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The best boutique hotels in the Algarve

Today, the Algarve has become synonymous with package holidays and budget deals as travellers arrive by the bucket-load for a brisk dose of sun, sea and sand. However, peel away this rather dubious and artificial veneer to discover a world apart of luxury, elegance and indulgence. Akin to those who revel in the difference between satin and silk, the flip-side of the Algarve heralds some of the most opulent boutique hotels around. Here are just a few of the Algarve’s best boutiques offering a bespoke service to those who enjoy the finer things in life. Vila Joya In the stunning coastal region of Albufeira, perched atop a cliff, the Vila Joya boutique stands unsurpassed as the most exclusive hotel in the Algarve. As a symphony of comfort, style and design this signature hotel exudes colonial flair with rich wooden décor, intricate carvings and exotic art. With 13 luxurious standard and deluxe rooms as well as 8 lofty suites, guests wake up to breath-taking views across the Praia de Gale, the shimmering Atlantic sea or the lush Mediterranean gardens. Boasting the only 2 Michelin starred restaurant throughout Portugal, the Vila Joya restaurant offers the ultimate in fine dining. Serving delicious gourmet morsels bursting with Mediterranean flavour, the food of the award-winning chef is as gloriously indulgent as the hotel itself. With luxurious amenities, impeccable service and mouth-watering food, it is little wonder that this hotel was crowned the ‘World’s Leading Boutique Resort’ by the World Travel Awards. Quinta Jacintina An oasis of opulence, the Quinta Jacintina boutique is set within the Algarve’s idyllic and exclusive ‘Golden Triangle’ in Almancil. Just a short walk from the Algarve’s best beaches and finest golf courses, this hidden haven of five star luxury offers one of the most sumptuous stays around. With 10 unique suites each with their own colour palette and distinct charm a quintessentially English feel radiates throughout this hotel, enhanced by a daily serving of high-tea. Recalling a grand country manor house, the individual rooms are bedecked with an abundance of home comforts such as swathes of plush fabrics, silken linens and soft furnishings. Each suite has its own private terrace overlooking the verdant gardens which, interspersed with secluded hammocks and private cabanas, are an unrivalled place for rest and relaxation. As well as an outdoor heated pool, Jacuzzi and sunbathing area, this boutique offers the pinnacle of pampering. Sensuous skin treatments can be enjoyed from the comfort of the garden cabana or from the privacy of the guest’s room. Perfect for those searching for some traditional grandeur and elegance, this boutique will leave you basking in its silken touch. Isabella Rose is a content writer for MyDestinationInfo.com. If you would like to be a guest blogger on A Luxury Travel Blog in order to raise your profile, please contact us.

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