5 Cheap 5 Star Hotels In The Algarve In 2017

5 Cheap 5 Star Hotels In The Algarve In 2017

With a mild and sunny climate all year round, the Algarve is one of Portuguese’s favourite beach destinations. But that’s not all you’ll find this region. As described by Lonely Planet: “The alluring coast of the Algarve receives much exposure for its breathtaking cliffs, golden beaches, scalloped bays and sandy islands. But ‘sun, surf and sand’ is far from the end of the Algarve story; there’s no shortage of other attractions – activities, beach bars (and discos), castles (both sand and real), diving, entertainment, fun…” So hurry and book your next summer holiday, I’ve selected the best and cheapest top 5-star hotels where you can stay in the Algarve.

1. Macdonald Monchique Resort & Spa for €775

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If you book right now you will still be able to get the patio suite which includes a separate bedroom with a king-sized bed and a big living room, two bathrooms and a terrace with splendid sea and mountain views.

The Macdonald Monchique Resort & Spa has four different restaurants with options ranging from the typical petiscos (Portuguese tapas) to a pizzeria and even a fine-dining restaurant specialised in fish and wine. If you prefer you can also sit and enjoy one of the two pool bars or relax with a more exotic drink at their cocktail bar.  The hotel has a gym and a spa and there are activities which they can arrange for you, like jeep safaris, bird watching, boat cave trips, dolphin watching and horse riding. If you have children there’s also a kids club. The best part of it all? You can book it now for €775, a week, for two.

Price for 1st week of July: €775 | £668 | $868

Location: Monchique

Book it now, pay it later.

2 – Penina Hotel & Golf Hotel for €1,077

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This 5-star resort is in Portimão, one of my favourite cities in the Algarve. It still keeps the Portuguese essence of the Algarve with its typical cafes and restaurants, with our strip filled with cotton candy and popcorn sellers, the henna stalls, the caricaturists. But then, there’s also the Irish pubs, the international cuisine, the boat tours.

If you want to enjoy this eclectic city mix of old and new, you should stay in the Penina Hotel and Golf Resort.  There are 3 golf courses on the grounds of the hotel, a swimming pool, a spa, a kids club, 5 restaurants with Portuguese, Italian and international cuisine, 4 bars serving cocktails from where you can relax and admire the amazing sea views. This hotel is 5 minutes away from Alvor beach.

Book it now, pay it later.

Prices for 1st week of July: €1,077 | £928 | $1,207

Location: Portimão

3. Grande Real Santa Eulalia Resort & Hotel  Spa for €1,642

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You can stay in a room, a suite or an apartment at this 5-star hotel in Albufeira. At the Grande Real Santa Eulália Resort & Hotel Spa, there’s something for everyone, whether you’re planning to go on a family holiday or a couples holiday.

There are 4 restaurants on location with an array of different cuisines. There’s also 4 outdoor swimming pools plus 3 for children, 3 swimming pool bars, a Spa and a kids club with music, games and entertainment for children of all ages. In the summer there’s also a disco called Le Club where some of the world’s best DJs come to play.

Price for 1st week of July: € 1,642 | £1,415 | $1,840

Location: Albufeira

Book it now, pay it later.

4. Ria Park Hotel & Spa for €1,568

 

It’s between Quinta do Lago and Vale do Lobo, the uber fashionable area of the Algarve, that you’ll find the Ria Park Hotel & Spa. This hotel has its own private beach, Praia Garrão. The hotel has a lagoon-style swimming pool, a restaurant serving Portuguese contemporary cuisine with chef Gerhard Poz at the helm. There’s a health club, a spa, a live sized football court and two tennis courts in the hotel. If you love gold, the famous Vale do Lobo, Quinta do Lago and Oceanico golf courses are very close to the hotel.

Prices for 1st week of July: €1,568 | £1,352 | $1,757

Location: Vale do Lobo, 20 minutes from Faro’s Airport

Book it now, pay it later.

5. Pousada Palácio de Estói – Small Luxury Hotels of the World for €1,350

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And finally, this beautiful amazing hotel located in Estói, a village far from the hustle and bustle of Algarve’s main towns.

This hotel used to be a XIX century palace and you can still find the luxury of other times in the architecture, the paintings and antique furniture. If you book it now you will be able to get a balcony with a view.

