Alluring tourists since the 60s, the Algarve is famed for its cliffs, scalloped bays and sandy beaches. It’s the perfect holiday destination to reconnect with families and friends, especially after a couple of tiresome months of work, school and general stresses. You see, it has all the ingredients for a fun-packed holiday, whilst still making time for those lazy days – you just need to strike the perfect balance, and our villas in Algarve do exactly that. If you’re curious to learn more about this particularly wonderful coastline, have a look at our guide to the Algarve. For now, we’ve hand-picked the very best holiday homes that will help you discover and fall in love with the Algarve.
1. Villa Salema Alegria, Salema
Villa Salema Alegria holds a special location right on the outskirts of a beautiful national park, making it no less than perfect for a quiet and picturesque holiday in the natural Portuguese landscape. The villa’s brilliant contemporary design allows for each room to face the coastline directly, overlooking the village of Salema and the sea beyond. As a plus, there is only a short walk from the gardens down to Salema beach.
As a guest of Villa Salema Alegria, you’ll not only have access to its beautiful surroundings, but also to its terraces, gardens, and private rooftop infinity pool. Staying here is a truly immersive experience and one you won’t soon forget.
Prices from: £153pppn
2. Villa Oasis, Quinta do Lago
Two weeks here will never be enough, but you can relax knowing fond memories will be made. Villa Oasis is uber classy and chic, boasting an array of features like underfloor heating, PlayStation3, and SKY TV – there’s honestly something to keep all members happy.
We don’t like to pick favourites, but on this occasion, the master suite stands apart from the other bedrooms – it features a chaise lounge, a walk-in closet and the balcony overlooks the deep green landscapes. Another unique trait of this villa is the private putting green – sharpen those golfing skills before putting yourself to the real test in one of the nearby courses. A villa holiday here is about collecting moments that you can cherish for a lifetime.
Prices from: £64pppn
3. Casa Da Praia, Olhos D’Agua
Beach front views straight ahead. The gorgeous Casa Da Praia holds one of the best locations in the Algarve, in the lovely coastal town of Olhos D’Agua. The open-plan living greets you as you step through the doors and it’s both serene and unforgettable with 180-degree panoramic views of the ocean.
The villa is as luxurious as it looks, if not more, embellished with chandeliers (Sia sing-off anyone?) and high pillars. Guests simply can’t fault this beauty; take your pick from SKY TV, Bose sound system, pool table and even a gym. Hands down our favourite spot in the villa is the outside terrace which teases with a spectacular pool with a wet bar and stools. It’s the perfect hangout to lounge with a cocktail and do absolutely nothing as the hours pass by.
Prices from: £122pppn
4. Villa Ferragudo, Lagoa
Fancy feeling like a royal? That and more awaits at Villa Ferragudo. This stunning villa was once the abode of a royal princess and though it still belongs to the Portuguese Royal family – this self-catering villa is free game for all. Great for larger families and friends the villa can sleep up to a whopping 19 guests and has all the mod cons you’ll ever need throughout your stay.
The inside is incredibly charming and still retains the original furniture making the homely aura all that more special. The outside is an abyss of relaxation; deepen that tan on bright yellow loungers, bungee into the private pool or just make some time to do things you love, it’s often the simplest things that give us the most pleasure.
Prices from: £24pppn
5. Villa Genoveva II, Monte Rei Golf & Country Club
Villa Genoveva II and its sister properties enjoy the pleasures of being located within the famous Monte Rei Golf & Country club. This means the self-catered villa experience is complemented by all the luxuries of a five-star bespoke hotel service. Each of the bedrooms comes with its own en-suite bathroom, so there is plenty of privacy and space inside as well as out, and the villa is decorated with the utmost elegance.
Out on the large lawn garden, guests can lounge by the private swimming pool (and take a dip of course) or have a fun-filled barbecue on the covered terrace. The very best views can be caught from the upstairs balcony, where you’ll be able to spot the sea in the distance.
Prices from: £75pppn
6. Villa Ella, Olhos d’Agua
Families will adore staying at Villa Ella, a beautiful and spacious villa which is only a short walk to the seaside village of Olhos d’Agua, as well as minutes from the beach. Due to it’s elevated position, the villa enjoys beautiful coastline views and its modern design makes the most of the natural light throughout the day.
In the property’s lovely gardens you’ll find not one, but two swimming pools, one specially designed for children. Kids will also enjoy the villa’s well-stocked games room, while parents are bound to be enthusiastic about the selection of outdoor dining areas, perfect for al-fresco meals in the warm evenings.
Prices from: £42pppn
7. Pine Cliffs Deluxe Villa, Pine Cliffs Resort
A step up from your average holiday villa, these deluxe villas on Pine Cliffs Resort are supreme. Lavish gardens and grand interiors don’t begin to touch the surface of this villas magnitude. The grounds are big enough to not step on anyone’s toes, but not big enough to feel lost.
The design is very modern and contemporary which you’ll see come out in the nude furnishing and decluttered rooms. The villa has a private pool, jacuzzi, loungers and a barbecue which you can use to prep some local produce. Better still you’ll be within walking distance of the resort so you’ll have the freedom of a self-catering holiday and elements of a hotel service – the best of both worlds.
Prices from: £81pppn
8. Villa Agua, Quinta do Lago
There’s no better wake up call than the sun shining through your windows and your frown will never be turned upside down here. Directly situated on Lakeside Village Resort, your villa comes packed with a fenced salt water pool, sunbeds and a glorious patio area.
The 3 bedrooms are equally as worthy and each room has an en-suite bathroom for added privacy. Simply sip away at a delicious Caipirinha on the terrace and relish the views over the enchanting lake. You can also indulge in the nearby facilities like tennis court, bars, shops and water activities.
Prices from: £34
9. Villa Cloe, Vilamoura
In the exclusive residential area of Vila Sol, you’ll find Villa Cloe. It’s hard not to smile like a Cheshire cat when you choose this holiday home. It’s current and furnished to a high standard – and with 4 bedrooms it’s a great hideaway for families.
If you are bringing kids, know they’ll be happily catered for. The manicured gardens enable them to roam freely, unleashing that morning energy; or they can have a game of shark in the pool. It’s totally up to them. Outdoor dining is essential though if not a must – underneath a shaded terrace area you can flip some burgers in the deluxe barbecue.
Prices from: £34pppn
10. Villa Pedro, Boliqueime
Our villas in Algarve are pretty special, and Villa Pedro is no exception to the rule. Nestled in a lovely garden, this villa has heaps to get stuck into, you’ll have your very own tennis court, games room, two pools – one for the kids and a quirky patio area.
The design of the house is very minimalistic, yet the house feels like a home and it’s incredibly comfortable. The kitchen is furnished with a large fridge, which is a massive advantage – there’s nothing worse than doing the food shop for the week and nowhere to put it and the rest of the villa is up-to-date with all the tech amenities. The villa alone is wonderful, but the location is great as it’s only a short drive to the village.
Prices from: £23pppn