Welcome to Portugal, the most Westerly point in mainland Europe boasting 3000 hours of sunshine each year and a stunning 1800km long coastline of golden sandy beaches, rugged cliff faces and hidden caves. With a rich medieval history, numerous UNESCO World Heritage sites and lush green gardens dotted all over the country Portugal is a fascinating holiday destination for couples and families alike.
The Algarve is the biggest draw for most holidaymakers looking for an escape to sunnier climes in Portugal and Faro Airport can be reached in under 3 hours from most UK airports making it a highly accessible short-haul destination. Benefiting from mild winters, gorgeous beaches and a never ending list of things to do its easy to see why so many holidaymakers flock to the Algarve each year. Spend lazy days soaking up the sunshine at Praia da Rocha and Praia da Marinha beaches, explore the hidden beauty of the Benagil Cave before easing yourself through a round of 18 at the famous Vale do Lobo golf-course. If out gift-shopping for your loved ones then head to the cobblestone Loule Market just North of Quarteira where you’ll find a traditional Portuguese Market full of surprises.
Home to gorgeous, award-winning resorts offering the highest levels of comfort and service we explored what Portugal has to offer today’s holidaymaker. Here’s our top Timeshare Resorts in the Algarve and how much the may be able to save you.
First stop is the RCI Gold Crown Four Seasons Vilamoura, around a 30-minute walk North from the golden sands of Praia da Marinha beach this resort is a winner of TripAdvisor’s prestigious Travellers Choice award for 2015. Offering a great choice of Studio – 3-bedroom apartments coming stylishly equipped with all the modern amenities required for a wonderful self-catered holiday your holiday will be off to a flying start at the Four Seasons Vilamoura. For an added bonus each apartment is fitted with a private, sun-facing balcony, some of which overlook the neighbouring Oceanico Pinhal golf-course where owners have direct access to the 15th fairway and receive generous green-fee discounts too! During those warm Vilamoura afternoons cool off in one of 3 swimming pools, be it the Beach Pool favoured by the children or the largest of the 3 which is surrounded by landscaped gardens and lush plants giving you a feel of the tropics. In the milder months the sauna and jacuzzi are on-hand to keep you relaxed whilst if you wish to work up a real sweat there is a full-gym and squash courts available to get stuck into. Guests looking for the ultimate pamper can indulge in a relaxing massage by the palm-tree lined swimming pool, a soothing selection of treatments from the spa and a visit to the beauty salon before a night into charming Vilamoura. A world-class menu of international cuisine at the Four Seasons Vilamoura is offered with hand-picked dishes from Brazil, Portugal and Italy all available at the al fresco restaurant situated poolside.
So, how much does it cost to stay here? We compared the cost of timeshare maintenance fees for a 2-bedroom apartment with the cost of renting the same size accommodation from a popular holiday booking portal in both the peak and low seasons. Timeshare owners can expect to pay approximately £700 per week they own in annual maintenance fees whilst renting the equivalent apartment in the peak season would cost around £1,900. By owning a timeshare at the Four Seasons Vilamoura you could benefit from savings of around £1,200 on your annual holidays!
Staying in Vilamoura we find ourselves at the Hilton Vilamoura As Cascatas Golf Resort and Spa which neighbours the aforementioned resort and is located a short walk from the town’s glamorous 1000-berth marina and currently holds TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence for 2014. Available here are luxurious 2-bedroom apartments fitted with modern living and dining areas as well as offering stunning views out over the Pinhal golf-course and beautifully manicured tropical gardens. Begin dreaming of leisurely holidays at this Hilton resort where Vilamoura’s largest spa, the 7Seven Spa and its delicate treatments await you whilst a dip in the romantic pool will ease you into the holiday mood. Numerous indoor and outdoor swimming pools are available too meaning space is in abundance if you wish to swim or simply soak up the peaceful ambience of the resort. A fitness centre is provided for anyone who wishes to work out during their Algarve break whilst the Paradise Island Kids Club is sure to keep the little ones occupied during the school holiday season. If you’re wishing for a more easy-going way to spend your sun-kissed Algarvian break then head down to Club H20 on Falesia beach where fresh Piña Coladas, the cocktail supposedly first created at a Hilton Hotel back in the 1950’s, can be sipped on. Mediterranean Barbecues are a regular feature at the Aquarela restaurant where guests can enjoy the gentle sound of waterfalls trickling through their ears during an evening meal.