Prices for 1st week of July: €1,350 | £1,164 | $1,513

Location: Estói

Book it now, pay it later.

 

 

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Top 5 Best Glamping Experiences In Portugal

Top 5 Best Glamping Experiences In Portugal

After trying glamping for the first time I became an enthusiast for these types of holidays. Always checking into hotels, after a while, can become a bit “same old, same old”. Staying somewhere surround by nature can be so much more adventurous and fun. Glamping will, for sure, lead to interesting and exciting holidays. So here are the places I suggest you try quickly before they get discovered and spoilt.

  1. Natura Glamping
Natura Camping – Glamping

I would suggest this park for those who are planning to do a road trip in Portugal and want to explore beyond the main touristic areas. This park is located in Alcongosta, in the central region of Portugal, in the heart of the Gardunha mountain. Guests can stay in a tent in the shape of a pod, which has all the amenities of a hotel room, including a private bathroom (complete with organic toiletries), a tv, a fridge, a kettle and wi-fi. And then, there’s the view, from your bed you can see the sky, the mountains and the valley. It’s all very peaceful. Rooms have a terrace and there’s even an outdoor jacuzzi. There’s also a shared lounge with a games room and a tour desk.

Hiking, bike riding, segway rental are some of the adventures you can partake in this area. I would suggest you book them in advance.

Distance from Lisbon: 2h17m

Location: Alcongosta, Fundão

Prices for upcoming dates: $114 | £91 | €105

Book it here.

2. Casa Tuia 

Located in the Algarve, more precisely in Carvoeiro, and only 20 minutes from the beach, you will find this amazing wooden tents. They’re called the Safari tents and they can host up to 5 people in each. All units come with an equipped kitchen, including a microwave and dishwasher! They all have a private bathroom, terrace and barbeque.

You can play tennis at the property, table tennis, darts, hiking, all for free, and there’s even an amazing swimming pool on site. There’s also windsurfing, diving, golf and horse riding activities around the area.

Distance from Lisbon: 2h35m

Distance from Faro Airport: 47min

Location: Carvoeiro, Algarve 

Prices per night for upcoming dates: $102 | £82 | €95

Book it here.

3. Nomad Planet 

This could be your view

Right in the northern region of Portugal, you will find Nomad Planet, a camp with only four yurts and a bungalow, all decorated with brightly coloured furniture, spacious beds and a view difficult to surpass.

From your yurt styled tent or bungalow, you will have a panoramic view of the Peneda-Gerês Park, Portugal’s only national park.  The bathroom facilities are shared and there’s a lounge with a kitchen and barbeque. Activities like canoeing, parasailing and cycling are also available for those who would like to add a bit more of adventure into their holidays.

Location: Fiães do Rio, Montalegre

Distance from Lisbon: 4h30m

Distance from Porto Airport: 1h53m

Prices per night for upcoming dates: $47  |£37 | €43

4. Quinta M

Part of the Splendia, a series of hand-picked luxury and boutique hotels, Quinta M has the most glamourous yurts I’ve seen so far. Each yurt has a private bathroom and all the amenities you would expect from a 5-star hotel room, plus a fantastic sky view at night.

All yurts face the beautiful swimming pool and there are plenty of activities in the campsite and around to keep you going. Horse riding classes, including dressage, pilates, a boot camp and even a personal trainer for those interested in working the mind and the body. This site is also very close to many iconic cities in the area like Óbidos, Nazaré and Tomar.

Pets are accepted for an extra €10.

Prices per night for upcoming dates: $157 | £125 | 145€

Distance from Lisbon: 1h41m

Location: Várzea de Baixo, Casével, Santarém

Book it here.

5. Aterra

It’s in Alentejo that you’re going to find this small, family-oriented, camp resort. You can stay in a tipi and enjoy the vegetarian cuisine, cooked onsite, the breakfasts made with local produce are served either in your room or the communal room. There’s a barbeque area and lots of animals for kids to play with.

There’s also a beautiful lake, where you can swim or take the canoes, which you can rent for free.

Prices per night for upcoming dates: $65 | £52 |€ 60

Location: São Teotónio, Costa Alentejana

Distance from Lisbon: 2h43m

Book it here.