Elected as the best worldwide destination in 2006, it's easy to see why the Algarve is often called the garden of Portugal. With more than 300 days of sunshine, and an abundance of environmentally certified beaches, the Algarve is the perfect winter destination. Chosen as the "Best European Golf Destination" in 2010, the Algarve is a golfer’s haven, offering many superb courses only minutes away. The Algarve is a unique land of old and new, with a blend of modern cities, marinas, and traditional picturesque fishing villages along the coast. Experience the natural beauty as your family enjoys a well deserved vacation in the sun with plenty to keep everyone busy!
Enjoy a private transfer from Faro Airport to your hotel in Carvoeiro. For your added comfort, we will have an English speaking assistant waiting for you outside the customs with a sign with your name on it. Your representative will help you to co-ordinate meeting up with your private driver and accompany you to your accommodation.
The Vale d'Oliveiras resort has an open air spacious swimming pool with an adjacent children’s pool. The poolside bar "Jasmine" serves drinks and light snacks. The resort also features an excellent Health Club which boasts fitness room, heated indoor pool, Jacuzzi and sauna. The spa offers a large range of massage and beauty treatments.
Consider adding half or full board to your stay at Vale d'Oliveiras. Please speak to your Sales Advisor if you would like meals (other than breakfast) included during your stay.
Outside of the poolside Jasmine Bar where light snacks are served, there is the restaurant The Olive Tree and the Quinta to choose from for dining options. The Olive Tree is located in the exclusive Vale d’Oliveiras Quinta Resort & Spa, and has an adjacent bar with an informal setting and is open to the public. The terrace, overlooking the swimming pools is the perfect place for a relaxing afternoon or a romantic dinner on a hot summer night.
During the day, there is a range of light meals available at the Quinta, which extends from breakfast to lunch and afternoon snacks. The property produces grows a range of products used in the restaurant and the menu is backed by a comprehensive wine list.
Centrally located only 5 minutes from Carvoeiro and within 45 minutes drive of Faro airport, The Vale d’Oliveiras Quinta Townhouses offer one and two bedroom independent suites in the Vale d’Oliveiras Quinta Resort & Spa (5*), located along a tranquil part of the Algarve coast in Portugal. The accommodation is arranged around five leafy, whispering cloisters featuring fountains and other traditional architectural features. Covered walkways run through the gardens connecting each cloister to the heart of the development. Each of the suites have either a garden or a pool view and are located in the wings of the resort and offers outstanding views over the surrounding hills, adjacent golf course and landscaped gardens. The suites are located in two-story low rise buildings, the majority of which are located on the ground floor while some are on the 1st floor and have a balcony. The overall decor reflects a Mediterranean feel with light shades and vivid colors. Alongside the bedroom(s), each suite has a living/dining area with sofa-bed, fireplace, satellite tv with LCD screen and DVD player. There is also a fully fitted kitchen which is equipped with quality appliances and flatware as well as direct dial telephone, air conditioning, electronic safe and internet access. This is truly a home away from home!
Located within the Vale d'Oliveiras boutique Hotel within the resort of the same name, the Spa offers various therapies and treatments.
Kids will love their time at the Vale d'Oliveiras with the Kids club (seasonal) for children from 4 – 12yrs, which includes an outdoor playground, as well as two tennis courts. There is also a swimming pool for small children which is adjacent to the large main pool.
Why not consider leaving the kids with a babysitter this evening in the resort and have a nice romantic dinner a deux?! Please speak to your Sales Advisor if you would like this organised in advance. Alternatively, you can arrange this on site if you prefer to be spontaneous and decide on the day in question.
Close to Carvoeiro is the small traditional town of Ferragudo, which is filled with traditional fishermen's houses. Here you will find a wide range of restaurants offering the most delicious and freshest of dishes. Located across the river estuary of the river Arado, Ferragudo is a photographers dream.
