The Best Luxury Hotels in the Algarve, Portugal

There’s something for everyone at the ocean-facing Vila Vita
There’s something for everyone at the ocean-facing Vila Vita | Courtesy of Vila Vita Parc Resort and Spa / Expedia
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18 January 2021

With its sensational beaches, dramatic cliffs and stellar golf courses, the Algarve needs little introduction. This sun-soaked corner of Portugal is home to some truly indulgent accommodation options. If you’re after a luxury stay the next time you visit this golden coastline, take a look at our pick of the best.

São Rafael Atlântico

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São Rafael Atlântico
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A romantic hideaway with all the trimmings, this hotel in Albufeira is just a short stroll to the nearest beach with its limestone cliffs and golden sand. The spa is a highlight, and has a hydromassage pool, jacuzzi, sauna and Turkish bath. The rooms – all classically styled with a neutral colour scheme – range from doubles to suites with sitting areas, and you can dine on everything from sushi to fine-dining Mediterranean cuisine.

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Anantara Vilamoura

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Anantara Vilamoura
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Just a 10-minute drive from the bars and restaurants of the Vilamoura Marina, this peaceful 280-room hotel overlooks the tranquil green of the Victoria golf course. Drift between five pools and champagne cabanas, or relax in the spa, which features treatments by Elemis, a gym and an indoor pool. There’s free yoga and Pilates, plus a tennis court. The contemporary rooms all have terraces and views onto the golf course, gardens or pool.

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Grand House Algarve

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Grand House Algarve
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With its sparkling chandeliers, antiques and glamorous bedrooms, this restored hotel certainly lives up to its name. The 31 rooms are elegant, with French windows and wooden floors, while the Grand Beach Club has a pool and serves tasty Mediterranean fare above a sandy beach. It’s located right on the main street (Av da República), opposite the Guadiana river that divides Portugal and Spain, so is well placed to explore the town’s shops and cafés.

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Vale d'Oliveiras Quinta Resort and Spa

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Wedged between Carvoeiro and Ferragudo, a short drive to fine beaches and golf courses, this five-star resort has 22 rooms and suites, plus 80 apartments if you’re looking for more space and flexibility. The Olive Tree restaurant serves fresh pizzas, piri piri chicken and fish, and has themed dinners with live music. Burn it off on a tennis court or bike ride (rentals are available), swim in the pool or indulge in a spa treatment such as a massage with Tibetan bowls.

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Pine Cliffs Ocean Suites, a Luxury Collection Resort and Spa

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Pine Cliffs Ocean Suites, a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa
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Smart and stylish, this contemporary hotel has 148 suites with panoramic vistas, an excellent spa, a kids’ club, nine restaurants, a tennis academy and a whole host of beach activities. It’s ideal for keen golfers – the resort encompasses the Pine Cliffs golf course – and fitness lovers will revel in the high-tech gym and indoor heated pool. There’s an authentic Algarve feel here, with Portuguese tiles and nods to the region’s Moorish history throughout.

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Conrad Algarve

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Conrad Algarve
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With great access to the golf, water sports, restaurants and shops of Quinta do Lago, this 154-room hotel is well placed for a host of activities. Inside, the decor is sleek with traditional Moorish touches, including gleaming marble interiors, bespoke artworks and pops of colour, from teal headboards to red sofas in the bar. The spa is impressive, offering cutting-edge treatments such as oxygen infusion and inhalation therapies. Food is excellent, especially at the Michelin-star Gusto restaurant.

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  • Martinhal Sagres Beach Family Resort

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    Martinhal Sagres Beach Family Resort
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    A great choice for families, this ocean-facing resort has a dedicated kids’ club, plus swimming lessons and football and tennis academies for your little ones. There’s a good spread of rooms, ranging from hotel rooms to grand villas, with interconnecting rooms available for larger families. Sitting high above the beach, the hotel is surrounded by the Costa Vicentina Nature Reserve, but there are plenty of activities available on-site, including stand-up paddleboarding and windsurfing.

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    Pine Cliffs Residence, a Luxury Collection Resort, Algarve

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    With a prime position on the seafront, this resort is vast, with 13 restaurants and bars, a golf course, tennis courts, a spa and a range of elegant accommodation options. Rooms and suites are spacious, with plush bedding and a neutral palette. For lunch, the poolside Corda Cafe caters to vegans and veggies and has a children’s menu, while Piri Piri Steakhouse offers grilled-to-perfection meat and Portuguese wines.

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    VidaMar Resort Hotel Algarve

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    VidaMar Resort Hotel Algarve
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    Within striking distance of a beach, a nature reserve and golf courses, this five-star hotel is well placed for an Algarve holiday. The rooms and suites are spotless and minimalist, and all have balconies or terraces with views to the Atlantic, the exotic gardens or the pool. You’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to dining options, too. Try the Ocean Restaurant for breakfast al fresco, or the Primadonna for tasty Italian fare. Facilities include three saltwater pools, direct beach access, a gym, a wellness centre and a kids’ club.

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    Vila Vita Parc Resort and Spa

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    Vila Vita Parc Resort & Spa
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    There’s something for everyone at this ocean-facing hotel, from a superb spa to top-notch restaurants and a host of activities including golf, tennis and waterskiing. Direct beach access is another bonus, though you’ll be hard-pressed to drag yourself away from the infinity pool. The recently refurbished rooms and suites are decorated in peaceful shades of whites and blues – the best have roll-top baths – while the luxe villas have their own pools and gardens.

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    These recommendations were updated on January 18, 2021 to keep your travel plans fresh.

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