Couples on a honeymoon or looking for more privacy and more relaxed ambiences should stay at these hotels:
- Vila Vita Parc
- Villa Joya
- Villa Esmeralda
- Domes Lake Algarve
- Palmares Beach House Hotel
- Octant Vila Monte
- Bela Vista Hotel & Spa
- Monte Santo Resort
- Pine Cliffs Hotel
- Vale d’Oliveiras Quinta Resort & Spa
- PortoBay Falésia
- Casa Mãe
- Jupiter Marina Hotel
- TUI BLUE Falésia
- AP Oriental Beach Hotel
- Villa Mariazinha Charming Hotel
- Aldeia da Pedralva
- Casas do Moinho
- Herdade Monte do Sol
- Montinho Boutique Suites
- Romantik Villa
- Hotel California Urban Beach
- Aqua Pedra dos Bicos Design Beach Hotel
- Boutique Hotel Vivenda Miranda
- Villas D. Dinis
- Conversas de Alpendre
- Maria Nova Lounge Hotel
- Quinta Jacintina - My Secret Garden
Often considered one of Portugal’s best hotels, it’s found at the top of a cliff in the Lagoa region, above a secluded, almost exclusive beach. There are other beaches within walking distance, including two separated by a promontory topped by a charming white chapel. The subtropical gardens and the Moorish-inspired architecture add to the romantic atmosphere, and it offers memorable meals of different world cuisines at its ten restaurants (one of them has a Michelin star), plus a state-of-the-art spa, an outdoor pool surrounded by luxuriant vegetation, and spacious rooms, apartments and suites with garden or sea views.
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It’s the perfect honeymoon hotel -- small, splendidly sited above the beach (Praia da Galé, in Albufeira), offering sea views, an outstanding restaurant (distinguished with two Michelin stars and listed among the world’s top 50), and individually-styled rooms and suites. The service is impeccable and the atmosphere very relaxing, with two outdoor pools and a spa providing Ayurvedic treatments.
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This Moorish-style villa is located in Lagos, above the beach of Porto de Mós. The rooms and suites feature an exotic architecture and décor, and some offer a sea view. More views may be enjoyed from the garden, which has a swimming pool.
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It’s perfectly located between Vilamoura and Albufeira, within walking distance of beaches. To the east is the marina and beach of Vilamoura, while to the west (accessed via a footbridge) are the beaches of Rocha Baixinha and Falésia in Albufeira. Inspired by the Mediterranean and Asia, it has spacious rooms with balconies, a floating restaurant for romantic dinners, a spa and three swimming pools.
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To guarantee a tranquil adults-only experience, stay at this boutique hotel in Lagos. It’s by the quieter eastern end of Meia Praia Beach and has an outdoor swimming pool and a restaurant overlooking the ocean. Each of the 18 double rooms and two suites has a balcony and also offers sea views.
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Located inland, between Olhão and Tavira, this renovated farmhouse mixes traditional Algarve architecture and contemporary design. The beautiful (and still relatively undiscovered) beach of Fuseta is about 15 minutes away by car, but you’ll want to spend a lot of time at the hotel -- there are two heated outdoor swimming pools, an excellent restaurant serving regional cuisine using local ingredients, and rooms and suites with a boho-chic design.
SEE PRICES, AVAILABILITY AND MORE DETAILS HERE: Octant Vila Monte
A huge mansion overlooking Praia da Rocha is now the best hotel in the Portimão region and one of the most romantic in Algarve. In addition to the prime beachfront location, it stands out for the perfectly-preserved early-20th-century architecture, which includes magnificent tile panels and stained glass. The rooms are contemporary, and many offer a sea view. The relaxing sea views can also be enjoyed outside, by the swimming pool and at the rooftop Michelin-starred restaurant. The spa is a wonderful place to end the day, after exploring the several beaches within walking distance.
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Named “most romantic resort in Europe” at the World Travel Awards, it’s about 5 minutes from the center of Carvoeiro and a great base to explore the stunning beaches in the Lagoa region and to visit the famous Benagil cave. You’ll need a car, but the quiet location away from the crowds is certainly a plus. Well landscaped, it consists of townhouses divided into large suites with balconies or terraces, some facing the large swimming pool. The restaurant has outdoor seating and serves local and international dishes. At the wellness center you’ll find a spa, a sauna, an indoor pool, and a gym.
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One of Algarve’s most luxurious resorts is perched on the stunning cliffs of the highly recommended Falésia Beach in Albufeira. It mixes traditional Portuguese and Moorish architecture and has rooms with terraces. There are close to a dozen restaurants serving different world cuisines (a few only open in the summer), five tennis courts, a spa, and a 9-hole golf course.
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A total of 80 townhouses, 22 rooms and two suites make up this resort surrounded by lush gardens in Carvoeiro’s countryside, about ten minutes from the beach by car. Even in high season it’s a quiet retreat, with an indoor and an outdoor pool, a spa, and two restaurants using organic ingredients from the garden.
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Offering breathtaking views over ocher cliffs and Falésia Beach in Albufeira, this is a perfect hotel for couples. You can see the ocean from a few of the rooms and from the lagoon-style pool. There’s direct access to the beach, and it’s also possible to relax at the wellness center with a spa and indoor pool. At the two restaurants you have the choice of themed buffets or à la carte Italian cuisine.
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Tastefully designed, this boutique hotel has just 31 rooms spread over a renovated 19th-century estate and a contemporary annex. It’s located in Lagos and a short walk from the different tourist attractions and beaches. In the summer you’ll want to sunbathe by the outdoor pool, but at any time of the year you can also swim in the heated indoor pool. The highly-recommended restaurant has a farm-to-table concept.
