Palatial homes, countryside retreats, beachfront Airbnbs and five-star resorts, I’ve compiled the best luxury villas in Portugal in one post!
I expect villa holidays to be extremely popular in 2021, with many loving the privacy and space that a villa offers. However, I understand that having hotel facilities close by can be a huge advantage, so as well as private homes, I have chosen a selection of villas in Portugal that are on the grounds of luxury resorts too.
I’ve got everything from 10-bedroom palatial homes, to 2 bedroom villas in hotel resorts. I also found a delightful countryside retreat along the Douro River, and villas on the Algarve that would be ideal for families, golfers and groups.
Some of these villas are Airbnb Luxe properties, so you can expect the ultimate in luxury and design, but this is reflected in the cost. However, I have also some great value villas in Portugal to suit all tastes and budgets.
It is important to note that I have taken the facilities, location and reviews directly from the Airbnb website, but these are subject to change, so please check with individual Airbnb owners for clarification. As an Airbnb Associate, I receive a small commission if a booking is made, but at no additional cost to you.
1. Villa Penina, Alvor: 4 bedroom villa on the Algarve
This gorgeous villa is a large beautiful home set in a mature gardens in the world-famous Penina golf resort. The large outdoor pool is graduated so it is suitable for small children, and you also can keep an eye on them from the outdoor jacuzzi. Enjoy balmy nights on the terrace where there is a barbecue with a canopy, and seating for ten people.
Inside you will find an exercise room, pool table, table football and games consoles. All bedrooms have a plasma TV screen and walk in dressing rooms, and mid week maid service is included.
This villa is located on the 11th hole of the Penina Golf Championship Coarse and one free golf lesson with a Penina Golf Pro for four people is included. The Hotel Penina is a ten minute walk from the villa, where restaurants and bars are available, but if you wish to travel into Alvor, it is only a ten minute drive away.
2. Villa Casinha, Albufeira: 3 bedroom villa on the Algarve
Villa Casinha is beautiful 3 bedroom villa within walking distance of the fishing village of Olhos de Agua, and only 8 minutes drive from Albufeira. There are many golf courses nearby and the beach is a 20 minute walk away. There is a large pool which can be heated if required (extra charge) and an outdoor dining area with barbecue. This is one of the best value villas in Portugal that I found on Airbnb.
3. Villa Barcelona, Vilamoura: 4 bedroom villa on the Algarve
Located within walking distance of Vilamoura’s glitzy marina, this villa is an ideal choice if you want some privacy, but also want to be close to the shops, bars and restaurants of this historical town.
This modern open-plan villa boasts state-of-the-art furniture, fixtures, and appliances. The alfresco dining area has a shaded overhang, but there is a second lounge area for sun bathing, or stargazing.
There is a Turkish bath and spa inside, and daily housekeeping is included. Note this is an Airbnb Luxe property, so you can expect the ultimate in luxury and design, but this is reflected in the cost.
4. Luxury beach house, Estoril: 5 bedroom villa on the Lisbon Coast
A private villa close to the beach on the Lisbon coast is not an easy find! Luckily I found this gem in the pretty resort town of Estoril. Located just 300 metres from the beach, and within easy access of Lisbon city, Cascais and Sintra, the location couldn’t be better. The villa boasts a pool, billiards table, games console and basketball area.
5. Quinta de Seara, Melres: 3 bedroom villa near Porto
Luxury villas in Portugal are not only available by the sea… This superb 10 hectare farm offers a fabulous countryside experience, yet only 25km from Porto city. If you want to get away from the hustle and bustle of city life, and enjoy rolling hills and gorgeous winelands, then this 100 year old villa is for you.
The villa has been fully restored and there is a large salt water pool in the garden. The Douro river, where you can try numerous water sports is close by, and fresh bread is available free every morning, from the local grocer which is just 250 meters from the farm.
