Villa Joya, Algarve, Portugal

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.


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;

FLIGHT TIME: 2 hours, 30 minutes.