Portugal is a European gem that truly has it all—rich culture, rocky mountains, glamorous beaches, pristine golf conditions, and so much more that should have this beautiful country at the top of your travel list.
Vacationers mainly flock to Southern Portugal for their dream getaway—and for good reason. Home to countless sun-soaked beaches, a laid-back atmosphere, and extremely luxurious resorts and hotels lining the shores, there’s so much to love in this area. But with so many accommodation options to choose from, where do you even begin?
Here’s our list of what we consider to be the best luxury Portugal resorts to vacation:
Funchal, Madeira Island
The Royal Savoy is one of the best beach resorts in Portugal and is the latest extension of the world-famous Hotel Savoy, which has almost 100 years of history. Rated among the very finest resorts in the world, it commands the most prestigious location on the island with breathtaking views over the city, the mountains, and the Atlantic Ocean.
Ranging from a humble suite to one-bedroom ocean view accommodations, to a luxurious rooftop two-bedroom penthouse suite, you’re sure to find plenty of space and comfort at the Five-Star Royal Savoy Resort in Funchal. While the highlight of the resort is its private seafront access overlooking the Funchal harbor, the many other on-site features do not disappoint. Hop between the three outdoor swimming pools and Jacuzzi, be pampered at The Royal Spa, dine and drink at one of the resort restaurants or bars, or for ultimate luxury, choose to have a personal chef come cook a gourmet meal right in your suite.
The resort’s name says it all. If you’re seeking the ultimate seaside golf getaway in Portugal, you’ll find it at Four Seasons Fairways. Enjoy some of Europe’s best golf courses right on-site and just minutes away, a health spa, indoor and outdoor pools, tennis courts, and more—all of which surround The Clubhouse—the resort’s favorite feature.
Not far from Faro or the famed Algarve beaches, Four Seasons Fairways offers a unique luxury experience. Choose between a two- or three-bedroom villa or apartment-style accommodation option, all equipped with either a private pool or Jacuzzi overlooking ocean waters for unmatched relaxation bliss.
Praia do Carvoeiro, Algarve
Nestled atop the Algarve cliffs lie the villas of Pestana Palm Gardens, offering gorgeous panoramic ocean views. Stay in a studio, one-bedroom, or two-bedroom apartment with all the comforts of home. An outdoor pool (complete with bar area), a health club with a gym, sauna, and massage and beauty treatments, tennis courts, and a Clubhouse make up the resort property, while Praia de Centeanes beach, shopping, dining, and premier golf courses are only a short drive away.
Living every bit up to the brand’s reputation, this Five-Star Hilton property is nothing short of spectacular. Vacationing at Hilton Vilamoura As Cascatas Golf Resort & Spa, you’ll find yourself surrounded by shimmering pools and waterfalls, beautifully landscaped gardens, tennis courts, golf courses, restaurants, a full-service spa, and anything else you could possibly need for a memorable getaway. One- and two-bedroom suites are offered with a private balcony, full kitchen, spacious living and dining area, and other such conveniences.
As if there wasn’t already enough to keep you entertained right on-site, the beaches, shopping, dining, nightlife, and outdoor excursions of Vilamoura are also only a short drive away.
Last on our list and perhaps the most luxurious is the fractional residences of Quinta de Sao Roque. Located in an exclusive beachside development, accommodations include two-bedroom linked villas, as well as two-, three-, or four-bedroom elegant apartments.
If views are at the top of your must-have Portugal vacation list, Quinta de Seo Roque offers the best all-encompassing views of Algarve, overlooking the beautiful Meia Praia beach near Lagos with the Monchique mountains as a backdrop, and Palmares Golf Course next door. Enjoy the views, sub-tropical gardens and swimming pools on-site, or take a quick five-minute drive into Lagos for bars, restaurants, nightlife, and picture-perfect beaches.