Cool & Unique Beach Hotels – Algarve Edition
There is no shortage of hotels in the Algarve. Need something in the country? Got it! 5-star service is essential? Take your pick. Must have a spa? Of course, choose from therapies ranging from Thai, French, natural hot springs, red wine baths…and soon, one in a salt mine!
But, if you´re like us, you want something very special…maybe a little trendy…certainly good service…steps to the beach…and a view to die for. So, we have compiled a short list of what we consider to be some “gems” in the Algarve hotel crown; extraordinary accommodations with extraordinary ambiance; cool and unique Algarve Beach Hotels (below by location from west Algarve to east).
Hotel Memmo Baleeira – Sagres
Sagres sits on the south-western most point of Europe. It is known for its extraordinarily spectacular beaches and sea views from tall cliffs, as well as a surfers paradise due to high cresting waves just off this coast. The multi-award-winning Memmo Baleeria is a design hotel taking full advantage of this remarkable location.
But the natural splendour is just only one side to this very special hotel. Perfectly situated overlooking the sea and harbour, the Memmo Baleeira offers relaxing, contemporary atmosphere ideal for a weekend break or an extended holiday retreat.
Te resort offers 144 rooms and family friendly suites, restaurant, bar, coffee shop, swimming pool with magnificent ocean views and a modern Spa equipped with a sauna, Turkish bath, gym, heated indoor pool and massage rooms.
Unique to this hotel is its very own Surf Center. Whether you are professional with a long board it is imperative that you spend some time with one of the Center’s pro-level team of surf coaches. Learn to respect the motion of the ocean and enjoy this exhilarating sport.
Afterwards, head to Memmo’s restaurant to enjoy a menu of Mediterranean flavours. Keep and eye out for their sushi specials!!
Sitio da Baleeira, 8650-357, Sagres
Reservations: +351 282 624 212
More Information: Memmo Baleeira Website
Blue & Green Vilalara Thalassa Resort - Porches
This ideally-situated hotel on the Praia das Gaivotas cliff overlooking the sea, this beautiful hotel offers an atmosphere perfectly suited for relaxation and well-being. Six outdoor pools are laid out across a 12-hectare garden.
Be sure to take advantage of Portugal’s first thalassotherapy center. This spa, originally designed by Jean Bobet of Biarritz, provides seawater-based treatments and therapies. Seawater is an authentic source of vital elements. Its biological components and physiological composition containing 92 of the 120 known trace elements, similar to human plasma, permit metabolic renewal. The spa also has a large variety of slimming and well-being programs.
Two onsite restaurants offer Portuguese cuisine, with low-calorie menus, and a terrace grill near the pool offering Summer evening themed dinners.
Vilalara has 100 junior suites, 11 suites and 13 apartments. The resort is truly a hidden utopia of rare beauty, set within a paradise offering an atmosphere of complete privacy and discretion.
Praia das Gaivatas, Alporchinos, Porches, 8400-450 Lagoa
Reservations: +351 282 320 000
More Information: Vilalara Website
Vila Vita Parc – Porches
Who wants to stay inside when you can stroll around the sumptuous gardens or soak in the amazing sea views from this lush seaside oasis? There are 54 acres of subtropical flora, distinctive Algarvean architecture, dramatic cliffside coastline and white sand beaches.
Yet, once your senses have had their fill of nature’s beauty, come inside for what the resort refers to as “a pampered world of personalized and diverse experiences, flavored with Portuguese culture and hospitality.” There is a large choice of accommodations, from beautifully-appointed rooms and suites, to villas and residences with terraces and ocean views.
Vila Vita Parc offers a wide variety of gastronomic experiences. Enjoy some of the best traditional Portuguese cuisine at Adega. Or, head down to the beach and enjoy fresh fish at Arte Nautica. For a special evening, visit the unique wine cellar vault Cave de Vinhos, with a wine tasting or an exclusive dinner. But, no trip to Vila Vita Parc would be complete without an evening at The Ocean, Portugal’s newest restaurant to receive a Michelin star.
