If you are feeling frazzled and in need of a some quality time with your other half, the Algarve can be an ideal option for a luxury break. Whether you want a relaxing spa resort or a country retreat, this is the ideal place to take it easy in total luxury. With so many options to choose from, it can be hard to decide but our shortlist of top resorts should make the decision easier.
Vilalara Thalassa Resort – the luxury spa option
The Vilalara Thalassa Resort is a peaceful haven set on Praia das Gaivotas cliff located between Albufeira and Portimão. Ideal for couples looking for a relaxing escape, this luxury resort features one of the five best Thalassotherapy and Spa Centres in the world. Here you can indulge in a range of treatments designed to improve health and wellbeing using natural derivatives from the Atlantic Ocean.
The resort’s contemporary suites are ideal for couples, each with stunning views of the pool, gardens or sea. These suites feature a private terrace or balcony, ideal for spending chilled evenings together over a bottle of wine. Alternatively, for a completely luxurious break, splash out a bit more cash for an Emotion or Spa suite, both of which are very spacious, with added features such as extra-large terraces with a Jacuzzi or day bed, as well as extra little touches to make your break truly special.
During the evenings, enjoy romantic and intimate meals as the sun sets over sea. Both restaurants offer a range of gourmet dishes, inspired by Portuguese cuisine with an emphasis on local, quality produce. The B&G restaurant is ideal for more formal meals, whilst the Terrace Grill is great for lively summer barbecues and live music.
The Lake Spa Resort – the scenic option
Elegance exudes from this luxury five star resort that offers a variety of facilities and comfortable accommodation. Situated in Vilamoura, close to the beach and marina, you are ideally placed to enjoy all that this area offers. Alternatively, take it easy and soak up the sun beside the pool or enjoy a cocktail on the terrace at the Africa inspired lobby bar, Zanzibar.
Enjoy some quality time as couple whilst enjoying some pampering at the spa or head to one of the three restaurants, each with a distinct style and range of cuisine, including Oriental, Seafood and Mediterranean inspired dishes. For fine dining head to Fusion where the Orient and Mediterranean blend producing creative and exciting meals, alternatively discover the fresh tastes of locally caught grilled fish and meat, perfect for delicious relaxed lunch time destination.
The rooms and suites with their exceptional views are best suited for couples. Accommodation reflects the high standard elegance created throughout the rest of the resort. The peaceful rooms decorated in restful neutral shades provide a sanctuary. Guests have a choice of garden, resort or ocean view rooms, and whichever you opt for, you will not be disappointed.
Monte Rei Country Club – the countryside option
The Monte Rei Country Club resort is set in over 1000 acres of countryside between the Serra do Caldeirão mountains and the Atlantic Ocean, and yet has a very low building density. The vast amount of space, peace and privacy leaves you feeling as if you are in your very own personal paradise.
The beautiful one bedroom villas are well suited to couples. These luxury properties are inspired by traditional Portuguese architecture and are situated in O Miradouro Village- a secure community of exclusive luxury villas. Veranda houses the village’s amenities and facilities. Here you can find a restaurant and bar, plus tennis courts, fully equipped gymnasium and swimming pools. There are also spa facilities and a beauty salon.
There are also more facilities located elsewhere within the resort including three other restaurants offering fine dining at Vistas Restaurant, alternatively enjoy informal dining at both Monte Rei Grill and Academy Café.
Pine Cliffs Resort – the affordable luxury option
Fine service and a spectacular cliff top setting are part of what makes Pine Cliffs Resort very special. The golden sandy beaches and stunning landscapes are perfect for romantic evening walks.
Although there are a number of accommodation choices for guests staying at the resort from townhouses to apartments, the Sheraton Algarve Hotel is the most sumptuous option for a romantic getaway. Rooms are contemporary yet the charming, with Portuguese inspired decoration featuring flat screen satellite television and Luxury Collection toiletries.
Conrad Algarve – the big budget option
High end technology, impeccable standards and contemporary design combine to create the luxurious Conrad Algarve Hotel. Although a pricey option, this is the one for couples looking to celebrate a special occasion.
The hotel prides itself on excellent customer service and from the moment you check in, you will feel like a VIP. If you are celebrating, make sure you mention it and the hotel staff will strive to make it a as a special as possible. All guest rooms and suites are equally impressive, offering facilities including WiFi, Nespresso coffee machine and bathtubs with built in TV for truly indulgent bath times. Push the boat out and book the Roof Garden Suite- the private entrance and exclusive access to the spa via a bridge, as well as the infinity pool in the living room, will ensure you have a completely decadent break.
The excellent standards continue with the hotel facilities. Guests can enjoy Mediterranean dishes prepared by Michelin starred chef Heinz Beck in the hotel’s flagship fine dining restaurant Gusto. The lively restaurant features a spacious terrace for al fresco dining. Continue long into the evening, and soak up the glamour at Lago Lounge, where you can enjoy cocktails and champagne on the terrace overlooking the hotel’s gardens and pool.