The key to a stay in the city of Lagos is easy access to the sea. If you want to stay within the city, a spot along the marina will give you water views and easy walking access to shops and restaurants, or go just a bit farther along the cliffs to immerse yourself in a wellness retreat.

Hotel Marina Rio

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Embrace Lagos's aquatic vibes at the Hotel Marina Rio, which, as the name implies, directly faces the city marina. It's close to the city center while still offering easy parking—a winning combo with Lagos's sometimes-busy streets. Leave the car and enjoy the easy walk along the water to the city center's plentiful restaurants, bars, and shops.

Rooms are decorated in shades of blue and sandy hues to channel the beach spirit, and many have their own balcony. If you want to relax in a shared space, check out the TV lounge or card and game room to get your competitive spirit going. Up on the roof, you'll find a broad sun terrace and a heated swimming pool with the perfect angle to watch the boats coming in and out of the marina.

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Lagos Avenida Hotel

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Neighboring Lagos Avenida Hotel also faces the marina. Its 47 modern rooms offer balconies and terraces with views of the marina and the city, along with organic beach-themed decor. Meia Praia Beach is also just a 7-minute walk away, and an electric car charger is available for guests whose wheels might need a boost.

Start your morning with the included continental breakfast, then enjoy international cuisine at the Avenida restaurant, or head to Do Village for modern Portuguese-inspired fare. Up on the roof, take a dip in the infinity pool while taking in the marina and ocean views.

Cascade Wellness Resort

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Five-star Cascade Wellness Resort offers an active wellness retreat along the cliffs of Ponta da Piedade, between the Lagos city center and the Porto de Mós beach. There's a slew of options to choose from in every arena at Cascade, starting with your sleeping quarters. Stay in a room, suite, one- or two-bedroom apartment, or independent four-bedroom villa.

When you're ready to "sail the path of wellness," you can get a fully customized mind and body wellness program. Swim in one of the three pools or out in the Atlantic, go for a run along the trails, or cycle along the paths of the Via Algarviana. Explore Monchique Mountain or get out on the water with a kayak or paddleboard. On the property, enjoy a boot camp class or a round of golf while children frolic at the kids' club or football academy. Once it's rest time, take a yoga class or indulge in a massage or spa treatment with inspiration from four different continents. Then you've got the choice of three restaurants and two bars once you're ready for refreshments.