Sport, Spas & Spices: 5 Reasons A Luxury Portugal Getaway Is The Dream Vacay
It's that time of year, isn't it?
Winter should be a distant memory, but it's clawing on with every chilly talon, while Summer is on the brain and yet feels a million miles away.
So there's no better time to speed up the seasonal transition by booking yourself on a sunshine break - and thankfully Portugal has weather that'll give you all the Vitamin D Spring, Summer and beyond.
We headed to Portgual's south coast, and the Anantara Vilamoura Algarve Resort to get our sunshine on. As if you needed them, here are five handy tips why a short (or long) stay in Portgual is the bestest...
1. The food
You guys, the food.
If you’re a even a little bit of a foodie, or watching every single MTV NOM video has got you salivating for something other than pub grub or beans from the back of the pantry, then Portuguese cuisine takes things to a whole new level, with the resort offering “Dining by Design”, which pairs you with a personal chef and wine guru to handcraft your very Masterchef experience.
Their “Spice Spoons” cooking class is a must do. Your chef will take you to explore the famous Loulé food market (Instagram HEAVEN) where you will buy the produce and take it back to the hotel for a Portuguese cooking class that will knock your socks off.
2. The spa
What’s a luxury getaway without a spa day, right!? The award winning Anantara Spa is the blissed-out oasis that awaits you; your reward from the hard slog of the 9 - 5 and this seemingly never-ending winter.
A fusion of old Mediterranean therapies, timeless Turkish hammam rituals and exotic Asian treatments will melt away your worries and having you snoring away on the massage bed in no time at all.
3. The golf (yes, really)
If getting pampered and preened isn’t your scene (then ((a)) we can’t be friends, and ((b)) your body deserves some time-out), Anantara Vilamoura has a little golf course you can have a putt around.
Okay, it’s mildly more impressive that little.
Okay fine, it’s so good that the 2018 Portugal Golf Masters European Tour is being held their from the 20th - 23rd of September.
And they can get you in fighting shape to take out the championship with Ananatra’s Golf Discovery package where you will get top tips from their golf guru.
Yeah, you’ll totally win.
4. The beach
You can’t go to Portugal and not go to the beach, right? While Anantara Vilamoura isn’t right on the shores of the ocean, it is but a Tuk Tuk ride away. While not a quintessentially Portuguese method of transport it is a fantastic way to take in your local surroundings.
Praia da Falésia beach is perfect for a quick swim, a spot of surfing or long walks hand-in-hand with your loved one gazing into each other’s eyes.
Or take your dog - at least they won’t eat the last Portuguese tart.
5. The hotel
Just. This. Hotel. It’s stunning, and the recent refurbishment has absolutely done the surroundings of the Algarve justice.
You can melt away hours getting that “make your colleagues super jealous” European tan by the pool (there’s an adults-only one, too) or just laze in your Grand Designs-esq hotel room and pretend like your bed at home will totally be just as good.
By Beth Lloyd
MTV Stayed With... Anantara Vilamoura nightly rates start at £223 / €255 in a Deluxe Double room for two persons on a b&b basis with VAT included. For more information, visit https://vilamoura.anantara.com/.