The Treehouses at Pedras Salgadas
“Beam me up, Scotty! Is it a pod? Is it a tardus? No, it’s a super-cool treehouse!” - Reviewed by Lisa
Staying here is a true experience! Picture windows at the foot of the bed and overhead let you live with nature in the comfort of your own space. Tree branches sway around you, birds alight, squirrels meander along the branches… all oblivious to your presence.
Two interestingly-designed pod-type accommodations float amongst the tree tops. Reached only be their independent, wooden “drawbridge” they offer rustic five-star accommodations completely enveloped by nature. Natural materials like slate and wood integrate the buildings seamlessly with their surroundings.
If the idea of falling asleep amongst the pines, waking to birdsong, strolling along country pathways and hiking through parkland appeals to you – but the thought of pitching tents and cooking over a campfire doesn’t – then I think we have found you the perfect outdoorsy getaway.
Ditch the car at reception and walk or bicycle out to your accommodation. The luggage follows in a golf cart – no noise, just the sounds of calling birds, chirping crickets and the occasional hoot of an owl. Eight kilometres of woodland pathways wend their way through ancient trees, old stone walls and hidden sleek lined cabins.
Do not fear, however, if all this exercise makes you thirsty. The nearby restaurant “Casa da Cha”, which serves traditional local dishes and snacks, is open from breakfast to dinner. Too tired to make it there? Then just press ”0” and call room service.
It’s not just modern-day travellers who crave their creature comforts in this area. History tells us that the thermal spa waters have had a keen following since the 1800’s when their restorative waters were discovered. Even royalty made the trek to this glorious area and, in 1906, King D. Carlos settled in Pedras Salgadas to receive treatment with the waters.
With royal patronage comes amenities fit for a king. The Spa Casino was inaugurated in 1910 with a ballroom and meeting room where gambling – although illegal – was a common practice. Today, this magnificent Baroque building makes the perfect venue for events, meetings, weddings and is quite the contrast in style to its surroundings.
Fast forward to today and the magnificent thermal springs, spa, casino, recreation centre and restaurant all provide five-star experiences to all who come for the waters, the relaxation and the connection back to nature.