GeneralIn Northern Portugal, a short drive inland from Porto, straddling the banks of a gentle river, lies the elegant village of Amarante, which has been described as one of the most beautiful places on earth. With verdant trees drooping into the river and elegant, ancient buildings, Amarante could be the setting for a fairy tale. In its centre, overlooking the Tamega River, the ancient bridge and the Saint GonÃ§alo Church and Convent, you'll find a grand and imposing 19th century palace.Completely restored, this palace houses the luxury 5 star boutique hotel Casa da CalÃ§ada Relais & Chateaux. You are assured of the finest service and the highest levels of luxury and comfort. You'll be spellbound by the imposing building, the majestic public areas, the comfortable rooms and the swimming pool with a view. It even has its own vineyard, the wines of which you can sample in the hotel's renowned restaurant, the only one in Northern Portugal with a Michelin star.You'll be tempted to simply enjoy every possible moment right at the hotel, but it is also perfectly located to explore the surrounding attractions. Between 2 important wine regions, you could not be better placed for serious wine tourism. To the northwest are the historic towns of GuimarÃ£es and Braga, Porto is a half hour west and the attractions of the Douro region start a few minutes south. The Casa da CalÃ§ada is the ideal choice for a romantic getaway or as an indulgent base from which to explore the region.LocationSixty kilometres inland from Porto and its international airport, on the banks of the Tamega River, lies the 5 star boutique hotel Casa da CalÃ§ada Relais & ChateauxRoomsCasa da CalÃ§ada has a large choice of rooms, all the way up to the decadently indulgence Presidential Suite. They are decorated in a classic, opulent style, with period furniture and warm colours and textiles.They all have individually controlled air conditioning and central heating, keeping your room at the temperature that suits you best. Keep up with the satellite TV, which has English, German, French, Spanish, and Italian channels. Calling couldn't be easier with the direct dial telephone and there is a well-stocked mini bar. The large bathrooms have a hair dryer and shaver plug. The vastness of the palace is reflected in the spaciousness of the rooms while their cozy decoration will immediately make you feel at home. The Deluxe and Superior Deluxe rooms and Executive and Presidential suites all enjoy enchanting river views. The Superior Deluxe rooms and Presidential suite, which is the largest accommodation the hotel has, have balconies and the Executive suites have a living room.RestaurantCasa da CalÃ§ada's Largo do PaÃ§o Restaurant is justly renowned and has been awarded a Michelin star, the only in Northern Portugal. It regularly wins international and Portuguese awards for its modern, innovative cuisine that is steeped in local gastronomic traditions and ingredients. It has a good Ã la carte choice, including vegetarian and children choices and several tasting menus that allow you to experience the full range of the chef's ability. The sommelier is at hand to suggest the perfect wine, including those produced in the hotel's own vineyard, to accompany your meal.The decoration is opulent and cozy, with red and gold tones predominating. Make yourself comfortable in the brocade armchair and prepare yourself for a feast. Start with pigeon breast with toasted pine nuts, then some mussels and tempura octopus. For the main course, what about slow roasted suckling pig and mashed sweet potatoes, balsamic onions and eau de vie sauce? Or a dish combining lobster, scallops and black grouper? And to end what about some â€œelectricâ€ citrus sorbet or creamy dark chocolate cake with a red berry sorbet and raspberry sauce?The TÃ¢mega Bar is as sumptuous as the rest of the hotel. Large stuffed armchairs invite you to relax in comfort, or enjoy the enchanting views over the river and the village from the large outdoor terrace; a truly magical spot both during the day and at night.The Largo Cerqueira's Bar offers a bar service by the pool area during the summer. And if you have difficulty imaging something more precious than the panoramic views bathed in the special light of sunset, imagine enjoying all of this with a bottle of chilled sparkling wine produced from the surrounding vineyards.