Other luxury holidays to take a look at
If you’re still undecided there are many more destinations that offer a taste ofluxury. Consider the Caribbean with its palm fringed beaches and string of All Inclusive resorts. Mexico may appeal for its mix of ancient Mayan ruins, gourmet dining and elegant hotels. Or try historic Cyprus, offering a mix of sightseeing, beach life and stylish hotels.
But, if Portugal has taken your fancy, check out our travel guide, packed full of travel tips and excursion ideas. Start planning now with our cream of the hotel crop below.
Living the high life in Portugal
Portugal is a country where you can enjoy championship golf courses, incredible spas and Michelin-starred restaurants in a fabulous climate. The Algarve, named Europe’s Leading Beach Destination at the World Travel Awards in 2016, certainly packs a punch. Here you can visit historic towns, browse for traditional arts and crafts and enjoy a range of indulgent treatments in one of the many wellness centres. Go to see, and be seen at, the stylish Vilamoura marina complex for fine dining, great nightlife and a lively beach scene.
Madeira, is fast catching up with the Algarve as a spa destination and its capital, Funchal, has a deliciously cosmopolitan atmosphere with its chic boutiques, elegant seafood restaurants and art galleries. Explore the delightful 15th-century cathedral and sample the famous local dessert wine named after the island in one of the vibrant bars. Porto Santo too, a hidden gem in the Madeira archipelago, is becoming synonymous with luxury breaks with its uncrowded shores, Seve Ballesteros-designed golf course and selection of gourmet restaurants.
Jet off to Portugal and enjoy VIP treatment under the sun
With flights from the UK at just under three hours, and average July temperatures of around 25°C a luxury break to Portugal opens up a world of sunbathing, sightseeing and relaxation possibilities.
Portugal’s premier beach destination is of course the Algarve, with mile upon mile of coastline revealing everything from vast stretches of flaxen sands to intimate coves. Places to stay range from the city of Lagos with lux nightlife or horse-riding in the countryside and Tavira‘s unspoilt shores that feel like private beaches but have authentic restaurants and sleek bars close at hand.
Madeira is ideal for those who like a balance of beach life and sightseeing. The main attraction is its incredible landscape adorned with caves, waterfalls and an abundance of flora and fauna, and its historic capital has a pretty marina and seaside lidos. If it’s an escapist retreat you’re after, Porto Santo might appeal. This bijou island offers superb beaches, tranquil surroundings and a top-notch golf course.
Sleek, stylish and centrally located in Funchal the 5* Vine Hotel has so much going for it. The rooftop infinity pool is simply stunning and the two whirlpool baths offer further chance for relaxation. The Terra restaurant serves a delicious selection of national and international cuisine while those in need of a cocktail can head to the wine bar, lobby bar or 360º Sky bar. The rooms echo the hotel's luxury feel with flat screen TVs, Nespresso machines and free Wi-Fi as standard.
Take advantage of two nearby championship golf courses and a luxurious on-site spa when you opt to stay at the chic 4* plus Robinson Club Quinta da Ria. Sunbathe beside the pool, enjoy the well-tended gardens and let those stresses and strains just melt away. The main buffet restaurant provides plenty of choice with live cooking and a gala dinner laid on once a week, while those who want to treat themselves to something special can make a reservation at the gourmet a la carte venue. Sporty types can enjoy tennis, beach volleyball and a host of other activities at their leisure.