Stock up on vitamins D and C in the Algarve, Portugal’s southernmost province.


Stock up on vitamins D and C in the Algarve, Portugal’s southernmost province. Tucked away in a sunny orange grove, this former mansion is now a gorgeous hotel that reflects the historical style of Andalusia and the Moors: The Vila Monte Farm House. A few small villas dot the grounds, furnished in a winning combination of the modern and the traditional. The elegant materials and colorful décor in this designer hotel reflect the well-known zest for life of the Portuguese. The garden is a relaxing oasis, and two swimming pools await, perfect for a cool dip on a hot day. For a change of pace, Fuseta beach is just a ten-minute drive, and Ria Formosa nature preserve is only 20 minutes away.

Partake of an elegant dinner on the terrace of the orangery: The Farm House’s restaurant serves traditional Algarve dishes made with fresh ingredients from the local markets and fruit and herbs from the resort’s own gardens.


Closest city: Faro

Closest airport: Faro Airport, 20 min

Rooms/suites: 53 rooms (single and double rooms, suites)

Activities and amenities: hydro fitness classes, horseback riding, Casbah spa, Saturday visit to the local market with the hotel chef, fishing in the Ria Formosa nature preserve, boat tours, hiking and much more. In summer, open-air cinema and free transport by car and boat to the beaches on Fuseta Island.



Villa Monte has done some exceptional lobbying, though the focus was less on politics and more on style. The new Lobby Market concept offers anything the heart desires. After you check in at the reception desk, you’ll be hard pressed to decide where to go next: the bar, the lounge, the esplanade, the library, the market featuring local and gourmand products, À Terra restaurant or, last but not least, the hotel manager’s desk.