Vale do Lobo is a gated luxury villa complex that attracts the superrich and famous from the world over (but yes, it's still open to all). The Dona Filipa Hotel has two prestigious 18-hole golf courses, plus grounds that include extensive and well-tended gardens lined with palms and exotic shrubbery. A private security firm keeps a close eye on things while you make use of the helipad, health spa, indoor riding school, fitness centers, tennis club, yachting club, polo pitches, and a host of restaurants, bars, and cafés. The area is a second home to wealthy Europeans. The local beach is one of the cleanest in the Algarve and remains relatively quiet during peak months. You can access the beach from below the Dona Filipa Hotel, where most of the restaurants are clustered.
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