The 19 Best Golf Resorts in the Algarve
With cheap flights, stunning beaches, and most importantly, fantastic golf courses, it comes as no surprise that the Algarve is considered to be their favourite European golf destination by many golfers. 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.
Another good thing about choosing the Algarve as your destination for your next golf escape is that the courses are mostly close to one another which means that whilst you are staying at one resort, it is easy for you to play a variety of great courses. For a golf escape filled with culture, great weather, amazing golf courses and a wonderful resort, look no further than the Algarve…
Pestana Dom Joao II
Up first is the Pestana Dom Joao II, a fantastic four-star hotel situated just a stone’s throw away from all five of the Pestana golf courses. At this hotel, golfers could not be in a better position to play some of the golf courses that the Algarve is known so well for. Not only is the Pestana Dom Joao II perfectly located for guests to play some of the area’s best golf courses; the hotel is positioned directly on top of one of Alvor’s stunning beaches, and just a short walk takes guests into the centre of Alvor with its wide range of bars, restaurants and shops. Guests can enjoy sporting activities, including volleyball and tennis at the hotel, or they can head down to the beach to sunbathe and take a dip in the sea.
All five of the Pestana golf courses are considered to be some of the best found in the Algarve, and conveniently for guests at the Pestana Dom Joao II, they are all under a twenty-five-minute drive away from the hotel, except for the Vila Sol golf course which takes about forty-five minutes by car. With a perfect location, impeccable service and spacious guest rooms, the Pestana Dom Joao II is the ideal choice for your next golf break in the Algarve.
Dona Filipa and San Lorenzo Golf Resort
For an unbeatably luxurious golf holiday in one of Europe’s most sought-after golf destinations, the Dona Filipa Hotel is the perfect option. Both golfers and non-golfers alike are set to have an unbeatable golf holiday here in one of the Algarve’s most exclusive golf resorts, home to a stunning beach, two fantastic golf courses, and a range of bars, shops, and restaurants.
This golf hotel is set in the Vale do Lobo resort, home to the Vale do Lobo Royal Course and the Vale do Lobo Ocean Course, so a fantastic round of golf is never far away from guests staying here. To fill their days here, guests can either spend their mornings challenging the greens of the local golf courses or take a scenic walk down the Vale do Lobo beach, then head into the centre of the Vale do Lobo to its plaza that has a range of bars and restaurants for a spot of lunch.
The Dona Filipa Hotel is a five-star hotel in every way, from its luxury décor in the recently refurbished guest rooms to its impeccable service and a fantastic range of leisure facilities. For guests looking to relax, they can just head to the resort’s spa for a well-deserved treatment or session in the sauna or one of the Turkish baths. While deals can often change, the Dona Filipa Hotel often gives its non-golfing guests free access to the Vale do Lobo Spa, so even if guests do not play golf, they do not have to miss out on all that the Vale do Lobo Resort has to offer.
Praia Verde Boutique Hotel
Yet another great choice for your next golf holiday in the Algarve is the Praia Verde Boutique Hotel. Just like many of the other hotels in the Algarve, the Praia Verde Boutique Hotel is set just a stone’s throw away from just one of the several stunning beaches in the Algarve.
The Praia Verde Boutique Hotel is the perfect option for all those looking for a relaxing golfing getaway as it has only forty guest rooms and is set away from some of the busier resorts in the Algarve. Guests are in the ideal position to relax and enjoy some fantastic golf in an idyllic setting in the countryside surrounding Monte Gordo.
Guests can enjoy the best of both worlds as they can relax in the comforts of the hotel and the neighbouring Praia Verde beach, but they are also only a few minutes drive away from the centre of Monte Gordo, where there is a good selection of bars and restaurants. While Monte Gordo is just down the road from the Praia Verde Boutique Hotel, the hotel is also home to a fantastic Mediterranean restaurant for guests that would prefer a quiet night in.
Guests at the Praia Verde Boutique Hotel will never find themselves short of things to do or see, whether it be soaking up the sun at the Praia Verde beach or enjoying a walk around Monte Gordo and its beach promenade. Golfers can enjoy a gruelling round of golf at the Quinta do Vale Golf Course, then spend a relaxing afternoon around the swimming pool or in the surrounding hotel gardens.
