world.