Casabela Hotel ****
The Casabela Hotel’s favourable location at the estuary of the Arade River affords panoramic views across the water to Portimão and along the coast. The picturesque fishing town of Ferragudo and a number of beaches are within easy reach. Facilities include a heated open-air pool, large gardens, tennis court, snack bar, bar and restaurant. | Tel: 282 490 650

Vale d’Oliveiras Quinta Resort & Spa *****
Opened in 2010, Vale d’Oliveiras is an integrated resort complex located to the west of Carvoeiro, close to the Pestana golf Courses. The 5-star hotel operation of the resort offers 22 well-equipped rooms plus 80 self-catering apartments. Facilities include a health club with a heated indoor pool, a spa and an impressive outdoor pool area alongside an artificial lake, and the Olive Tree restaurant is certainly worthy of mention. | Tel: 282 380 560

Água Hotels Vale da Lapa *****
Located close to Carvoeiro, this five-star resort features modern Mediterranean architecture and exclusive facilities such as a spa, restaurant, padel and tennis courts, putting green, an Astroturf multi-games area, a running track and indoor and outdoor pebble pools. The fully equipped 85 suites and villas are surrounded by lush gardens, several ponds and a running creek that complement the resort’s ocean views. | Tel: 282 380 222

Monte Santo *****
Within walking distance of central Carvoeiro, Monte Santo enjoys a peaceful location amongst lush landscaped gardens. The self-catering resort offers spacious and beautifully furnished apartments and townhouses with large terraces, alongside six outdoor swimming pools, an indoor heated pool with Jacuzzis, Turkish bath, sauna and gym, and its own Spa Suite Express offering monthly spa promotions and relaxing massages. The main clubhouse offers a restaurant and lounge bar. | Tel: 282 321 000

Mirachoro Praia ****
This hotel enjoys a central position in Carvoeiro, 600 metres from the beach and near to Vale Centianes beach. Facilities include a restaurant, cocktail bar, outdoor pool, heated indoor pool, sauna, Jacuzzi and a garden with palm and coconut trees. The accommodation comprises 110 rooms, 20 junior suites and two senior suites, all equipped with mini-bar, air-conditioning, telephone, satellite TV, safe and balcony. | Tel: 282 350 160

Tivoli Carvoeiro *****
Located within easy walking distance of Carvoeiro town centre and with various beaches nearby. Facilities include the Tivoli Spa for massage and beauty treatments, a massive SkyBar, where you can enjoy a refreshing drink along with the stunning sea-view, and a fitness centre. | Tel: 282 351 100

Hotel Baía Cristal ****
This 121-bedroom hotel enjoys a clifftop location just 300 metres from the beach. Most of the rooms have ocean views and are equipped with direct telephone, air-conditioning, kitchenettes, satellite TV and have a terrace or balcony. Facilities include a restaurant, bar with live entertainment, pool bar, gym, sauna, Jacuzzi, Turkish bath and games room. There is a courtesy bus service to Carvoeiro 1,500 metres away. | Tel: 282 358 601

Vale d’El Rei Suite & Village Resort ****
Vale del Rei
In a peaceful country setting just a few minutes’ drive from Lagoa and within easy reach of the beautiful Praia da Marinha beach, the resort offers a choice of suites in the main hotel building and self-catering townhouses set in clusters in the gardens. Facilities include a tennis court and a well-equipped beauty spa featuring massage rooms, sauna, steam room and Jacuzzi. There are two outdoor pools (one heated) and a restaurant on site.
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Tel: 282 380 120

Colina dos Mouros ***
Located on the outskirts of Silves, just a few minutes’ walking distance from the town centre, this 57-room hotel is set in attractive gardens with fine views to Silves’ famous castle. Facilities include pools for adults and children, and two restaurants. The rooms are air-conditioned with satellite TV. | Tel: 282 440 420

Casa Bela Moura ****
Armação de Pêra
With just 14 individually decorated rooms across two traditional buildings, this boutique hotel, located between Porches and Armação de Pêra, combines comfort, charm and tradition. Featuring all mod-cons alongside personal touches, such as free use of bicycles, use of local produce and weekly wine tastings, the hotel has a lounge, bar, an outdoor swimming pool and Jacuzzi heated all year round, and various sun terraces. | Tel: 282 313 422

