Couples could probably spend most of their day (and night) strolling around Vilamoura’s lovely marina and relaxing in its many waterfront restaurants and bars. Here are the area’s best hotels for keeping the just-the-two-of-us vibe alive. Check out our picks for the most romantic hotels in Vilamoura, and get inspired!
Located directly on the beach, the 323-room Crowne Plaza is one of the most luxurious hotels in the area. Contemporary rooms have peek-a-boo bathrooms and large windows opening onto furnished balconies with garden or ocean views. The spa is a highlight here, with an indoor pool and a hammam. There's also a huge lagoon-style outdoor pool with tons of loungers and umbrellas and several restaurants and bars with outdoor seating.
This bright, contemporary hotel has a relatively secluded location and relaxing green grounds that spread across five acres. Most of the 176 rooms feature details like artsy hand-painted traditional tile art, and all come with private balconies and marble bathrooms. Features are numerous -- six pools, three restaurants and bars, free shuttles, and dedicated off-site beach space -- but most of them are seasonal.
Set amid the fairways of Vila Sol golf course, this Pestana property has a quiet atmosphere and big manicured lawns with streams, shrubs, and trees. Its 189 rooms are sunny and spacious, and have small flat-screen TVs, lightly stocked minibars, and free safes. Suites are housed in villa-style buildings, and feature furnished patios and stylish details such as exposed stone walls and wooden beams. The large outdoor pool features a seasonal swim-up bar, and the buffet restaurant has a spacious outdoor area overlooking the gardens.
The 375-room Vila Gale Ampalius is an upper-middle-range hotel with one of the best locations in Vilamoura: right across the street from Vilamoura Beach and adjacent to the bustling marina. The Vila Gale's sunny, clean rooms have air-conditioning, flat-screen TVs, and mini-fridges, and many feature panoramic ocean views, but decor is a little plain and dated, and bathrooms could use an update. There's an international restaurant, two bars with outdoor seating, and a spa with a hydrotherapy area and a sauna.