Formerly known as the Quinta da Fonte do Bispo, the new Hotel Retiro dos Bispos (Bishops’ Retreat) is built around the pre-existing farmhouse, workers cottages and outbuildings, accentuating the feeling of being in the Portuguese countryside. It is a themed Hotel/Restaurant /Spa & Recreation Centre, supported by a Banquet Hall, the focus being: “Healthy Mind & Healthy Body, on a platform designed to promote the interaction of people of different nationalities”.
We offer a Premium Product at an affordable price by offering a diverse agenda on one site; a Virtual Resort in the Hills in which clients can join in the physical activities that promote a healthy body and the craft oriented exercises to promote hand-eye coordination, supplemented by the Heritage Centre where one may learn about the History, Culture and Tradition of Portugal; tourists will learn about Vasco da Gama and the voyages of discovery and about the Moorish influence in the region, so that as they tour Tavira and the historic towns of the Algarve, they will recognize building styles, eventually going home with a deeper understanding of Portugal and her proud history.
If you are looking for a “different holiday” away from the normal sun, sea and sand holiday, a holistic holiday, providing an exceptional choice of activities, physical and mental, then you have found it! The Retiro dos Bispos provides a multiplicity of activities on site and direct access to discount prices for many of the attractions that the Algarve has to offer. The Bistro and Restaurant will ensure that all your special dietary requirements are catered for. Book with confidence - now!
Four Star Hotel with 38 rooms, 24 hour Bistro, in 5 acres of landscaped gardens.
Recreation Centre - fun for all the family, with natural swimming pond, craft studios, swings, slides and climbing frames.
Spa centre with five treatment rooms, heated swimming pool, sauna, Turkish bath and gymnasium.
Restaurant for up to 200 people - doubles as a Cabaret style Cocktail Bar every evening.
Banquet Hall for Weddings, Parties Seminars or Corporate events for up to 200 people.
This is a relatively unspoiled region of Portugal, a rare gem among the over-built and commercialised Mediterranean costas. The towns of Tavira, Olhao and out to Monte Gordo are steeped in history and the smaller fishing villages, such as Fuseta, tell of a bygone age, when fishermen lined the river banks, repairing their nets and selling the odd basket of freshly brought in fish.
You can get lost in a bygone era walking through the small towns and villages in the hills, or visit the historical sites that pepper the coastal region of this multi-cultural part of Portugal, having been overrun by many different armies over the ages.
The diverse examples of architecture tell the story of settlements set up by invading armies and fortresses built by the defenders; of poor fishermen struggling to survive and rich Roman conquerors building their mosaic laden mansions.
The environment is not neglected either; the Ria Formosa is a sanctuary for flora and fauna, and is fiercely protected by a team of Scientists and Engineers.
All in all, this region has a plethora of cultural and historical pleasures for you to enjoy - we look forward to greeting you.