8 of the Best Escapes to the Algarve

The Algarve is a consistent favourite among golfers in Europe with its great climate, fantastic range of hotels and most importantly, its superb golf courses. There is everything and more in the Algarve to ensure that all golfers have an unforgettable golf escape, so it really does come as no surprise that golfers continue to flock here in numbers year after year.

First up is the Magnolia Hotel located in the heart of the luxury Quinta do Lago resort. With a huge range of facilities, superb golf courses and a great location, the Quinta do Lago is known to be a consistent favourite amongst golfers in the Algarve. Whether guests at the Magnolia Hotel are looking to improve their tan on the nearby sandy beach, or challenge some of the Algarve’s best golf courses, the Magnolia Hotel has something for everyone to ensure an unbeatable stay. The Quinta do Lago has been aptly labelled the ‘California of Europe’ with its stunning beaches and great weather, so it is sure to be a great base for your next golf break to the Algarve. However, the Magnolia Hotel is not just a fantastic option for some well-deserved ‘R and R’; it is also a fantastic option for all those looking to enjoy some of the Algarve’s best golf courses. The Quinta do Lago is home to three superb golf courses; the Quinta do Lago Laranjal, the Quinta do Lago North, and the Quinta do Lago South. With such a range of golf on offer to guests at the Magnolia Hotel, it is no surprise that so many golfers return there for a guaranteed fantastic golf holiday. However, golf is not the only great thing about the Magnolia Hotel; it has an excellent range of leisure facilities including a fully-equipped fitness centre, a comprehensive spa centre, and an outdoor swimming pool area.

For the perfect idyllic golfing getaway, the Tivoli Carvoeiro is an unbeatable option with its beautiful coastal location on top of a cliff surrounding a sheltered cove. At the Tivoli Carvoeiro, guests can enjoy the best of both worlds as they can enjoy a peaceful stay in a stunning beach location, but they still have the opportunity to take a short stroll into the local town of Carvoeiro where there is a good range of shops, bars and restaurants. Guests are never more than a fifteen-minute walk away from town, and they can also enjoy the escape from the hustle and bustle of the busy towns and resorts to enjoy their golf holiday in peace. At the Tivoli Carvoeiro, there is truly something for everyone; whether the guests are looking to top up their tan on the nearby sandy beach, enjoy a leisurely round of golf or enjoy some authentic Portuguese food in Carvoeiro, there is something for them. With three of some of the Algarve’s best golf courses under an hour away from the hotel, the Tivoli Carvoeiro is the perfect base to explore all of the fantastic golf that the Algarve has to offer. The Alamos, Morgado and Salgados are all under an hours’ drive away from the Tivoli Carvoeiro, so a great round of golf is never far away. Even for a five-star hotel, the guest rooms at the hotel are especially spacious and modern in design with light décor, and as they were all recently renovated just a few years ago, they are all furnished to the highest standard. Even for non-golfers, there is still a great choice of things to see and do here such as a well-deserved trip to the spa, a trip to the beach, or a sociable round of tennis.

The Maria Nova Lounge Hotel is ideally located for all travellers who are looking for a great golf holiday comprising of sun, the beach, and of course, fantastic golf. Just a short stroll away from the hotel takes guests into the centre of Tavira, a charming coastal town set in the Algarve. Tavira is home to a great range of bars, shops and restaurants to give guests an opportunity for a fun night out, or a leisurely lunch to enjoy some authentic Portuguese food. Also, perfect for all of those who are looking to relax on their golf holiday, golfers can head to the nearby beach in Tavira to soak up the sun in between rounds of golf on the local golf courses. The Monte Rei Golf Club is widely considered to be one of Jack Nicklaus’s best designs, and conveniently for all golfers who want to attempt to challenge its fairways, it is located just a short drive away from the Maria Nova Lounge Hotel. With a stunning beach and a fantastic golf course always in easy reach, the Maria Nova Lounge Hotel is a great choice for your next golf escape to the Algarve. Furthermore, in recent years, the Maria Nova Lounge Hotel made huge investments to completely renovate the hotel, so all of the guest rooms and facilities here are very modern. For non-golfers, they can relax around the outdoor swimming pool, visit the hotel’s fitness centre, or enjoy a session at the spa.

Vilamoura is widely considered to be among the Algarve’s most luxurious destinations with its yacht-filled marina and upmarket bars, shops and restaurants. At the Hotel Vila Gale Ampalius, guests can enjoy all of the luxury of Vilamoura at a fraction of the price as the hotel offers superb value for money and regular deals. While golfers are taking a break in between rounds of golf at the local golf courses, they can indulge in some retail therapy, or alternatively grab lunch around the marina. Also, perfect for all those looking to relax as well, they can head to the beach which conveniently lies just opposite to the Vila Gale Ampalius. The hotel could not be better located to ensure all guests make the most out of Vilamoura; the Vila Gale Ampalius is literally just a stone’s throw away from the beach and the centre of Vilamoura is just a few hundred metres away. While the hotel has its own bar and restaurant, with the centre of Vilamoura in arm’s reach, there are always plenty of options on offer for guests to have a leisurely lunch or a fun night out. Furthermore, at the Vila Gale Ampalius, the hotel could not make it easier for its guests to make the most out of some of the best golf on offer in the Algarve; the hotel conveniently runs a complimentary shuttle service to the Dom Pedro Laguna, the Millennium, Victoria and Pinhal golf courses, so a great round of golf is never far away. While its value for money and location are great appeals for guests here, the hotel also has a fantastic selection of facilities for all those looking to relax and stay local to the hotel; the hotel has an outdoor and indoor swimming pool, as well as a comprehensive Health Club facility.

