This secluded gated property opens up to a peaceful sprawling hotel with its wonderful lush gardens that promote health and tranquillity. Situated right on the coast, the hotel is just a short drive from Lagoa. All of the rooms have been recently decorated in a simple, Mediterranean style with cool neutral shades and overlook the landscaped gardens, the swimming pools or the clear blue sea.
There are two restaurants at the hotel, the Mediterranean grill down next to the pool serving fresh seafood and barbecue dishes as well as the gourmet restaurant with an outside terrace overlooking the sea and the pool. There are lighter, low calorie recipes available which complement the spa programmes. The Tonic bar is a lovely place to cool down and relax, read a book, play a board game or enjoy a light snack.
There is a wide choice of facilities including 6 swimming pools (1 heated and 4 with seawater), 4 tennis courts, a 2600sq meter Thalasso water therapy Spa with 50 different treatments, yoga and a children's activity programme.
Vilalara has Junior suites and apartments with private terraces overlooking the gardens, the sea or the pools. All rooms are spacious and comfortable and decorated in cool neutral shades and are equipped with air-conditioning, satellite television and free wireless internet.
Children are very welcome at Vilalara, the Koala Club caters for children aged 3-12 years with indoor and beach activities. There is also a paddling pool, children's menus and a play area.
The resort has two restaurants and the Tonic Lounge Bar located beside the cliff top pool with magnificent sea views. The B&G restaurant offers a menu of reinvented Portuguese cuisine, serving innovative dishes with an emphasis on local, quality produce. The Terrace Grill features the freshest fish, seafood and summer BBQs with live music. There are also 4 tennis courts, 6 outdoor swimming pools (1 heated), a sensational Thalossotherapy Spa and a fully equipped fitness centre.
At Vilalara guests have the opportunity to play golf on one of the fantastic courses nearby, or play tennis and take advantage of the professional tennis coaching available.
When to travel
The Algarve has a mild climate with more that 300 days of sunshine a year. The climate in the Algarve is generally warm and sunny in May with the risk of the odd shower of rain. Sometimes it can be cool in the evenings. By June the weather generally settles in a pattern of long hot sunny days and balmy evenings especially in July and August. Rain is unlikely but it can happen from time to time. Throughout the summer months it can be windy especially during the afternoon. June and September are particularly pleasurable months.
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Location and directions
Located on Praia das Gaivotas Cliff with private access to the beach, a short drive (1.7km) from Armação de Pêra and 40-minutes (54km) drive to Faro Airport.
How to get there
Faro airport is served by a number of major and regional UK airports including a regular service with British Airways from Gatwick. The flight time is around 3-hours from the UK. Vilalara Thalassa is 40-minutes from the airport.