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For chic surroundings and luxury living, few European towns deliver like Vilamoura. Here, you will 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 near to 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.
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 offer 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.
Mary Lussiana contributed additional reporting to this article.