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Bela Vista Hotel & Spa - Luxury holidays to the Algarve

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  • About this holiday

    The five-star Bela Vista Hotel & Spa on the Algarve coast in southern Portugal is a historic and charming boutique hotel with direct access to a golden sandy beach and abundant traditional Portuguese style. Colourful Azujelos, oak, and bold signature furnishings adorn the interiors, and the unusual architecture of the exterior is set beside a large pool surrounded by palm trees. This Relais and Chateaux hotel is perfectly placed for exploration of the Algarve, with Portimao, Faro, Albufeira, and Lagos all within easy driving distance.

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    Our opinion

    An entirely unique addition to our Portuguese programme, with a real sense of individual, unmatched charm.

    Hotel description

    In a quirky, distinctively Portuguese mansion, the five-star Bel a Vista Hotel & Spa is a taste of wholly unique, boutique accommodation on the Algarve coastline. As you approach, the irregular architecture of this early 20th century property is immediately striking, with an exposed stone tower paired with white-washed walls, arched windows, and a porch topped with terracotta tiles and framed by stone pillars. The overall feeling of romance and individuality pervades within. Traditional Azulejos decorate the breast of the main lounge’s chimney, beside bold statement furnishings, monochromatic floor tiles, ornate antiques, a sleek minimalist colour scheme, and an intricately decorated vaulted ceiling. Azulejos can also be found throughout the corridors, following the shape of the thick wooden door frames and the curve of the oak staircase. At the centre of the hall stands an unusually-patterned yellow, blue, cream, and brown piano. Guestrooms are either equally eclectic, or deliberately modern, depending on which of the three individual buildings they are housed in. Illustrative tiles decorate the walls and mouldings of some rooms, paired with bright yellow sheets on four-poster beds, golden chandeliers, and plush blue and yellow sofas and armchairs. In others, the style adopts cool blues and matte silvers, with white and blue walls and furnishings, and striped bed clothes. The beams of the ceilings are painted pale blue to match. To the left of the main hotel building is a large swimming pool, lined with sun loungers and palm trees and backed by perfectly kept lawns and a wide, deep, golden sandy beach. Bela Vista Hotel & Spa has unrivalled access to this beach, which is unusually flat for the Algarve, but still has the characteristic rocky headlands on either side. After spending a few hours relaxing here, or exploring the culture of Portimao, dine in the Vista Restaurant. Cuisine at the Vista Restaurant is a combination of Mediterranean flavours, fresh ingredients, Portuguese specialities, and creativity. Each dish is presented with exceptional flair. The dining terrace becomes very atmospheric in the evenings as lamps are lit around the balustrades, illuminating the view out across the sea. Another luxury addition to the Bela Vista Hotel & Spa is the Spa by l’Occitane. Blue mosaic tiles of different shades cover the walls and the sides of the indoor pool, and blue and white cushioned loungers line the edge. There are also five treatment rooms for enjoying the signature Florence-inspired treatments of l’Occitane, a sauna, Hammam, wet relaxation area, and a fitness lounge. All of these facilities come together to establish a luxury hotel with reams of character that is both unique to the individual styling of the hotel and traditional in Portugal. We would highly recommend spending a few nights to a week here in order to see a different side to the Algarve.


    On the Praia da Rocha beach near Portimao on the Algarve coast.

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    Annual opening

    Distance from airport

    46 miles

    Closest airport

    Faro Airport

    Room types

    All 38 rooms have air-conditioning, WiFi, LCD television, telephone, hairdryer, safe, Iphone dock (on request), and l’Occitane amenities. Most have sea views and balconies.
    Classic Room
    Deluxe Room
    Elegance Room
    Character Room
    Junior Suite

    Hotel facilities and services

    Michelin Star Vista Restaurant, bar, Spa by l’Occitane - featuring 5 treatment rooms, sauna, hammam and fitness lounge, Swimming Pool, and Wifi.

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    Out and aboutnearby/local interest

    The Bela Vista Hotel & Spa is well-placed for exploration of the key towns and cities of the Algarve. The walled town of Lagos is just half an hour to the west, the beaches around Albufeira and Vilamoura, known for their red cliffs, are 45 minutes away, and the town centre of Portimao is less than ten minutes away. The fishing village of Alvor is worth visiting for its long narrow streets, its castle, and the shores of the Ribeira de Odiaxere.

    Sports nearby

    Water sports, including kite-surfing, jet-skiing, sailing, fishing, and diving; golf, hiking, and cycling.


    We would not recommend this hotel to families with children.

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