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|Dona Filipa Hotel||5*L||Almancil (Vale do Lobo)||Portugal|
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Vale do Lobo is located approximately 15 minutes drive from Faro International Airport, in the heart of the regions golfing paradise, surrounded by lush golf courses and pinewoods overlooking the sea. Further a field, within 15 minutes drive you will find a whole diversity of entertainments, including excellent golfing, water sports, sailing deep sea fishing and a sophisticated casino. This is the art of living in the Algarve: total rest and relaxation under clear, blue gloriously sunny skies. The hotel is famous for delivering traditional Portuguese style and charm, with all the comfort, luxury and elegance you would expect from an award winning five-star hotel. After a great round on the golf course, a relaxing trip to the beach, or even a fun filled day exploring the extensive natural beauty nearby and nature reserves... you'll be welcomed back into a luxury room containing everything you need to relax and recharge for the next stage of your dream Algarve holiday.
San Lorenzo Golf Course, exclusive to our Hotel guests is considered as one the best golf courses in Europe and is without a doubt is one of the most beautiful in Portugal. The golf course was designed by the American architects, Joseph Lee and Rocky Roquemore, and is one of the most demanding and remarkable courses in the Algarve. Located in Quinta do Logo and just a 10 minute courtesy bus ride from the hotel, San Lorenzo Golf Course has become the showpiece of the Algarve, with its superbly manicured fairways maintained by the green keeper's policy of preparing it as if for a new tournament each and every day. San Lorenzo Golf Course designed by American Joseph Lee, opened in 1988 and remains etched in the memory of all who play it. The course is a combination of natural beauty, pristine presentation and hole after hole of challenging golf. Having received countless awards, the San Lorenzo Golf Course is considered one of the best golf courses, not only in Europe, but ranked worldwide. While much of the San Lorenzo Golf Course meanders through typical pine woods, it also opens to magnificent ocean vistas and distant mountain backdrops. A good part of the San Lorenzo Golf Course is virtually an extension of the nature reserve of the Ria Formosa Estuary with fairways that run alongside saltwater marshes and freshwater lagoons. This protected environment is the habitat of over 70 bird species, including herons, hoopoes, white storks, coots, black-winged stilts and the rare purple gallinule.
Nearby there are other important golf clubs including: Quinta do Lago; Pinheiros Altos Golf Resort; Pinhal Golf Course; Oceânico Golf; Vale do Lobo Ocean Golf Course.
Dona Filipa Hotel prides itself in its excellent service and tries to exceed each and every guests' expectation from the moment of reservation to the last minute of check-out. With this commitment to a high standard of service, the Dona Filipa Hotel offers guests a variety of services: 24h/24 business centre, 24h/24 concierge, 24h/24 room service, 24h/24 security, baby-sitting on request, billiards and games room, business and secretarial services, car rental service (upon request), currency exchange, florist service (on request), Golf Pro shop (at San Lorenzo Golf Course), parking facilities (exclusive for Hotel guests), personalised wake-up call, laundry and dry cleaning, luggage storage, medical services, mini golf, Wi-Fi Internet access (complete coverage throughout the Hotel). Please note that in accordance with Portuguese law, the Hotel is a non smoking property.
Drinks & Dining Facilities at Dona Filipa Hotel:
The concept of elegance combined with a touch of uniqueness is provided in all services at the Dona Filipa Hotel, especially within its dining facilities. The comfortable atmosphere in all the public areas, bars and restaurants is enhanced by the quality of staff on hand to tend to your every need. Expert service and elegant surroundings ensure a memorable dining experience at the Dona Filipa Hotel.
Culinary Richness: Portugal is renowned for its culinary richness and the restaurants at Dona Filipa Hotel certainly reflect this in the traditional charm and beautiful settings of each dining experience. Our dishes are prepared with the freshest ingredients in the Algarve, by experienced staff, to guarantee a unique dining experience. Whatever your tastes may be, from seafood specialities to regional or international cuisine, Dona Filipa Hotel's restaurants and bars are at your service!
