When you think of the word 'tropical', what comes to mind? Somewhere warm, dreamy and full of adventure? You might imagine yourself on a beach with an exotic drink in hand. Welcome to Vale Do Lobo - this Portuguese resort is a tropical experience in every sense of the word.
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From the gorgeous beaches right outside your window to the restaurants serving up delicious food from around the globe, staying at this resort will leave you feeling refreshed and rejuvenated - no matter where home actually is. Whether you're looking for a weekend getaway with family or two weeks in the sun over the summer break, you’ll find what you need in this corner of Algarve paradise.
All About the Coastal Resort of Vale Do Lobo
Vale Do Lobo is located in Portugal, within the popular Algarve region, and it has the most magnificent view of the Atlantic. Everything from golf courses and tennis courts are on offer, in addition to a huge array of restaurants and pubs, but leisure and relaxation are what it does best.
It has a number of different types of accommodation to choose from, including villas, studios and apartments - all with balcony access and ocean views. The decor is tasteful and modern and there are all mod cons.
There are a plethora of bars and restaurants on-site, so many people opt to remain within the resort for the whole vacation. For those who want to explore though, there are several outdoor activities such as mountain biking and hiking trails to give you a change of scenery.
Fun Things to do a Vale Do Lobo with Family
A laid-back, yet luxurious holiday destination in the heart of Portugal's Algarve, Vale do Lobo is an idyllic seaside retreat for couples, families with children and golfers alike. It offers plenty of events and services that no other resort in the region can offer.
Boot Camp at Vale Do Lobo
If a holiday for you means relaxing by the pool and taking things easy then Vale Do Lobo is for you. But if you prefer to put your body through its paces while on vacation, then the exhilarating military-style Boot Camp might be worth a try. It claims to push its participants to new heights physically and mentally... though the pull of the pool was a bit strong for us to try this one out!
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Indulge in Flow Yoga
Perhaps yoga is more your style - if so the classes at the yoga retreat centre are perfect. The classes don't get crowded, so you benefit from really personal attention from your instructor - they'll get to know you as your stay progresses and you’ll be encouraged to step outside your comfort zone if that’s what you want.
Join a Tennis Group Coaching
The tennis courts and golf courses on-site are really impressive and whether you're looking for a challenging single-player tournament or a relaxing social game, there's something for everyone.
The tennis club is well maintained with a variety of rackets, balls and tennis clothes available. Friendly staff are on hand to assist novices with the rules of the game and the instructors are genuinely knowledgeable - and can give you helpful tips even if you're not taking a private lesson.
With regular competitions for all levels, you can always find an opponent. And it's the perfect place to teach the kids for the first time.
Take a round on a golf course
Vale do Lobo also has two 18-hole golf courses. One has been recently designed and is top of the range with an amazing clubhouse facility. The course design is varied, including a few holes with tricky water hazards. The other course is slightly less challenging and has more trees, so you will have to work a little harder on some of the holes. However, this course has an excellent clubhouse facility with the option of staying on-site in their accommodation.
Get on your bike
There are over 100 miles of scenic cycling trails right on the doorstep of Vale de Lobo, and many different biking tours to choose from. The views are spectacular, and the ride is smooth. The perfect way to connect with nature.
Enjoy the Evening Sound Ceremony
This was a new one for us - the Vale Do Lobo hosts a special evening sound ceremony, requiring you to relax, lie down and listen to the soft, soothing sounds of Alchemy bowls. It feels a bit unusual at first but promises healing benefits to your mind and body, by helping to release stagnant energy. Give it a go and see what you think.
Restaurants & Bars at Vale do Lobo
During your time here, you will have the opportunity to enjoy some of the finest Portuguese dining in addition to spectacular cuisine from around the world. Remember to pack your finery for after dark!
Spikes restaurant offers an array of cuisine options from around the world and is popular among locals and tourists alike. The food served at Spikes is a fusion of international flavors with different-sized meals for every appetite. It's all great - from soups and salads, fresh sea fish and grills, and prawns to the huge variety of desserts prepared specially by Chef Maurice Bhelaj.
U&co. is a fine-dining restaurant that offers an à la carte menu with daily changing specials including seafood, meat and vegetarian dishes. U&co. has an enviable location overlooking the ocean’s edge near the ParTee mini golf. Its contemporary interior reflects its modern Portuguese cuisine and elegant ambiance, making it the perfect place for a romantic candlelit dinner or social gathering with friends and family.
Well is a restaurant ideally located above the Vale do Lobo beach. If you love sushi you will love this restaurant, but if you don’t it also offers other choices like baguettes, burgers, and vegetarian options. It is also a cocktail bar where you can sit and have drinks with friends and family by the swimming pool.
The Deck Bar is a tranquil and calming space, looking out over the ocean and Vale do Lobo's famous golden sandy beaches while enjoying a drink or dinner. The bar offers an outdoor terrace and cocktails served either on the deck or at the bar.
The Gecko Club is a private nightclub located beside the Vale do Lobo golf course. Guests are offered a variety of entertainment including live music, karaoke, and nightly themed parties.
La Crêperie is a family-friendly restaurant that in addition to savoury crepes, offers a wide range of sweet and savoury treats, such as cakes and pastries - all produced locally.
The menu includes more than 12 varieties of savoury crepes, ranging from traditional ingredients such as goat's cheese and sun-dried tomatoes to more unusual combinations such as curried chicken. It also has an indoor playground for the kids to enjoy and an outdoor terrace for parents to make the most of the peace.
Located in the heart of Vale do Lobo, just 50 meters from the sea, Sandbanks restaurant offers a spectacular view of the ocean, with a glorious terrace to enjoy the sea breeze. They serve international cuisine, from Brazilian barbecues, to Italian pizzas, African chicken to Indian curries. So if you’re after magnificent views, fantastic food and good prices - it’s a must.
The Lounge restaurant is the perfect spot to enjoy a meal-offering generous helping of fresh seafood, meats, and pasta dishes accompanied by perfectly-paired Portuguese wines. The Lounge hosts live music performances on the opening evenings of every month.
As the name implies, this restaurant is located at the top of the hotel. It offers a 360-degree view over the stunning landscape, where orange and red mimosa flowers bloom in summer and white and yellow almond blossoms in autumn. Cookery courses are available at the rooftop restaurant - and the kids can come too!
Teahouse provides a place to relax and enjoy tea or coffee with friends or family whilst looking out to sea. For those who need a little more sustenance, there are also traditional Portuguese pastries on offer.
For the ultimate Algarve holiday, Vale do Lobo offers a wide range of accommodation options, from exclusive detached villas to family-friendly apartments. For more information and to book, visit https://www.valedolobo.com/en/