Name of spa

Joy Jung Spa, Vila Joya Hotel, Galé


East meets west, with an overall Thai-Indian décor giving it a zen-like atmosphere. Ultra-relaxing. Ideal for singles or couples.

The treatments?

Full range of St Barths products. Complete range of spa and beauty treatments including massages, reflexology, body wraps and scrubs. Also offers yoga and pranayama.

The facilities?

Sauna, steam room, two indoor treatment rooms, aromatic showers, relaxation area and fitness room, plus outdoor treatment room, Jacuzzi and pool.

Why do you love it?

The couples treatment room is a haven of low-lit tranquillity. The second treatment room has superb ocean-views. The hotel's location is one of the best in the Algarve, and the outdoor facilities and secluded gardens make it feel as if you are in your own private paradise.

What could be improved?

The changing room is quite small - fine if there are just two of you, but it could be a bit of a squeeze if other guests are using the communal facilities.

When to go?

The outdoor facilities are obviously better in sunshine. The couples treatments make it ideal for a romantic weekend or special occasion.

Food options?

The hotel's superb clifftop restaurant has two Michelin stars. The spa itself just serves water and fresh fruit.

Insider knowledge

The hotel is German-operated, so be prepared to bare all in the communal spa facilities, inside and outside.


Small and intimate. With only two therapists, it's never going to get too crowded.


Close to Galé beach just outside Albufeira. Private parking.


See the website for a list of treatments and current prices.

Opening times
The hotel tends to close for a break in the winter. Check the website for dates.