Luxury hotel holiday Vilalara Thalassa Resort Algarve

Vilalara Thalassa Resort is a stunning 5-star resort in a beautiful seafront location, overlooking a golden sandy beach and unusual cliff formations. With beautiful grounds and beach, outstanding spa facilities, delicious cuisine and an excellent kids' club. Three swimming pools, excellent spa facilities and choice of restaurants. This resort is ideal for a rejuvenative spa and wellness break.
Included in your Expressions holiday
  • Accommodation in a double or twin room on bed and breakfast
  • Scheduled flights with British Airways London to Faro
  • Private car transfer airport to hotel and back
  • Concierge service and Expressions Holidays regional helpful hints
  • Optional room, board and flight upgrades. Details on request

Luxury bespoke holidays to Vilalara Thalassa, Algarve

Vilalara Thalassa Resort is a stunning 5-star resort in a beautiful seafront location. With beautiful grounds and beach, outstanding spa facilities, delicious cuisine and an excellent kid's club, it is perfectly restorative for couples and families alike.

Facts in brief

Official star rating 5

Location The hotel is located on the seafront on the Algarve

Closest airport Faro Airport

Distance from airport The hotel is about 45-minutes' drive from Faro Airport

Hotel facilities and services

B&G Restaurant, Terrace Grill, Tonic Lounge Bar, Longevity Medical Spa, Thalassotherapy, Spa, Hairdresser, Koala Kids Club, Garden, 4 Outdoor Seawater Swimming Pools, 1 Heated Swimming Pool, 3 Tennis Courts, 1 Padel Court, Gym, Tai Chi, Yoga, Activities and Excursions.

Land sports

Tennis, Yoga, Tai Chi, and Padel Tennis.

Out and about nearby

Improve your golf skills and take in a peaceful round at one of the nearby courses. Enjoy a unique horse ride in the Ria Formosa Natural Park or along the beachfront. The Ria Formosa Natural Park is considered to be one of Portugal's Seven Natural Wonders, with 18,000 hectares of lagoons, rocky coast, and inland plains. See the local whales, dolphins, and turtles either on a boat cruise or at the Zoomarine's lagoon. Take a guided Tuk Tuk tour of the history and heritage of Vilamoura. Local towns and cities of interest include Faro, Albufeira, Portomao, and Vilamoura.

Sports nearby

Golf at any of the Algarve's 6 golf courses, Water Sports, Walking, and Cycling.

Holiday price guide Sample prices are per person based on two people sharing a Junior suite with garden view for 7 nights

From about

£1,260 low season

£1,850 high season

Holiday Code EXH2008

The prices displayed here are a guide only. Each holiday price will be tailor-made at the time of booking to reflect all actual costs including up-to-date special offers.

Luxury bespoke holidays to Vilalara Thalassa, Algarve

In Portugal's Algarve, the Blue & Green Vilalara Thalassa Resort sits just a stone's throw from the sea. A golden sandy beach and unusual rock formations, typical of the area, lead up to the first pool terrace, which has magnificent sea views. Two other pools are dotted around the resort further inland, offering idyllic places to relax with greater opportunity for shade. The hotel buildings, in-keeping with the style of the houses in southern Portugal, have white-washed walls and light-coloured tiled roofs. They are almost completely concealed behind the trees that populate the gardens and line the pathways. Inside, the guestrooms follow a neutral colour scheme, with textured fabrics, from the muslin curtains to the thick, plush rugs, adding a great sense of depth. Dark orange cushions or navy soft furnishings provide an element of contrast. In higher category rooms, standalone bath tubs heighten the feeling of luxury, and low-hanging rattan lampshades create a subtly rustic look. Dining options at the resort are sleek and modern. B&G Restaurant serves revamped Portuguese cuisine on a sheltered terrace overlooking the beachfront swimming pool and the sea beyond. The emphasis here is on the quality of local ingredients, and how they complement the natural beauty of the location. At the Terrace Grill, you can enjoy the sea view whilst dining on refined plates of fresh fish and seafood, perhaps straight off the barbecue. During the summer, the Terrace Grill benefits from live music. A particular highlight of the Blue & Green Vilalara Thalassa Resort is the spa. Fusing Thalassa, traditional spa treatments, and modern facilities, the Vilalara spa is world renowned. The Longevity Medical Spa received a Tatler award for its work and was named one of the best medical spas in the world by Conde Nast Traveller, providing treatments revolving around fitness, stress management, wellness, detoxing, rejuvenation, and anti-ageing, among many other things. As its name suggests, this area of the spa uses state-of-the-art medical technology. The Thalassotherapy Centre at the resort is also recognised as being one of the best of its kind in the world, harnessing the therapeutic effects of the Atlantic Marine Climate. These effects can be tailored to your specific goal, be it detox or a wellness programme. The remainder of the spa facilities provide signature treatments, massages, and rituals that utilise locally sourced essential oils and products and the wealth of knowledge offered by the expert staff. The spa comes highly recommended by Expressions due to the breadth of facilities on offer and their quality.

