Style and ambience
Classical and elegant without being the slightest bit stuffy, this five-star resort hotel is set in over 54 acres of sub-tropical landscaped gardens on a cliff-top, offering unrivalled ocean views. Despite having 180 rooms and suites, it doesn’t feel like a large hotel, as the accommodation and hotel facilities are located in a series of buildings spread throughout the site.
The beach is not ‘technically’ private, but as access is really only through the hotel, the two gorgeous bays in front of the hotel are used almost exclusively by hotel guests. The beach is fully serviced by the hotel.
The attention to detail is simply amazing and takes five-star to a new level for the Algarve.
The hotel is relaxed but has an aura of wealth - every whim you can think of has been catered for.
The main hotel has 65 rooms and 8 suites, with the Residence and Villas adding a further 29 suites. A wide range of junior suites and apartments are also located in the Ocean Parc area, and there are also private villas within the grounds. All accommodation offers ocean and/or garden views.
Some of the suites in the Residence have hammocks on the terrace - we spent hours in ours!
Food and drink options
Bela Vita: all-day a la carte
Adega: traditional Portuguese, open lunchtimes and evenings
Whale: all-day Italian family restaurant
Aladin: evening grill restaurant (summer only)
Ocean: gourmet dining, evenings only. Recently awarded its second Michelin star.
A selection of indoor and pool bars
Cave de Vinhos: wine cellar for private dinners and wine tastings
The hotel also operates three outside locations: Arte Nautica beach restaurant in Armacao de Pera, the authentic German Vila Vita Biergarten (with its own butcher's shop) in Porches, and Herdade dos Grous wine estate in the Alentejo.
Pitch and putt golf course, short driving range, 18-hole putting green, golf lessons, tennis courts, volleyball court, kids' club, crèche, wellness spa, indoor and outdoor pools, health club, conference and banqueting facilities for up to 320, near-private beach with snack bar.
The spa is one of the best in the Algarve - excellent therapists and some unusual treatments, including the rasul steam bath. Open to hotel guests and as a day-spa. (To read a full review of the spa see the separate entry in the PLAY section - click here).
The spa and several of the accommodation areas are set away from the main hotel, involving a tidy walk or a buggy transfer but this does mean you don’t ever feel crowded or overrun with guests, as everything is so well planned into the luscious landscape.
The Vila Vita yacht is available for hire for small groups of friends, business colleagues, or incentives.
Is it part of a chain or a marketing group?
Vila Vita Parc is a member of The Leading Hotels of the World consortium. Vila Vita Hotels also operates a series of luxury hotels in Germany and Austria.
On the outskirts of Porches, a few minutes from Armacao de Pera.
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