Renowned for its beaches, family holidays and of course, golf courses, the Algarve is now forging a reputation for being a centre of inclusive spa retreats. What better place to pamper oneself or seek solace from those irksome knots and dull aches than in the lap of luxury in one of the region’s superb five star hotels enjoying glorious year-round sunshine? With golden sand beaches, secluded coves, gentle rolling countryside and pristine fairways, the Algarve is a sight for sore eyes (and a welcome relief for the odd sore back). Below we have listed 4 of the finest spa hotels the Algarve has to offer:
Widely regarded as one of the most beautiful resort hotels in the world, Vila Vita Parc Resort & Spa is an exquisite choice for any health and wellness conscious traveller. Sensitively designed to harmonise with the natural surrounding landscape, the hotel pays homage to traditional Moorish architecture and style. ‘Feel amazing’ is the motto at the Vila Vita Parc’s Vital Spa and with their tremendous range of holistic therapies, beauty treatments and individualised programmes, you feel just that. Tranquillity and unadulterated indulgence can be sampled across the spa, from the heated tepidarium to the alluring Jacuzzi and spa pool.
At Vila Vita Parc Vital Spa health and wellbeing is as much about fitness as it is about comfort and relaxation, which is why guests can challenge themselves with fitness regimes and workouts led by specialist personal trainers in the EnerGym.
From its privileged position atop the Praia das Gaivotas cliffs, overlooking a golden sand cove, the Vilalara Thalassa Resort is considered to be one of the most desirable hotel resorts in the Algarve. Inside, it is no less enviable, as chic, spacious suites are tastefully furnished and styled, whilst a delicious Portuguese menu is capable of satisfying the most discerning of palates.
The state-of- the-art Vilalara Longevity Thalassa & Medical Spa is not just considered one of the best thalassotherapy centres in the world, it was also Portugal’s first. If this sounds impressive, it should, as the spa here has been voted the “Most Life Changing Spaâ€� in the world by the reputable Tatler Awards. Guests can receive personalised, signature treatments aimed to promote relaxation, rejuvenation, correct nutritional habits and even weight-loss, all in the tranquil picturesque settings in the lush mature hotel gardens.
Should you be a health, spa, or golf enthusiast then there is no finer hotel for you than the Conrad Algarve. Ideally situated for both the beach and premier golf courses, the Conrad Algarve is boarded by the sea and the picturesque Ria Formosa Natural Park.
The contemporary and luxuriously designed Conrad Algarve offers a choice of indoor and outdoor swimming pools, infinity pool and of course, the Health Club & Spa. Here, guests can discover their natural equilibrium and restore their state of wellbeing. In the peaceful surroundings of the treatment room or outdoor cabanas, indulgent treatments and therapies are expertly administered. As guests unwind and succumb to massages, wraps, oxygen treatment and dips in the vitality pool, they will begin to feel their tensions and stresses melt away.
Paradise has been achieved here at the Hilton Vilamoura As Cascatas Golf Resort & Spa, created with cascading waterways, lakes and other bodies of water dotted among the five hectares of magnificently sculpted gardens. Once again (and typical of Algarve properties) golf is high on the agenda. Golfing aficionados will revel at the sight of the on-site golf stimulator and nearby golf courses.
But what really draws guests to this resort hotel is the 7 Seven Spa and Zen Garden Portugal’s largest spa. Inspired by water, the spa is characterised by the sound of babbling water and aquatic health treatments intended to sooth and pamper body and mind. A record breaker in more ways than one, 7 Seven Spa employs some of the most advanced and expert fitness and health technology found anywhere in Portugal.
Nick Munday is Managing Director at Classic Collection Holidays.