Room descriptions

Vilalara Thalassa Resort has 123 rooms with en-suite, air-conditioning, living area, outdoor sitting area, and modern in-room amenities.

Junior Suite
Junior Emotion
One Bedroom Suite
Two Bedroom Apartment

Holiday price guide Sample prices are per person based on two people sharing a Junior suite with garden view for 7 nights

From about

£1,260 low season

£1,850 high season

Holiday Code EXH2008

The prices displayed here are a guide only. Each holiday price will be tailor-made at the time of booking to reflect all actual costs including up-to-date special offers.

Luxury bespoke holidays to Vilalara Thalassa, Algarve

The journey and how you get there

For a holiday to Blue & Green Vilalara Thalassa Resort, Expressions Holidays includes scheduled flights with British Airways from London to Faro. Flights may be available from other UK airports with Easyjet, Jet2 and TUI for example. The hotel is about 45 minutes’ drive from the airport and we recommend that we book a private car transfer for you. You may want to have the use of a hire-car for all or part of your holiday and this can be arranged by us for you in advance.

Additional information

Children: All room types can accommodate at least one child in an additional bed, though the Apartments can accommodate up to an additional 3 children. A children's menu is available in all restaurants.

Holiday price guide Sample prices are per person based on two people sharing a Junior suite with garden view for 7 nights

From about

£1,260 low season

£1,850 high season

Holiday Code EXH2008

The prices displayed here are a guide only. Each holiday price will be tailor-made at the time of booking to reflect all actual costs including up-to-date special offers.

Luxury bespoke holidays to Vilalara Thalassa, Algarve

About Portugal

An Expressions tailor-made holiday to Portugal's countryside bursts with pretty villages, glitters with historical treasures and World Heritage sites, as well as converted mediaeval monasteries, and elegant manor houses now hosting some of the finest hotels in Europe. Though Portugal's spirit is undoubtedly rural, its big towns Porto and Lisbon are lively, magical places making full use of their waterside setting, offering rich picking for those that like to wander, with colourful waterside cafes and boutiques, leafy boulevards and old-fashioned trams still rattling through the streets. Smaller towns offer their own enchantment, with well-preserved medieval quarters that invite exploring in towns like Évora, Coimbra, Guimarães and Braga. Outside the cities, travellers can enjoy Portugal's warm sunny weather, exploring centuries-old vineyards, visiting stone villages in the mountains or soaking up rays on the magnificent southern shoreline. Dramatic scenery lies all along the coast from windswept cliffs with edge-of-the-world views to wild dune-covered beaches. More than just a static backdrop, the scenery sets the stage for outdoor adventure. Hiking, surfing, windsurfing, horse-riding, big game fishing, kayaking, diving, golfing, and mountain biking are a few ways to spend a sun-drenched afternoon. 600 miles southwest of Portugal lies the island of Madeira, home to Reid's Palace Hotel, an elegant and glamorous five star hotel in a superb location, ideal for holidays all year round, due to the mild winter climate, and on an island renowned for its beautiful vegetation.

