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 in the Algarve that will help you discover and fall in love with this beautiful region.

1. Villa Salema Alegria, Salema

Villa Salema Alegria – Oliver’s Travels

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.

Sleeps: 8

Prices from: From £204pppn

2. Villa Sunshine, Lagos

Villa Sunshine, Lagos

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If sea views are what floats your boat, Villa Sunshine is what you’re looking for and more. Expect expansive views from the glorious pool and bag a room on the top floor for direct bedroom-to-pool access. With views this amazing you’ll want to savour every last moment – that’s where the outdoor dining area comes in. Dine in style with a backdrop to die for and enjoy and don’t miss the sunsets over the horizon, they’re pretty magical.

It may seem like a grown-up only zone but don’t be fooled, this villa is a playground for little ones too! Watch them bounce on the trampoline, run around the lawn or play ping pong while you sit back and catch some rays. Inside, the rooms are seriously luxurious, offering electric blinds, air-conditioning and 5-day a week maid service. And if you fancy exploring the local area of Praia da Luz you’ll be treated to golden beaches, beachfront cafes and exciting water-sports. 

Sleeps: 10

Prices from: From £66pppn

3. Casa Da Praia, Olhos D’Agua

Casa Da Praia - Oliver's Travels

Casa Da Praia – Oliver’s Travels

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.

Sleeps: 16

Prices from: From £85pppn

4. Villa Ferragudo, Lagoa

Villa Ferragudo - Oliver's Travels

Villa Ferragudo – Oliver’s Travels

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, just a few radiator cabinet pieces have been added here and there, 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.

Sleeps: 19

Prices from: From £59pppn

5. Villa Genoveva, Monte Rei Golf & Country Club

Villa Genoveva, Algarve

Villa Genoveva – Oliver’s Travels

Villa Genoveva is 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. Relax outdoors and watch the Mediterranean sun go down as you sip a glass of local wine!

Sleeps: 8

Prices from: From £80pppn

6. Villa Ella, Olhos d’Agua

Villa Ella – Oliver’s Travels

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. 

Sleeps: 6-10

Prices from: From £42pppn

7. Pine Cliffs Deluxe Villa, Pine Cliffs Resort

Pine Cliffs Deluxe Villa - Oliver's Travels

Pine Cliffs Deluxe Villa – Oliver’s Travels

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 decluttered rooms filled with quality furniture like the pieces on sale at Archute. 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.

Sleeps: 8

Prices from: From £95pppn

8. Villa Agua, Quinta do Lago

villas in Algarve

Villa Agua – Oliver’s Travels

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.

Sleeps: 6

Prices from: From £39pppn

9. Villa Cloe, Vilamoura

Villa Cloe - Oliver's Travels

Villa Cloe – Oliver’s Travels

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.

Sleeps: 8

Prices from: From £39pppn

10. Villa Vita Trevo, Algarve

Villa Vita Trevo, Algarve

Villa Vita Trevo – Oliver’s Travels


Part of the lavish Vila Vita resort, Villa Vita Trevo is a real taste of the good life. Boasting ocean views from the terrace, hot tub and pool, you’ll feel zen no matter where you are. Shelter under the gazebo in the midday sun or set up for the evening on the amazing rooftop terrace with a glass of delicious local wine. There’s a beautiful feature barbecue so you can cook up a storm with the gentle lapping waves as your soundtrack or head to one of the ten restaurants at this 5-star resort for anything from informal beachside dining to Michelin Star excellence. 

It doesn’t stop there. You’ll have your own private gym, sauna and steam bath for the ultimate workout or enjoy the resort’s golf course, tennis court or the Vital Spa for some beauty and wellness treatments. 

Sleeps: 10-12

Prices from: From £306pppn


Now that you’ve seen some of our top villas in the Algarve, why not check out our full collection in the Algarve? If you’re looking for a holiday in Portugal, our concierge team are here to help. Just give them a call and they’ll be happy to lend a hand!


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