Special to OneWed by Marie O'Mara of Honeymoons.com
For an amazing and unusual honeymoon location, couples need to check out the Algarve in Portugal. Located at the seashore in Portugal’s southernmost province, Algarve is not only the country’s most popular tourist destination, it is a vacation paradise. The Algarve offers everything from stunning natural beauty, gourmet cuisine & fine wines, to a year-round amazing climate with plenty of things to do and see. In addition to being an already breathtaking location, they also offer world-class beaches, dozens of golf courses, and plenty of sites to explore including the medieval castles at Silves and Sagres, the school of Prince Henry the Navigator where Columbus trained, and where you can stand on the most western point of Europe.
The Algarve’s most breathtaking resort is Vila Vita and it is an incredible haven for honeymooners, offering them so much to do or so much NOT to do! The resort is set on 54 spectacular acres and is perched high above the Atlantic Ocean offering guests lush blooming sub-tropical gardens, distinctive Moorish-influenced Algarvean architecture, a dramatic rocky coastline and one of the most beautiful private beaches in Portugal. Vila Vita has 169 fully equipped accommodations and each is exquisitely appointed terraces or balconies that offer panoramic views of the sea and of the flower-filled gardens.
Vila Vita offers a michellin-star restaurant, new residences with beautiful daybeds overlooking the Atlantic, private yachts for cruising up and down the rocky coastline to explore mysterious caves, a private beach, a first-rate spa and fabulous day trips! For couples that want to relax can stroll the miles and miles of unpopulated white sandy beaches or find any of the numerous cozy and intimate spots to sit together in the resort's extensive sub-tropical gardens and along the cliffs overlooking the beach and Atlantic Ocean. Another perk of this property is the Herdade dos Grous, this is the resort's wine estate, which has 1,465 acres of vineyards, flowering gardens, olive and orange groves where guests can learn about horse breeding, organic farming and the cultivation of award-winning wines. Many of the foods served at the resort are produced at the wine estate, and guests often visit Herdade dos Grous for a tour, to relax in the country ambiance where you can dine outside watching the sunset as the birds fly home.
My favorites of the many things couples can enjoy at the Vila Vita include a private dinner by candlelight in Cave de Vinhos, an impressive arched wine cellar with more than 11,000 bottles, or take a cruise for two on the resort's yacht along the dramatic rocky coastline with intense aquamarine waters, or relax on the beach and enjoy a bonfire, or enjoy dinner on your private terrace - where you can plan a personalized menu with wines and your own chef, along with your choice of flowers, candles & music.