Outdoor Swimming Pool
Dona Filipa Hotel has 2 swimming pools: one for adults and a smaller adjacent swimming pool for children. The Hotel's swimming pool area, with mesmerizing views to the Altantic Ocean, is the ideal place, not only for a tan, but to read a book, relax or simply have a drink or snack.
Tennis enthusiasts are able to enjoy three ATP, all weather hard surface tennis courts. All the courts are flood lit, for players wanting to play at night. The Hotels courts are located on site, next to the Hotel swimming pool. Tennis lessons are available with the hotel tennis pro José Nunes and his team. The scheduling of tennis lessons, equipment rental should be done with our Front Office, or preferably requested prior to arrival.
Dona Filipa Exclusive Beach Club
There are no private beaches in Portugal, however, to make our guests feel more special and extend our quality service, Dona Filipa Hotel has an exclusive area on the beach for hotel guests, situated a mere 200 metres away. During the summer months, the hotel beach club supplies guests with approximately 70 courtesy sun beds, parasols as well as beach towels. Beverage and Snack Service on Vale do Lobo Beach. In search of how we could improve our service and our guests experience, a complement to our beach club is our beverage and snack service at our Beach Club at Vale do Lobo beach.
Vale do Lobo Royal Spa
Relaxation is the art and science of achieving an ultimate sense of calmness and tranquillity that soothes the mind and body, and improves health and wellbeing. Effective relaxation is rejuvenating. Dona Filipa Hotel provides guests with 2 alternatives desiring a stay orientated to relax, revitalize and unwind: our in-house beauty treatment facilities or access to the Vale do Lobo Royal Spa with special rates.
Dona Filipa: Bella Mani Beauty Treatments: From specialised hair treatments, to manicures, pedicures and everything in between, Dona Filipa's extensive in-house beauty experiences will have you looking and feeling your best, no matter what the occasion. Take a look at the extensive list of Bella Mani treatments here... Located a mere 500 m from the Dona Filipa Hotel: Indulge your senses, soothe your body and revitalise your spirit with time spent in the Royal Spa saunas, hammam, steam room and Vichy shower. Then plunge into the cool, naturally lit pool, where water jets provide the perfect aqua massage. Linger in the poolside Jacuzzi or shower off and luxuriate on comfortable loungers on the spacious poolside deck.
Business Services and Internet to Meet the Needs of Guests
Located in the lobby area of the Hotel, our 24-hour business center meets the needs of all busy business travellers, guests in need of a computer or internet access (a fee applies). Dona Filipa Hotel's business center provides guests with: 3 fully equipped computer workstations (with headsets and webcams), 1 workstation for guests with laptops, 1 printer, photocopying and faxing facilities (at the Front Office), Hotspot internet access (WI-FI throughout the public areas).
Standard features and services available in all rooms and suites: air conditioning, bathroom amenities, digital safe, direct phone line, hairdryer, LCD TV (32in), makeup mirror, minibar, outlet adaptors, radio channels (via TV), robe, smoke detectors, turndown service, VOD (video on demand), voicemail, wakeup call service (automatic or personalized), WIFI, Services represent an additional charge.
Exceptionally presented with classic Portuguese décor and style. These rooms incorporate traditional pastel tones, cooling terracotta and come with a distinctive ambience that is both bright and airy. The classic rooms all come with twin or double beds, a balcony and have views overlooking the hotel garden, winter garden or luxury villas. Classic Rooms are also available as interconnecting rooms, giving you the perfect option for family travel. Twin beds may also be joined together to form a double at the guests request.
Classic Portuguese décor and style with a view. Decorated in warm pastel tones, with traditional terracotta and cooling stone floors, the Deluxe Rooms at Dona Filipa offer luxury, comfort and Portuguese style. The Deluxe Rooms all come with twin or double beds, an airy balcony and have great views across the the Vale do Lobo course golf and Atlantic Ocean. Our Deluxe range are also available as interconnecting rooms, giving you the perfect option for family travel. Twin beds may also be joined together to form a double on request.
