Portugal's most popular region, the Algarve, is a no-brainer for holidaymakers on the hunt for sun, family-friendly entertainment and fantastic sightseeing opportunities. To top off a perfect Portugal adventure, amazing accommodation is a must, so we've compiled our top 10 Algarve hotels.
One hour from the airport, the Salgados Palm Village welcomes guests with a staggering six pools, extensive child-focused activities and large family rooms. There are even three onsite restaurants, proving that this really is a holiday village, which happens to be just 20 minutes from the beach, on foot. There's a free shuttle bus for lazy days, though! Modern furniture and easy access to the neighbouring golf course make this a complex that has something for every member of the family.
Alongside the visually pleasing apricot and white facade, the Falesia Hotel is well positioned to make a host of outside amenities all easy to reach. Past the tropical gardens and terrace-framed pool is a golf course and just 20 minutes further is Praia de Falesia Beach, although a shuttle bus is available. A modern restaurant and equally contemporary spa keep the luxury levels high, as do the pool bar and bright bedrooms.
Adults and children alike love the Clubhotel Riu Guarana, thanks to specific activities for both groups. A huge pool, with a swim-up bar is a must for adults looking to relax, while kids can enjoy a carefully planned roster of entertainment just for them. With two restaurants onsite, everyone can come back together at the end of the day, over some great food, while planning a day at the beach below or a walk into town, which is just 500m away.
Two hours from the airport, the Club Alvorferias complex is a one-stop holiday hotspot thanks to having two swimming pools, an onsite supermarket, tennis courts, a restaurant, a club for kids and being only a 15-minute walk from Alvor. The individual apartments are bright, clean and well furnished for anyone keen to cook and the beach is just a short walk away. A real home away from home.
Large-scale luxury is what the Alvor Baia has to offer, in the heart of Alvor. Just a mile from the beach and town centre, it will be hard to leave the simply enormous swimming pool that seems to stretch on forever. With a play area and cool kid's club on offer, families love this modern hotel and with monochromatic elegant bedrooms, manicured gardens and international restaurants to enjoy, singles don't stay away, either.
Set in among the red cliffs above the Praia de Falesia Beach (which is reached by 15-minute walk), the TUI Blue Falesia is an adults-only complex that is just 500m from the shops, restaurants and sights of Olhos d'Agua. Taking just one hour to arrive from the airport, holidaymakers can quickly settle into bright neutral rooms before planning spa visits, excursions and lazy pool days, followed by evening entertainment and dinner at one of the three restaurants.
Size matters at the Be Live Family Palmeiras Village, which is why there are six restaurants, four sizeable pools and a host of fantastic rooms and suites onsite. Families are well catered for, with a range of activities just for the kids and the stunning Senhora da Rocha beach is just 300m away. If you can tear yourself away from the entertainment, which includes cooking classes and pool games, there are bars and restaurants to try adjacent to the beach.
Fresh, modern and unfussy, the Villa Gale Nautico Hotel is a paradise for anyone looking to take advantage of the Algarve weather, as the whole complex is perfectly tranquil and quiet. That's not to say that it isn't family-friendly though, as there is a club for the little ones and fun activities such as table tennis, ready to take advantage of. Two restaurants and bars come in very handy, but there are more offerings just 500m away, while the beach is a little closer at just 300m down the road.
Less than an hour from the airport and within a 10-minute stroll to the beach, the Be Smart Terrace Algarve benefits from a fantastic location, in addition to a host of well-considered facilities. Very family-friendly, the hotel offers a large pool, surrounded by sun loungers, a terrace café and a terrace restaurant, so wherever the kids are, you can keep an eye on them. Each bright apartment comes fully equipped for cooking and dining in as well.
Centered around a generous pool, the Smartline Miramar is a sociable hotel that seeks to welcome everyone. A large terrace makes for fun and relaxed days, with a buffet restaurant serving up tasty treats. Kids are well catered for, with an activity club and mini disco, but with Albufeira and the beach both under a mile away, there are plenty of entertainment options. It's worth noting that stag and hen groups are not permitted here, making for a more peaceful experience for guests.