If you're searching for a destination that offers safe and gorgeous beaches, a relaxed atmosphere and glorious scenery, then Portugal's Algarve is the place to head. However, if you seek somewhere a little more exclusive and away from the throngs, then enter 'Vale do Lobo' into your search engine or sat nav.
Vale do Lobo is a favourite, self-contained resort that is known particularly for its golfing facilities. Situated some 12 miles away from Faro, visitors and residents are lucky enough to enjoy sweeping, golden beaches, great shopping and incredible Mediterranean food.
Yes, there's more to Vale do Lobo than just golf:
Hit the beach
If living close to the sparkling blue sea and clean sandy shore is on your list of essentials, then you'll love Vale do Lobo's beach. Stretching out two kilometres along the coast, the beach is simply beautiful. There's plenty on offer here and close by, besides the chance to catch some rays or paddle in the cool Atlantic Ocean; a plethora of water sports should keep even the least active people entertained. From motor boating to parasailing, water-skiing to surfing, you won't be bored. Alternatively, you could get a massage or enjoy delicious food and drink at the beach bar.
The resort's fitness centre contains the very latest equipment and fabulous facilities designed to promote health and fitness. With qualified trainers on hand, visitors could take the opportunity to get a physical assessment and some personal training. Open to people of all ages, the centre offers classes in addition to gym membership. Try Aqua Fitness, Total Body Conditioning or the intriguingly-named, Dance Surprise.
Relax for a while
Yes, you can run, cycle or play tennis if you like but don't despair if you were hoping for something a little more indulgent and less strenuous; there are plenty of opportunities to relax. On the menu at the Royal Spa are massages, body therapies, oxygen treatment, facials and anti-stress hydrotherapy treatments, designed to rejuvenate and refresh. There are also programmes specially developed for men and physiotherapy, should you over do the sport.
Love the nightlife
One of Vale do Lobo's great selling points is The Praça - the beachside esplanade that comprises restaurants, bars, café's and the Gecko nightclub - all within safe walking distance of home. Enjoy fine dining, live music and the best champagne within a family-friendly and secure complex. No need to worry about finding that late night taxi to take you home, everything you could possibly want is right here.
It's impossible to talk about Vale do Lobo without mentioning the incredible golf facilities. The resort has two courses, the challenging Royal with it's 'famously tricky 16th hole' and the scenic Ocean, which meanders through pine forests and down to the beach. There are daily competitions for both men and women, along with annual tournaments in January and May. Golfers can stock up on equipment at Nevada Bob's store, consult a physiotherapist on golfing injuries, take lessons at the academy or just enjoy a post-round drink at the exquisite clubhouse.
As you can hopefully tell, life at Vale do Lobo is not like anything you will have been used to. It is a resort that offers leisure, health and dining facilities which are unrivalled, not to mention some stunning apartments, enabling you to enjoy a high quality of life under the Portuguese sun.
Posted on Thursday, January 23, 2014