The Best Resorts to Book Near Faro, Portugal

The Cabo de Sao Vicente Lighthouse stands on the Algarve coast where many stunning resorts await
The Cabo de Sao Vicente Lighthouse stands on the Algarve coast where many stunning resorts await | © mauritius images GmbH / Alamy Stock Photo
Alix M Campbell

Thanks to its international airport, Faro has become a hub of the Algarve region of Portugal that stretches from the Atlantic west coast to the Spanish-Portuguese border in the east of the country. With over 300 days of sunshine a year, this area has everything you need for a relaxing holiday by the beach, especially if you pair it with one of the following resorts, bookable on Culture Trip.

1. Conrad Algarve

Resort, Spa Hotel

Conrad Algarve
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Some of the best golf courses in the world, a high-end spa and pristine beaches – these are certainly all the right ingredients for five-star relaxation. Located in Almancil in the Algarve, only 16km (10mi) from Faro airport, you’ll be spoilt for choice at the Conrad when it comes to in-house restaurants, including the Michelin-star restaurant Gusto by Heinz Beck.

2. Tivoli Carvoeiro

Resort, Spa Hotel, Luxury

Tivoli Carvoeiro
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This five-star hotel in Carvoeiro offers unspoiled views over the Atlantic Ocean, thanks to its dramatic cliffside location. Wine and dine in high-end restaurants and use their first-class fitness facilities to work off the extra calories before getting pampered in Tivoli Spa. While sipping on a cocktail at the Sky Bar, reminisce about the day’s adventures and make plans for the next day of beach-hopping.

3. Martinhal Quinta Family Resort

Resort, Luxury

Martinhal Quinta Family Resort
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A luxury resort designed with parents in mind, this family-friendly resort offers a selection of luxury villas for the entire family in the Quinta do Lago region of the Algarve. A specialty of the resort is to create hassle-free stays for parents with babies and small children, thanks to amenities like a baby concierge and a fully equipped indoor game room for kids aged eight and older.

4. Vila Vita Parc Resort and Spa

Resort, Spa Hotel

Vila Vita Parc Resort & Spa
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A member of the Leading Hotels of the World, this five-star seaside resort and spa in Porches is all about relaxation and indulgence. In true Portuguese fashion, the resort grounds boast typical cobblestone pathways that lead through gardens and waterways – it’s a fitting backdrop for the ocean-facing rooms, suites and villas.

5. Villa Mar à Vista by VILA VITA Collection

Resort, Independent Hotel

Villa Mar à Vista by VILA VITA Collection
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Ideal for a private beachside getaway, this contemporary villa overlooking Salema Beach offers an abundance of space and natural light. Here, take advantage of high-end services like a private butler, a private chef and a yacht that takes you along the coastline of the Algarve to discover the many secluded beaches.

6. Memmo Baleeira Hotel

Hotel, Spa Hotel

Memmo Baleeira Hotel
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In the surf-friendly town of Sagres, this four-star hotel boasts a contemporary and relaxed design. If you came to enjoy the beaches of the area by day and discover Sagres by night – or, if you always dreamed of learning how to surf – this setting provides everything for a proper seaside getaway where the west and south coast meet. Don’t leave without trying homemade pizzas at Fornaria Restaurant.

7. VidaMar Resort Hotel Algarve

Hotel, Resort, Luxury

VidaMar Resort Hotel Algarve
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Bordered by a renowned golf course, a biodiverse nature reserve and the infinite blue of the Atlantic, this resort celebrates the finer things in life. Rooms all come with smart TVs, hairdryers and minibars, but stumping up more cash will buy you a higher-up view. Soak up the postcard-worthy setting while indulging in a variety of different cuisines and getting pampered at the Osmos Wellness Center.

8. EPIC SANA Algarve Hotel

Resort, Spa Hotel

EPIC SANA Algarve Hotel
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Overlooking Falésia Beach in Albufeira, this hotel focuses on rejuvenating and reinvigorating experiences with a full range of treatments, workshops and meal plans. Five outdoor swimming pools and a kids club keep the little ones happy, while you tend to body, mind and spirit thanks to a selection of fitness instructors, spa therapists, nutritionists and health professionals.

9. Cascade Wellness Resort

Spa Hotel

Cascade Wellness Resort
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Located in the historic city of Lagos, this wellness resort takes you on a journey around the world, with tastefully decorated rooms and suites representing the various continents. Enjoy endless views over the Atlantic and the great choice of beaches, take on a challenging fitness programme followed by a spa session or simply savour the best of the local cuisine from five restaurant and bar options.

Be sure to check out the best bars in Faro during your trip, and, of course, there’s fresh seafood and wonderful regional dishes just waiting for you.

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