6. Vila M49, Albufeira: 4 bedroom villa in Pine Cliffs Resort, Algarve
If you are looking for luxury villas in Portugal within a resort complex, then look no further. This luxurious five-star villa is one of Airbnb’s Luxe properties, so you can expect the ultimate in luxury and design, but there is a price tag to match…
The villa set within the prestigious Pine Cliffs Resort and boasts a private pool and hot tub, but you will also have access to all the facilities at Pine Cliffs Resort, including the health club, kids clubs and golf and tennis academies – extra charges may apply to certain activities.
The Praia da Falésia beach is just a 2-minute walk away, and it is close to Albufeira and Vilamoura if you want a change of scene. There is another luxurious 4-bedroom villa, Vila São Pedro, available at Pine Cliffs Resort, so if you wish to travel with friends of extended family, it is possible to book both villas.
7. Dunas Villa, Almancil: 2 bedroom villa in Dunas Douradas Resort, Algarve
The Dunas Dourads villas in Portugal are a popular choice with Irish holiday makers, as they offer all the benefits of self-catering with hotel facilities close by. Located between the upmarket resorts of Quinta do Lago and Vale do Lobo, with the beach just a 10-15 minute walk away, the location is ideal for families or golfers.
This beautiful two-bedroomed villa has a heated pool with a separate kids section This is an Airbnb Plus home, meaning you will find a home that is full of character with one-of-a-kind details, exceptional hospitality, fully equipped kitchens and fast WiFi.
8.Villa Casa Aggi, Lagos: 4 bedroom villa on the Algarve
Villa Casa Aggi is a luxurious detached villa with a large outdoor pool and bright modern interiors. It is only 15 minutes walk to the superb Meia Praia beach, and a short drive from the historical town of Lagos, which has a great selection of shops, bars and restaurants. This is one of best value villas in Portugal that I found, considering its size and location.
9. Fond Villa at Prianha Village, Alvor: 2 bedroom villa on the Algarve
Alvor is one of my favourite resorts on the Algarve and I have been fortunate to stay at Prainha Resort on a couple of occasions. This two-bedroom villa offers all the benefits of a villa holiday, but also allows you to enjoy the facilities in the resort. It is located just four minutes walk from one of the Algarve’s most iconic beaches, and the house has a private garden, pool and terrace.
The resort has three pools, playgrounds, soccer and tennis courts, a spa, gym and a choice of restaurants – including Caniço, a fabulous cliff restaurant offering sublime sea views.
10. Villa Vida Mar, Lagos: 3 bedroom villa on the Algarve
If you are looking for luxury villas in Portugal beside the beach – this one ticks all boxes. This 3-bedroom villa overlooks the beach and the famous Benagil caves. There are plenty of places to enjoy the sea view including the outdoor pool and garden swing chair, as well as the master bedroom and bathroom. This villa also boasts a hot tub and a bar with a built-in sink.
It is located close to the lively town of Lagos which has a wide selection of shops, bars and restaurants. Note this is an Airbnb Luxe property, so you can expect the ultimate in luxury and design, but this is reflected in the cost.
11. Villa Vermonte, Quinta do Lago: 4 bedroom villa on the Algarve
If the above image hasn’t sold this to you, maybe this will: Located in the prestigious Quinta do Lago area, with the Algarve’s best golf courses on your doorstep, this 4,600 square-foot luxury villa on the Algarve is within walking distance to the beach and boasts a large pool and a media room.
There is also large alfresco dining table under a pergola, and housekeeping is included in the cost. Note this is an Airbnb Luxe property, so you can expect the ultimate in luxury and design, but this is reflected in the cost.
12. Vale de Lobo Villa beside beach: 3 bedroom villa on the Algarve
Vale de Lobo is one of the most sought after villa resorts in the Algarve, in fact it won Europe’s Leading Luxury Resort & Villas in this years World Travel Awards. With golf courses and the beach on your doorstep, (the beach is only a minute walk from the villa), as well as a host of facilities and leisure activities within the resort, you may find it difficult to leave.
Note use of the facilities, such as the gym, spa, kids club carries fees on a per-use basis. This is an Airbnb Plus home, meaning you will find a home that is full of character with one-of-a-kind details, exceptional hospitality, fully equipped kitchens and fast WiFi.
