For chic surroundings and luxury living, few European towns deliver like Vilamoura. Here, you’ll find fabulous yachts moored at the lively marina, beautiful golf courses from the famous Dom Pedro Golf Collection and an array of fine-dining options at nearby Vilamoura Beach. Add to that a set of exclusive hotels with incredible coastal views and you’ve got yourself one of the finest destinations in Southern Portugal. What’s more, they’re all bookable with Culture Trip.
A stay at Pestana Vila Sol is all about embracing the seemingly endless facilities. There’s a spa, kids club, jogging trail and golf course, along with tennis courts and three swimming pools within the resort. There are also several dining options to enjoy at Pestana Vila Sol including Green Pines Restaurant – try the almond, carob and orange pudding. Stay in one of 189 rooms or a charming cottage in bougainvillea-clad gardens.
The Lake Spa Resort is sandwiched between Vilamoura Marina – famous for its nightlife – and the white sands of Falesia Beach. Set in extensive grounds, there are three swimming pools (one lined with sand), a 24-hour gym and an excellent spa with Anne Semonin treatments on offer. The 192 rooms are spacious and light-filled. Dine at the Mare Nostrum Restaurant, which floats on a private lake and delivers the Algarve on a plate.
Favoured by families and golfers alike, the 266-room Dom Pedro was one of the first hotels built in Vilamoura. The owning group has five 18-hole championship golf courses in the vicinity, with both Old Course and Victoria (where the Portugal Masters is frequently played) drawing the crowds. For non-golfers, there is a basketball court in the gardens, a football pitch and a children’s playground, while the beach is a two-minute walk. Typical Portuguese dishes can be found in the buffet restaurant.
Five minutes from the centre of Vilamoura, The Residences at Victoria provides stylish and spacious accommodation with 145 two- and three-bedroom apartments on offer. Aiming to combine home comforts with the service of a luxury hotel, it has three swimming pools, a fitness centre, a children’s playground and two bars. During the low season, you can use the facilities at nearby Anantara Vilamoura.
The tranquil Parque das Laranjeiras hotel is a 10-minute drive from the beaches of Vilamoura. This boutique hotel has five suites or family rooms and 18 double rooms with balconies, surrounded by pretty gardens inset with a swimming pool. Facilities include a bar, television room, business centre and reading area. The popular water park, Aquashow, is a few minutes’ drive away.
Housed in a beautifully renovated 19th-century building, Conii Hostel has a bright and breezy marine vibe, especially in the suites and dorms, which have bold, blue patterned tiles. There’s a shared kitchen, plus a bar where staff will lead you on an in-house exploration of the local wines and craft beers. Afterwards, conversations with fellow backpackers and budget travellers will, undoubtedly, flow nicely.
Spacious, homely and designed like private apartments, Hotel Apartamento do Golf is a favourite choice for travellers who don’t mind staying a short drive from the coast. It is also located near a few beautiful golf courses, making it perfect for anyone who wants to spend their days on the greens. There are also gardens, an outdoor pool and lounging area and a hotel restaurant that serves breakfast and dinner.
Steps from a private beach, Dom José is set in an excellent location where you can stay in sea-view rooms and gaze at the ocean from the restaurant hotel and bar. Located on the boardwalk, it is a 40-minute stroll from the Vilamoura Marina and a short drive from the popular Gypsy Market in Quarteira (perfect for buying unique and traditional souvenirs).
This modern and stylish 59-room hotel is located 30 minutes’ walk from the local beaches and marina, but there’s a free shuttle service to bridge the gap. It’s also a five-minute stroll to a local golf course. The neutral-toned rooms and suites are stylishly decorated, offering views over either the outdoor pool or the pine trees. If you want to enjoy the peaceful surrounds, head to the terrace tables at the tapas bar and restaurant. The hotel also neighbours the 7 Seven Spa, the largest spa centre and health club in Portugal.
Standing tall beside the marina, Vila Galé is a contemporary, family-friendly hotel with 243 guest rooms and suites, plus many excellent views of the passing yachts. Family fun is found at the nearby beach, although a children’s club means parents can take advantage of the more adult activities at the Vilamoura Casino or hotel lounge bar. Whatever you choose, get your day off to the right start with the breakfast buffet.
Snuggled against the southern side of the Dom Pedro Pinhal Golf Course is the luxurious Hilton Vilamoura. This five-star hotel is surrounded by landscaped gardens and is home to the opulent 7 Seven Spa. Spend days enjoying the six outdoor pools and exotic waterfalls, getting pampered in the spa and savouring fresh Mediterranean flavours at the hotel’s restaurants. Whether you choose to stay in one of the deluxe guest rooms or suites, all of the 176 accommodations offer fantastic views, either of the pool, garden or golf course.
The sophisticated Tivoli holds a coveted location by the south end of the marina, steps from Vilamoura Beach. The 383 guest rooms (all with views over the outdoor pools and ocean) tower over the five resort eateries, a full-service spa, three pools and a health club. Fancy an indulgent weekend? Visit Purobeach, the swish hotel beach club with all-white sun loungers, tropical cocktails and a party vibe.
Plan a relaxing golf retreat at the five-star Anantara. Each of the resort’s 280 deluxe rooms and suites offers terraces with cosy day beds and fantastic views of the pool, garden or surrounding fairways. The resort also has three restaurants, two poolside bars near three outdoor pools, a full-service spa centre and a free shuttle to the marina and beaches. For a more family-friendly stay, there are childcare and babysitting facilities.
Looking for more? Why not stay like a local in your very own holiday rental for a bit more independence. And with plenty of things to do, including an excellent selection of restaurants and bars, don’t miss out on a true taste of the Algarve.
These recommendations were updated on August 18, 2021 to keep your travel plans fresh.