Name of spa
Almond Tree Wellness Spa, Crowne Plaza Vilamoura
If you want to relax and forget about everything for a few hours, then you have come to the right place. The natural colours, subtle lighting and soothing background music is very calming.
The spa uses a product line called Aromatherapy Associates, a UK brand that uses natural plant extracts in their essential oils to enhance physical mental and emotional wellbeing.
The range of treatments includes massage, reflexology, hot stones, facials, scrubs, wraps, Chinese medicine, slimming and fitness programmes, as well as special massages and skin nourishment for pregnancy. The spa also offers fitness assessments, nutritional consultations and personal training.
8 treatment rooms, large indoor swimming pool, Vitality pool, hamman, sauna, wet and dry relaxation rooms and a fitness centre. If using the fitness centre it is advisable to bring appropriate workout wear. For other areas of the spa you are provided with bathrobes and slippers for your comfort.
Why do you like it?
The therapists are delightful: they will take time to find out about your lifestyle and skin type so that they can put together a treatment plan that suits you, and answer any questions knowledgably. A very personal and ralaxing experience.
What could be improved?
When you leave the changing and shower area, you have to walk through the spa reception to get into the treatment areas: perhaps they could have thought through the layout a little better.
When to go?
Anytime. Ideal for solo visits for some 'me' time, with friends, as a couples or for men who like to play golf - the hotel does some great golf/spa packages, and it doesn't feel like an overtly 'girlie' spa.
There are discounts in the low season (October to March) and for members.
Make sure you arrive at the spa 30 minutes before your appointment is due to begin as your therapist will need to prepare your bespoke treatment plan, based on a small questionnaire that you fill out at the start.
Products that are used during your treatment are all available for sale if you wish to continue the regime at home. And gift vouchers are available to be redeemed against the beauty products or any of the treatments.
Children are only allowed into the indoor pool between 11am and 3pm.
The spa also offers special programmes aimed at teens (12-18) and brides.
A large spa, with ample changing and shower facilities, and an enormous indoor pool, so it will rarely feel crowded.
Rua do Oceano Atlântico, 8125-478 Vilamoura.
Follow signs from the EN125 to Vilamoura, then Vilamoura Marina (roads veers to the right). Follow the road around past the casino. The entrance into the Crowne Plaza is on your right hand side. Take a ticket to enter the car park, which is validated at reception before you leave.
Communal spa facilities: Hotel guests - €10 per person per day. Non-hotel guests - €20 per person per day.
Spa treatments from €35 to €100
Beauty treatments from €9 to €40
Spa packages from €95 to €140
October to March 10am - 7pm, April to September 10am - 8pm
The Fitness Studio is free for hotel guests and is available 24 hours a day.