Stay at the Luxurious Vale do Lobo Resort for an Unforgettable Getaway
Finding yourself on the Algarve coastline is blissful. The beautiful ocean vistas, fine white-golden sands underfoot and refreshing Atlantic breezes are enough to let your cares melt away. But if you’re lucky enough to check in at the luxurious Vale do Lobo resort, you’re in for the ultimate indulgence. Not only can you enjoy the stunning Algarve scenery – lush green parkland, dramatic red cliffs and exotic paradise flowers – right on your doorstep, but an array of other luxurious delights. Relax and unwind at outstanding leisure facilities, explore the deluxe eateries offering food from around the globe and, of course, improve your handicap at the world-class golf courses. The resort boasts the five-star Dona Filipa Hotel, as well as quality apartments and private villas - no matter how you choose to unwind, first-rate entertainment and relaxation are guaranteed at Vale do Lobo.
Eat: Feed Your Soul with Outstanding International Cuisine
You’ll find the resort incredibly walkable – the pristine, white buildings topped with quaint red roofs are in a convenient cluster – the Praça main square – overlooking the beautiful sprawling beach. Separated by plenty of green spaces for that all-important privacy, accommodation is designed so that no matter where you stay, a huge choice of local cafes, bars and restaurants are just a short stroll away. Vale do Lobo caters to guests’ every culinary need – head to La Creperie Café for French pancakes, the Thai Garden for delicious noodles or for traditional Portuguese seafood at Monica’s.
It’s popular to start the day with a leisurely continental breakfast at one of the cafes or restaurants overlooking the sea, such as Sandbanks. Once you see the menu, you’ll know why guests come here time and again – fresh coffee, delicious juices and even a full cooked breakfast for those with a big day of golf ahead! There’s no better way to start your day than chatting to the friendly locals and taking in the dramatic waves rolling to shore – this time of day is exceptional for ocean views as the beach is free of people, so don’t forget your camera.
Play: World-Class Golf Courses on Your Doorstep
Unsurprisingly, the most famous pastime in the Vale do Lobo resort, is golf. With two beautiful courses nearby – the Royal and the Ocean – you’ll find plenty of challenge, variety and thrills, whether you’re a complete beginner or a pro. These expertly-designed courses were designed by Rocky Roquemore and Sir Henry Cotton, respectively, and have twice played host to the Portuguese Open – a testament to their high quality. The Royal features an almost island green on the 9th hole and the 16th has the famous cliff-top carryover – one of the most beautiful golfing scenes on the Algarve. Golfers are also teased with a tricky narrow fairway and deceptive green on the 18th hole – this is one to watch out for. Meanwhile, The Ocean, which runs alongside the Ria Formosa Nature Reserve, boasts stunning scenery – you’ll wander through scented pine trees and alongside peaceful lakes on this course. The views are spectacular once you reach the hill of the challenging 11th hole while the 15th hole runs down alongside the beach.
There’s also an exclusive guest-only golf course at Dona Filipa
Hotel – the world-famous San Lorenzo Golf Course. Found just along the coast, a short 10 minute drive from Vale do Lobo, not only was it designed by skilled American golf architects, Joseph Lee and Rocky Roquemore, but the route takes you through the tranquil fig groves and umbrella pines characteristic of the Portuguese landscape. Take in the spectacular views of the coastline as you tee off with a Mediterranean backdrop like no other.
If it isn’t the golf that brings you to Vale do Lobo, there are plenty of other ways to get your heart racing at this well-equipped resort. Take an invigorating dip in one of the sparkling, heated swimming pools – the circular pool at the beach side is perfect for getting some laps in whilst taking in the deeper blue of the open water. Alternatively, you could head to the tennis courts for a match or the crazy golf course where adults and kids alike can challenge each other to that elusive hole in one before the heat of the day hits.
If you want a real break from it all, perhaps something gentler like some TLC at the Royal Spa is in order – enjoy a pampering session, sauna or massage. Of course, the Vale do Lobo beach is always on hand to soak up some sun and enjoy the cooling waters of the Atlantic Ocean – loungers and towels are ready to hire and there’s an array of beach-side cafes, boutiques and ice-cream shops to ensure you stay refreshed. There are plenty of kids clubs available, like the Kangaroo Club at the Dona Filipa Hotel, where your little ones are expertly taken care of by skilled professionals, allowing you to relax and the kids to burn off energy – ensuring everyone gets the most out of their holiday.
Love: The Perfect Destination to Spoil Someone Special
As night falls, Vale do Lobo really comes alive. At the array of exquisite bars and restaurants, the staff will ensure you feel welcome and your every desire is met – the resort’s motto is “treasuring life” and this philosophy is certainly echoed in the quality service you’ll receive. Sip a delicious pre-dinner cocktail as the sun goes down at one of the palm tree-lined, waterside bars such as the upmarket Breeze Papagaio, before heading to dinner at one of the many excellent restaurants. Whether it’s contemporary fine dining you’re after or something rustic and traditionally Portuguese, there’s plenty to sample, from superb French cuisine to freshly-caught local seafood.
After-dinner entertainment in Vale do Lobo is as varied as the daytime amusements. If you’re making it a night to remember, you might head for a wild beach party or dance up a storm in one of the electrifying nightclubs, like Gecko. On the other hand, a quiet, romantic stroll along the beach might be the perfect end to a perfect day – head home along the seashore as the stars come out.