Putting the Villa in Vilamoura!

Just a three hour flight from London and a 30 minute drive, Vilamoura is a fantastic destination for a short break or a longer, more relaxing holiday. With an abundance of fantastic restaurants, beaches and leisure activities on your doorstep, it’s an unmissable destination if you’re looking for the perfect getaway.

Well known for its golf courses – there are almost twenty in and around Vilamoura – if you’re looking for sun, sea, beaches and a mixture of relaxation and leisure activities, look no further than this Portuguese oasis.

We were staying in a fantastic four bed villa in Volta da Doninha, just one mile from the marina in Vilamoura and backing on to one of the area’s leading golf courses, we were certainly well placed to enjoy all that Vilamoura had to offer.

The villa itself was spacious, modern and immaculate in every way. With four generously sized bedrooms and bathrooms and an open living space incorporating lounge, kitchen and dining room, we wanted for nothing. With a dining table big enough to set ten and a similar sized table on the terrace, complete with BBQ, we weren’t short of options for eating.

The garden was dominated by the perfectly sized pool with ample garden for afternoon games of catch which kept us all amused – especially after a couple of glasses of wine!

The only downside of the villa was that the sun was blocked after about 4pm by the impressive army of trees surrounding the villa, but there was always the rooftop terrace to retreat to if we were so inclined to do so…but by 4pm, we’d probably had our fill of sun.

We would recommend a car although Uber did make me question whether this was necessary in hindsight. There are plenty of supermarkets within a few miles and a wide range of restaurants in the marina to suit all tastes. Other amenities including a bank and pharmacy are a 10-15 minute walk away. The nearest beach (Falesia) is approx 2km away and the beach at Quarteira is equally as close.

In the immediate surrounding areas of Vilamoura there are numerous sports and activities to enjoy, including 5 golf courses, mini golf, deep sea fishing, sailing, riding, water sports, water park, tennis, lawn bowls, go karting, football and local leisure centre.

We spent a day at Puro Beach – don’t worry, you don’t have to be body beautiful! – and a morning boat trip to the local caves and a hunt for dolphins which were amazing to see in the wild. Go-Karting was great fun and tennis was on the doorstep. If you’re a runner, there are plenty of safe running tracks around the marina and we also signed up to Champions Gym in the centre of Vilamoura which was great value for money and helped us work off the food and drink!

Exploring wasn’t top of our agenda – this was a holiday to relax and unwind but if you’re more adventurous than we were, there is plenty to see and do.

Overall, a perfect base for a holiday recharge.

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