Premium Garden Rooms
Modern elegance with traditional Portuguese charm. Premium Garden View Rooms have all been recently refurbished to the highest possible standards and incorporate modern elegance with traditional Portuguese charm. All rooms are available as either twins (2 Single beds: 100x200cm) or doubles (1 Emperor size bed: 220x200cm) and all offer startling views of the beautiful hotel gardens from your picturesque balcony. The rooms embrace natural lighting and feature relaxing earth tones and blue colour palettes, making these rooms the perfect place to unwind and relax after a great game of golf, or a day out under the Algarve sun.
Premium Golf-Sea Rooms
Modern elegance with traditional Portuguese char. Clean lines and contemporary furnishings, along with a stunning range of delicate traditional touches give these rooms an elegant and airy feel that must be seen to be believed. Through the use of clever architecture, all premium golf-sea rooms embrace the warm natural lighting and feature relaxing earth tones and blue colour palettes. You will be hard pressed to find a better place to relax after a long day on the golf course, or a perfect day out in the warming Algarve sun. A particular highlight is of course the view, which affords scenes of the crystal clear ocean... or the perfectly manicured golf courses that surround the hotel. The bathrooms are resplendent with cooling colours, traditional marble and the highest quality finishes.
Spacious and Open Plan. From the traditional flooring to the light, delicate décor, the Junior Suites at the Dona Filipa Hotel exude old world charm, whilst simultaneously appearing welcoming and receptive. Refreshingly larger than our standard Deluxe Rooms, the Junior Suites at Dona Filipa Hotel are ideal for winding down in after a long day on the golf course... or a sun soaked day at the beach. Here you will find relaxing living quarters, with settees and traditional furnishings... along with a cooling balcony to enjoy the crisp Algarve air and gorgeous weather. In addition to the spacious living area, you will find suites with two bedding options: twin bed (100x200 cm) or a caesar size bed (240x225cm); and two bathrooms, both featuring cooling colours and glistening marble.
Luxury Living with Stunning Views. Traditionally decorated and built with luxury in mind, each one of the Atlantic Suites will leave you breathless as you gaze across the blue expanse of the cooling Atlantic Ocean. Complete with spacious open plan living area, king size bed (200x200cm), and an expansive balcony, you'll be amazed at the space and contemporary luxury on offer. Step into the bathroom and you'll find the finest marble complementing a walk in raindrop shower, enormous corner bath and impressive fittings. If you're looking for cooling, modern décor, in a distinctive Portuguese style, with all the trappings of luxury you'd expect from a five-star hotel suite... look no further than Dona Filipa's highly regarded Atlantic Suites.
Offering all the amenities and luxury of our Atlantic Suites... but with even more space. Step inside these cavernous open plan suites and experience five-star luxury in a setting that is pure Portuguese paradise. Complete with a giant balcony overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, spacious, and luxuriously presented open plan living room and a king size bed (200x200 cm), the Ocean Suite caters for families up to two adults and two children (up to 12 years of age). The bathroom is stunningly presented with a walk in raindrop shower, large corner bath... whilst the luxury fixtures and fittings are surrounded by the finest marble.
If you're looking for luxury, the perfect place to relax... and only the finest in spacious five-star trappings, then our Ocean Suites are exactly what you've been looking for.
Refined, Spacious, Desirable. Step into a world of abject luxury, and experience some of the finest suites ever offered to the public in the whole of the Algarve. Newly decorated in a blend of traditional Portuguese style with a modern contemporary feel, these rooms blend a cooling blue décor, with wood panels and stunning stone floors. With a generous separate living room, boasting a range of elegant furnishings, you are perfectly equipped for lazy evenings after a great day of golf, or a stunning day out at the local spa. Each suite also boasts an expansive balcony and stunning views of parcial golf and sea view. The suites are comprised of one bedroom and a living room, but can be changed to two separate bedrooms, with the option of twin beds (110x200 cm) or two king size beds (220x200cm). All suites have large and spacious bathrooms dressed in the finest marble and featuring walk in raindrop showers.
