7 of the Algarve’s Best Golf Hotels

The region’s year-round attractive climate - temperatures averaging 25-30° in summer, 15-18°C in winter - makes the Algarve a huge draw for golfers. Add in the proximity of beautiful beaches, warm seas and top-class hotels, restaurants and other sports facilities and it’s no surprise that the Algarve is often top of the list for golfers looking for a short-haul, guaranteed-sunshine break. Our selection of the best Algarve hotels for golfers offers a wide range from value chic close to the fairways to all-singing-all-dancing resorts with excellent private courses.

Vila Vita Parc

The downside is that green fees to use the courses are not particularly cheap. The solution? Choose a hotel that’s either attached to a golf club or is part of a specifically designed golf resort. These hotels usually offer guests heavily discounted rates. They also often have a range of other sporting activities and pools - children’s clubs and spas in the bigger resorts - to keep everyone in the family happy. Generally, the bulk of the best Algarve hotels for golfers are found to the west of Faro.

7 of the Best Algarve Hotels for Golfers

For a luxury stay

Vila Valverde

  • There’s a good choice of golf courses near Vila Valverde, a contemporary hotel filled with glass, natural materials and neutral colours. Designed for both the active guest and those seeking relaxation, there’s riding, fishing and walking as well as nearby golf, plus a sauna and in-room spa treatments.
  • For cliff-top golfing in luxury surrounds, Vila Vita Parc, near Porches, offers light and contemporary rooms plus a host of other sporting activities, including deep-sea fishing and tennis as well as a spa and children’s club. Hungry golfers will not be disappointed: there are eight dining options, including a Michelin-starred restaurant.
  • Also with a cliff-top position and Michelin-starred restaurant, Vila Joya is a luxury boutique retreat. There’s a variety of golf packages, plus a resident golf Pro and Golf Academy. For non-golfers, there’s a pool, spa and yoga classes.
  • With a choice of four championship courses on site, and eight more nearby, no golfer is going to be bored at Hotel Quinta do Lago, a luxurious resort with a private beach, spa, pools and tennis courts. Rooms are spacious and classically elegant, many with balconies.

For those on a budget

Pousada Convento de Tavira

  • A good-value choice, and one offering self-catering options, is Casa Beleza do Sul, in the largely unspoilt town of Tavira in the eastern Algarve and close to several quality courses. Combining traditional and contemporary style, the apartments make a lovely cool retreat after a day on the golf course or beach. The shady roof terrace has stunning views over the many church domes of the town.
  • Also in Tavira, and a little more sophisticated, the Pousada Convento de Tavira is a former 16th-century convent. Choose from the cool, airy rooms in the original building to chic and contemporary options in the newer extension, overlooking a hidden pool.
  • Close to the golf courses near Lagos and surrounded by beautifully romantic gardens, the white-washed Quinta Bonita offers just eight traditional country-house-style rooms with tiled floors, soft colours and private balconies. Golf clubs can be hired from the hotel, plus there’s a pretty pool.

Due to the mild autumn temperatures, golf can be a year-round activity on the Algarve. This means you can avoid the peak holiday seasons and be sure of getting the pick of the best Algarve hotels for golfers. Nothing here for you? Expand your search to include all our Algarve recommendations or contact a friendly guru for advice.

  • Casa Beleza do Sul Tavira 4 rooms from £74

    Self catering  -  Self-catering studio and apartments have well-equipped kitchenettes, terraces with tables and sun loungers
    Town  -  Tavira is a charming and unspoilt old town, pretty squares and gardens, fishermen at work on their nets
    Golf  -  The Algarve is famous for its golf courses and some of the best are close to Tavira
    Beach nearby  -  Beautiful sandy beach close by
    Recommended by  -  Sawdays

    Beautifully restored 19th-century house in the unspoilt, delightful town of Tavira in the Algarve. Stylish suites and self-catering apartments have been designed by the architect owner. Original mosaic floors and features have been left intact. Shady roof terraces with panoramic views. A gem. See More

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  • Pousada Convento Tavira Tavira, Algarve 36 rooms from £113

