With towering cliffs, gigantic caves and scalloped bays, all overlooking endless stretches of golden sandy beach, it’s no wonder the Algarve is one of the most popular holiday destinations in Europe.
The new five-star Domes Lake Algarve resort is one of the newest and most decadent additions to Portugal’s southernmost region. Located a short distance from Falésia Beach in the trendy city of Vilamoura, overlooking a serene private lake and featuring three swimming pools and an extensive spa, this is a perfect summer escape for families, couples or solo travelers after of an indulgent getaway.
Where is it?
Located on the southern tip of Portugal, the elegant Vilamoura Marina, home to restaurants, trendy bars, superyachts, six golf courses, and a tennis and padel academy, is less than a mile away.
A wooden walkway takes you directly from the resort to Falésia’s lovely 6km sandy beach in a few minutes, home to a handful of beach bars and nightclubs. Domes is also close to Faro and Olhão (Faro airport is only 12 miles away).
If aesthetics are high on your list of priorities when it comes to a hotel, you’d be hard pressed to find a better fit for your needs than Domes. Situated on a serene private saltwater lake that mirrors the hotel’s pale yellow exterior, it is the perfect fusion of modern luxury with rustic elements.
The palatial, high-ceilinged reception area features stunning local artwork collected from across the Algarve (available to purchase if you’re feeling up to it). The hotel offers little extras found at all Domes resorts, with refreshments and cool drinks 24 hours a day in the spacious and quiet lounge.
Food and drink
With three restaurants (and a fourth to open soon) and three bars, each with their own distinct cuisine, gastronomy is where Domes truly sets itself apart.
Do you fancy an appetizer to start the evening? Head to the Raw gastrobar, which combines unique cocktails with innovative small plates, such as the Algarve citrus-cured cod ceviche with coriander sprouts, or the sea bass and scallop tartare with pea and wasabi puree. The Apricus Pool Bar, on the other hand, is all about fresh, healthy dishes using local ingredients – think superfood salad bowls with sweet citrus fruits.
For an award-winning fusion of Greek Revival and Portuguese, there’s Topos. The menu includes rich dishes such as grilled octopus, lobster linguine with a creamy lemon saffron sauce, and lamb tenderloin souvlaki, washed down with some of the best Aegean wines. The new SORA beach restaurant is your destination for a dose of Portuguese seafood. And if you’re looking for something with that extra wow factor for a special occasion, Makris will soon open, anchored on a floating esplanade on the resort’s private lake, offering a Mediterranean-inspired menu paired with regional wines.
For the few moments when you’re not partying, there are plenty of activities to enjoy during your stay. Of the three pools spread throughout the complex, the pool with a natural sand bottom is a unique experience. There’s a kids’ club on-site, as well as water sports activities at the lake and go-carts nearby.
Domes’ extensive wellness offerings is where the resort really shines. The award-winning Soma Spa has an extensive list of treatments, from CBD massages to LED therapy, combining ancient and contemporary Greek healing techniques. Adjacent to the spa is an adults-only wet room and a state-of-the-art fitness center overlooking the lake if you’re looking to work up a sweat. From lakeside yoga and pilates to aqua aerobics, body conditioning, circuit training, and sunrise meditation sessions, free classes are offered throughout the day.
And if you’re having a hard time keeping up with what’s going on, the complex is packed with handy QR codes that you can scan for a list of facilities.
Head to the beach and you can spend the afternoon clam and oyster collecting or boating. Complimentary bikes are available for hire at the hotel, and Vilamoura is just a few minutes’ bike ride away, where you’ll find plenty of shops and restaurants along the marina.
The Algarve is famous for its golf, and for those who fancy a round, there are five courses in Vilamoura alone, within minutes of the resort (which offers free transport to all of them), and more than 20 within half an hour. ride.
Drive for 40 minutes and you will be on the trail of the Seven Hanging Valleys, a stunning coastal walk between the beaches of Praia da Marinha and Praia de Vale Centianes, lined with the famous coves of the Algarve.
If a lazy day is what you’re looking for, join the resort’s guided tour through the protected wetlands of the Ria Formosa Natural Park, home to a collection of rare birds, and end the day with a wine tasting.
Choose from inland, tropical, sapphire, or emerald retreats, all with serene private balconies, walk-in showers, and a full-size bathroom separated from the bedroom by elegant light-wood sliding doors.
For couples, the inner hideaway is the perfect choice and features island views from the balcony. The Tropical Retreat sleeps three and has a garden view, ideal for a small group of friends, while the Sapphire and Emerald Retreats feature lake views,
A luxury wellness getaway with world-class food and drink.
sovereign (sovereign.com) is offering a four-night stay at Domes Lake Algarve priced at £899 per person on a half-board basis, including flights from London Gatwick and private transfers