This exclusive German-run jewel is set in lush gardens with no luxury spared. The highlight is definitely the cuisine ($$$$) served in Portugal's finest—and highest-rated—restaurant. Austrian chef Dieter Koschina buys lobster, crayfish, and turbot from the local fishermen, and brings truffles, goose liver, and caviar in from the best markets in Europe. Guest rooms and Arabesque suites have a stylish, almost boudoir quality about them. The latter overlook the heated pool and semiprivate beach where a bar serves margaritas, caipirinhas, and a host of other exotic cocktails. The yearly "Tribute to Claudia" gourmet festival attracts serious foodies and the rich and famous from around the world.
Praia da Galé, Albufeira, 8200-917, Portugal