    Value chic  -  Reasonably priced charming Baroque and Renaissance Pousadas steeped in history with, plush rooms and pretty courtyard garden.
    Sights nearby  -  Within walking distance of the town’s great sites, such as the 16th-century Igreja da Misericórdia.
    Great walks  -  With wonderful walking around the hilly countryside and through the historic town.
    Swimming Pool  -  Outdoor pool

    A beautifully restored 16th Century convent on Tavira’s castle hill. With Renaissance cloisters, courtyard pool and central garden. Pretty rooms with splashes of bright colour and private balconies. Enjoy the traditional regional cuisine and wide range of Portuguese wines. See More

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  • Quinta Bonita Lagos, Algarve 8 rooms from £91

    Romantic Break  -  A wonderfully private and secluded spot, beautiful gardens and fabulous beaches, romantic walks or simply poolside heaven.
    Sights nearby  -  Plenty to do and see in nearby Lagos
    Views  -  Panoramic ocean views
    Local markets  -  Good for local colour.
    Recommended by  -  Sawdays

    A rural romantic hotel with beautiful gardens and a lovely pool. Suites are glamorous in an old world sort of way - elegant four poster beds, pale mother of pearl coloured throws, and stone floors, all with private balconies. Very picturesque, and grown up. See More

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  • Vila Valverde Valverde, Algarve 15 rooms from £119

    Total relaxation  -  Crafted for relaxtion, with comfortable suites, massage treatments, sauna and laid back atmosphere.
    Great walks  -  Explore the Monchique hills on foot, the hotel will provide a light packed lunch.
    Fishing  -  The hotel will organise big game fishing trips on request.
    Restrictions on children  -  This is an adults only property

    Lavish accommodation surrounded by orange groves and olive trees. Contemporary white building with lots of natural light, huge terraces, and beautiful views over the grounds. Portugese specialities in the restaurant and lovely swimming pool. A real hideout in supreme comfort. See More

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  • Vila Joya Albufeira, Algarve 22 rooms from £304

    Foodies  -  Chef Dieter Koschina runs the Two Michelin Star restaurant- phenomenally tasty, locally sourced and utterly inspired cuisine.
    Spa breaks  -  An indulgent spa with extensive therapies including Swedish massage, aromatherapy and reflexology.
    Lively  -  Hip and happening.
    House party feel  -  Be prepared to meet people.
    Recommended by  -  I Escape, Kiwi Collection, Fodors

    Two-star Michelin restaurant with five-star rooms, fabulous spa, and majestic sea views. Moorish style architecture and the use of "azulejos" tiles maintains a traditional feel. An abundance of activities on offer within the hotel. A truly indulgent stay. See More

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  • Vila Vita Parc Porches, Algarve 170 rooms from £174

    Families  -  Loads of kiddie stuff so parents can unwind- playground with trampoline, swings and slides, kids club, creche and pool.
    Foodies  -  Eight onsite restaurants to choose from- we recommend the tasting menu from two Michelin Star Ocean with wine pairing.
    Diving  -  Vila Vita Parc run dive certification courses as well as courses in underwater photography& deep sea diving.
    Fishing  -  The concierge will organise for guests to head out on the ocean and try their hand at deep sea fishing.
    Recommended by  -  Kiwi Collection

    Luxury cliff-top family resort in lush gardens. Contemporary, light rooms with white on white decor drawing the eye to the spectacular sea views. Fantastic children's facilities, tennis courts, golf course, luxurious Sisley spa, and excellent food. A beach paradise. See More

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  • Hotel Quinta do Lago Almancil, Algarve 141 rooms from £291

    Active Holiday  -  A golfers paradise with four courses within the Quinta do Lago development, plus ping pong, hiking, cycling, and watersports.
    Total relaxation  -  With five star facilities, top of the range spa treatments, Hammam and plenty of poolside lounging.
    Great walks  -  Wonderful walks along the Quinta do Lago and along the private beach area.
    Swimming Pool  -  Outdoor and indoor pools
    Recommended by  -  Kiwi Collection

    A prestigious 5* star property in the Algarve with fantastic facilities, panoramic views and private bridge to the beach. Suites are spacious and well decorated with balconies and a great selection of restaurants. Enjoy the luxurious beach life with a range of activities, pools and spa treatments. See More

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Written by Helen Pickles

posted Friday, 28th February 2020