On a cliff above the sea in Southern Portugal’s Algarve, the distinguished Vila Joya Hotel shines like a precious stone offering exclusivity, luxury and good taste.
Having once been a Portuguese style vacation house, Vila Joya is now refurbished with touches of Moorish inspiration. The ethnic and luxurious decor will transport you into an elegant Oriental palace.
Why Choose Vila Joya Resort
Vila Joya proudly offers guests an idyllic seaside retreat in the Algarve where every detail reflects the height of luxury. The green colors of the Mediterranean gardens, yellow beaches and the sparkling blue Atlantic Ocean accompany you through the different spaces, abundant with floral and maritime fragrances.
Accommodations at Vila Joya Resort
Vila Joya is a small hotel that offers grand comfort. The hotel has 18 elegant, Asian-accented rooms and three larger, lavishly appointed suites. Vila Joya’s suites, and its spa as well, are set in a separate building down a bucolic garden path. The only sounds you hear in a Vila Joya suite are the burbling water in your private pool and the crash of ocean waves on a nearby bluff.
Vila Joya’s ne plus ultra of accommodations is its nearly 1,000-square-foot Royal Deluxe Suite, which could be Buddha’s Iberian Retreat. This lovely suite is filled with fresh roses and green plants, and features a wooden likeness of the Buddha.
Dining at Vila Joya Resort
Vila Joya’s superb restaurant, helmed by Austrian-born star chef Dieter Koschina, possesses the rare two Michelin stars; there are only two such restaurants in Portugal.
The subdued, alluringly lit dining room has high-backed chairs draped in white cloth, and a formal cast. Diners may opt for a table memorably set outdoors, overlooking the sea. Chef Koschina specializes in fresh-caught Atlantic fish cooked with creativity and French flair, and served with Continental panache.
All three meals are served daily. Breakfast begins at 8:30, and a light a la carte lunch begins at 1 p.m. Dinner generally gets underway between 7:30 and 8:30, and can last for several indulgent hours. An ever-changing, multi-course gala dinner is served every Thursday. Another offering that guests savor: wine tastings from Vila Joya’s 12,000-bottle wine cellar paired with tapas whipped up by Chef Koschina.
Room service breakfasts arrive in a leisurely manner. But there are better options. Guests can relish fresh fruit, warm breads, and inky Portuguese coffee at the hotel’s breakfast buffet, with seating in Vila Joya’s stately dining room or on a terrace overlooking the deep blue Atlantic.
Activities at Vila Joya Resort
Vila Joya has a small but well-designed gym, with an elliptical machine, treadmill, and stationary bicycle. Free weights are few, but there are dumbbells, a few stretching devices.
The hushed, Asian-look Joy Jung Spa offers a range of face and body treatments including hydrotherapy, facials and body wraps using marine botanicals, and sports massages. The spa is equipped with a state-of-the-art steam room and sauna bath.
The Vila Joya Golf Academy:
The Vila Joya Golf Academy, 10 minutes from the hotel, is leading center of swing on tThe academy’s intensive courses range from the two-day Crash Course to the 5-day Intensive Course, geared to your level. The school’s mentor, Portuguese golf pro José Ferreira, has improved the game of players on the Ladies European Tour, the Challenge Tour, and the European Tour.
Vila Joya offers room packages for Golf Academy students and for vacationing golfers. There are 35 golf courses within 45 minutes of the hotel.
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Address: Estrada da Gale 8201-917 Albufeira, Portugal