Boavista Golf and Spa Resort
Lagos is the biggest town in the western region of the Algarve. It is undoubtedly one of the best golf destinations in the Algarve, and it is not difficult to see why. The town is home to a stunning sandy beach, a marina filled with bars and restaurants, and has an authentic Portuguese charm that can be difficult to come across in more tourist-driven areas.
The four-star Boavista Golf and Spa Resort is positioned just a short drive away from the centre of Lagos, so a fun evening out on the town is never far away. Golfers and non-golfers alike will find everything they need and more in the Boavista Golf and Spa, including a fantastic championship golf course, the Boavista, as well as tennis courts and an outdoor swimming pool.
If non-golfers decide to take up the game, then the Boavista also has a great range of practice facilities to help amateurs fine-tune their game before the round ahead. Furthermore, both the Espiche Golf Lagos and the Onyria Palmares golf courses are less than a fifteen-minute drive away from the resort, so there are always plenty of options for a great round of golf.
The Boavista Golf and Spa Resort is the perfect option for a self-catered golf holiday in the Algarve with its modern apartments. All of the apartments here are nothing less than what one would expect at a four-star resort, and they all include all of the essentials to ensure that guests have an unbeatable stay.
Guests are provided with a fully equipped kitchen and a spacious living area, as well as a private balcony to enjoy the surrounding views. If you fancy a night off of cooking duty, the centre of Lagos is less than a ten-minute drive away.
Vidamar Resort Hotel Algarve
Yet another great choice for your luxury golf holiday in the Algarve is the five-star Vidamar Resort Hotel Algarve. The Vidamar Hotel Algarve is truly a five-star hotel in every aspect, ranging from its impeccable service, spacious and modern guest rooms, and it’s fantastic leisure facilities.
While the hotel is large, guests are never without an opportunity to relax and enjoy their golfing holiday. The Vidamar Hotel Algarve offers its guests four outdoor swimming pools, one of which is strictly ‘adults only’, so guests are never without a spot where they can relax.
Alternatively, for the ultimate luxury experience, adult guests can head to the MAR Club with its own private pool area and designated sunbeds where they can expect to receive impeccable service and fantastic facilities. To relax even further, the OSMOS Wellness Centre is a comprehensive spa facility where guests can enjoy a well-deserved massage, treatment or even a session in the ice fountain.
The Vidamar Hotel Algarve boasts an unbeatable location, providing stunning views across the Atlantic Ocean and the neighbouring Lagoon Nature Reserve. Not only does the Vidamar Hotel Algarve have the perfect location to relax and take in the stunning countryside in the Algarve, but it is also perfectly positioned to enjoy some of the area’s best golf courses.
Just next door to the hotel lies the Salgados golf course where golfers can anticipate a gruelling round of golf, or alternatively, the Alamos golf course is just half an hour away by car.
AP Maria Nova Lounge
To make the most out of one of the Algarve’s most popular golf destinations, the AP Maria Nova Lounge is an unbeatable option. The hotel is very modern and contemporary in design, so combined with being an adults-only hotel, guests are set to have a relaxing stay.
Even for a four-star hotel, the rooms here are spacious and include all of the essentials to ensure that guests have a fantastic stay. All of the rooms include a private balcony so that guests are never without an opportunity to appreciate the stunning scenery surrounding the Maria Nova Lounge Hotel, spanning out across the rolling countryside and Tavira.
When guests are taking a break from challenging the fairways at the local golf courses and exploring the centre of Tavira, they can lounge around one of the two outdoor swimming pools to catch a tan, or they can enjoy a gym session or treatment in the spa.
Just a few minutes away on foot from the Maria Nova Lounge Hotel takes guests into the centre of Tavira. Despite the build-up of other popular resorts and towns in the Algarve, Tavira has still maintained its authentic Portuguese charm, making it a go-to destination for a relaxing golf holiday in Portugal.
The Maria Nova Lounge Hotel does not just make a great base to explore one of the Algarve’s best towns; it is also just a stone’s throw away from some of the region’s most played golf courses. For example, the hotel is just a ten-minute drive away from the Benamor golf course, the Quinta de Cima golf course, and is a fifteen-minute drive away from the Quinta da Ria.
