Ross Belfer

Longroiva Hotel & Thermal Spa
  • Where:Mêda, Portugal
  • Why:Respite and self-restoration on a much-need solo getaway.
  • When:August 2016
  • Who:Solo
Get a

Billiards in the entertainment room between the hotel and spa are always a welcome addition.

: Exterior view from the property overlooks the pastoral village of Mêda.

Rustic wooden panels adorn the stunning façade of Longroiva.

One of many stunning views and historic bridges along the Douro River on the way to Longroiva.

During my stay, I took a side trip to a famed local restaurant – Maria’s – where the juiciest tomatoes on the planet are served with a simple side of Atlantic sea salt.

Waking up in my room, I was struck by the beams of light gracing my sheets in the early morning hours. I had stayed up late to experience a meteor shower the night before.

A summertime charm facing the pool and terrace at Longroiva.

Architectural dets.

The bathroom.

A quaint dining room where guests take their breakfast.

Highs & Lows

  • Beyond a perfect environment for those who need a serious mental cleanse. Drop out and tune in.

  • The thermal spa and pool connected to the hotel is what truly makes the property and other-worldly experience where technology and cell phones should be left in one’s room.

  • The transformation of a restored 19th-century bathhouse into a boutique hotel merged with an incredible spa and wellness experience is a true fantasy for architecture, environment and health lovers.

  • Truly not much to do on the property other than eat, sleep and chill. If you’re a bit restless and not in the relaxed state-of-mind, try driving back to Porto

  • A further than expected drive from the major nearby city, Porto (3.5hours).

  • Only one restaurant for evening dining makes diversity of eating and experiences a bit stifling + the young wait staff took ages to deliver the goods.

The Barometer

  • Design

  • Website

  • Environmental Consciousness

  • Night's Sleep

  • Service

  • Amenities

  • Takeable Treats

  • Refer a Friend

  • Overall Value

  • Life Changing

Total: 44/50

Important Bits

  • Type

    Boutique hotel and thermal spa.

  • Vibe

    Pastoral health resort in a pastoral village smack in the middle of nowhere in the mountains of northeastern Portugal. An incredible environment that enforces the art of relaxation.

  • Location

    In the remote, pastoral village of Mêda in northeastern Portugal.

  • Rooms

    17 rooms in the 19th century edifice and another 27 in the new structure conjoining the building.

  • Music


  • Year Opened


  • Designed By

    Designed and restored by Portuguese Architect Luis Rebelo de Andrade who was awarded top preservation of any building in Portugal in 2016.

  • Pool/Gym

    Outdoor pool and indoor thermal pool with several treatment rooms and wellness services.

  • Restaurant

    A wonderfully gourmet take on a local Tasca (table in Portuguese) and the only joint to dine in town.

  • Bar


  • Minibar

    Bottle of cold water, chips, chocolate, nuts and the like.

  • Children

    Family-friendly and enough space on the property to feel isolated if you wanted to.

  • Price

    Conveniently and assumingly affordable – especially for North Americans.

Boasting etchings and rock art from the Upper Paleolithic and Neolithic ages.

Côa Valley archaeological park

coa valley architectural park

Boasting etchings and rock art from the Upper Paleolithic and Neolithic ages.

Longroiva Hotel & Thermal Spa

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