How do the annual maintenance fees for a 2-bedroom apartment at the Hilton Vilamoura stack up against the cost of rental in terms of value for money? For each week owned a timesharer can expect to pay approximately £630 in annual maintenance fees whilst renting here during the low season is around £1,300 and for a weeks holiday in the peak season it costs upwards of £2,000! So, owning a timeshare at the Hilton Vilamoura can offer you considerable annual savings on your future holidays of anything between £650 to £1,300.
Situated in the lush green region of Quinta do Lago is the Interval International Premier Resort of the Four Seasons Fairways around a 20-minute drive East from Quarteira. This TripAdvisor Travellers Choice 2015 winning resort is bordered by Quinta do Lago’s North & South golf-courses and the world-famous Ria Formosa Nature Park’s 18,000 hectares of natural beauty is nearby too. Visitors have the choice between luxury 1, 2 & 3-bedroom villas that come complete with a private swimming pool or jacuzzi offering a relaxing spot to take in the admirable Algarve climate. A world of leisure awaits at the Fairways from the cooling indoor and outdoor swimming pools to the soothing sauna and steam rooms designed to relax you through your holiday. If you’re looking for a more energetic way to spend your time in the Algarve then tennis courts and a fully-equipped fitness centre are available too. The Flôr da Quinta Restaurant serves up a magnificent menu for you to try from the international dishes sure to suit everyone’s taste to the more intricate local dishes that are a must try to get a real taste of Portugal.
What can you expect to pay for a weeks holiday at the glamorous Four Seasons Fairways? For timeshare owners of a 2-bedroom villa the annual maintenance fees are approximately £800 per week whilst renting the equivalent villa in the peak season would cost around £2,200, leading to annual savings of around £1,300.
Another luxurious Interval International Premier Resort located in Quinta do Lago is the Four Seasons Country Club situated just a stones throw from its sister resort. Choose between a gorgeous selection of 1, 2 & 3-bedroom Moorish inspired apartments and villas at this TripAdvisor Travellers Choice Award 2015 winning resort. Each of the accommodations are beautifully furnished to a high standard with open plan kitchens, spacious living areas and a balcony for peaceful moments enjoying the resort in private. With an average of 300 sunshine days each year the generous outdoor swimming pool is sure to come in handy and is accompanied by a smaller children’s pool so the little ones can cause a splash too. An indoor heated swimming pool is available for the milder times in the Algarve whilst tennis courts and a bowling green add a sporting touch to your Portuguese holiday. Dine ’til your hearts content at the As Velas Restaurant where a mouth-watering selection of International and Portuguese delicacies are offered to you throughout your stay.
How much can you expect to pay at the Four Seasons Country Club for a weeks holiday? Annual maintenance fees for a peak season week in a 2-bedroom town-house are approximately £800 compared to £2,000 if you were to simply rent the same accommodation via a popular booking portal, making the annual savings around £1,200. The savings continue into the low season where a timeshare owner can expect to pay around £740 in annual maintenance fees whilst if they were to rent it would cost nearly double that at £1,400, meaning annual savings of around £600-£700! Timeshare owners who own 3-5 weeks at the Four Seasons Country Club can also benefit from discounts on their fees, capped at 25% for members owning 5 weeks or more.
Nestled amongst lush green gardens and facing out towards the Atlantic Ocean in the beautiful Carvoeiro region of the Algarve around 20 minutes East from Portimao marina is the Pestana Palm Gardens. A proud holder of an RCI Gold Crown as well as winning TripAdvisor’s Travellers Choice Award for 2015 this resort provides a premier stay on this highly desirable stretch of unspoiled coastline. Visitors can choose between 1 & 2 bedroom studios and villas that are wonderfully decorated in warm tones and evoke a sense of calm within your holiday home on the Algarve, coming fitted with balconies overlooking the tropical gardens. Guests can look forward to peaceful afternoons by the pleasant swimming pool (heated in winter) as well as a soothing treat from the Palm Gardens massage services to lift the stresses of home from your shoulders. For those looking for a more active time on holiday there is a full fitness centre and hard surface tennis courts available for all guests to battle it out on. Strong Mediterranean influences at the Pimenta Preta Restaurant lead to a stellar selection of Portuguese regional wines, traditional dishes and warm, welcoming staff aiming to please every guest at the Palm Gardens.
If this resort sounds like something you’re interested in then you’ll be keen to know how much it costs for a weeks stay right? Timeshare owners of 2-bedroom villas can expect to pay around £450 per week they own in annual maintenance fees whilst if you were to rent the equivalent villa during the peak season it would cost approximately £1,300 meaning the annual savings could be around £800.