Adventures in the Algarve


See what QT's Jasmin got up to in the Algarve.

I recently embarked on a week-long trip in November, to the wonderful Algarve in Portugal’s Faro district, and despite the time of the year the weather was surprisingly great.

My first stop was in the centre of Quinta do Lago, a short 25 minutes away from Faro Airport and I arrived at the contemporary and luxurious Conrad Algarve, which is a part of the Hilton family. Quinta do Lago is the place to be for the ultimate golfing experience. I arrived when the hotel was hosting the World Golf Awards, which meant that the hotel was operating to full capacity. This did not impact upon my experience, as I got a first- hand view of the world renowned golfers in action. The resort is filled with an array of art, some of which are one off pieces that would please everyone. You can take in the scenic views that surround the hotel on your way to the beach, by foot or on the shuttle bus provided by the hotel.

Next on the list was the Vila Vita Parc. If you are after a holiday with a more homely and traditional feel, then this hotel should be at the top of your list. Rest assured, being a part of the Leading Hotels of the World, this hotel does not falter on luxury and style. With a number of exhilarating water sports and beach activities on offer for the more adventurous traveller, it is hard to choose where to start. I decided upon a speedboat ride and it was thoroughly exhilarating, something I would definitely recommend.The hotel would be ideal for families as it is a self-contained resort and offers a range of activities, 8 restaurants, 5 pools and childcare facilities for when parents want to escape for a luxurious spa treatment. The 9 hole golf course will also satisfy the keen golfers.

My penultimate stay was at the Sheraton Algarve hotel. Although the hotel was under refurbishment, I would highly recommend this hotel for families as it caters for all family needs in one resort. The resort has a children’s village for those with young children who seek adventure, and also has a junior club for the hard to please teens. Whilst the kids are away I would encourage adults to take advantage of one of the 5 tennis courts at the resort, or become a tennis pro with the coaching sessions on offer. I thoroughly enjoyed my stay here, the décor was traditional with a modern feel and I was able to escape for perfect harmony in the spa when needed.

The Algarve offers a plethora of activities from a jeep safari to a cork workshop, all of which will create memories that will last a lifetime.
I left feeling revived and exhilarated, and I would recommend this destination for families and couples alike.

For more information on the Algarve please enquire HERE

By Jasmin Barth