What it is
A glammed up 134-room resort on Portugal’s southernmost shores, with six bars and restaurants, an airy spa and salon, and sculptural outdoor pool that’s ultra-sceney.
What it isn't
Lacking in perks. W’s pampering service is at-the-ready here, with turndown, 24-hour room service, dry cleaning, and more.
What we think
When you think of Europe’s best beaches, no doubt Ibiza and Sardinia come to mind…but for our money, Albufeira is tops, too. And W Algarve has made it as luxe as humanly possible. Guest rooms are nothing less than delectable, with their turquoise and white color palettes; LED backlit headboards; private balconies (perfect for your morning cup of galão); floor to ceiling windows; and jaw-dropping panoramas over the water. The aptly-named Wonderful rooms are just that, with 635 square foot floor plans, pillow-top mattresses, and artful bathrooms that look more like intimate spas. We find it’s worth upgrading to the Extreme Wow suite, though, for a king bed, separate living room and even a private pool within the ginormous 2,927 square foot layout.
You're here because
You want to check in and chillax, so are delighted the resort has a whopping SIX restaurants. Market Kitchen might just be your favorite, thanks to the most insanely delicious orange cheesecake (made with local ingredients, natch) you’ve ever tasted.
After a couple hours lounging by the pool, you’re ready to indulge bigly…and beeline straight for the spa, where the diamond cocoon experience facial and citrus drench antioxidant wrap have you feeling brand-spanking-new.
Restaurants & Bars
Market Kitchen - Playful interpretations of Portuguese cuisine and international favorites that are both farm and ocean fresh
Paper Moon - Italian cuisine staples serving award winning plates.
Sip @ WET - Coastal cocktails and health-inspired cuisine that bring flair and flavor from Asia to the Mediterranean coast
W Lounge - Portuguese coffee tradition, innovative mixology, and tapas
Mere moments from the beach in the Algarve region; don’t miss the stretch of bisquit-hued sand and glass clear waters of Praia do Castelo. Lisbon’s Humberto Delgado Airport is two hours and 20 minutes drive.