With a mild and sunny climate all year round, the Algarve is one of Portuguese’s favourite beach destinations. But that’s not all you’ll find this region. As described by Lonely Planet: “The alluring coast of the Algarve receives much exposure for its breathtaking cliffs, golden beaches, scalloped bays and sandy islands. But ‘sun, surf and sand’ is far from the end of the Algarve story; there’s no shortage of other attractions – activities, beach bars (and discos), castles (both sand and real), diving, entertainment, fun…” So hurry and book your next summer holiday, I’ve selected the best and cheapest top 5-star hotels where you can stay in the Algarve.
If you book right now you will still be able to get the patio suite which includes a separate bedroom with a king-sized bed and a big living room, two bathrooms and a terrace with splendid sea and mountain views.
The Macdonald Monchique Resort & Spa has four different restaurants with options ranging from the typical petiscos (Portuguese tapas) to a pizzeria and even a fine-dining restaurant specialised in fish and wine. If you prefer you can also sit and enjoy one of the two pool bars or relax with a more exotic drink at their cocktail bar. The hotel has a gym and a spa and there are activities which they can arrange for you, like jeep safaris, bird watching, boat cave trips, dolphin watching and horse riding. If you have children there’s also a kids club. The best part of it all? You can book it now for €775, a week, for two.
Price for 1st week of July: €775 | £668 | $868
This 5-star resort is in Portimão, one of my favourite cities in the Algarve. It still keeps the Portuguese essence of the Algarve with its typical cafes and restaurants, with our strip filled with cotton candy and popcorn sellers, the henna stalls, the caricaturists. But then, there’s also the Irish pubs, the international cuisine, the boat tours.
If you want to enjoy this eclectic city mix of old and new, you should stay in the Penina Hotel and Golf Resort. There are 3 golf courses on the grounds of the hotel, a swimming pool, a spa, a kids club, 5 restaurants with Portuguese, Italian and international cuisine, 4 bars serving cocktails from where you can relax and admire the amazing sea views. This hotel is 5 minutes away from Alvor beach.
Prices for 1st week of July: €1,077 | £928 | $1,207
You can stay in a room, a suite or an apartment at this 5-star hotel in Albufeira. At the Grande Real Santa Eulália Resort & Hotel Spa, there’s something for everyone, whether you’re planning to go on a family holiday or a couples holiday.
There are 4 restaurants on location with an array of different cuisines. There’s also 4 outdoor swimming pools plus 3 for children, 3 swimming pool bars, a Spa and a kids club with music, games and entertainment for children of all ages. In the summer there’s also a disco called Le Club where some of the world’s best DJs come to play.
Price for 1st week of July: € 1,642 | £1,415 | $1,840
It’s between Quinta do Lago and Vale do Lobo, the uber fashionable area of the Algarve, that you’ll find the Ria Park Hotel & Spa. This hotel has its own private beach, Praia Garrão. The hotel has a lagoon-style swimming pool, a restaurant serving Portuguese contemporary cuisine with chef Gerhard Poz at the helm. There’s a health club, a spa, a live sized football court and two tennis courts in the hotel. If you love gold, the famous Vale do Lobo, Quinta do Lago and Oceanico golf courses are very close to the hotel.
Prices for 1st week of July: €1,568 | £1,352 | $1,757
Location: Vale do Lobo, 20 minutes from Faro’s Airport
And finally, this beautiful amazing hotel located in Estói, a village far from the hustle and bustle of Algarve’s main towns.
This hotel used to be a XIX century palace and you can still find the luxury of other times in the architecture, the paintings and antique furniture. If you book it now you will be able to get a balcony with a view.
Prices for 1st week of July: €1,350 | £1,164 | $1,513