A private driver will pick you up at your hotel and chauffeur you on your full day discovery of the Algarve region. If you only have time for one tour, this is the one. The Historic past of the Algarve starts in Silves, former capital of the Algarve, where you can visit the Moorish Castle and the 13th century Cathedral. In Monchique, you will reach the highest point of Algarve at an altitude of 902 meters, offering a spectacular view. Here you will have some free time to taste the traditional strawberry tree firewater before you drive down the mountain where you can have lunch. In Lagos, known as the city of the discoveries, you will have free time to visit the Museum and Saint Anthony’s Gold Church, after which you will pass through Sagres Fortress, stopping at the westernmost point of mainland Europe, Cape St. Vincent. The cost of the tour does not include any food/beverages, or any entrance fees.
Consider adding a professional, English speaking guide to your tour today to get the most out of your excursion. Please let your Sales Advisor know if you would like a guide added for your days' activity.
The Algarve is one of the world’s great golfing destinations and as the resort is centrally located in the region, plenty of superb courses are only a short drive away from Vale d’Oliveiras Quinta Resort & Spa. In fact two courses, Vale da Pinta and Gramacho with their David Leadbetter Golf Academy, are literally right next door. In addition, the Via do Infante motorway leads directly into Andalucia (Spain) which means that many splendid Spanish golf courses are also within easy reach. Golf tee times can be arranged through your Sales Advisor in advance if desired.
Consider a half day private tour to Lagos and Sagres. Lagos is Algarve’s most historical city, while Sagres, a key location in the Age of Discoveries, features the Sargres Point fortress. Another half day option is to Loule market on Saturdays which would give you the opportunity to visit one of the most important cities of the Algarvian country side and enjoy one of the biggest gipsy markets of Algarve. There is a gypsy market in Quarteira on Wednesdays which you could combine with a visit of Vilamoura marina, the largest marina in Europe. Full day tour options include visiting Lisbon or Seville. Please speak to your Sales Advisor if you are interested in adding any of these optional tours to your itinerary.
Avail of bicycle hire at the resort and explore the area at leisure. Bike hire can be done directly onsite.
There are a number of family friendly attractions nearby that you may like to spend time at. The Zoomarine, Slide & Splash Waterslide Park & Silves Castle. Zoomarine is an Oceanographic Theme Park, located in Guia, a few kilometres from Albufeira. Watch presentations with dolphins, seals and sea lions, with tropical birds and birds of prey. There is also an amazing aquarium with sharks, various habitats, Cinema4D, attractions, amusements and swimming pools. For a memorable day, you may like to add The Dolphin Emotions Premium experience to your day’s activities. This starts with an educational talk, imparting various facts about the bottlenose dolphin, its biology and ecology. Then, participants spend about 30 minutes in the water where, under the supervision of a trainer, guests are invited to meet the dolphins, experience moments of tenderness and affection and perform an aquatic behaviour sequence with these extraordinary ambassadors of the ocean.
The Slide & Splash Waterslide Park is a large water park perfect for a great family day out. The park is a 30 minunte drive from Albufeira, and only a 5 minute drive from Vale d`Oliveiras.
Why not consider a trip to explore Silves Castle which lies in the town of Silves in the Algarve province. The castle was built on the site of late Roman or Visigothic fortifications from the 4th/5th centuries, during the Moorish occupation which started around 715, and was part of the city walls that surrounded the town. To the Moors, this town which they called Xelb, was their regional capital. It is situated near the now silted up Arade river. There were two entrances to the castle grounds; the main gate defended by two towers and a so-called 'traitors-gate'. This was situated close to a projecting tower which served as a keep in the northern wall but was bricked up during one of the restorations. Four of the towers which were modified at the time of reconstruction work carried out in the 14th/15th century, have gothic doorways, vaulted halls and stones bearing the marks of medieval masons. Inside the castle nothing remains of the buildings that must have been there but partially excavated foundations. Two cisterns do remain; a small one, 60 meters deep and of Roman origin, and a larger one. The larger one is called 'El Moura Encantada', after a legend that says you can hear a Moorish princess mourning her beloved at this well where he committed suicide. This cistern has four vaults supported by tall columns but is permanently closed.
Please speak with your Sales Advisor if you would like private transportation arranged to get you to and from any of these family friendly sites.
Enjoy a private transfer from your hotel in Carvoeiro to Faro Airport.
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