Another fine amenity of the resort is the Vila Vita Vital Spa, a facility for health and beauty with an emphasis on holistic wellness programs. Among the treatments on offer are fragrant steam and algae baths, classic and Far Eastern massages, as well as an extensive offer of high-quality beauty care.
Alporchinhos, P-8400 – 450, Porches
Reservations: +351 282 310 100
More Information: Vila Vita Parc Website
Vila Joya – Galé
Vila Joya is a triple threat to all other accommodations in Portugal!
First, you have a lovely boutique hotel. Each room is uniquely designed. Every detail from fabrics to furniture embodies a high standard of style and quality. Hand-selected artwork befits each and every room. Each and every room and suite is a different size and shape. At Vila Joya, you feel like you are staying in someone’s sumptuous home.
You’ll have to step outside the room, however, to enjoy the extraordinary resort grounds and astounding views. Built on a cliff, the hotel has several levels of manicured gardens, including a lovely, peaceful pool area. Enjoy drinks or afternoon tea on the hotel terrace or take the steps down to the very chic Xiringuito Beach Bar.
And, finally, this hotel is home to what some consider, the best restaurant in all of Portugal. In fact, Chef Dieter Koschina’s Vila Joya restaurant is the only restaurant in the country to be honoured with two Michelin stars. This meal is an extraordinary experience until itself.
Vila Joya has much more on offer as well, such as the Joy Jung Spa, limo, helicopter and light plane transportation services, and many more surprises.
Praia da Galé, 8201-902 Albufeira
Reservations: +351 289 591 795
More Information: Vila Joya Website
Sheraton Algarve Pine Cliffs – Albufeira
Stepping onto the Pine Cliffs Resort means leaving the rest of the world behind. This massive resort is a world unto itself: a world you won’t want to leave.
The location, perched high on top of ochre-colored cliffs, above the sandy white beaches along the vast blue Atlantic is divine. Stroll on the grassy grounds, or enjoy the sunset from a terrace on the edge of the cliff. Take the iron elevator in the rock down the cliff to beach, and enjoy a meal at the seaside restaurant.
This Sheraton hotel is one of the few to be in their prestigious “Luxury Collection”. The hotel itself is modern, but designed in a traditional Algarvean Portuguese style, with Moorish features such as courtyards and interior terraces. The rooms are large and each enjoy a different view of the grounds or sea.
Should you become bored with relaxing at the beach club or one of the many pools, the resort offers a large menu of activities including: a golf academy with driving range and putting green; a 9-hole golf course; a tennis academy; a “health club” with heated indoor pool; and pathways around the property to take in the wonderful gardens. Kids have fun too at their own Porto Pirata Kids Club.
Praia da Falesia, Apartado P.O. Box 644, Albufeira, 8200
Reservations: +351 289 500 100
More Information: Sheraton Algarve Website
Praia Verde Suite Hotel – Castro Marim
Don’t you love “suite hotels”? Part-time apartments, with full-time service. Well, Praia Verde (our only selection for this category in the eastern Algarve) has lovely modern suite accommodations right on the beach.
40 fully-equipped suites offer separate bedroom and living room with balcony, kitchenette with refrigerator and microwave oven, satellite TV with LCD and DVD, and Internet access.
The outdoor panoramic pool is a great space to relax in the sun in multi-colored bean-bags, or pull your chair to edge, face the beach and take in the vastness of the Atlantic Ocean. At night, the pool deck transforms into a trendy lounge with ambient music and an ideal atmosphere for making new friends on a Summer night.
Praia Verde – Altura, 8950-434 Castro Marim
Reservations: +351 281 530 600
More Information: Praia Verde Website
If we’ve missed an Algarve beach hotel that YOU consider cool and unique….tell us about it in the comments below!