5 Lavish Hotels & Resorts in Algarve, Portugal
Portugal has been deemed the dream destination for many people including celebrities and A-listers. What makes Portugal so interesting is its mixture of history and modernity. In fact, many travelers who visit the Southern European country fall in love with the weather and the culture. Cities including Lisbon and Porto have taken the headlines of many famous publications and news outlets worldwide. Lisbon, the capital of Portugal will host the Web Summit (a major European technology conference) for the second consecutive year. Porto, the second most important city in Portugal won the title for The Best European Destination of 2017.On the southernmost part of the country, lies the incredible beaches of Algarve who some consider “the new Ibiza”. Algarve is nominated for Publituris Portugal Travel Awards for Best National Travel Destination), an award the area won last year. For any traveler looking for nice weather, fun atmosphere, luxury or even a calm relaxing vacation by the beach - Algarve is the place to go. Here are the five most lavish hotels and resorts in Algarve that are worth checking out:
Pine Cliff Hotel & Luxury Resort
This award-winning luxury hotel is situated in Albufeira, on top of the area’s famous red cliffs. It overlooks the Falésia Beach (Praia da Falésia). The 5-star-hotel offers an indoor pool, outdoor swimming pools,11 restaurants and bars, 5 tennis courts, 9-hole golf course, 2 health clubs with personal trainers and wellness and beauty center. Thanks to its location, the hotel offers a multitude of watersport activities. Also, if you're traveling with kids, they have their own pool area and children's village with two life-size wooden pirate ships and Junior Club. The club hosts activities including, mini-golf, football, crossbow, aim shooting, water ball, darts, disc bowls and much more.The rooms are decorated with luxurious looking furniture, simple colors with a touch of blue to reminds us of the beautiful Portuguese tiles (azulejos). The prices range from $170 to $250/night - talk about money well spent.
Anantara Vilamoura Algarve Resort
In front of Marina Beach and in one of the biggest tourist complexes in Algarve, lies Anantara Vilamoura resort. What makes this hotel special is its modern feel and the incredible view. There is a main pool, an indoor pool, a golf course, and a spa. If you’re a foodie, there are more than 6 restaurants and bars to choose from. You can also take cooking classes. Rooms for two are around $630/night, but if you want your own penthouse, you can get one for $5000/night.
Pestana Algarve Race Hotel & Resort
This is not a typical Algarve hotel because it has its own racetrack. If you want to ride go-karts, watch motorized tests on the race track, or go on a mountain hike in the breezing, sweet summers of Portugal, now you can. The amenities include pool bar, pub, steam room, massage service (paid), Jacuzzi, playroom, free parking, free shuttle to the beach (limited seats). The hotel and its amenities have a modern, minimalist style. Prices are around $110/night.
Vila Joya Hotel, Resturant & Spa
This made the list because of the restaurant reputation and the view. Although, some may consider the rooms outdated and out of touch, it's part of their whole theme and the experience they want the customers to have. The bedrooms decor is simple, has neutral colors with a touch of old-school furniture. On the other hand, the bathrooms are filled with colorful, bright tiles that scream the 70s. Of course, just like the case of any hotel, prices differ according to size, location and time of visit. Expect to spend $370 to $2000/night in this place.As I have said before, the highlight of this hotel is its food. This summer, their two Michelin starred restaurant Vila Joya Sea, opened an exclusive space on the beach with snacks prepared by Austrian chef Dieter Koschina. People now can try out the amazing food without having to spend a ton of money. Warning! Space holds 25 people only so you have to book in advance.
Vale d'Oliveiras Resort
This hotel is surrounded by so many olive trees that they called it "Olive Trees Resort". The exterior is white, clean with brick roofs and greenery all around. Inside, the rooms have stunning colors that scream happiness, freedom, and relaxation. Average rates are within the $100-$400 range. You have to take a relatively long walk to get from this hidden paradise to the beach. And because of its location between two towns (Carvoeiro and Ferragudo), you have many beaches to choose from. Clients can pay to ride 4-wheel Yamaha YXZ100R, barbecue lunch included- sounds like fun to me!SaveSaveSaveSave