Blue & GreenVilalara Resort *****
Armação de Pêra
Vilalara features one of the world’s finest thalassotherapy centres and an extensive range of complementary facilities and treatments for health, beauty and wellbeing. There are diet and gastronomic restaurants, three tennis courts and one for padel, four outdoor seawater swimming pools (one heated in winter) and one freshwater pool. Accommodation is in suites or apartments. | Tel: 282 320 000

Vila Vita Parc *****
Armação de Pêra
Vila Vita Parc is an exclusive clifftop resort. Facilities include watersports on the beach, créche, kids and teen club, indoor and outdoor pools, floodlit tennis courts, a 9-hole pitch & putt golf course with driving range and the Vila Vita Vital centre for health, beauty and natural medicinal therapies. There is an impressive selection of bars and restaurants, including the two Michelin-star Ocean restaurant. Guests can also make use of the resort’s own yacht. | Tel: 282 310 100

Holiday Inn Algarve ****
Armação de Pêra
Formerly the Hotel Garbe, this seafront 4-star hotel is located just a few steps from the beach in Armação de Pêra. With 185 rooms, including executive rooms and suites with sea or promenade views, an outdoor pool (heated when necessary) and an on-site gym and beauty salon, the Holiday Inn Algarve also has a number of bars, a cocktail lounge and two restaurants, the Pôr do Sol and the popular Indian restaurant Raj. | Tel: 282 320 260

Self-catering resorts

The resorts listed below offer villas and apartments for holiday rentals and, in some cases, also have properties available for sale.

Amendoeira Golf Resort
Aimed at both golfers and families, this 4-star resort provides a central base for exploring the Algarve, with modern one and two-bedroom apartments, three, four and five-bedroom villas with private pools. The clubhouse restaurant overlooks the two championship golf courses and the Amendoeira Sports Club offers a wide range of recreational sports, including football, beach volleyball, tennis and a gymnasium. | Tel: 289 320 820

Suites Alba Resort & Spa
Praia de Albandeira
This upmarket resort enjoys a peaceful and spectacular clifftop setting close to the beautiful Albandeira beach, just a short drive from Carvoeiro, and comprises 47 luxury two bedroom family suites and three premium one bedroom suites. Facilities include a sophisticated health spa offering various treatments, two restaurants with stunning ocean views and a wide range of sporting and leisure activities on site and nearby. The resort also has its own wine cellar. | Tel: 282 380 700

Algarve Clube Atlântico
Algarve Clube Atlântico enjoys a peaceful clifftop location beyond the Alfanzina lighthouse about 4.5km east of Carvoeiro and comprises 65 luxury villas and 25 townhouses, a selection of which are available for holiday rental and most commanding exhilarating views of the coastline. Facilities include reception, restaurant, swimming pool, children’s playground, mini-golf and two tennis courts a 5-minute walk away. The resort overlooks Praia do Carvalho, one of the Algarve’s most beautiful and secluded beaches. | Tel: 282 358 850

Rocha Brava
Located on the clifftops 3km east of Carvoeiro, this well-established resort nestles within pleasant gardens and offers a wide selection of well-furnished and equipped apartments and villas for rental, many with magnificent ocean views. There is a wide range of sporting and leisure facilities on site including four tennis courts, three swimming pools, children’s playground, restaurants and bars, a supermarket, fitness centre, beauty salon and 24-hour reception area. Free transport to Carvoeiro. | Tel: 282 350 370

Pestana Palm Gardens
Palm Gardens is located on a rocky plateau overlooking the ocean just 2km east of the village and offers wonderful scenery and walks. There are 79 well-appointed apartments and townhouses, many with ocean views, ranging from studios, suites, one and two bedrooms, set in lush gardens with an abundance of palm trees. Facilities include a restaurant and pool bar, a large heated pool and children’s pool and tennis court. Golf discounts are available at the nearby two courses of Pestana Golf & Resort. | Tel: 282 350 200

Colina Village
Colina Village is located between Carvoeiro and Lagoa within easy reach of beaches and all other attractions. The resort comprises 73 traditional style apartments with 1, 2 or 3 bedrooms all featuring satellite TV, telephone, fireplace and safe. The kitchens are totally equipped with microwaves, fridge, cooker and oven. On-site facilities include 24-hour reception, bars, restaurant, indoor and outdoor pools, mini-market, playground, tennis and table tennis. | Tel: 282 342 483