Highlights of Lisbon

The area close to the city of Lisbon is known for its variety of attractions. Moorish architecture left over from Arabic rule can be seen in the Castelo de Sao Jorge in the Alfama. Collections of Portuguese art are on display in the Museu Gulbenkian, the Museu de Arte Antiga, and the Berardo Collection. For a taste of Portugal's maritime history, visit the Monasteiro dos Jeronimos. Sintra, the favourite haunt of Lord Byron, is home to twin-peak-top castles and royal palaces. Beautiful, golden sandy beaches can be found in Cascais to the west of Lisbon, or on the Costa da Caparica to the south; particularly idyllic are the coves between Setubal and Sesimbra. Peniche is a picturesque seaside town renowned for being one of Europe's best surfing spots. You can explore all that the area around the city of Lisbon has to offer with our Tour of the City and Countryside of the Lisboa Region.

Highlights of the Algarve

Known for having some of Portugal's most scenic beaches, the Algarve is a popular destination for those looking for a beach or water sports holiday enjoying the Portuguese sunshine. Sagres and Tavira are recognised as the best places for this. In Albufeira, Armacao de Pera, and Lagos you will find an abundance of the light-catching rocky outcrops and peaceful coves that the Algarve is so well known for. Salema, Burgau, and Sagres were once busy little fishing villages, and now still stand as testament to this important aspect of Portuguese culture. The Reserva Natural da Ria Formosa lies just off the southern coastline, the islands of which can be accessed from many towns, including Faro, Olhao, Fuseta, Cabanas, and Tavira; most of which are also ideal starting points from which to try a little surfing. White-washed and serene Alcoutim is an example of the less-developed Portuguese towns, with a hint of Andalucia in its appearance, and Loule is the perfect place to wander around a bustling market. You may also wish to visit the Roman ruins at Milreu, the Moorish town of Silves, or the Spa town of Caldas de Monchique. For outdoor pursuits, head into the Serra de Monchique Mountain Range.

Highlights of Porto and the Douro Valley

At the mouth of the Rio Douro lies Porto, an atmospheric town with a dramatic aspect and almost Parisian lifestyle. Its streets are lined with historic buildings and wine lodges serving the best of Portuguese wines. The nearby wine towns of Penafiel, Peso da Regua, Pinhao, and Amarante are also recommended for wine-tasting, but have a much more rural location. Amarante, in particular, is believed to be the most attractive wine town in the area, with a central triple-arched bridge, tall stone red-roofed houses interspersed with verdant trees, and a gently flowing river. To witness a sample of Portuguese Baroque architecture, visit the pilgrimage town of Lamego. The main attraction of this town, the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Remedios, lies at the top of an elaborate and intricately decorated set of zig-zagged stairways that pass through archways and across viewing balconies. In Porto, some of the greatest artistic triumphs of 17th century Portugal reside, the Se Cathedral in particular, in which every inch of the columns, archways, and altar have been adorned in golden floral and religious motifs, in true Baroque style. For something even more historic, visit the Palaeolithic rock formations of Vila Nova de Foz Coa, the largest outdoor gallery of stone age remains in the world, which have since been neighboured by flourishing vineyards. Along the rocky gorges of the river, you will find a number of castle-towns, including the Medieval walled town of Trancoso and the fortress town of Almeida.

Highlights of Madeira

A green and fertile island in the Atlantic Ocean, Madeira is situated off the coast of Morocco. Its coastline combines beautiful sandy beaches with rocky cliffs, the latter of which can be best appreciated at Cabo Girao. The island's capital, Funchal, is packed full with historic buildings, including 15th century churches and convents and a Se Cathedral as ornate as the one in Porto. Enjoy the relentless joviality of the street markets, or visit more peaceful attractions, such as the basalt cave of Capela de Sao Vicente or the island's protected nature reserves. Rare Laurissilva forests can be walked, trekked, or hiked through, affording guests sensational views; and the crystal clear waters off the coast can be swam through, perhaps below the water's surface so the ecosystems that live in the reefs can be appreciated. One of the greatest pleasures of Madeira, however, is wandering over the beaches, surveying the rock pools, and taking in the sights from the clifftops. Aside from the key regions that our Portuguese programme focuses on, there is much to find and see in Portugal. Those willing to drive a little further during the day will enjoy a much more diverse touring holiday.

Facts in brief

Capital Lisbon
Airport There are international airports at Lisbon, Porto and Faro, served by a variety of airlines from the UK, including British Airways, EasyJet, bmibaby, TAP, Jet2.
Size 35,000 sq. miles
Population 10 million
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