Hero Hotels: Discovering Portugal’s Crowne Plaza Vilamoura

Only a few weeks ago we introduced our Hero Hotels, which showcase insider information straight from our experts to give you a closer look at our top hotels and destinations.

This week we have received insider tips from the beautiful Crowne Plaza Vilamoura situated along the magnificent southern coast of Portugal along the coastline of Vilamoura. Furnished to a 5 star standard, guests can enjoy the most delicious spread of food and drink at the onsite restaurant and bar. If you’re searching for some well-deserved R&R, you can also indulge in their various spa services or lounge in the indoor spa pool and sauna.

They’ve let us in on their selection of the best things to see, do and taste at both the plaza and the area. You really can’t beat local recommendations, so take a read of their suggestions below…


Where can we find the best beach? 

CP: Vilamoura beach in front of the Crowne Plaza Hotel!

Where is your favourite restaurant nearby and why? 

CP: Cataplana Restaurant is lovely. There’s a fantastic barbecue on Friday nights with live music and traditional folk music!

Can you point us to some great places to shop? 

CP: Vilamoura Marina and Loulé market for fresh and local food.

What is the one thing we must do in Vilamoura? 

CP: It’s so hard to narrow it down to just one thing but an absolute must is to take a dip in the sea just as the sun in setting. It’s one of the most amazing feelings of tranquillity and peace.

What are your fondest memories of Vilamoura?

CP: It’s hard to explain a fond memory but I love that the resort has evolved to be such a clean, crisp and vibrant resort with a fantastic beach. There are amazing places to eat or grab an early evening cocktail and even superb running paths for those wanting to keep in shape on their holiday. I also love visiting the marina, grabbing a coffee and catching up with good friends.

What is your favourite feature about the hotel? 

CP: The location and the team that work here.

What’s the best way for tourists to embrace the local culture?

CP: Come and visit it!

What makes your hotel a Hero Hotel?

CP: Our relationship with the guests! We like to be one step ahead, making sure the small details are also taken care of.

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