The Platinum Suite
Superb Luxury in an Exceptional Setting. Stylishly decorated in a range of blues and gentle earth tones, the Platinum Suite at Dona Filipa Hotel is a five-star taste of the Algarve high life. Complete with generous bedroom and separate living room, guests will be amazed by the space, style and stunning views... and with the living room easily converted to an extra bedroom via the use of a Murphy bed, you have the option to sleep up to four adults in this exceptional setting. The bathroom in this luxury suite boasts swathes of marble fixtures, a giant double-ended oval bath and an expansive walk in raindrop shower... perfect for leisurely relaxing after a hard day in the course, or a long day on the picturesque Vale do Lobo beach. And with a large, exclusive balcony boasting superb views out across the Atlantic, you'll be feeling like pampered royalty... in one of the finest suites ever put together in the Algarve.
The Presidential Penthouse
One of the Finest Suites in the Algarve. Decorated to the highest standards of luxury and opulence, the Presidential Suite at the Dona Filpa Hotel provides an escape into an exclusive world. The purview of royalty, political leaders and A-List celebrities, this five-star slice of the high life will turn any vacation into the holiday of a lifetime. With two large bedrooms, a well-proportioned living room, walk-in-closet, two luxury bathrooms and a prime balcony overlooking golf courses and the ocean... you will be hard pressed to find a better suite in the exclusive Vale do Lobo area. The living areas are carefully decorated in cooling blues and neutral tones, with traditional Portuguese flooring and delicate terracotta finishings... whilst the two bathrooms boast the finest marble, oval double-ended baths, walk-in raindrop showers and the finest linen available. Guests staying in this exclusive suite will be entering a world of refinement, elegant and class... which they will not one to leave, and will not be able to better.
The Algarve, the southernmost region of Portugal, is a province where endless blue skies grace a countryside trimmed by golden shores. Inland, the orange groves and blossoming almond trees add colour to this unique region in contrast with the whitewashed traditional houses. Long, golden sandy beaches lapped by crystal waters, picturesque rocky cliffs and coves, century old Roman and Moorish influenced architecture - the Algarve offers its guests a brilliantly colourful welcome and unique local cuisine, all blessed by the finest weather in Europe.
Enjoy Nature Trails, Beach Exploring and Wildlife by Vale do Lobo
It’s no secret Vale do Lobo is an action-packed resort. From golf to water sports, tennis to yoga, guests visiting the luxury resort can take part in a huge range of activities, sports and classes during their holiday. But one of the most enjoyable ways to raise your heart-rate at Vale do Lobo, won’t cost you a penny. There are several picturesque hiking trails in and around the resort to enjoy the fresh air, explore nature and take in the stunning sea views. Rent bicycles, put your walking boots on or go for a jog along these beautiful trails next time you visit Vale do Lobo.
