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9 Great Spots For Glamping In Portugal Right Now

If there was ever a time to get back to nature, this is it. Travel may have become tricky in 2020, but road trips, remote accommodations and private, family friendly, covid-calm escapes make more sense than ever. The isolation makes them one of the safest travel options around, and their beautiful, wide-open spaces—and indoor creature comforts—make them a healing balm for the soul.

These nine spots from Glamping Hub are open this season, set up to withstand Portugal’s fairly mild but sometimes rainy winters, and a good alternative to being locked down under curfew in a city apartment.

Modern Dome Tents Near Lagoa de Santa André

Near the northern end of the scenic Alentejo Coast, near Santiago do Cacém, these new domed tents are set on top of a large wooden platform on a hillside. They have walls of windows that give them sweeping, panoramic views over the surrounding countryside. Each tent has a bedroom with a queen-size canopy bed and its own private bathroom. There’s a small kitchen and a dining table for two; breakfast can be delivered in the morning. The tents share access to a natural pool, a swimming pool, a restaurant and bar with Wi-Fi and, optionally, a Jacuzzi.

Lima Escape Tree Houses in the Peneda Gerés National Park

These elevated bungalows amid the trees in the north of Portugal were designed to have minimal effect on their environment. They give guests direct contact with nature and comfortable (climate-controlled) conditions inside and on the suspended glass balconies. They have kitchenettes, bathrooms with showers and wide glass facades that face the Lima River. There’s a small market and barbecue areas, as well as a bar and restaurant.

Villa Epicurea Tiny House Near Sesimbra

There’s a reason Lisboetas talk about their Sesimbra holidays in breathless tones. The town is just 45 minutes from the capital but a world away. It’s calm, quiet and peaceful, with some of Portugal’s most striking beaches. This tiny house has a bedroom with a queen-size bed and twin sofa beds in the bright and airy living area, making it suitable for a family of four. The private deck is furnished and has lovely ocean views. It has access to a main lodge with a large kitchen, deck and yoga dome.

Family-Friendly Safari Tents in Nazaré

Nazaré is home to Portugal’s famous winter-time surfing waves, and it’s an impressive place to watch the virtuosos of the sport. Even better is to stay on one of the luxury safari-style tents in this small park. Each one has a double bed, two single beds and bunk beds to accommodate a family of six. They have private kitchens and showers, Wi-Fi, heat and AC, as well as terraces for enjoying the sunset of the dawn of the day.

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Portugal to ban domestic travel, close schools around national holidays

LISBON (Reuters) – Portugal is to ban domestic travel and close schools around two upcoming holidays in a bid to reduce the spread of coronavirus ahead of Christmas, Prime Minister Antonio Costa said on Saturday.

FILE PHOTO: A woman wearing a protective mask speaks with a driver of a tram during the coronavirus outbreak in downtown Lisbon, Portugal, October 31, 2020. REUTERS/Rafael Marchante/File Photo

Travel between municipalities will be banned from 11 p.m. on Nov. 27 to 5 a.m. on Dec. 2, and then again from 11 p.m. on Dec. 4 to 5 a.m. on Dec. 9, to prevent movement around national holidays on Dec. 1 and Dec. 8.

Schools will close on the Mondays before both holidays, while businesses must close early. Employers are being encouraged to give workers the day off in order to minimise travel activity.

“We continue to have a very high number of cases which is a threat to our health,” Costa told a press conference. “We must persist to not only halt that growth rate but invert it.”

Masks, already mandatory in public and enclosed commercial spaces, are now also mandatory in the workplace, Costa said. Checks will increase to ensure that those who can are working remotely.

A night-time curfew and weekend lockdown after 1 p.m. in 191 municipalities since Nov. 9 will continue in 174 municipalities with particularly high infection rates for a further two weeks.

Portugal reported 62 deaths and 6,472 cases of coronavirus on Saturday, mostly in the north of the country, bringing the total infections to 255,970 cases, with 3,824 deaths.

The number of cases has increased significantly since late September, with average daily rates rising from around 300 in the summer to 6,000 in recent weeks despite testing only increasing approximately three-fold, health ministry data shows.

The country, with around 10 million people, ranks seventh in Europe for the number of cumulative cases per 100,000 people and 14th for the number of new deaths, according to European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control figures.

(This story fixes incorrect advisory line to conform with final paragraph, making clear that Portugal ranks seventh in Europe for cases and 14th for deaths)

Reporting by Victoria Waldersee; Editing by Kevin Liffey

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Hyatt (H) to Boost Presence in Portugal With New Andaz Hotel

In a bid to strengthen its portfolio across Southern Europe, Hyatt Hotels Corporation’s H affiliate recently entered into a management agreement with Feuring Hotel Lissabon GmbH & Co. KG to launch the first Andaz hotel in Lisbon. The company expects to open the property by 2024.

Notably, this marks the second Hyatt-branded hotel in Lisbon (after the planned opening of Hyatt Regency Lisbon in 2022) and the sixth Andaz property in the European region. It also joins the likes of Andaz Munich Schwabinger Tor, Andaz Vienna Am Belvedere, Andaz London Liverpool Street, Andaz Amsterdam Prinsengracht and Andaz Prague, which are scheduled to open in 2022.

Located at Lisbon’s Baixa district, the hotel comes with five separate buildings that include former offices of Banco Portugues de Investimento. Notably, the central building comprises 169 guestrooms surrounded by four satellite buildings that offer a variety of private suites. Meanwhile, the hotel offers a rooftop restaurant and bar, Andaz Lounge, spa, fitness centre, and Andaz Studio events spaces for corporate and social events.

In this regard, Nuno Galvão Pinto, regional vice president development Europe, Hyatt stated, “As we continue to prioritize thoughtful growth in places that matter most to our guests, World of Hyatt members and customers, we look forward to introducing the Andaz brand to Lisbon and expanding our brand footprint in Portugal.”

Increased Focus on Expansion

Hyatt has been consistently looking to expand presence worldwide.

The company has expansion plans in the Asia Pacific, Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Latin America. It is also likely to expand in Australia, Brazil, Germany, the United Kingdom, Indonesia, Japan, Mexico, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Thailand, the Netherlands and other international markets.

Price Performance

Shares of the company have plummeted 39.5% compared with the industry’s decline of 27.9%. The dismal performance can be primarily attributed to the coronavirus pandemic. This along with related travel restrictions and other containment efforts have been affecting the company. The company’s RevPAR has also declined significantly due to the same. Meanwhile, earnings estimates for 2020 have moved down over the past 30 days, depicting analysts’ concern over the stock’s growth potential.

Hyatt — which shares space with Hilton Worldwide Holdings Inc. HLT, Choice Hotels International, Inc. CHH and Marriott Vacations Worldwide Corporation VAC in the Zacks Hotels and Motels industry — has a Zacks Rank #5 (Strong Sell) at present.

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