Discover the peaceful Portuguese fishing village of Olhos de Água, home of golden sandy beaches and freshwater springs, located between the nightlife and tourist centers of Albufeira and Vilamoura. Here are some of the best hotels in and around the area – some, perfect for families, others offer an all-inclusive experience, and a few blend stylish luxury and tranquility in one package.
Quinta do Mel
Independent Hotel, Garden Hotel
Quinta do Mel | Courtesy of Quinta do Mel/Hotels.com
In Olhos de Água, the Quinta do Mel is a rural retreat in a centuries-old farmhouse less than two kilometers (1.2 miles) from the sea. Experience rural tourism in a 10-guestroom hotel that grows its own organic fruits and vegetables. Quinta do Mel also boasts a tea room and boutique shop in addition to a restaurant, an outdoor pool, and a garden. And when the mood strikes to visit the local beaches, a 30-minute walk will lead guests to the Praia da Falésia.
Velamar Boutique Hotel is a lovely hotel with 75 guest rooms, an outdoor pool and pool bar, and a children’s pool. It is also just a short walk from Maria Luisa Beach, less than a 20-minute walk from Falésia Beach, and conveniently on the same road as a variety of dining opportunities and the local grocery store. Modern with white-washed walls and blue accents, it offers a bright and comfortable stay in the middle of Olhos de Água.
Comfortable and relaxed, Falésia Garden by 3HB is a modern and family-friendly hotel overlooking the ocean and near the main road through town. It offers babysitting, childcare services and a playground onsite, in addition to a restaurant, two bars, and an outdoor pool. The rooms are designed like apartments so guests have everything they need including a private kitchenette, bathroom, and living room in the units.
PortoBay Falésia is a stylish hotel located a short walk from the Olhos da Água lookout point and the Olheiros de Água Doce beach, where visitors will find pockets of freshwater springs at low tide. This large hotel has 310 guest rooms, indoor and outdoor pools, two tennis courts, a Jacuzzi, and spa services. There are also three restaurants onsite offering international flavors and an outdoor terrace where guests can dine surrounded by a lush garden.
An all-inclusive experience is waiting at Hotel Riu Guarana, a large hotel with 500 guest rooms and suites, a spa center, an indoor and two outdoor pools, three restaurants and three bars; it’s possible for guests to spend their entire holiday within the stylish walls of the hotel without wanting to leave. It’s also family friendly and provides cribs, a children’s area, and a kids’ pool. When beach time hits, Hotel Riu Guarana is only a five-minute walk from Falésia Beach, a six-minute walk from Olhos de Água Beach, and seven minutes from Olheiros de Água.
The five-star Pine Cliffs Hotel is a luxury resort located a short drive from the center of town. Perched on a cliff, the grounds include one of the region’s best nine-hole golf courses surrounded by pinewoods, fine dining within the eight hotel restaurants, access to six outdoor pools and one indoor pool, as well as five tennis courts. One of the more beautiful resort hotels in the Algarve, it has 217 contemporary rooms, including 33 suites with private balconies and traditional touches like decorative azulejo tiles adorning the walls.
Comfort and luxury are waiting in Albufeira at EPIC SANA Algarve, another top five-star accommodation by Falésia Beach. Surrounded by pines, it offers peace and tranquility in addition to a wide range of deluxe comforts. Among the amenities includes a health club, four outdoor pools, an indoor pool, and full-service spa center. Fans of gourmet dining may love Al Quimia, EPIC SANA Algarve’s Michelin guide restaurant. And when the urge strikes to explore beyond the resort, the trendy Vilamoura Marina, a chic center full of sophisticated bars and restaurants, is a 20-minute drive away.