The 10 Best Hotels and Resorts in Algarve


Algarve is one of Europe’s most popular destinations for those looking for sun by the sea. It’s found in the south of Portugal, on the southwestern tip of the continent, and it's a perfect escape from Lisbon at any time of the year. Here are the ten best places to stay:



    Conrad Algarve

  • Conrad Algarve
  • It was once advertised as a “6 star” resort, its huge swimming pool has been singled out as the best one in the Iberian Peninsula, and won "Europe's Leading Luxury Resort" at the World Travel Awards. It has 154 luxurious rooms, a spa and fine dining restaurants, and features a modern and Moorish-style design by renowned Portuguese designer Miguel Câncio Martins.

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    Villa Joya

  • Villa Joya
  • It has one of the world’s top 50 restaurants (awarded two Michelin stars) but the hotel alone is also worth the trip to Portugal. Winner of "Europe's Leading Boutique Hotel" at the World Travel Awards, it’s a retreat with gardens leading down to the beach, and offers a wonderful spa. There are only a dozen rooms and eight suites, each with its own décor, but all of Moorish inspiration.

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    Vilalara Thalassa Resort

  • Vilalara Thalassa Resort
  • It has one of the world’s finest thalassotherapy centers, two outdoor seawater swimming pools, and three freshwater pools. It’s a perfect choice for those looking to relax, with suites and apartments surrounded by gardens, and a restaurant overlooking the ocean.

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    Vila Vita Parc

  • Vila Vita Parc
  • This clifftop resort overlooking the ocean, featuring Moorish-style villas and sub-tropical gardens, was considered Europe's most romantic resort at the World Travel Awards. There are indoor and outdoor pools, tennis courts, a golf course, gym and spa. The rooms have balconies or terraces with views over the Atlantic, and the fine dining restaurant has two Michelin stars.

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    Quinta do Lago

  • Quinta do Lago
  • Overlooking the sea and the Ria Formosa lagoon, this hotel includes indoor and outdoor pools, and offers a fitness center, restaurants, bars, and even tennis courts. It has the advantage of a private beach and an exclusive range of therapies at the spa.

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    Vale do Lobo

  • Vale do Lobo
  • This luxurious resort is on a beautiful coastline with beautiful beaches. There are several restaurants, a shopping mall, a spa, tennis and golf courts, gym, and several sports activities at the beach. It offers different types of accommodation, from villas to apartments with private pools.

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    The Lake Resort

  • The Lake Resort
  • It’s been one of the region’s most luxurious resorts ever since it opened in 2005. It’s in Vilamoura, with a design mixing Mediterranean and Oriental inspiration, and there’s a floating restaurant, a spa, and three pools.

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    Pine Cliffs Resort

  • Pine Cliffs Resort
  • This resort not far from Albufeira has an impressive list of services which includes several bars and restaurants, a golf course, seven pools, and five tennis courts. It’s found on a clifftop overlooking the ocean, surrounded by pine trees, and although the décor is contemporary, it’s inspired by local traditions.

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    Martinhal Beach Resort

  • Martinhal Beach Resort
  • Found at “the end of the world” (as ancient Europeans saw this coast in Sagres), this is a well-designed resort offering a number of activities that attract couples and families. In addition to the surfing and sunbathing at the beach nearby, there are the hotel’s swimming pools, bars, restaurants, gym, yoga classes, and an outstanding spa. Local artisans are responsible for many of the works of art made of local materials such as cork, wicker, and palm fiber.

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    Epic Sana Algarve

  • Epic Sana Algarve
  • Overlooking Praia da Falésia beach, this contemporary-style hotel offers you the opportunity to relax by the Atlantic, by the swimming pools, or at the large spa with Eastern-inspired treatments. The three restaurants serve contemporary Portuguese cuisine focusing on specialties of the region.

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