13. Villa Alegria, Budens: 4 bedroom villa on the Algarve
This stunning villa is one of my favourite villas in Portugal. I love its beachfront location and the wall-to-wall windows – can you just imagine the views? There is also a rooftop with an infinity pool and the living/dining area has blue and white nautical interiors.
Daily housekeeping and twice-weekly linen change is included in the cost. Note this is an Airbnb Luxe property, so you can expect the ultimate in luxury and design, with a corresponding price tag…
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14. Stella Luxury House II, Cascais: 6 bedroom villa on the Lisbon Coast
I love the Lisbon Coast, and Cascais is the jewel in the crown. It’s colourful town has a great food scene and there are some superb beaches close by. You are also very close to the city of Lisbon and Sintra, so the choices for day trips are endless.
This beautiful villa is located just 4km away from the centre of Cascais and 3km from the impressive Guincho beach. You will find a large heated pool with 10 sun loungers as well as a barbeque, bicycles and table tennis.
15. Villa Monte D’Oiro, Lagos: 10 bedroom villa on the Algarve
Finding a villa in Portugal that will sleep 20 is not easy, but this 10 bedroom mansion will do just that. Situated close to the historical town of Lagos and only minutes from the gorgeous Meia Praia Beach, the location couldn’t be better.
As well as a large pool, expansive gardens and barbeque outside, you will find plenty of amenities inside, including a pool table, gym, sauna and wine cellar. Chef and bar tender services are available at an extra cost.
Note this is an Airbnb Luxe property, so you can expect the ultimate in luxury and design, but it will be reflected in the cost. However, for a 10 bedroom villa such as this, I felt this was better value than some of the other Airbnb Luxe properties.
16. Aldeia Cristina Villa 14, Albufeira: 3 bedroom villa on the Algarve
This pretty villa is ideally located, just five minutes walk from the beach and five minutes drive from the centre of town. The gardens and private swimming pool are a big hit, as are the stylish interiors. This is another villa in Portugal that I think is good value, and the guests agree with me too – it has received an average rating of 4.88 out of 5 from 52 reviews.
17. Villa Golfe Poente, Almancil: 6 bedroom villa in Quinta do Lago Resort, Algarve
As the name suggests, Villa Golfe Poente is a superb choice for holidaymakers looking to stay close to some of the Algarve’s best golf courses. Indoor and outdoor spaces merge together beautifully and there are luxurious interiors throughout. As well as a fully equipped kitchen with high-end appliances, there is dining for twelve with a barbecue on the terrace.
If you’d prefer to dine out, there are restaurants and shops located within the Quinta do Lago resort, as well as tennis courts and a fitness centre.
18. Amorzinho do Vau, Portimao: 2/3 bedroom beachfront villa on the Algarve
This historic beach villa was built in 1835, and has been completely renovated. It is located on a stunning beach -you can probably listen to the waves from your bedside, and shoes are optional!
There is also a garden, pool and barbecue, so you can enjoy sea views for breakfast, lunch or dinner. The beach villa has two bedrooms on the ground floor, and there is another small bedroom upstairs reached via an outside staircase, which leads to a large roof terrace. This is great choice if you are looking for an Airbnb on the Algarve on the beach
19. Casa do Canchino, Vilamoura: 2 bedroom villa within 5-Star Villa Sol Resort, Algarve
This newly refurbished villa is located in the luxurious Villa Sol resort, with beaches, golf courses and restaurants nearby. While it doesn’t have a private pool, its delightful terrace, furnished with a large dining table and two barbecues, is located metres from the communal pool.
Complete with an ultra-modern kitchen and bright contemporary interiors, this two bedroom villa sleeps up to six, but can accommodate eight guests if there are children. The main living area boasts a brand-new 55″ LED Smart TV with over 200 multi-language channels and a wood fireplace.
