Known for sweeping and dramatic cliff views over picture-perfect beaches and a charmingly traditional Portuguese old town full of history, Lagos is a favorite destination for a long vacation or weekend getaway. Plus, in addition to a full range of restaurants, bars and cafés, boutique shopping, and historic landmarks, the town boasts a range of wonderful accommodation. From garden B&Bs to boutique hotels and luxury resorts, here is The Culture Trip’s pick of the best hotels in Lagos, Portugal.
Uma Casa à Beira Sol
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Uma Casa à Beira Sol is a romantic three-star garden hotel near two of the Algarve’s best beaches, the Praia Dona Ana and the Praia Camilo. Stone walls, flowers, and lush plants wrap around each of the 14 guest rooms (some resembling apartments), providing additional shaded privacy around each room’s already-private terraces where those who opt for it can enjoy breakfast of fresh fruits, baked goods, honey or jelly, and coffee. The property also offers an outdoor pool and sunning area.
Quinta Bonita translates to “beautiful estate” and is a perfect name for this white-washed country house rimmed in sky blue. Offering nine guest rooms, an outdoor pool, and garden surrounded by rugged vegetation, it is a family-run retreat with a private feel. Quinta Bonita is approximately six kilometers (3.7 miles) from the Ponte de Piedade beach and four kilometers (2.4 miles) from Lagos town center.
Vila Valverde is a luxury hotel within a 19th-century manor house that offers a mix of country and contemporary style. Located on five hectares of land, the property is surrounded by orange and olive trees and has its own winery. The property also has its own restaurant, garden, spa, and both an indoor and outdoor pool. Praia da Luz beach and village is also a 20-minute walk away and a lovely spot with family-run and Michelin guide restaurants.
Located on a small cliff looking over the Praia de Porto de Mós, Villa Esmeralda Hotel offers scenic views of the ocean, but the hotel itself is also picture-perfect. Architecturally designed with Moorish influences, it offers 12 uniquely-decorated rooms on the property surrounded by a tropical garden and fountains. Villa Esmeralda Hotel also offers golf packages with access to a few of the best surrounding courses.
In between exploring the local seaside caves and wandering through Lagos’ downtown, guests of the Boavista Golf & Spa Resort can spend days practicing their swing on the 18-hole course and evenings getting pampered with a range of spa services. The resort boasts 62 beautiful apartments, tennis courts, an indoor and outdoor pool, a hotel restaurant, and childcare services. It is also close to Lagos’ famous beaches.
Just 10-minutes from the beach on foot, Cascade Wellness & Lifestyle Resort is a luxury hotel perfect for anyone wanting to blend a coastal escape with the modern conveniences of a spa and health center. Inspired by the Age of Discoveries, a time when many world expeditions left from near Lagos, the rooms’ décor are influenced by a different continent: Europe, Asia, Africa or South America. At the hotel, guests will find a rooftop terrace, two restaurants, two tennis courts, and services for families.
Snuggled in the middle of a green landscape and near the coast, the five-star Onyria Palmares Beach House Hotel is a luxury golf resort that offers guests a close connection with nature without losing any convenience. The hotel boasts 20 spacious rooms with balconies (including two suites), ocean views, a restaurant and bar, and a beach shuttle. It is located three kilometers (1.8 miles) from Meia Praia and a short 10-minute drive from the Lagos Adventure Park.