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Nestled above the golden sands of Vale do Lobo, the five-star Dona Filipa Hotel looks out across acres of perfectly manicured grounds, rolling green hills and picturesque ocean vistas that stretch as far as the eye can see to distant horizonsTuesday, 11 June 2019

Nestled above the golden sands of Vale do Lobo, the five-star Dona Filipa Hotel looks out across acres of perfectly manicured grounds, rolling green hills and picturesque ocean vistas that stretch as far as the eye can see to distant horizons

Newly refurbished to the highest standards of luxury, the Dona Filipa Hotel blends modern design with classic Portuguese style and elegance, as well as incorporating important elements of its surroundings into an innovative new look. It’s this combination of timeless quality and careful reinvention that’s been delighting holidaymakers and visitors to the hotel for the last 50 years.

Dona Filipa Hotel proudly features the recently launched Kamal Restaurant, which has been fashioned and decorated to reflect the resort’s integral relationship with the sea. Decked out in stunning blues and elegant soft furnishings, the restaurant offers a range of exceptional Mediterranean and international cuisine that draws upon Portugal’s rich culinary history and makes great use of excellent local ingredients. Overlooking the ocean, Kamal is clad with expansive glass doors that run along its full length, and open out the entire room onto the newly constructed pool area.
Beyond the swimming pool, guests can rest and relax on sumptuous sunny lawns, at al fresco dining tables, and on the intricately built decking and outdoor lounge, which sits beside a distinguished bar where cocktails are served late into the night.

In addition to the relaxed atmosphere of the new restaurant, the hotel has a fine dining a la carte establishment, along with a recently renovated bar, numerous lounges and a winter garden. When not indulging in a fine selection of excellent food, or sampling vintage delights from the well-stocked wine cellar, guests can enjoy tennis on three ATP courts, billiards in the games room, and a selection of outstanding beauty, spa and massage treatments.

In addition, sun worshippers can relax in their own exclusive private beach area, complete with table service; and children of all ages can take advantage of the many fun activities on offer at the hotel’s fully supervised kids club. Then of course there’s the golf — guests at Dona Filipa are greeted with two of the best courses in the world.


The 18-hole San Lorenzo Championship Golf Course has been consistently voted one of the best courses in Europe over the past 30 years. Located within the protected Ria Formosa Natural Park and estuary, the course offers fairways that run alongside saltwater marshes, freshwater lagoons and the cooling Atlantic Ocean. Containing two nine-hole groupings — both carefully designed to spiral out in a figure of eight — San Lorenzo delivers breathtaking surroundings, along with hole after hole of tough, entertaining golf.

Pinheiros Altos Golf Resort is one of the most prestigious and successful golfing centres in Europe, and showcases a 27-hole championship course that delivers exciting challenges along with varying levels of difficulty. The course features three nine-hole groupings, each a par 36, with numerous ways of playing 18 sublime holes, depending on guests’ level of experience. Located deep in the heart of the Ria Formosa Natural Park, the course is just a stone’s throw away from extensive unspoilt sandy beaches and the sea, guaranteeing one of the most scenic rounds ever played.


Dona Filipa Hotel is part of the renowned JJW Hotels & Resorts group, a company that’s been at the forefront of luxury hospitality for decades, owning and operating an extensive collection of hotels, resorts, golf courses, spas and restaurants all over Europe. In Portugal, JJW has three luxury hotels, five golf courses and a world-leading centre of golfing excellence. The thing the group is best known for, however, is its exceptional family entertainment, leisure facilities and exciting excursions.

The more adventurous holidaymaker can take advantage of a selection of exciting leisure activities, ranging from exhilarating horseback treks, to adrenalin-fuelled hot air balloon rides and even dare-devil parachute jumps. Those looking for a more down-to-earth experience can partake in a range of scenic cycling expeditions, nature tours and trips to some of the region’s many waterparks.

Many of these outings are also offered at Dona Filipa’s sister property, the Penina Hotel & Golf Resort in Portimao. Set within 360 acres of perfect grasslands and natural beauty, this traditional five-star resort leads the way in high-class service, Portuguese charm and exceptional golf. Perfect for luxury golf breaks and relaxing family holidays, Penina has six restaurants and bars, ATP standard tennis courts, a fully supervised kid’s club, the largest private outdoor pool in the Algarve, full size football pitch, sauna and 24-hour fitness centre, as well as an inviting bar and restaurant on the nearby Alvor Beach.

So, no matter what type of holiday guests are looking for — be it golf, adventure, a calming family holiday or romantic beach break — Dona Filipa and JJW has it covered.


Indulgent pre-dinner cocktails by the pool as the sun sets over the Atlantic Ocean — the perfect start to an exceptional night



• 154 rooms
• Two restaurants
• Swimming pool
• Beach bar
• Poolside bar
• Tennis courts
• Meeting rooms


• Golf
• Waterskiing
• Windsurfing
• Mountain biking
• Horse trekking
• Hot air ballooning


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