25 September, 2012

Fashion and funky in Portugal's Algarve

Hotel Vila Galé is a funky hotel located on the outskirts of the town of Lagos in Portugal's Algarve. It's situated a short walk across the road from Meia Praia Beach - a four kilometre long sandy beach which is so big, you can always find a quiet spot.

It's bigger than most places I feature on Travel Lightbulb, but it's the design that really caught my eye when I visited, and it definitely deserves its place here. This four star hotel has 248 standard rooms and 38 suites. 

Portuguese style inspired the decoration of the hotel, and the rooms are large and modern. That description matches most of the public areas too. There is a fashion theme to the bar (see catwalk shots on the columns in the photo below) and outfits created by Portuguese designers are draped over mannequins in many areas of the hotel.

The pool area is not only huge but also stunning, and there are plenty of sun loungers and a pool bar to quench your thirst on hot summer days. The hotel is very popular with families with young kids, and has a club to keep your little ones entertained.

It should be noted that this hotel is about a twenty minute walk to the marina and town, but taxis are cheap and Lagos, with its beautiful old town, and plentiful restaurants and bars, is well worth discovering.

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