This stunning resort is perfect for couples, families and groups, with separate adults-only and family areas and a lengthy beach.

VidaMar Resort Hotel Algarve sits among swathes of palms in a beautiful natural spot on Portugal’s south coast. It’s next to Salgados Golf Course and Salgados Lagoon Nature Reserve – one of the most important freshwater wetlands in the Algarve which is a popular spot for bird watching – and just 150 metres down a wooden walkway you’ll find the four-mile-long Praia dos Salgados. The hotel has a great range of facilities, whether it’s just the two of you or you’ve got the kids with you. There are separate adults-only (16+) and family areas and four outdoor saltwater pools; teens have a games room and at VidaClub children can enjoy sports workshops and a reading room. VidaClub is also home to a new spa area for 4 to 12 year olds, open all year and with a special treatment menu – just book in advance at the OSMOS Wellness Center reception. At the OSMOS Wellness Center, you'll find a spa with ice fountains, a Jacuzzi, cold bucket showers and six treatments rooms including one for couples and several relaxation areas.

Get a different flavour of the resort each weekday as you work your way through four dine-around restaurants. Breakfast and dinner are served at the Ocean Buffet Restaurant; AJI Oriental Flavours is an Asian pop-up venue which offers three-course, four-course and Chef’s tasting menus; and visit Olivo Meat and Wine to enjoy dishes like the rare and highly sought after Bluefin Tuna. There are also six places to grab a drink – head to Nespresso Caffè to enjoy traditional Portuguese coffee as well as the well-known brand, or the pair of poolside bars which serve colourful cocktails. If you’d rather get out and about, hop on the complimentary 20-minute bus service to Albufeira.

All the rooms are modern and spacious, with floor-to-ceiling windows and a balcony which offers resort, nature, pool or sea views. Upgrade to a Double Premium Sea View Room to enjoy special extras – you’ll have daily access to the extensive spa circuit and seasonal MAR Club, with its heated outdoor pool, two ocean-view Jacuzzis, an outdoor massage area, a snack bar with terrace and Balinese beds.

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Key information

On the fringes of Salgados Lagoon and Praia dos Salgados, 20 minutes’ drive from Albufeira

Airport transfer time: Approx. 40 minutes’ private transfer from Faro airport
Rooms: 260

Good to know

Minimum age 8 at AJI Oriental Flavours and Olivo Meat and Wine Restaurants. Minimum age 16 at the spa and MAR Club. Minimum stays apply. The schedule at the Spa Kids service at VidaClub is subject to change depending on the season, and advanced booking at the OSMOS Wellness Center reception is required.

Accommodation information

260 rooms with resort, nature, pool or sea views

Activities

• Visit the Salgados Lagoon Nature Reserve for the chance to spot birds including • Head to the • Enjoy a round of golf* at the scenic 18-hole Salgados Golf Course, just next door.

Dining

5 restaurants, 5 bars

Meal upgrade options (per person per night)

Half Board • Breakfast and dinner (excluding drinks) in the Ocean Buffet Restaurant (subject to change seasonally) • Dinner at the à la carte restaurants (AJI Oriental Flavours, Olivo Meat and Wine and Primadonna) through the hotel’s Dine Around programme (credit of €15 per adult and €7.50 per child excluding drinks, reservation required, subject to weather conditions and availability).

*Denotes local charge