Even the most incredible holiday can still have a little room for improvement; as if the Algarve’s beautiful scenery, great food and drink and fantastic weather weren’t enough of a treat, why not head to one of its acclaimed spas and really indulge with a thoroughly relaxing treatment. Unwind in sumptuous surroundings as you have any tension and lingering stress expertly massaged away.
From ultra-glamorous spas in stunning resorts to unique private spa experiences, the Algarve has taken the concept of well-being and elevated it to a fine art. Take an hour or two off to treat yourself; switch off, de-stress, and let yourself be pampered.
Located high in the Monchique Mountains in the Caldas springs, the Monchique Thermal Spa is perhaps one of the Algarve’s oldest and most famous spring spas. Widely sought by locals and tourists alike, the spa is hugely popular thanks to the famed healing properties of the bicarbonate, sodium and fluoride-rich Monchique spring water.
Visitors seek the spa for a range of ailments, from soothing aches and pains and respiratory problems, to simply enjoying a relaxing afternoon spent bathing in the warm waters. A wide range of unique treatments are available at the Monchique Termal Spa, including a water-massage and bubbly aromatherapy baths; guests can also make the most of other facilities, which include a heated spring water pool, a relaxation room, sauna, and Turkish bath. A Bali-inspired foyer leads into a more clinical-feeling interior, which is nonetheless clean, crisp and comfortable.
Vita Vita Parc Spa by Sisley is a sensorial oasis of luxury, calm and wellbeing. Independent from the main resort, the doors to magical moments are open to the general public. Warm wooden finishes and a seaside-inspired colour palette are used to create a sophisticated, luxury interior.
Cutting-edge technology is coupled with Sisley’s renowned skin-care range to offer the latest in rejuvenating and re-energising beauty treatments, covering from the top of your head to the tips of your toes. Incorporating natural essential oils and Sisley’s world-leading products, treatments range from holistic therapies to relaxation rituals, tightening facials, deeply relaxing massages, and slimming treatments.
Vilalara’s Longevity Thalassa & Medical Spa is a unique fusion of Thalassa – a spiritual concept deriving from the ocean – a Spa, and advanced Wellness and Anti-Aging solutions.
Surrounded by lush, exotic gardens that lead to a golden sandy beach, Vilalara’s Spa provides a sumptuous opportunity to relax, restore, and reset body and mind. Covering all aspects of well-being, the treatment menu incorporates general health and wellness consultations, beauty and aesthetic treatments, thalassotherapy, and signature spa massages, among others.
White and blue are the predominant colours at the Conrad Vilamoura’s stunning spa, which overlooks the Algarve countryside and is flooded with soothing natural sunlight. Reflecting the feeling of rural tranquillity, the Conrad Algarve Spa is a haven of well-being, with treatments tailored to restoring guests back to their best self.
A customised menu of rejuvenating facials, indulgent massages, invigorating wraps and stimulating oxygen therapy coupled with expert professionals and a personalised service keep guests coming back. An outdoor spa option is available.
Embodying the luxury boutique concept, the Neal’s Yard Remedies Spa at the exquisite Vivenda Miranda in Lagos tows the resort’s ethical line with its natural, organic treatments and products. Approaching the wellness concept from a whole, holistic view, the beautifully-decorated spa, with its shimmery mosaic walls and eastern-inspired treatment rooms, is an exotic refuge of peace and pampering.
It is the first spa outside the UK to use the plant-based cruelty-free Neal’s Yard Remedies products; vegan options are available for all treatments. Completing the extensive list of treatments are a sauna, steam room, foot spa and an outdoor pool with Jacuzzi, as well as a small gym area equipped by Technogym.
Stylish and contemporary, the Vale do Lobo Royal Spa is a sophisticated blend of natural stone and water, glass and natural light. A tempting range of soothing treatments has been put together to entice guests with the chance to completely relax and de-stress.
Treatments can be tailored to address individual health requirements, ranging from facial treatments to body therapies, hydro therapies, specialist and holistic therapies and massages, and even a range of treatments just for men! Release any pent-up tension and leave the Vale do Lobo Royal Spa feeling like you’re walking on air.
The Almond Tree Wellness Spa at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Vilamoura is an elegant oasis of peace and calm, a sanctuary to escape the daily hustle and bustle. With a range of treatments designed to reflect the Algarve’s most beautiful assets – the sun, the sea, its famed orange fields and stunning almond trees – the Almond Tree Spa, with its lovely pools and mesmerising murals, aims to help visitors find harmony and balance as well as enjoying deeply relaxing treatments.
Peering over the Caldas Springs is one of Monchique’s newest additions, the Monchique Resort & Spa. Drawing inspiration from its beautiful mountain landscape surroundings and fresh natural air, the Monchique Resort’s spa strikes an appealing balance between nature and luxury.
Incredible views can be enjoyed from the spa, which oozes the essence of restoration and pure relaxation. Sensorial treatments are designed to stimulate each and every sense, easing tension and awakening harmony. A Himalayan rock salt sauna and a VIP relaxation room are just two of the facilities complementing the spa, available to guests and visitors.
This award-winning privately-run spa in Albufeira is a tantalising slice of the Far East in southern Portugal. Homemade ginger tea and a complimentary steam shower complement the traditional massages and beauty treatments. From a traditional, deep-tissue aromatherapy Balinese full-body massage to hot stone treatments and reflexology, this exotic retreat is an oasis of tranquillity where you can take a few hours out of the day to restore and reconnect.
Taking the art of wellbeing and elevating it to another level, the refined Serenity Spa, at the Pine Cliffs Resort in Albufeira, is an oasis of calm and elegance. Thorough relaxation is delivered through soothing treatments and masterful massages.
Rest your mind and body in the Serenity Thermal Oasis Day Spa; unwind with an expert massage, indulge with a signature treatment using traditional Algarve ingredients such as sand from the nearby Falésia Beach and flor-de-sal salt from the Ria Formosa; a carob wrap and orange oil massage, or share the wonderful experience and treat someone else with a package or couple’s treatment.
Set on the beautiful Salgados lagoon in Pêra, within the Nau Hotels Salgados Palace resort, the Spa Salgados Palace is 1,000 square metres of pure, heavenly indulgence. A relaxing haven of health and well-being, the spa combines a modern décor with expert techniques, offering anti-stress treatments that incorporate marine elements and essential oils.
Shake off any fatigue and balance the mind and body with specialist treatments and therapies. Pick from an extensive spa menu that includes a range of massages, body treatments, facial treatments, hydro experiences and special spa programmes for men and pregnant women, complemented by a gym, indoor swimming pool with whirlpool features, Jacuzzi, sauna and Turkish bath, a Vichy shower, Cromotherm and Scottish shower.
Sink into the beautiful and luxurious surroundings of the Atlantic Spa at the São Rafael Atlantic Hotel in Albufeira, where a range of specialist treatments are available as well as full, day, weekly and monthly passes. Relax and indulge, whether you’re a guest or day-visitor, and enjoy the vast range of facilities at the Atlantic spa at your own pace.
Pamper yourself further with specialist spa treatments, designed to offer a deep sense of well-being and relaxation for both the mind and the body, and take advantage of the complementary facilities, such as the gym, indoor pool, thermal circuit with Jacuzzi, sensation shower, steam bath, sauna, cold water bucket, contrast shower and pool with whirlpool features.