Macdonald Monchique Resort & Spa – Portugal Honeymoon in the Hills

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Book yourself a visit to the spa and spend the afternoon in utter relaxation - we did, and love every minute!

A one hour VIP Relax Room, one hour couples full body massage, a delightful session in the Sensorial Thermal Spa circuit, and a refreshing dip in the indoor pool was just what the vacation doctor ordered. 

The VIP Relax Room makes for a wonderful experience right before a couples massage. Jump into your exclusive use hot tub situated in a semi-private outdoor space, or warm up in your own personal indoor sauna. Take it easy on the posh couch, while sipping chilled champagne upon your arrival. The hour will fly by, but will definitely prepare you for the tranquility of a couples massage.  

Warning: go easy on the champagne!! One of us (Andrew) had to take an intermission during the one hour massage that slightly dampened the tranquil mood. The nature break did, however, make for a good laugh and memory. 

The massage room offers a wonderful balance of dimly lit ambiance, lavender scent filling the room (we had to choose lavender!), and soothing music. The skilled masseuses' touch had us easily drift into a sleepy state of relaxation.

In our opionion, the Sensorial Thermal Spa circuit is a must visit. We loved the Aroma Cabin that offers aroma therapy scents mixed with waves of hot misty showers. A themed tropical shower, sauna with Himalayan rock salt, and even an igloo, leaves one with the sensation of carefree relaxation. The hardest part is leaving - you'll want 'just one more hit of jasmine or lavender slapping you in the face.'

The spa carries a luxury spa product line called ESPA as well as their own Monchique Cosmetic brand. We like that Monchique Cosmetics utilize pure natural mineral water, extracted from deep sources in the mountains of Monchique.

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