Moral Turgeman and Braulio Sotomayor

Pedras Salgadas Spa & Nature Park

  • Where:
  • Why:Ongoing quest for inspiring architecture
  • When:The Fall Equinox 2022
  • Who:A friend & I

"Design-forward architecture in a natural forest-like setting"

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Pedras Salgadas Spa & Nature Park Pedras Salgadas is not your typical hotel

Pedras Salgadas is not your typical hotel

Pedras Salgadas Spa & Nature Park Check-in process is relatively swift, not common in these rural parts

Check-in process is relatively swift, not common in these rural parts

Pedras Salgadas Spa & Nature Park Stepping onto this walkway to our treehouse offered a truly elevated nature experience

Stepping onto this walkway to our treehouse offered a truly elevated nature experience

Pedras Salgadas Spa & Nature Park Finding inspiration here felt like a light breeze

Finding inspiration here felt like a light breeze

Pedras Salgadas Spa & Nature Park I couldn’t believe this had been a park for a century, so I let the grounds guide my feet

I couldn’t believe this had been a park for a century, so I let the grounds guide my feet

Pedras Salgadas Spa & Nature Park This building is home to a fountain of youth offering mineral-rich, carbonated spring water that has been sought after since 1876

This building is home to a fountain of youth offering mineral-rich, carbonated spring water that has been sought after since 1876

Pedras Salgadas Spa & Nature Park A sweet lady greeted us with a serving of the accredited healing water. It was a bit salty for my taste

A sweet lady greeted us with a serving of the accredited healing water. It was a bit salty for my taste

Pedras Salgadas Spa & Nature Park I loved this view from the spa window

I loved this view from the spa window

Pedras Salgadas Spa & Nature Park Nothing like a good shvitz

Nothing like a good shvitz

Pedras Salgadas Spa & Nature Park Coming back to the tree house feels new and exciting every time as new paths reveal themselves to approach the structure

Coming back to the tree house feels new and exciting every time as new paths reveal themselves to approach the structure

Pedras Salgadas Spa & Nature Park Time for a siesta

Time for a siesta

Pedras Salgadas Spa & Nature Park The restaurant serves a list of local, delicious wines from the Douro region, known for its noteworthy varietals. Also, this fungi risotto was to die for

The restaurant serves a list of local, delicious wines from the Douro region, known for its noteworthy varietals. Also, this fungi risotto was to die for

Pedras Salgadas Spa & Nature Park Truly something dreamy about opening your eyes, looking out, and viewing nature from this perch. I don’t think this could get old

Truly something dreamy about opening your eyes, looking out, and viewing nature from this perch. I don’t think this could get old

Pedras Salgadas Spa & Nature Park The amenities are tucked away and compact. What more do you need? This is a tree house, after all

The amenities are tucked away and compact. What more do you need? This is a tree house, after all

Pedras Salgadas Spa & Nature Park I appreciate the simple modern design throughout. The skylight in the shower was a nice touch

I appreciate the simple modern design throughout. The skylight in the shower was a nice touch

Pedras Salgadas Spa & Nature Park September is warm around here. After check-out, we spent a few hours at the pool

September is warm around here. After check-out, we spent a few hours at the pool

Pedras Salgadas Spa & Nature Park There is always something satisfying in a dose of good architecture and conversing with nature. Leaving this place feeling inspired, recharged, and full of ideas

There is always something satisfying in a dose of good architecture and conversing with nature. Leaving this place feeling inspired, recharged, and full of ideas

Highs & Lows

  • The treehouse concept and construction at Pedras Salgadas Spa & Nature Park lived up to our expectations. Bravo, what a feat!

  • We loved the spa experience. The steam and sauna room was set at the perfect temperature—a recipe for sweet slumber

  • The food at the restaurant was delicious, but the decor could use a facelift

  • Tiny plastic water bottles in the minibar — such a thing of the past!

Pedras Salgadas Spa & Nature Park Stepping onto this walkway to our treehouse offered a truly elevated nature experience

The Barometer

  • Design
  • Location
  • Future Forward
  • Night's Sleep
  • Service
  • Amenities
  • Takeable Treats
  • Refer a Friend
  • Overall Value
  • Life Changing
Total: 46/50
Pedras Salgadas Spa & Nature Park Finding inspiration here felt like a light breeze

Important Bits

  • Type

    Rural Retreat

  • Vibe

    Design-forward architecture in a natural forest-like setting

  • Location

    In in the heart of the Pedras Salgadas Park in northern Portugal

  • Rooms

    16 Eco houses

  • Pre-Arrival & Arrival Experience

    Pedras Salgadas Spa & Nature Park is booked out often, so we were excited about the opportunity to visit. Booking was easy, and we were even offered discounted treatments at the spa. Huge bonus!

  • Future Forward

    Architecture that brings us above the ground and amongst the treetops using lightweight, self-supporting construction technology that genuinely blends into nature. I also appreciate the reuse of black water and overall upkeep of the grounds which felt naturally preserved

  • Music

    Alan Watts lectures via Waking Up, a meditation app that offers lessons and conversations on interesting topics

  • Year Opened

    2012

  • Designed By

    Lisbon based Luís Rebelo de Andrade

  • Health & Wellness

    Bike around the paths within the park, dive into the pool, play tennis, steam, sauna, and spring water-jet treatments. The list is endless here when it comes to feeling good

  • Food

    Try the mini-seeded croissant at breakfast. That was a first for me

  • Bar, Events & Nightlife

    This place would be great for hosting an event or group gathering

  • Minibar & Retail

    Coffee, tea, and water. They also have room service, luxurious for a treehouse

  • Accessibility

    Accessible parking

  • Pet Friendly

    Pets are not allowed

  • Children

    Yes

  • Price

    A unique experience with ample amenities, this place boasts value

  • Tel.

    +351 259 437 140

  • Website

    Visit website

Pedras Salgadas Spa & Nature Park

Pedras Salgadas Spa & Nature Park

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In the Area

Hotel Location Parque de Pedras Salgadas - Ecoturismo & Spa Termal, Parque Termal, Portugal

Pedras Salgadas Spa & Nature Park is located in the municipality of Vila Pouca de Aguiar in northern Portugal, one hour away from the city of Porto. The park is set in an area of 20 hectares, with eight kilometers of paths to wander along.

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