Estoi is a small village tucked inland about 5 miles from the coastal town of Faro. In 1840 a local nobleman began building a palace that would later be acquired and completed by José Francisco da Silva in 1909, the Viscount of Estoi.
The palace property includes 4 hectares of land, and its position on a hilltop provides sweeping views of the mountains of the Algarve, as well as the coastline down below. The Viscount used the highest quality artisans of the time to create the intricate details of the interior of the palace, as well as the beautifully landscaped Versailles-style gardens.
In 2009 the Palace of Estoi became part of the Pousadas of Portugal. The original palace remains, and sections of it and the gardens can be toured by visitors. Architect Gonçalo Byrne was engaged to create a new wing adjacent to the palace, which houses the guest rooms, health club and indoor heated pool with whirlpool, and overlooks the beautiful outdoor pool.
The Palace of Estoi’s 63 guest rooms are soothing and contemporary in style, and offer modern amenities. The Standard rooms are located on the lower levels and include a balcony; the Superior rooms are similar to the Standard room, but are located on the top floor of the new wing. The Suites are larger rooms that are located on the top floor, and offer a combined living room and bedroom area, as well as a large terrace.
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