Last but not least is the Tivoli Lagos; a fantastic four-star hotel situated in Lagos, the Algarve’s best town for a lively golf holiday. The Tivoli Lagos is the ideal option for all golfers looking to have an unforgettable golf escape with the perfect balance of sun, sea, and golf.
Just a few minutes down the road on foot takes guests into the centre of Lagos with its wide range of bars and restaurants, as well as its Old Town full of quaint charm and winding cobbled streets. Alternatively, come the evening, there is a good selection of bars and clubs for a fun night out.
The hotel is set back from the coast slightly, but that does not mean that guests need to miss out on one of the Algarve’s best beaches, as the hotel runs a shuttle service to and from the Meia Praia Beach, and the hotel even has its own private beach club here.
The nearby Onyria Palmares is one of the most played golf courses in the Algarve due to its unique layout and the stern test of golf that it offers. Designed by the world-famous Sir Robert Trent Jones II, one of the most respected golf architects, players here are guaranteed to have a fantastic round of golf, and conveniently for all of the guests at the Tivoli Lagos, this superb golf course is just a ten-minute drive away from the hotel.
Aside from its unbeatable location, the Tivoli Lagos will also make a great base for your next golf holiday in the Algarve because of its fantastic range of facilities, including a private beach club, an outdoor pool area, a spa facility, as well as several bars and restaurants.
The Magnolia Hotel is 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.
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. 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.
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 super 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 with a peaceful stay in a stunning beach location, but 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 can also enjoy an 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 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.
Hotel Vila Gale Ampalius
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 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 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.
The hotel could not make it easier for guests to make the most out of some of the best golf on offer in the Algarve; it 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 appeals to guests here, the hotel also has a fantastic selection of facilities for all those looking to relax and stay local to the hotel; an outdoor and indoor swimming pool, and a comprehensive Health Club facility.
Penina Hotel and Golf Resort
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 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 pools, 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 opposite one of the region’s most played golf courses, the Victoria Golf Course.
Hilton Vilamoura as Cascatas Golf Resort and Spa
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. 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, grab some lunch or do some shopping around the Vilamoura Marina. 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.
Guests will never find themselves without something to do if they stay in the resort; they can lounge around one of the resort’s six swimming pools or 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 that is 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.
Monte Rei Golf & Country Club
The Monte Rei Golf & Country Club boasts spacious villas which are fitted with well-equipped kitchens so that you can enjoy the luxury of being able to self-cater or sample the brilliant international cuisine that is served at the Vistas Restaurant. Alternatively, you can venture into the brilliant town of Tavira where you can find a wide range of great bars and restaurants to enjoy.
You can choose between one, two, three and four-bedroom villas and they are all decorated beautifully in a typically Portuguese style. During the day, whilst you are not enjoying a fantastic round of golf on the fantastic Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course, you can relax around the pool, take the short drive to the sandy beaches or enjoy the other facilities at the resort which include tennis courts, a fully-equipped gymnasium and spa facilities.
The Jack Nicklaus Signature golf course at Monte Rei opened in the summer of 2007 and has already earned itself a brilliant reputation. The course is bordered by indigenous trees and plants and features five lakes which means that this course poses a stern but fun challenge of golf.
From the minute that you tee off here, the holes just get better and better! If you are looking for a special resort with a very special course, then look no further than the Monte Rei Golf and Country Club and its superb golf course for your next golf break to the Algarve.
Tivoli Marina Vilamoura
If you’re looking for a luxurious hotel situated in the centre of Vilamoura but perhaps not looking to pay extortionate prices, then the five-star Tivoli Marina Vilamoura is the perfect choice for your next golf escape. The hotel is situated between the Marina and the beach and boasts excellent facilities such as its excellent spa where you can find a range of different treatment options, saunas and a hot tub.
All of the rooms at this hotel boast a furnished balcony from which you can look out onto the beautiful surroundings of the hotel, and each has all of the amenities you would expect from a hotel of this standard including toiletries and a TV. With vast private gardens, a lovely outdoor pool, extensive spa facilities, easy access to everything that the town of Vilamoura has to offer and excellent golf courses nearby – this is the perfect hotel for your next golf break to Vilamoura.