Algar Seco Parque
Set right on the cliffs of Algar Seco and affording stunning views over the Atlantic, this small resort in Carvoeiro offers bungalows, apartments and villas with sea views, decorated in a traditional style to offer guests a taste of Portugal. With a large pool, a heated pool and children’s pool surrounded by a large terrace, the resort also has a poolside and restaurant. | Tel: 282 350 400

Monte Dourado
Monte Dourado enjoys a privileged position overlooking Carvoeiro beach and is strolling distance from the village. The resort consists of 109 self-catering apartments all equipped with satellite TV, telephone, radio, washing machine, kitchen facilities and daily maid service. There is a choice of five swimming pools and two tennis courts, with three fine golf courses a 10-minute drive away. | Tel: 282 351 600

Monte Carvoeiro
Designed in the style of a typical southern Portuguese village, Monte Carvoeiro enjoys a picturesque location with panoramic sea views a short walk from Carvoeiro village. The focal point of the development is a peaceful square with a fountain surrounded by a choice of restaurants. Accommodation consists of 66 apartments, townhouses and villas, many of which are available for rental. Resort facilities include swimming pools, corner shop and medical clinic, and guests can enjoy discounts at the two local golf courses. | Tel: 282 350 800

Quinta do Paraiso
A well-established villa resort set in beautiful mature gardens ideal for families. On-site facilities include three swimming pools, restaurants and a supermarket. There is a comprehensive range of activities for adults and children, such as scuba diving, tennis and volleyball, and evening entertainment ranges from dinner shows to live music. There is a free bus shuttle service to Carvoeiro, just one km away. | Tel: 282 350 120

Carvoeiro Clube
One of the Algarve’s most celebrated tourist resorts, Carvoeiro Clube was established in the early 1970s and consists of 120 luxury villas set in cultivated gardens and all with private pools. The club enjoys an idyllic clifftop location a short drive from Carvoeiro, and some of the villas have breathtaking ocean views. The beaches of Praia do Paraiso and Carvoeiro are a 15-minute stroll away. The resort boasts an excellent tennis club and fitness centre and nearby is the Pestana Golf & Resort. | Tel: 282 350 800

Presa da Moura
Presa de Moura is a luxury resort of villas, townhouses and penthouse apartments located between Carvoeiro and Ferragudo on an elevated site with exhilarating ocean views. The resort offers a high standard of rental accommodation. Facilities include swimming pools for adults and children, a children’s play area, gym, steam room and Jacuzzi. On site is a fine-dining restaurant serving Belgian/French cuisine and is situated in the reception area. | Tel: 282 380 000

Colina da Lapa
Colina da Lapa is conveniently located between Carvoeiro and Ferragudo. The Vale da Pinta and Gramacho golf courses are just a few minutes away, as are excellent beaches such as Caneiros and Pintadinho. The resort comprises 70 apartments with one or two bedrooms featuring satellite TV, telephone, fireplace, air-conditioning, a safe, and fully equipped kitchens. On-site facilities include 24-hour reception, bars, restaurant, pools for adults and children, mini-market, playground, tennis and table tennis. | Tel: 282 340 470

Pestana Golf & Resort
The resort boasts two excellent courses, Gramacho and Vale da Pinta, set in undulating terrain and located about 4km west of Carvoeiro in the direction of Sesmarias. The resort comprises a total of 216 luxury villas and apartments, some of them overlooking the greens. A wide selection of villas, townhouses and apartments along with the Residences are available for rental.  Facilities for guests include two clubhouses, reception, pro shops, bars and restaurants. The Carvoeiro Clube de Ténis and fitness centre are a short distance away. | Tel: 282 340 900

Quinta dos Vales
Located in Estombar and nestled within the well-known Quinta dos Vales winery, the estate is also home to a total of 44 bedrooms spread throughout five accommodation units. Three swimming pools plus a smaller plunge pool are available to guests, as well as animal and sculpture parks, a barbecue area and lunch and dinner for groups of eight or more is available on request. | Tel: 282 431 036

Caneiros Luxury House and Suites
Praia dos Caneiros
Formerly known as Casa Rei das Praias, the newly refurbished hotel can be found just a short walk from Caneiros beach. Now comprising 18 rooms and suites, the hotel’s new design is modern and chic, with cool tones and an increased focus on guest comfort. There is also a small spa with a couples’ massage room, indoor active pool and sauna, as well as a new rooftop bar. | Tel: 282 491 416

Author: Inside Carvoeiro

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