The Penina Hotel and Golf Resort is widely considered to be among some of the best golf resorts in the Algarve, so it came as no shock that in the 2012 World Travel Awards, it was named both “Portugal’s Leading Golf Resort” and “Portugal’s Leading Resort”. With a world-class golf course, impeccable service and five-star facilities, it is no wonder the Penina Hotel and Golf Resort is such a highly respected golf resort in the Algarve. Guests are never far away from a superb round of golf at the Penina Hotel and Golf Resort, as both the Penina Championship and Penina Resort golf courses lie on-site at the resort. While guests have everything they could possibly need and more at the Penina Hotel and Golf Resort with a great selection of facilities and four restaurants, the stunning beach town of Alvor is also located just a short drive away from the resort, so if guests decide to go out and explore the local area on a lazy afternoon or for a fun night out, then they can do so with ease. Guests are never without an opportunity to enjoy some of the stunning views across the resort from their guest rooms, with views spanning out across the two Penina golf courses and the neighbouring Monchique Mountains.

Yet another great golf hotel located in Vilamoura, one of the Algarve’s most sought-after areas, is the Anantara Vilamoura. While the hotel only opened its doors fairly recently in 2017, it has not struggled to make its mark in the area. As the hotel is so new, it comes as no surprise that all of the guest rooms are furnished to a very high standard and they are all extremely modern in their design and furnishings. Also, while the Anantara Vilamoura is ideally located to make the most out of all that the region has to offer for a golf break, the hotel has a fantastic range of facilities to ensure all guests have plenty to do, whether they play golf or not. The guest rooms here are nothing less than what one would expect at a luxury five-star hotel, and there is also a huge range of facilities including three swimming pool, a children’s entertainment club, sports and Portuguese cooking classes. However, if guests are also looking to explore the local area, then the Anantara Vilamoura conveniently runs a complimentary shuttle service into the centre of Vilamoura, so guests can easily visit the beach or the marina. In terms of golf, the hotel is positioned just opposite to one of the region’s most played golf courses, the Victoria Golf Course.

The Hilton Vilamoura as Cascatas Golf Resort and Spa is an unbeatable choice for your next luxury golf holiday in the Algarve with its five-star status, impeccable service, and its ideal location. Guests at the Hilton Vilamoura can truly enjoy the best of both worlds, as they are set back a good distance away from the hustle and bustle of the town centre so they can enjoy some well-deserved peace on their next golf holiday, but should they choose to explore the local region, then the centre of Vilamoura lies just a short drive away from the hotel. Ten minutes in the car will take guests into the centre of Vilamoura where they can lounge on the beach to catch a tan, or alternatively, grab some lunch or do some shopping around the Vilamoura marina. Furthermore, the resort could not make it easier for guests to enjoy all of the region’s fantastic golf on offer, as it runs a complimentary shuttle service to four of the region’s best golf courses, and the Dom Pedro Pinhal Golf Course is also positioned just next door. While guests will never find themselves without something to do with the location of the resort, even if they choose to stay local to the resort for a relaxing afternoon, they will still have plenty to do; guests can lounge around one of the resort’s six swimming pools, or even head to the resort’s private beach club at the nearby Falesia Beach.

Last but not least is the Conrad Algarve, another fantastic luxury hotel located in the Quinta do Lago resort, commonly referred to as the “California of Europe”. The Conrad Algarve is widely considered to be among some of the most modern and luxurious hotels in the Algarve, meaning it is the perfect base for your next five-star golf break in the Algarve. Even for a five-star hotel, all of the guest rooms here are very modern in their design, with many of them overlooking the resort gardens or the infinity pool. While the hotel is home to three excellent bars and restaurants, there is also a good range of other bars and restaurants also located in the Quinta do Lago resort should guests decide to travel slightly further afield. Guests at the Conrad Algarve are truly never without an opportunity to relax; the hotel is home to a comprehensive luxury spa facility for guests to enjoy a well-deserved treatment, or alternatively, the hotel runs a complimentary shuttle service to the nearby beach should guests choose to relax on one of the Algarve’s many stunning sandy beaches. After guests are finished with having some downtime, they can turn their attention to making the most out of all of the fantastic golf that the region has to offer. With four fantastic golf courses in easy reach, the Conrad Algarve is a great option for your next golf break to the Algarve.

We hope that you have enjoyed this week’s blog on eight of the best escapes to the Algarve. Widely considered to be among one of Europe’s best golf destinations, the Algarve is an unbeatable option for your next golf escape.

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