Top 5 Luxury Destinations In Portugal
Article by: Jordan Peck
Sitting on the west side of Spain abreast the Atlantic Ocean, Portugal is the most western, and one of the most attractive holiday locations in all of Europe. With mountainous regions towards the north of the country, the traditional tourist areas of the Algarve and Alentejo to the south, and the islands of Madeira and Azores also belonging to this region, Portugal is a great place to visit for all kinds of holiday makers. In this piece, I will discuss the most luxurious options available to those who want to completely indulge themselves in glorious Mediterranean sun. These are in no particular order, but each option is of the highest level of comfort, luxury and exclusivity available in this beautiful sun drenched country.
1.The Hilton Vilamoura As Cascatas Golf Resort and Spa (Algarve, Almancil)
The Algarve is known as one of the best locations in Europe for golfing holidays. But even if golf isn’t your bag (pun intended) this is still a wonderful place to stay and experience the Algarve. Located just a 15 minute walk from Falesia beach and 25 km from Faro airport, this ideally located 5 star resort offers so much for the traveller seeking the epitome of luxuriousness. It boasts the largest spa in all of Portugal at over 2800 square metres with an uncountable amount of beauty treatments available, along with 6 full sized, heated swimming pools. Each room is spacious and has their own balcony or terrace, a 32 inch LCD TV, hi-fi systems and are tastefully designed to be relaxing and contemporary. And if you fancy giving golf a quick bash there is a unique to Portugal golf simulator as well!
2. Grande Real Santa Eulalia Resort Hotel and Spa (Algarve, Albufeira)
The Grande Real Santa is a brand new, 5-star resort situated on the glorious Santa Eulalia beach on the south coast of Portugal. Aside from the beautiful beach and surroundings, there are plenty of on-site activities for you to partake in; from the two hard court tennis courts, the 4 outdoor heated pools, one seawater pool that connects directly to the beach itself, 3 heated children’s pools and the fully featured gym. And then if you decide to take advantage of your surroundings you can para-glide, water-ski, snorkel, wind surf and lots more on the seafront, not more than 500 yards from your hotel. There are 27 luxury suites and 2 Grande Real suites available also, for even greater extravagance.
3. Royal Savoy (Madeira, Funchal)
The first of two locations in Funchal, the largest town on the small island of Madeira, the Royal Savoy is another 5-star luxury resort set aside the sister resort, the Classic Savoy. It is positioned extremely close to the shore line and only a short walk to the local town, markets and the harbour. It has two outdoor heated seawater swimming pools and one indoor heated pool for your pleasure as well as a jacuzzi and Turkish bath. Some of the rooms are fitted with balconies giving stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean and the surrounding scenery.
4. Vila Vita Parc (Algarve, Porches)
Set atop a cliff overlooking the sea, the Vila Vita Parc is one of the most picturesque resorts you can possibly conceive. There is plenty to do in the 22 acre ground of the resort including horse riding, golf tuition, mountain biking and tennis. This is also a very family friendly resort, with a crèche for children under the age of 4, a kids park for those between the ages of 4 and 11 and during the summer time there are activities for the over 12 staying at the hotel. You are also spoilt for choice when it comes to dining with 9 different restaurants including a steak house, a pizzeria and a lovely wine cellar where you can dine and sample delicious wines from all over Portugal. For those happy to splash a little more cash, the Presidential suites have private pools and extra special views.
5. Quinta da Casa Branca (Madiera, Funchal)
Our final selection is our second from the island of Madeira, near the town of Funchal. The Quinta da Casa Branca is elevated above sea level in a green covered area of the island, away from the town offering the utmost peace and tranquillity possible. The hotel itself is family owned and run, and is split into 3 separate buildings. The main manor house is over 160 years old and the other two are new and exquisitely furnished. With sun terraces and wonderful mature gardens this resort is designed to get you away from it all, but if you want to get back to it all, there are shuttle buses available to Funchal to allow you explore the nearby town.
Jordan Peck is a freelance writer currently writing for UK based travel company eShores. He is a travel enthusiast and writes about various aspects of travelling and holiday locations.