20.Villa Pacifica with football pitch & bar, Carvoeiro: 4 bedroom villa on the Algarve
Villa Pacifica is the perfect family-friendly holiday villa on the Algarve. As well as a large outdoor pool, it boasts a trampoline, mini football pitch, basketball, badminton and table tennis. Adults are looked after too, as the villa has its own bar!
It is beautifully set in the countryside, yet only a few minutes drive from the pretty town of Carvoeiro and five minutes drive from Slide and Splash water park. You can also walk to the town centre, approx 20 minutes, and if you prefer not to hire a car, taxis are plentiful.
21. Villa Carlivo, Albufeira: 5 bedroom villa on the Algarve
This five-bedroom villa in Albufeira is a great choice for families who wish to holiday together. With electric gates and a large mature garden, you will feel very secure in this private villa. There is a choice of dining areas inside and outside, and a charcoal BBQ for enjoyable al-fresco meals. The large terrace overlooks the pool and offers countryside views.
It is located within walking distance of shops, bars, restaurants and the beach, and only 5 km from Albufeira, so car hire is not essential.
22. Luxe Mare II, Lagos: 6 bedroom villa on the Algarve
This ultra-modern villa boasts a large heated infinity pool, a gym, pool table, cinema, al fresco dining area for twelve, and stunning sea views – need I go on? This villa also happens to be superbly located just moments from the seaside town of Lagos and numerous beaches. Luxe Mare II is the perfect choice for a group of friends or extended family that want to be close to bars, restaurants and beaches.
This villa has a sister property, Luxe Mare I, which is another architectural masterpiece, so if you are planning a large gathering, it is possible to book both properties.
23. Tavira: Choice of 2, 3 and 4 bedroomed villas on the Algarve
Tavira is not as well known as some of the other resorts on the Algarve, but thats’ part of its charm. The town is a former fishing village and is full of character and colour. However, its top attraction is the stunning 14km long island, Ilha de Tavira, where three beaches are found. Ilha de Tavira is separated from the mainland by the waterways of the Parque Natural da Ria Formosa, so you need to get a ferry to travel to the island.
These three and four bedroom villas are set in a private 10,000 square metre garden, with a large heated pool and a BBQ for outdoor dining. They are located in a nature reserve, with sea and hill views, yet only five minutes drive to Tavira, and ten minutes drive to the beach. You can even pop into Spain for some tapas, it is only 20 minutes drive away!
The same host also offers a detached two-bedroom cottage with a private pool, garden and sea view.View 4 bed villa
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24. Casa Tazmin, Ericeira: 4 bedroom villa on the Surf Coast
You many have seen many videos on social media of surfers riding the waves in Portugal, and it was probably in this surf hotspot, Ribeira D’Ilhas, where they were taken. The World Surf Reserve is only 500 metres from this villa, and if you don’t fancy taking part, you can enjoy the views from the villa’s infinity pool.
Casa Tazmin boasts panoramic views, from sunrise over the hills, to sunset over the sea, and 360 degree views from the rooftop. As well as the infinity pool and stylish decor, guests love its location in Santo Isidoro, which is only 7 minutes drive from the lively fishing town of Ericeira. The city of Lisbon, Cascais and Sintra are also within easy access for day trips.
25. Casa Magnolia, Carvoeiro: 3 bedroom villa on the Algarve
If you want to escape to a quiet cliffside village on the Algarve, this villa is what you are looking for. I love the modern, yet rustic interiors, and Casa Magnolia also boasts a delightful garden and a stunning sea view. This home was originally built in 1874 and was once the president’s holiday home.
This is one of Airbnb’s Luxe properties, and boasts an external kitchen with a built-in barbecue and two al-fresco dining areas. It is ideally located close to the pretty town of Carvoeiro, which has some great restaurants and a selection of local shops to explore.
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I hope this post on luxury villas in Portugal will help inspire your next vacation. It is important to note that some of the facilities / activities listed may not be operating to full capacity. I have taken the facilities, location and reviews directly from the Airbnb website, but these are subject to change so please check with individual Airbnb owners for clarification.
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