The São Lourenço Trail: A Taste of Local Culture
Just a short 15 minute drive down the coast from Vale do Lobo, is the Quinta do Lago resort – and the ideal place to start a walk or cycle. The São Lourenço Trail goes right through the salt marshes and lagoons of Ria Formosa Nature Reserve where you can spot aquatic birds such as the rare Purple Swamp-hen and Flamingos, as well as the famous Portuguese Waterdog. Here you will also meet the friendly locals who expertly farm shellfish out on the tidal flats. If you’re on foot, head to the dunes for superb views but you might want to avoid the sands if you’re on bikes! You’ll end up at Faro Island and, when it’s low tide, ramblers can explore the other smaller isles of golden-white sand with crystal clear turquoise pools. Here you might spot sea anemones and starfish in the warm, shallow waters or glimpse a Glossy Ibis. Instead of heading South-East down the coast, you could take a Western route out of Quinta do Lago, in the direction of the lake. These trails lead to the Dunas Douradas beach club –for an ice-cold drink at the end of an energetic ramble. Wander shady forests of huge carob trees and Eucalyptus groves. In the woodlands, you can spot the colourful Hoopoes and listen out for the Sardinian Warbler. Alternatively, stay near the lake to glimpse the luxury private villas that line its banks. In this wood you can also find 2nd century Ancient Roman ruins. They used this area to make a popular condiment of the time – garum – made from fermented fish intestines! If you get peckish and would rather taste something more contemporary, there’s the Casa do Lago restaurant on your route so pop in for a bite.
The Ludo Trail: A Paradise for Nature-Lovers
Just beyond Quinta do Lago, still only around a 15 minute drive from Vale do Lobo, ramblers will find the Ludo Trail. This route is best explored in the late afternoon or evening - the sunset views over the sea are incomparable. The trail is also popular because it is a paradise for nature-lovers and bird-watchers. We recommend taking a nature book along if you want to identify the wildlife you see along your route, as well as a good camera and pair of binoculars. From scarlet dragonflies to flamingos, marine birds to huge jumping fish, there’s never a dull moment on the Ludo Trail. When you arrive you’ll see your trail has lagoons on either side but the vegetation and wildlife in each of these is very different, because of their position in relation to the sea. To the right is a more constant, settled ecosystem as it’s slightly away from the ocean – here you’ll find moorhens, ducks and coots who use the bulrushes and reeds as their homes. On the left side, slow-moving saltwater means the plants are mostly sea-thriving and the life they sustain is aquatic. The salt pans that make up this area are home to a variety of wader birds whose long legs are perfect for these salty marshlands. Walkers should look out for the Spoonbill and Black-winged Stilt paddling around the lagoons. On the mudflats, you’ll observe the Greenshank or Kentish Plover, probing the sludge for sea worms and small fish. Once out of the forest, you’ll head for the beach where, if you’re lucky, you can see Mediterranean Turtles soaking up rays on the beach. They are quiet, private animals so you must be silent to see them – patience really pays off here. Walking past the huge, pyramid-like piles of sea salt, you’ll notice they vary in colour from red and orange through to yellow and the crystal-like white we are familiar with – this is due to different bacteria in the salt. Turning left back onto the original path you started on, if you’ve timed it well, you will see the fiery orange glow of the sunset, intensified in the reflection on the sea. This vantage-point offers an utterly breath-taking view – put your camera and binoculars away and just take in the changing sky.
Head West: Vilamoura Sandy Routes
Just a 25 minute drive up the coast West from Vale do Lobo, is the resort of Vilamoura. This area caters to those seeking an active holiday – as well as golf, they have a public bicycle system and plenty of safe cycle lanes to get you moving. Getting off the beaten track in Vilamoura is easy. If you start at the popular Millennium Golf Course you’ll come to a junction where you join the main avenue – here you take a right turn. At first you will walk through peaceful, residential areas but this will eventually lead you to a beautiful trail right through the rushes. There are lots of sandy trails around here that all lead walkers in the direction of the beautiful Falesia beach. Keep an eye out for wildlife along these sandy pathways – you’ll meet a river and if you stick around long enough, you will see an array of birds and other species. When you get to the beach itself, cross over the river by taking the bridge to enjoy the coastal views. Walking the soft sand is great exercise as it works your body harder than working on flat, hard surfaces… and this is one of the longest stretches of beach in Portugal! There is also a river route if you want a different return journey – just walk alongside the river you’ll have crossed to get to the beach and spot some Algarve wildlife. This river leads out into the ocean and is teaming with fish – kids in particular will love this alternative. There are also a number of beach clubs dotted along the route to rest tired feet and quench your thirst.
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