Best 4 and 5 Star hotels in Algarve Portugal
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Best 4 and 5 Star Hotels in Algarve Portugal

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June 28, 2021

With over 10000 hotels and resorts to choose from in the Algarve, it gets hard to pick the perfect place to stay for your getaway to Algarve.

In this article we share with you our top picks for all kind of holiday makers who are looking for the best 4 and 5 star hotels in Algarve Portugal. This selection is curated and organized to fit all profiles and budgets so you will surely find the perfect match for your holidays for an unforgetable experience on your next holidays and a relaxing experience in Algarve.

The Algarve harbors some of the most exclusive and beautiful hotels in Portugal and making this top list was a hard task, given the sheer abundance of extraordinary properties that dot the region. Nonetheless, here’s our selection of the best 4 and 5 Star hotels in Algarve, which all score high points for their mind-blowing location, design, ambience, and/or heritage.


Cascade Wellness Resort

5 Star Hotel – Lagos
Best Couple Getaway Experience

Cascade Wellness Resort is a luxury property set on a cliff over the Atlantic Ocean, and around 10 minutes by car from the center of Lagos. The resort is walking distance from Ponta da Piedade, one of the most breathtaking spots in Algarve and our pick for a morning walk after the delicious buffet breakfast at the resort. There are also several popular beaches nearby. You also get a choice of luxe dining spots, including a contemporary Portuguese restaurant and an elegant gourmet place.

The rooms are spacious and with different themes influenced by the different continents. Our room overlooked the spa swimming pool and featured a large balcony perfect to read a book after exploring the area and relaxing by the sand bottom swimming pool.

The resort’s wellness facilities offers a wide range of therapies and programs, including personal training, nutrition, physiotherapy, and fitness services.

Enjoying a truly unique and stunning cliff-top location in Algarve, at Cascade Wellness Resort you will find the perfect setting for an active wellness holiday while enjoying the perks of one of the most luxurious 5-star hotels in the Algarve.

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Cascade Welless Resort Algarve | Instagram | Booking


Tivoli Marina Vilamoura

5 Star Hotel – Vilamoura
Best Marina View Hotel

Tivoli Marina Hotel is a stylish, family friendly resort overlooks the buzzing yacht-filled marina and golden beach of Vilamoura. Surrounded by the famous Vilamoura Marina with direct access to the beach, Tivoli Marina boasts spacious rooms and excellent service for a delightful experience in one of the most exclusive areas in Algarve.

During our stay we had a great time sunbathing around the stunning freshwater pool or chilling at the Purobeach Beach Club while enjoyng a live DJ set and drinking cocktails at the beach.

Our room had a floor to ceiling window overlooking the swimming pool and the beach and it was the perfect spot to enjoy the sunset after a full day discovering the hotel facilities and exploring the Marina.

The breakfast had a wide variety of options and was a true 5 star hotel experience. If you are a true meat lover, you can’t miss a dining experience at Pepper’s Steakhouse on the ground floor overlooking the Marina.

The Tivoli Marina Vilamoura offers every facility you could possibly want alongside excellent service for a premium and relaxing holiday in Vilamoura.

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Tivoli Marina Vilamoura | Instagram | Booking


Hotel PortoBay Falésia

4 Star Hotel – Olhos de Água
Best Value Hotel

PortoBay Falésia was a truly pleasant surprise for us. From the moment we arrived, we felt welcomed and the entire staff was professional and attentive to details. The hotel is located above the rust colored cliffs overlooking Praia da Falésia. Our room was facing the swimming pool and overlooking the beach so we had a truly lovely sunrise experience.

The buffet breakfast is server at Madeira restaurant and you have a lot of local and international options. We enjoyed one of our dinners at the same location while enjoying the live music by the swimming pool before heading out to explore the surroundings.

You can access the beach directly from the resort if you are not a pool person or if you feel like walking at the lovely Falésia’s Beach.

The hotel facilities consist of two restaurants, two bars, two pools, and wellness amenities that include a spa and fitness center, plus play areas for children.

The hotel provides extremely great value for the price and one of the best services we have ever experienced.

