Luxurious Algarve: Unique experiences amid coastal splendour
Discover some of the best luxury experiences in the Algarve.
LUXURY YACHT CHARTER: Stylish Sea Adventures
Embark on a maritime journey of opulence by chartering a luxurious yacht to explore the Algarve's coastline and its many treasures. Sail along the shimmering waters, marvel at the golden cliffs and secret coves, and venture into breathtaking sea caves. The region is home to the world-famous Benagil Cave, an awe-inspiring grotto with a naturally illuminated dome, offering an unforgettable experience. Ponta da Piedade, near Lagos, is a fantasy landscape of strange rock formations, caves and crystal-clear water. The Ria Formosa is a protected area of lagoons, sandbanks, barrier islands and water channels - all unbelievably gorgeous.
Sunseeker Portugal Lifestyle has a superb array of yachts waiting to take you out to sea in style. Charter for a full or half day, with the services of a private chef and onboard catering, or treat yourself to a sublime week of luxurious relaxation, immersing yourself in the incredible natural beauty of the Algarve coastline, sleeping to the ocean’s lullaby.
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SPECTACULAR PRIVATE VILLAS: Havens of Elegance
Unique? Luxurious? One of a kind? The Red Chalet by Vila Vita ticks all these boxes and then some. Opulent and stylish comfort in an amazing seafront location with direct access to the beach. With all the elegance and charm of bygone times, yet with every comfort a modern traveller requires, this is an authentic and unique alternative to the luxury hotel experience.
Dating from the early 1900s the villa was envisaged as a seaside summer home for the wealthy Vasconcelos family, and the building is today considered an historical landmark. The renovations retained many of the original features of the period – unique wooden floors, the magnificent staircase, and antique chandeliers, as well as some beautiful, Moorish-inspired, geometric design features that pay homage to the Algarve’s rich cultural history.
It's not just the villa which exceeds expectations. Throughout your stay at the Red Chalet a personal assistant is on hand to anticipate and fulfil your needs, private chefs and baristas are available to create delicious bespoke menus and shake up some mixology magic. A sojourn here is truly a luxurious escape.
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EXCLUSIVE BEACH & POOL CLUBS
For those seeking sophisticated beachside leisure, the Algarve's top beach and pool clubs are an unrivalled choice.
Bali beds and bubbles await you at WELL Beach Club in Vale do Lobo. Overlooking the magnificent beach, and with a fabulous and huge circular swimming pool, at WELL you can book plush Bali beds for indolent days in the sun or opt for some time in the sea-view jacuzzis.
All this, of course, while sipping some chilled bubbles. And the fun doesn’t end when the sun goes down – there is daily late-night entertainment at WELL restaurant, overlooking the beach.
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Think beach and pool club in the Algarve and you think NosoloÁgua. An iconic venue for fun days and nights, NoSoloÁgua Portimão hosts fabulous parties throughout the summer. To add a touch of luxury to your fun, settle in on the fabulous teak daybeds, perched right above the water at the pool club, or snuggle beneath the sunshades on the huge beach beds at the adjacent beach club. Order some premium beverages and sit back and enjoy the show as the NSA troupe delivers them to your table.
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The natural luxury of clean air to breathe, sea views to contemplate and spectacular sunsets to enjoy are even better with some bubbles added to the mix. At AIR by W Algarve, you can unwind at the day’s end, soothed by the wonderful ocean views and scents of nature. Sip your favourite champagne or summer spritzes, enjoy the DJ sessions, and soak up the relaxed vibe.
AIR is a spectacular spot where nature and luxury mingle, satisfying your senses in an exclusive and welcoming atmosphere. Surrounded by verdant pine trees, and overlooking the picturesque coast, this is a champagne and sunset lounge with a naturally luxurious vibe.
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EXPLORE THE LARGEST PRIVATE WINE COLLECTION IN PORTUGAL
Buried 8 metres beneath the grounds of Vila Vita Parc is a secret world of wine. The resort’s pristine lawns cover an amazing vaulted wine cellar that is home to over 11,000 bottles of wine, including some of the most exclusive ever produced. Discreet, exclusive, and for those in the know, the cellar is one of the most unique and unusual dining venues you can enjoy. The Sommelier is on hand with fascinating insights into the wines and their stories. The Wine Cellar Tasting and Dining experiences are perfect for a different romantic experience and an ideal scenario for a fabulous wedding proposal, for a gathering of wine-lovers, or for a discreet business meal.
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ACTIVE LUXURY: Train where the best hone their skills
The resort of Quinta do Lago is synonymous with luxury – stunning villas, award-winning golf courses, an array of restaurants that run the gamut from gastro sports bar at Dano's to modern Japanese fine dining at UMAMI, and the new-for-2023 Casa Velha, where the menu embraces its Portuguese soul and showcases traditional flavours and local produce.
The resort is also home to amazing sporting facilities at The Campus, where professional athletes and teams train at the state-of-the-art high-performance centre. The Campus regularly hosts top-flight soccer teams and national rugby teams, along with triathletes.
But The Campus isn’t just for pro athletes. The motto is to be elite whatever your level, with sports trainers, camps, classes, and 1-on-1 training to help enthusiastic amateurs achieve their potential.
Junior sports camps are a speciality at The Campus. Led by sporting heroes, the camps nurture a love of sports and movement in children, setting them up for healthy, active lives. Highlights include the Soccer Camps in partnership with Football Escapes, where legends like Joe Cole participate, and the Rugby Camps, where Irish legend Brian O’Driscoll shares his secrets and skills with young player.
One of the Algarve’s greatest luxuries is the spectacular natural beauty of the region, from the pretty inland hills and white-washed villages to the magical coastline where translucent waters invite you to explore the myriad caves, secret coves, barrier islands and looming cliffs. Here, the essence of luxury transcends the man-made and blends with the allure of nature.
Perhaps the most luxurious commodities of all are time and contentment. In the Algarve time moves slowly, giving you the opportunity to breathe deeply, to look around you, to appreciate and enjoy your surroundings, to connect with yourself and the natural world. The Italians speak of dolce far niente, the pleasure of idleness. In the Algarve, the art of contentment is extolled - está-se bem no Algarve. With all it offers, it's an easy place to be content.