We haven't found anywhere in Portugal better qualified to call itself a foodie destination. With only 12 rooms and eight suites, Vila Joya feels like a well-kept secret. Designed as an oriental palazzo in the '70s when the Algarve was little-visited, this 'jewellery box' (as Vila Joya translates) is now run by the daughter of its founder.

Named among the top 50 hotels in the world, its two-Michelin-starred restaurant offers an extraordinary tasting menu: guinea fowl stuffed with black truffles and artichokes, roasted goose liver with tamarind, and salted caramel and  champagne ice cream.

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Guests go for the food, but Vila Joya itself is stunning. With Atlantic views, its gardens are private and restful, and the hotel is only a short walk from the beach. Book a Deluxe Terrace Room for vast vistas and maximum privacy - it feels like your own luxury cliff-top villa.

You'll also find two outdoor swimming pools and an excellent spa. Ask for a 'signature treatment' with the Ayurvedic doctor for the best massage of your life.

WOW FACTOR: Book the Chef's Table inside the kitchen for an unmissable ringside Michelin experience.

GO: A double room costs from £220  per night, B&B; vilajoya.com.

FLIGHT TIME: 2 hours, 30 minutes.

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