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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.
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).
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.
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.