Luxury Algarve Holidays

Portugal's golden lining


Located on the south coast of Portugal, the main draw of holidays in the Algarve is its pristine beaches. Drive along the coastline and find your own secluded spot or quiet bay or enjoy the lively and bustling sweeping golden bays which are backed by family friendly tavernas and offer water sports galore. Whether you’re travelling with the family, as a couple or want to explore the golf, spas and more you’ll find the ideal holiday in the Algarve.

At Sovereign we’ll help you choose the perfect base from which to explore. The sleepy village of Porches is full of local arts and culture, as well as pretty little streets with family run cafés and bars and quiet coves full of loungers and parasols. Vilamoura offers a more cosmopolitan atmosphere, with its bustling marina where luxury yachts and little fishing boats moor side by side, and two beaches to choose from.

Luxury holidays in Algarve

Whether it’s a relaxing holiday in a sleepy little village or an upmarket spa or golf retreat, you’ll find your perfect luxury holiday in the Algarve. Spend lazy days on the golden sands of the beach, or choose from one of our many hand picked hotels. Here you’ll find infinity pools, elegant interiors and menus designed by Michelin starred chefs. Full service spas offer the chance to leave feeling rejuvenated and refreshed while there are professional standard golf courses dotted along the coast. Soak up the sun as you enjoy the views of the glittering sea.

Explore pretty old towns which date back to ancient times and former fishing villages which retain much of their whitewashed beauty. Drop into pretty little churches and admire views of the sparkling ocean. Take a romantic boat trip along the coastline and stop off in secluded coves where you can enjoy a picnic lunch or snorkel with the exotic fish.

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Your plans, our expertise

Start planning your Sovereign holiday by getting in touch with one of our Personal Travel Planners.

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Our pick of the top hotels on the Algarve

Every one of our hotels is handpicked and personally visited by our team


Algarve, Vilamoura

Domes Lake Algarve, Autograph Collection
  • Five star facilities include three swimming pools, restaurants and bars
  • Relax in the spa or on the sun loungers and terraces
  • Beautiful architecture and gardens make this ideal for a tranquil break

Algarve, Vilamoura

Anantara Vilamoura Algarve Resort
  • 5-star contemporary resort sat on the edge of an exquisite golf course
  • A wide range of dining experiences, including traditional Portuguese cuisine
  • Adults only areas for moments of relaxation
  • Exciting kids club and babysitting 24 hours a day for families
  • Indulgent spa combining Mediterranean therapies with Thai techniques

Algarve, Porches

Vila Vita Parc
  • Elegant Moorish style accommodation in the village of Porches, famous for its handicrafts
  • Tranquil sandy beach as well as seven swimming pools
  • Bright, contemporary rooms inspired by the Algarve seaside
  • Nine hole pitch and putt green with lessons on offer too
  • A plethora of twelve restaurants offering a variety of cuisine

Algarve, Praia da Falesia

Pine Cliffs Residence, a Luxury Collection Resort
Recently awarded “Best Family Resort” in Europe by the World Luxury Hotel Awards, Pine Cliffs Resort is the perfect family offering. Bigger families or groups will enjoy the additional space of a large suite at Pine Cliffs Residence. These two- or three-bedroom apartments have separate living spaces and fully equipped kitchen areas giving you that added flexibility and privacy.  

Algarve, Quinta do Lago

Conrad Algarve
  • Situated by pristine beaches and a beautiful natural park
  • Perfect for couples and families with a range of restaurants and pools
  • A luxurious, contemporary 5-star hotel with spacious, modern rooms

Algarve, Lagos

Iberostar Selection Lagos Algarve
  • Four swimming pools onsite to enjoy 
  • Near to the historic and vibrant city of Lagos, Portugal 
  • Direct access to nearby Meia Praia Beach 
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Family holidays in the Algarve

With such a short flight time from the UK to the Algarve this is the ideal place to spend a few weeks as a family. Play golf and tennis, hike or bike through the local countryside or hop from fishing village to fishing village and find your favourite. 

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Destinations in Algarve
Promenade along street in Carvoeiro fishing village with view of colourful houses on beach, Algarve, Portugal
Known for its spectacular coastline and picturesque cliffs, Carvoeiro is a feast for the senses in the Algarve. With plenty of activities to keep everyone entertained, it’s the perfect destination for your next Portuguese escape. 
Lagos sets its beaches and medieval old town in the western Algarve. The super-sized sands of Meia Praia star, along with a cluster of pretty headland coves.
Pine Cliffs Resort, Praia Da Falesia
With a choice of four excellent hotels within the resort, Pine Cliffs appeals to families and couples, with an array of facilities and activities available for all.
Porches has all the hallmarks of a traditional Portuguese parish. Fishing boats haul their catch from beach to restaurant, pottery workshops speckle the main road, and pretty churches glow dove-white.
Aerial overview of luxury villas located around Quinta do Lago, Algarve, Portugal, Europe. Drone shot in the green zone.
Quinta Do Lago
Quinta do Lago is a beach resort with great golfing credentials. The setting? Ria Formosa Nature Park, where wooden bridges sweep over the estuary and dunes to the sandy beach.
Vilamoura, in the central Algarve, has been a glamorous port since Roman times. These days, a superyacht-speckled marina, casino and golf courses accessorise this beachside town.

Typical Costs

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Flight Information

Flights from the UK to the Algarve take around 2 hours 40 minutes.

When to go

Summers in the Algarve get pretty scorching, so beach-goers can expect the mercury to top 30°C in July and August. The shoulder months of April, May and October stay at a pleasantly toasty low 20s, and even in winter, things rarely drop below 15°C – ideal for year-round golfers. 

Visa Information

Currently visas are not required for UK citizens travelling to Portugal.


A service charge won’t typically be added to your restaurant bill in the Algarve, so it’s common to leave a tip of around 10% of the bill. The same goes for taxi drivers – aim for 10% or round up your fare to the nearest euro. Tipping is not expected for bar staff, hotel porters or maids, although a euro or two would be appreciated for excellent service. 

Introduction to languages

The official language of Portugal is Portuguese. English is widely spoken too, so getting by is easy.

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