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  • 2 Michelin-starred restaurant

  • Pampering spa

  • Gorgeous outdoor pool

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  • Overview

    Stylish and characterful, Vila Joya is an exquisitely decorated boutique hotel perched on a clifftop in the Algarve. At only 21 rooms and with dreamy views over the shimmering Atlantic, the beachside gem is as personable as it is serene. 

    The hotel is housed in an oriental Moorish villa, which has been decked out with a mix of antiques, dark woods and modern décor. Surrounding the villa is a verdant palm-filled garden - an excellent spot for sunbathing, lazing with a book, or gazing out over the ocean.

    To top it all off, the hideaway hosts a two-starred Michelin restaurant - bliss.


    Relaxation is the order of the day at Vila Joya - lounge by the outdoor pool with a glass of something chilled, or slather on the sunscreen and head to the white-sand beach. For an extra splash of r&r, there is also a spa offering a diverse range of massages and treatments - not to mention a sauna and hot tub. 

    Fancy something more active? Grab a racket and head down to the tennis courts for a game. There is also a gym to make use of. 

    Golfers are well-catered for here, with not one, but many exceptional courses within a 5-minute to 30-minute radius. 


    Meals at Vila Joya are an absolute must during your stay. The two-Michelin-starred restaurant serves a range of creative European dishes that are as divine as they are well-presented. Dishes are created using locally-sourced ingredients where possible, from fresh-off-the-boat catches to market vegetables. Dietary requirements can be catered for - simply notify the restaurant in advance.

    Breakfast is truly exceptional and can be enjoyed on the terrace overlooking the gorgeous sea below. Better yet, your morning meal is included in most room rates (see rate detail below).

  • Facilities
    • babysitting

    • bar

    • gym/fitness room

    • WiFi/Internet

    • car parking

    • spa treatment room

    • gardens

    • sauna

    • hammam/steam room

    • weddings

    Facility details:

    Accessible bathroom, Airport transportation (surcharge), Babysitting or childcare (surcharge), Bar/lounge, Beach towels, Beach umbrellas, Business center, Children's pool, Computer station, Concierge services, Designated smoking areas, Dry cleaning/laundry service, Express check-in, Express check-out, Fireplace in lobby, Fitness facilities, Free WiFi, Free breakfast, Free newspapers in lobby, Free self parking, Free valet parking, Full-service spa, Garden, Gift shops or newsstand, Hair salon, Laundry facilities, Library, Limo or Town Car service available, Luggage storage, Multilingual staff, Number of buildings/towers - 2, Number of floors - 2, Number of outdoor pools - 2, Number of restaurants - 2, Outdoor tennis court, Picnic area, Poolside bar, Roll-in shower, Safe-deposit box at front desk, Sauna, Snack bar/deli, Spa services on site, Spa treatment room(s), Spa tub, Supervised childcare/activities (surcharge), Terrace, Total number of rooms - 21, Tours/ticket assistance, Turkish bath/Hammam, Wedding services, Year Built - 1983.
  • Location

    Estrada da Galé, 8201-917 Albufeira, Portugal

    How to get there?

    Tunes train station is a 20-minute drive from the hotel (14km)

    Poço Barreto train station is a 20-minute drive from the hotel (14km)

    Ferragudo train station is a 30-minute drive from the hotel (27km)

    Nearest airport

    Faro Airport is a 40-minute drive from the hotel (50km)

  • Rooms
    Need help? Speak to our Reservations Team on +44 203 397 0085 or email us
    Opening Hours 09.00 - 18.00 Monday - Friday (UK time)

    The hotel has clearly been decorated with careful attention to detail, and the 21 rooms certainly follow suit. Each has been individually designed with a seamless blend of antique furnishings, stylish ornaments and more modern touches. Bathrooms are a particular highlight, boasting anything from vibrant tiling and oriental mirrors, to sleek sliding doors and even - in some cases - their own hot tubs. For that extra bit of luxe, each comes with designer toiletries.

    Enter your dates to see which rooms are available.



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Need help? Speak to our Reservations Team on +44 203 397 0085 or email us
Opening Hours 09.00 - 18.00 Monday - Friday (UK time)