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PortoBay Falésia | Instagram | Booking


Belmar Spa & Beach Resort

4 Star Hotel – Lagos
Best Home Away from Home

Belmar Resort is the perfect choice for those looking for a home away from home in Algarve. The luxurious apartments with all the amenities you may want are perfect for those who are not into the classic hotel room style and want to have a fully functional kitchen and living room separated from the bedroom area.

The resort overlooks the beautiful beach of Porto de Mós and is around 10 minutes away from the centre of Lagos if you want to explore the town. One of the highlights of the property for us was the adults swimming pool area where we could relax and enjoy the sunny days in Algarve. The breakfast is a mix of Buffet and a la carte service and the egg benedicts and the delicious pancakes completely conquered our hearts.

The resort grounds and facilities include multiple pools, a stylish spa, extensive fitness facilities that include soccer pitches, and an overall quiet atmosphere. 

We stayed in one of the two bedroom apartments with view over the swimming pool and the beach and had a truly relaxing experience in a homely experience.

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Belmar Spa & Beach Resort | Instagram | Booking


Lagos Avenida Hotel

4 Star Hotel – Lagos Marina
Best Breakfast Experience

Lagos Avenida Hotel won our hearts with the à la carte breakfast. You get a delicious selection of top quality products on the buffet setup and you get to order off the menu as well.

The hotel grounds are classy and with a Boho inspired vibe from the common areas to the rooms. The rooms are spacious and perfect to relax after exploring the town.

Offering an rooftop pool and views of the marina and sea, Lagos Avenida Hotel is set in Lagos city centre, within a 10-minute drive from Meia Praia Beach Lagos.  We enjoyed the central location and our walks to the beach after some relaxing time at the rooftop swimming pool.

If you like to be walking distance from the local sights, this is a great choice and it’s also perfect for those who love long walks by the marina boardwalk.

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Lagos Avenida Hotel | Instagram | Booking


AP Adriana Beach Resort

4 Star Hotel – Albufeira
Best All Inclusive Hotel

If you are looking for a place where you don’t need to worry about anything except if you want to chill at the pool or by the beach, AP Adriana Beach resort might be the perfect match for your holidays. The hotel is located close to Falésia Beach in Albufeira and it’s apartment style rooms are perfect for couples or families. If you opt for the All inclusive option, you will be given a bracelet so you can take advantage of the buffet restaurant ( breakfast, lunch, dinner and morning and afternoon snacks) plus open bar where you can enjoy juices, wine, beer and cocktails all day long.

The swimming pool is huge and you will have plenty of activities all day long to keep you busy. If you have kids, there are also plenty of activies going on to keep your children busy and entertained. If for some reason you get tired of chilling by the pool, you are less than 5 minutes away from the beach.

Our experience at the Hotel as a couple without kids was great and we felt that this resort was perfect for those who love the all inclusive experience with top quality facilities and meals.

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AP Adriana Beach Resort | Instagram | Booking


AP Maria Nova Lounge | Tavira

4 Star Hotel – Tavira
Best Adults Only City Experience

The Algarve is much more than loud bars and crowded beaches and Tavira is one of our top picks for a more local and less touristic experience in the region Locatedi n the top of the hill and walking distance from the city center, Maria Nova Lounge is our go to recommendation for a great Adults only experience in Algarve.

The buffet style breakfast was great with a huge variety of local and international products and with live Piano sessions to start the day with some great classic vibes.

The hotel is modern and with a great swimming pool area to relax after exploring the picturesque streets of Tavira. One of the highlights of the property was the views from the rooftop. On the 5th floor you have Nomad bar and restaurant where you can enjoy a cocktail or dine with some breahttaking views over Tavira and Gilão river. During our stay we paid a visit to the rooftop to enjoy a bottle of wine for sunset and since it’s an adults only hotel it was quite pleasant as a couple to not have kids around.

If you are still missing the beach, you are less than 15 minutes away from some beautiful and less crowded beaches than you would be in some of the most touristic areas in Algarve.

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AP Maria Nova Lounge | Instagram | Booking


Algarve is an amazing destination with a wide variety of actities and some of the most incredible Hotels in Europe. We hope you enjoy our curated selection of the best 4 and 5 star Hotels in Algarve and hope you have a truly unforgetable experience on your next trip to Algarve.

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