Portuguese retreat Vila Vita Parc offers fine dining and even finer vistas for leaders seeking a change of scenery
The first thing that strikes you when you arrive at Vila Vita Parc is the location. Situated on top of a cliff on the Algarve’s southern coast, the resort offers knockout views of the Atlantic. The second thing is the sheer size of the place. This is a huge, sprawling five-star complex, ideal for guests who want to do little more than turn up, tune out and switch off.
All that’s expected of you is to be on time for your reservation at one of its 10 restaurants, including the award-winning Ocean, which has two Michelin stars. This is the one you should visit on the last night of your stay to round things off in style. Its four- or six-course tasting menu features the giant local carabinero, which is the mother of all prawns. There is an option to try a different wine as the perfect accompaniment to each course. Indeed, they take their wine seriously here – you can have a tasting session or even dine in Cave de Vinhos, a Gothic-style cellar that’s home to more than 11,000 bottles.
It would be remiss to travel all this way and not also eat at Adega, a Portuguese restaurant where you’ll be more than happy with its traditional fare, whether you choose surf (stuffed octopus) or turf (rump steak). And, while it may be hard to tear yourself away from the resort, it’s well worth taking a day trip to the hotel’s organic estate at Herdade dos Grous if you’re the sort of the gourmet who likes to know where your food comes from.
But this isn’t just a foodies’ paradise. Vila Vita Parc is very popular with families: children of all ages are well catered for with specially designed packages. Facilities include three tennis courts, a volleyball court, and a nine-hole pitch-and-putt course (an 18-hole championship golf course is located nearby). Mountain bikes can be hired and the water sports on offer include sailing and windsurfing. There is also a health club and spa.
Vila Vita Parc markets itself as the Algarve’s leading luxury resort with good reason. The accommodation ranges from deluxe suites to cavernous villas offering private infinity pools. If your idea of the perfect half-term holiday with the kids is sunshine, relaxation and letting everyone else do the work for you, then Vila Vita Parc could just become your favourite new destination.
Director flew from Luton to Faro with Monarch. One-way flights start from £18. Vila Vita Parc is a 40-minute drive from Faro. Accommodation prices range from about £180 per night in low season to £470 in
high season for a deluxe suite, including breakfast