9 Jun

Style and substance at the Conrad Algarve

Set on the dramatic Atlantic coastline in the southernmost region of Portugal, the breathtaking Conrad Algarve hotel is located just a short distance from some of the most glorious world-class golf courses, stunning sandy beaches and the idyllic scenery of Ria Formosa Natural Park. 

Whether you choose the deluxe, the grand deluxe rooms or the suite with pool view, you will not be disappointed by the contemporary-style decor and sumptuous furnishings, luxury bath products adorning your marble bathroom, private balcony and modern entertainment system.

spa2If you are feeling particularly lavish, the garden suite with private pool boasts its own private entrance, roof garden, butler and bar.

The Conrad Spa on-site is a haven of relaxation. Warm, comforting and inviting, the spa offers a retreat from the rest of the world, with its own pool, sauna, steam room and relaxation area. Treatments range from refreshing facials combining latest technologies with expertly applied techniques to relaxing massages leaving you feeling calm and rejuvenated. Your treatment is tailored to suit you, right down to the use of your preferred aroma oils.

The jewel in the hotel’s crown has to be the gastronomic experience that is Gusto by Heinz Beck. Beck has become a legend in gastronomic circles due to his tenure at La Pergola – the 3 Michelin-starred restaurant at Waldorf Astoria Rome Cavalieri, one of the top gastronomic destinations in the world.

The menu is based on the finest local and international ingredients. The exquisite attention to detail extends to the house-made bread and dips served at each table.

Surrey Occasions recommends the seven-course tasting menu featuring stunning dishes such as white asparagus on topinambur cream, strawberry coulis and balsamic vinegar cubes; Burrata toretillini with green peas foam, artichokes and bottarga; and a curious dish to provoke all of your senses, entitled ‘The Sea’. Each course is accompanied by an alternative wine, many from Portugal, expertly chosen and presented to you by the sommelier.

The Conrad Algarve offers a blend of refined and casual dining experiences to suit your mood. You can indulge in extraordinary Mediterranean cuisine and Portuguese specialities at Louro with indoor and outdoor seating options. Alternatively, you may wish to treat yourself to some fresh fruit, an ice cream or a cocktail, at Sereno pool deck with views overlooking the pool and surrounding area.

If you’re feeling sporty, take advantage of the health club and enjoy a revitalising work out, play a game of tennis at one of the courts within the grounds or work on your handicap in the golf simulation area.

If it’s a real game of golf that you crave, or you just want to feel the warm sand under your feet, you can take the hotel’s free shuttle service to the beach or to the golf courses nearby.

If it’s just relaxation that you’re after, then look no further than the poolside. Whether you choose a spot of sunbathing on a recliner by the infinity pool or a snooze in the shade on your own private four-poster cabana, you can rest safe in the knowledge that there is a cushion; a towel; a snack or a thirst-quenching drink ready and waiting for you at the wave of a hand.

Nightly rates for The Conrad Algarve start from €455/£349 per night. For more information and to book visit: conradalgarve.com

Direct flights to Faro operate from London Gatwick, Heathrow and Stansted Airports with British Airways, EasyJet, Ryanair and Monarch, Norwegian.com and Ryanair.