Allow yourself to be thoroughly looked after by kind staff in this extraordinary setting. The grand staircase rises below the original 1860s domed sky-light with carvings of gods; the splendid library invites you to browse its shelves. Book yourself a massage in the relaxation room, a table in Blind, the restaurant where you eat without knowing the menu, dishes designed by chef Vitor Matos to invigorate the senses.
Bedrooms of all sizes are a treat of bespoke art and design. Each tells a story and honours a different Portuguese author. And each has a writing corner should your muse strike. Take a shower under the stars in glass-roofed bathrooms; the bigger suites have luxurious bathroom ‘cubes’ within the rooms.
Wander around the corner to Batalha Square; visit the National Theatre and Santo Ildefonso Church, the traditional market area and diverse eateries. Return for a cooling plunge and a glass of, port maybe, on the wisteria terrace.