The Pousada Convento Tavira offers a comfortable, historic base for exploring the quaint town of Tavira and the nearby beaches.
Set back from the coast overlooking the Victoria Golf Course and around a ten-minute shuttle from the beach at Vilamoura, the Anantara Vilamoura offers understated style and refined relaxation in Portugal’s Algarve. The first European venture from the Anantara spa brand, the focus here is on well-being and serenity.
The 280 rooms are spread across the extensive property and decorated in a chic, contemporary style with the subtle browns and blues and the sleek wooden furnishings mimicking the tones and textures of the Algarve. Each room also has its own private balcony with a day bed, and a spacious bathroom stocked with local products.
Outside, there are two large swimming pools, one of which is reserved exclusively for adults, as well as a kids club. There are several dining options including a contemporary Portuguese restaurant, wine bar and Veuve Cliquot poolside Champagne bar. Inside, the hotel’s signature spa provides a stylish place to unwind or you could venture over to the nearby Victoria Golf Course, which was designed by Arnold Palmer and is home to the annual Portugal Masters.
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The rooms are contemporary and comfortable, with fresh, natural tones in the linens and furniture and bright natural light streaming in through the large windows. With all standard amenities such as free Wi-Fi, air conditioning and TVs, Anantara has added extra touches such as private balconies with day beds, iPod docking stations and espresso machines. Some rooms also offer views over the gardens, pool or golf courses, and suites offer additional services such as a dedicated butler and binoculars.
Located in the heart of the Algarve overlooking the leafy Victoria Golf Course, the hotel is secluded in its own complex but still close to the marina and beach at Vilamoura which is about a ten-minute drive away. The airport in Faro and the Ria Formosa Natural Park are about 30 minutes away, while Lisbon can be reached in less than three hours by car.
Food and drink
The hotel has seven different bars and restaurants, with an additional option for pre-arranged bespoke private dining. The Victoria Restaurant serves a gourmet local buffet for breakfast and dinner, while at Ria and Emo you’ll find seafood and traditional Portuguese cuisine from an à la carte menu. A shuttle will take you to the beachfront bar and restaurant, or you may wish to relax by one of the pool bars.
There are several options available for those visiting with children, including special treats upon check-in and a dedicated kids’ club with supervised activities. Older children can take advantage of athletic clinics led by experts. The hotel also offers a babysitting service which can be arranged in advance.
Facilities and activities
The Anantara Spa has dedicated rooms offering signature treatments, as well as a sauna and Turkish bath. The spa also features a pool which is exclusively for guests staying in suites, though throughout the property you’ll find three additional pools, including a children’s pool and an adults-only pool. The hotel also overlooks the Victoria Golf Course, which hosts the Portugal Masters.
While not located directly on the beach, the Anantara Vilamoura is a great option for some relaxation and downtime. We particularly recommend it for those interested in golf due to the property’s close relationship with the Victoria Golf Course.
Places & hotels on the map
Alternative places to stay nearby
Where possible, we like to offer a range of accommodation for each stop of your trip, chosen by our specialists as some of their favourite places to stay. To help you make the right choice, we give each property a rating based on its facilities and service, but we also look for hotels with distinct character or a location that can’t be bettered.
Surrounded by fragrant pine trees and just a short walk from a wide, sandy beach, Praia Verde Boutique hotel is a retreat in a quiet stretch of Portugal’s Algarve.
An intimate waterfront retreat, Vila Joya is one of the most luxurious hotels in the region. It allows guests to unwind in great comfort and offers a wide range of facilities as well as a restaurant with two Michelin stars.
A bucolic boutique hotel surrounded by pretty gardens in the heart of the rural Algarve, Vila Monte Farm offers a range of facilities including two outdoor swimming pools, an open-air cinema along with two excellent restaurants focussing on regional cuisine.
Set along a sandy stretch of the Algarve coast, Vila Vita Parc is a relaxing getaway offering chic accommodation and extensive facilities and activities. Its well-thought out design and expert management means it suits couples and families equally well.
Experiences while staying here
The following activities are designed to give you the most authentic experiences of the area where you’re staying. We work with local guides, who use their knowledge and often a resident’s eye to show you the main sights and more out-of-the-way attractions. Our specialists can also suggest outdoor pursuits and activities, such as cooking classes, that will introduce you to the traditions of the area’s inhabitants.
Explore Portugal’s southern coast on this full-day walking tour from Lagos. The hike takes in the city itself as well as the cliffs at the Ponta da Piedade, before heading for the remote village of Sagres overlooking the Atlantic.
Learn how to make the Algarve’s signature dish — cataplana — a combination of fresh seafood, vegetables and spices, on this half-day cooking course with a private chef. You’ll be guided around Faro’s central market and then cook the dish in a local restaurant in the city’s historic old town.