Bela Vista Hotel & Spa, Portimão, The Algarve, Portugal & Madeira
You'll see exactly how this gorgeous hotel got its name as soon as you see the outlook over stunning Praia da Rocha (Portimão's premier beach). Once a 19th-century family home that was transformed into The Algarve's first hotel in 1934, flash forward 77 years and it's now a 38-key adults-only boutique beauty that combines century-old charm with a 'Miami-meets-the-Med' vibe (albeit on the Atlantic!).
Vibrant rooms and suites are spread over the historical Palacete, Casa Azul, or Bela Vista Jardim, and the palm-lined pool, L'Occitane Spa, original bar, and innovative Portuguese dishes at Vista Restaurant are simply swoon-worthy – as are those epic views.