Macdonald Monchique Resort & Spa in undiscovered Algarve

Macdonald Resorts have opened a brand spanking new resort and spa in the Monchique Mountains of the Portuguese Algarve, we sent our Lifestyle Writer, Helena, to go and experience a few days in undiscovered Algarve!
Macdonald Monchique Resort & Spa is the only resort in this rural part of Portugal that combines 5-star amenities, premium service and contemporary styling with unspoiled natural surroundings and breath-taking views. The luxury resort sits high up in the Serra de Monchique mountain range, surrounded by the evocative scents of pine and eucalyptus. Close to the Algarve’s many attractions, the resort is 15 minutes from the town of Portimão and 30 minutes from the beaches on the Costa Vicentina.
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The ultimate luxury location for a getaway with a difference.
We arrived at the resort after a 50 min drive from Faro airport up the winding roads with the most gorgeous hilly views and even spotted some storks perched peacefully in their nests above. Greeted by the most helpful, attentive and smiley staff members making us feel instantly welcomed and at home.
The resort has everything you may need, all rooms are contemporary apartment suites with sensational views of the mountains and the ocean. Unfortunately we chose a cloudy time to visit Portugal, although still very warm, with the clearest of skies and perfect weather on the last day of our stay (typical!)
 There is a separate resort for couples and another for families, which is the ultimate “icing on the cake” if what you are looking for is a quiet “child-free” escape.
Monchique Classic King Suite Living Area
 
Macdonald Monchique offers a range of dining options with four different restaurants across the resort; a Portuguese tapas bar, a pizzeria, gourmet a-la-Carte restaurant and fine dining. There is also a cocktail bar with spectacular view and a pool bar.
It’s so essential when staying in a resort to be able to have a variety of places and cuisines to chose from and thankfully we were more than spoiled for choice. Mercado Culinario offers the most amazing meat dishes that Portugal is famously known for with something for everybody. I recommend trying the Rodizio style steak, Maminha, it’s absolutely to die for, and the desserts are amazing, apple crumble straight out of the oven and creme brûlée for the win. Mon Chic is the resorts very own fine dining experience, with a outdoor terrace boasting mountainous views the elegant a-la-carte restaurant has a seasonal changing menu with local specialities and fine Portuguese wines. The breakfast served also has to be mentioned offering everything you could possibly dream of for breakfast, a fresh-made omelette bar, fluffy pancakes, fresh fruit and pastries as well as as mimosa’s! We all know that’s a #TeamCoco favourite!
Monchique Breakfast (1)
The area of Monchique is  renowned for its thermal waters, which are said to have healing powers, and are used as a base in products from local Monchique Cosmetics. Together with international luxury spa brand ESPA, the resort offers a range of treatments at the luxurious Sensorial spa. They also have a private room with a hot tub in tow that can be rented out, makes for a perfect little honeymoon spot. We indulged in a back, neck and shoulder massage and facial and checked out the various spa facilities afterwards. Not only does the spa include an indoor pool, but also has a Himalayan rock sauna, Turkish bath, ice room and sensorial showers that make you feel like you’re in the Amazonian jungle!
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 As well as the extensive spa facilities, Macdonald Monchique Resort & Spa boasts indoor and outdoor pools, and a comprehensive wellness program, featuring yoga, pilates and meditation. The resort can also book outdoor activities like nature walks, paddle-boarding, bird watching or surfing so clearly the perfect location to reset and recharge your batteries, as we did.
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 Macdonald Monchique is the complete package if you’re looking for a peaceful retreat, action activity filled holiday or a family break with a difference and #TeamCoco is happy there’s a new resort in an idyllic location that caters to everyone.
And we can have some good news for you all, if you book now using the Summer Sale, which runs until end of September, you will be able to stay in one of the Terrace suites for minimum 167 EUR per night, including bed and breakfast. This price is for stays during the month of August.

A Classic King Suite (with no Summer Sale) is 189 EUR per night.

All room prices are available on the Macdonald Monchique website

Lugar do Montinho
8550-232MonchiqueAlgarve
Portugal
+351 282240100

www.macdonaldmonchique.com

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