‘I must just observe that the village of Cintra in Estremadura is the most beautiful in the world’. Not my words but the words of Lord Byron, one of the world’s my dashing romantic poets. The romantic style of Sintra Castle Hotel is typical of 18th Century Royal residences. You enter - sweeping marble staircases, fine chandeliers and frescos - staff swoop in to take your bags. Sound of tinkling glasses and laughter from the bar - delicious aromas rise from the restaurant. Spa treatments by Banyan Tree focus on spiritual, mental and physical harmony. Golf is a specialty here. So if you’re not happy unless you can see sunlight gleaming from your club swinging for that final birdie – you could do worse. Their courses are even used for top international competitions. Culturally, you are looking at fine medieval and romantic architecture in one of Europe’s most historic nations. Christopher Columbus even stopped by en route to Spain in 1443. And for the adventurers, the imposing Sintra Mountains will form a pleasing rock on which to sharpen your mountaineering, walking and climbing skills. Something for everyone eh?