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Sintra, December 17 — Indulgent traditional Christmas brunches, Michelin-starred New Year’s dinners and a glamorous Broadway-themed party to celebrate the start of 2019 are just some of the highlights of the festive season this year at Penha Longa Resort.

Surrounded by the mountains of Sintra national park and famed for its medieval gardens, ancient monastery and 19th century palace, Penha Longa has been a holiday favourite since the days when the Portuguese Royal Family used it as a relaxing sanctuary to escape from hectic life in Lisbon.

General Manager David Martinez says: “Today Penha Longa offers endless contemporary attractions ranging from two Michelin-starred restaurants to indulgent spa treatments, but the reasons to experience this unique place have not changed for centuries—Penha Longa enjoys a magical ambience at Christmas.”

Here are just a few of the exciting highlights that are guaranteed to create an unforgettable festive holiday.

A feast of holiday magic
At Il Mercato, there is a Christmas Eve dinner menu featuring seasonal favourites such as confit cod and suckling pork belly, while for Christmas Day, brunch highlights include roasted Croaker fish, lamb tagine and stuffed chicken breast. The restaurant will also host a special New Year’s Day brunch packed with family favourites from hotdogs and pizza to grilled chicken and roast kid goat.

Unforgettable night of New Year glamour
Ensuring 2019 begins with plenty of glitz and glamour, the resort will also host a glittering Broadway-themed New Year’s Eve party in the Coroa Ballroom featuring live entertainment, an extravagant six-course dinner and, of course, cocktails at the Palace.

A New Year star attraction
Meanwhile, at the Michelin-starred LAB by Sergi Arola, there will be a New Year’s Eve menu inspired by Portuguese and Catalan cuisine and, at nearby Villa Tamariz Utopia, an indulgent seasonal menu overlooking the Atlantic followed by a DJ set.

Christmas and New Year gift packages
For those who want to extend the time they spend enjoying festivities with friends or family, Penha Longa also offers a range of overnight packages over Christmas and New Year. There are also festive family activities such as delivering letters to Santa, cookie making and working in the ‘toy factory’ for children and golf lessons and winter spa treatments for their parents.

For reservations call +351 219 249000 or email resort.penhalonga@penhalonga.com