Yes, the Algarve is back on our honeymoon radar. Portugal's most photogenic stretch of coastline is shaking off its package-holiday image with a smattering of gleaming new hotels, like the snazzy Conrad Algarve in fashionable Quinta do Lago.

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Modelled on an 18th-century Portuguese palace, this is the 21st-century version, all shiny white and glass exteriors, glamorous marble floors and walls, and muted, modern rooms full of high-tech touches.

A TV pops out at the end of the bath, there's a Conrad Concierge app for anything from room service to spa bookings and even underwater music in the pool.

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Although not on the seafront, there is a choice of three pools (grab a spot by the palm-lined infinity one) and a complimentary 10-minute shuttle to the beach, where reserved loungers await.

Considering its modest 154 rooms, the hotel offers an impressive selection of dining options - from the poolside South American eatery Dado to smarter Louro for modern Portuguese.

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The showstopper, however, is Gusto, headed by chef Heinz Beck, who's weighed down with four Michelin stars. 

WOW FACTOR: Indulge in the eight-course tasting menu at Gusto and be treated to a modern, Mediterranean, culinary extravaganza. Hell, why not order the matching wines too?

FLIGHT TIME: 2 hours.

GO: Classic Collection Holidays www.classic-collection.co.uk offers seven nights from £984 per person, B&B. Includes flights and transfers.