The five-star Lake Resort boasts an excellent location in the heart of the great town of Vilamoura and has become a firm favourite for people looking for a golf break in a beautifully luxurious resort. Vilamoura is potentially the most popular resort for golfers and it isn’t hard to see why!
It is no surprise that Vilamoura is considered to be one of the best locations for a golf break now as it has so much to offer both golfers and non-golfers. Vilamoura offers guests here 6 different golf courses to choose from, a wide array of restaurants and bars to enjoy as well as some vibrant nightlife.
The Lake Resort hotel offers beautiful, modern rooms as well as apartments which means that you can enjoy different board options. The hotel also boasts 3 restaurants and 2 bars which guests can enjoy and relax and unwind in after a long day on the beach, by the pool or on the golf course.
In addition to being a short distance away from the beach, the hotel has its own private lake where you can enjoy different watersports! The fantastic Oceanico courses are a short distance away and are the courses mainly played by guests here.
This truly is a brilliant destination for your next golfing holiday as you really get it all here: nightlife, great restaurants, the beach and a luxurious hotel!
Pestana Vila Sol
For those looking to stay on a golf course and still have the bright lights of Vilamoura within a few minutes drive, we would suggest Pestana Vila Sol. This 5-star property enjoys a rural location just northeast of Vilamoura and has the 27-hole Vila Sol course surrounding the hotel, with the clubhouse a chip shot from the hotel.
Guests here enjoy rooms in the semi-tropical garden set around the huge outdoor pool with a welcoming bar and restaurant. With guest green fees starting at £30 in low season on Vila Sol (a fraction of the other green fees in the area and a Portuguese Open host no less!), and the other Pestana courses further down towards the western coast, you can see why this resort is a popular choice for golfers looking for quality and value with great nightlife, shopping and beaches on the doorstep.
As well as the on-site Vila Sol, guests here have easy access to all the other Vilamoura courses within a 10-minute drive, and the Quinta do Lago and Vale do Lobo courses are just 20 minutes away with free transfers for 4 players or more.
The Amendoeira Golf Resort
The Amendoeira Golf Resort is yet another excellent self-catered accommodation option for golfers in the Algarve. Located just a stone’s throw away from the prestigious Amendoeira Faldo and Amendoeira O’Connor Jnr, guests here are in the perfect position to enjoy some of the fantastic golf the Algarve has to offer.
The Amendoeira Golf Resort comprises of a range of self-catered apartments and villas with panoramic views across the neighbouring Monchique Mountains, the Amendoeira Faldo and the Amendoeira O’Connor golf courses. All of the accommodation here is furnished in classic Moroccan décor with all of the modern essentials to ensure that all guests have a fantastic stay.
Aside from the accommodation, the resort also offers a great range of leisure facilities to be enjoyed when golfers are taking a break from challenging the greens at the local Amendoeira golf courses, including several football pitches, tennis courses and a floodlit academy golf course to warm up for a gruelling round of golf.
Both the Amendoeira O’Connor Jnr and the Amendoeira Faldo golf courses are guaranteed to offer players a spectacular round of golf. Designed by the world-renowned golf architect Nick Faldo, the Amendoeira Faldo is a demanding par-72 championship golf course that is guaranteed to test even the most experienced of golfers.
Golfers here are eased into their round with a leisurely front nine, then they are swiftly thrown into the challenge at the back nine holes with hilly terrain and an abundance of desert bunkers. The terrain at the Amendoeira Faldo is generally characterised by desert shrubbery and strategically placed bunkers, however in contrast, at the Amendoeira O’Connor Jnr golf course, players must use their A-game to overcome several water hazards that make up a wildlife sanctuary.
We hope that you have enjoyed this week’s blog on some of the best golf courses and accommodation options in the Algarve. With spectacular golf courses, fantastic hotels and stunning beaches, it is no wonder that the Algarve is one of the most popular golf destinations in Europe, and with regular deals and offers, a golf holiday here is truly an unbeatable option.
If you’d like to book a golf escape in the Algarve at one of these outstanding resorts, get in touch and speak to our team about the deals and holidays packages we offer.