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A former fish canning factory by the marina of Portimão was transformed into a contemporary, boho-chic hotel. Every room has a balcony, some facing the Arade River. The beach (Praia da Rocha) is a short walk away. It’s for adults only, with a spa with an indoor pool and a rooftop with an infinity pool, a bar and a restaurant.
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Standing on a cliff above the beach of Olhos d’Água in Albufeira (which can be reached in just five minutes, via a staircase), this is an adults-only hotel. Most of the rooms have a sea view. It features outdoor and indoor pools, a spa, a fitness center and a restaurant.
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For the adults-only experience at the very popular Praia da Rocha in Portimão, stay at this hotel facing the ocean. Its décor and architecture are romantically inspired by the East, although the rooms have a mostly contemporary style. They all have balconies and most offer a sea view, as does the garden and panoramic pool deck.
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Prefer smaller hotels? You’ll want to book a stay at this villa with just ten suites. Romantically decorated, it’s a hotel for couples. There’s a very attractive cocktail bar but no restaurant. For meals, there’s a wide range of restaurants just steps away, on the main street behind the beach of Praia da Rocha in Portimão.
SEE PRICES, AVAILABILITY AND MORE DETAILS HERE: Villa Mariazinha Charming Hotel
Algarve’s least visited but magnificently pristine coastline (Costa Vicentina) is best explored from this property. It’s a group of 24 whitewashed cottages in an abandoned hamlet that’s been brought back to life to welcome tourists. Each cottage has one, two, three or four bedrooms, many of them with patios. Families love it, but couples will also enjoy the peaceful and romantic atmosphere. The exteriors maintain the original architecture, but the interior design mixes the traditional and the contemporary. There’s a restaurant and a seasonal swimming pool available to all guests. The nearest beach is Praia do Amado, about 15 minutes away by car and mostly frequented by surfers.
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To experience a different Algarve that most tourists have yet to discover, head to the charming little town of Odeceixe. There you’ll see a landmark windmill, and, just before it, a number of traditional houses that have been carefully restored. They provide the modern comforts and feature contemporary interiors. All guests have access to the large swimming pool, but if you prefer the beach, the beautiful Praia de Odeceixe and the nudist Praia das Adegas (which attracts young couples) are ten minutes away by car.
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This property is for those who enjoy escaping to the countryside. For the beach, you just have to drive for less than ten minutes to the beach of Arrifana (on Costa Vicentina). It’s made up of villas with a private terrace and a fireplace for the colder months. It doesn’t have a restaurant but serves a buffet breakfast using the fruit and vegetables from the surrounding orchards. For other meals, guests can cook in their fully-equipped kitchenettes. From the outdoor pool you can see goats and horses in the distance, and breathe in the fresh scent of pine trees.
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The beach of Benagil, which is the main access to the famous Benagil cave, is a 15-minute walk from this romantic, adults-only bed-and-breakfast. It’s quite a good value and very peaceful, with a garden with a swimming pool. It’s meant to be a place to relax, so there are no TVs in the suites and studios (it does offer wifi).
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As you can tell by the name, this is a place for couples. It’s divided into contemporary studios and suites with a balcony or terrace. You can see the ocean from some of them, and can walk to the beach and to the center of the village of Salema in less than ten minutes. The outdoor swimming pool is heated by solar panels to guarantee a comfortable temperature.
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Albufeira has some wonderful hotels and resorts by its beaches, but for couples that prefer to stay in the center of town, there’s this adults-only boutique hotel. It offers elegant rooms in a minimalist, contemporary style, a stylish bar and restaurant, a vegan spa with an indoor pool, and a rooftop swimming pool overlooking the town.
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This adults-only hotel has direct access to the beach of Oura in Albufeira. Its rooms with balconies offer a sea view or overlook the surrounding pinewoods. The contemporary interior includes a restaurant serving fine Mediterranean cuisine, while outside you’ll find a large swimming pool.
SEE PRICES, AVAILABILITY AND MORE DETAILS HERE: Aqua Pedra dos Bicos Design Beach Hotel
In addition to a romantic location on a cliff above the beach of Porto de Mós in Lagos, this hotel offers facilities and experiences for couples to enjoy an intimate and memorable holiday. There’s a spa with a sauna and Turkish bath, a heated outdoor swimming pool, sunbeds in a sub-tropical garden, a gourmet restaurant overlooking the ocean, and rooms and suites with garden or sea views.
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Three of Algarve’s most beautiful attractions -- the Ponta da Piedade headland, Praia da Dona Ana and Praia do Camilo in Lagos -- are down the road from this adults-only property. It’s a group of traditional villas divided into uniquely-decorated rooms and suites, some of them with private patios. The honeymoon suite is especially romantic, on a ground floor opening to the outdoor pool area. There’s also a suite with a private pool.
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Cacela Velha is a charming little hamlet above one of Algarve’s best beaches, and this well-designed boutique hotel is just five minutes away. Surrounded by countryside and an orchard, it has stylish suites, a romantic tree house and a bungalow with a private pool. There’s also an outdoor pool for all guests. The excellent breakfast buffet uses organic products from the orchard and local producers.
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Tavira is a romantic town often chosen by couples on a honeymoon, and this adults-only hotel is the perfect choice. It’s a short walk from the Old Town and offers a generous breakfast, rooms with balconies, a large outdoor swimming pool, a spa with an indoor pool, a rooftop bar, and a restaurant with an international menu.
SEE PRICES, AVAILABILITY AND MORE DETAILS HERE: Maria Nova Lounge Hotel
There are just eleven rooms at this romantic hotel located between the luxury resort towns of Vale do Lobo and Quinta do Lago. They are decorated with soft colors, in a classic and luxurious style, and have terraces. There’s a heated swimming pool in the garden, a restaurant, and a lounge with a fireplace for the winter months.
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