Mums time sunshine breaks in the Algarve

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It’s the latest trend: short breaks for busy mums to get away from the stresses of daily life, take a quick, energising break with their friends and go home feeling positively recharged. And, one of the best places to take a mums-time break in luxury is the Algarve, at one our superb villas where you really will feel that you’ve got away from the usual, and escaped to the extraordinary…
Beaches and relaxing
From sun worshippers and mums wanting to simply relax and unwind, to those with a penchant for sporting activities, there’s a beach to suit everyone. In fact, Praia de Carvoeiro beach is the holder of the “Best Beach in Europe” award. Situated in the west of the region, Cavoeiro is home to a wide selection of bars, restaurants and cafes and clifftops with fantastic coastal views.
There are plenty of cycling and walking routes plus of course the famous golf courses. The Algarve is the holder of awards for “Best Golf Destination in Continental Europe” and “Best Value Golf Destination in Continental Europe”.

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Wellness and spas

There are more than 40 spas in the Algarve, it’s not difficult to find one that’s just perfect for you. According to Conde Nast Traveller, Algarve’s spas are fast becoming known as some of the best in the world. Make some “me time” and enjoy a massage, detox, fitness, yoga, sea water therapy or beauty session and go home feeling fabulously recharged and reenergised.
There are more Michelin star restaurants in Algarve than in the rest of Portugal. This area is famous for its food and wines. Local, seasonal and fresh is the mantra here with seafood taking a star role in coastal restaurants. Traditional slow cooked stews, pulses, fresh veg and Algarvian bread are irresistible – not to mention local cheeses, wines and cakes! Take some time out from cooking and dine like a queen in the Algarve, or shop the local markets and stores and enjoy al fresco meals in the garden of your gorgeous luxury Palmer & Parker villa, followed by a dip in the pool and a spot of relaxing.
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The Algarve is rich in culture and authentic Portuguese charm; locals live through their arts and music and celebrations. There is plenty on offer for art and music lovers with cultural events throughout the year. Art galleries are located in most towns as well as concerts, theatre productions and dance shows. Enjoy wandering the wiggly, winding narrow streets and admire chimneys with varied shapes and designs. Churches and castles built in previous centuries reflect a rich culture steeped in history. Local cultural artworks are preserved in museums in the major coastal centres and in smaller inland towns throughout the region.
Check out to discover a rich programme of cultural events and activities.
Take home a souvenir the kids will love
The Algarve is home to a wealth of traditional and modern art and crafts, including embroidery, ceramics from the traditional “azulejos”, traditional painted tin-glazed ceramic tiles, to modern, hand-painted pieces at the cutting edge of design. The best pottery to be found in the Algarve is in the village of Porches – visitors can observe the skills shown by the artisan’s hand painting the pottery. Jewellery is also popular; handmade pieces using cork are for example available in a shop in Pescor. Local modern paintings and sculptures, basket-ware and leather goods made locally can be found in galleries and boutiques in the local towns and villages.
With 300 days of sunshine a year, fabulous gastronomy, loads to do, this is a mums-time-sunshine break you’ll love…
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Villa of the Month: Fanchonniere, Tourettes-sur-Loup, south of France

Villa of the Month: Fanchonniere, Tourettes-sur-Loup, south of France

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Between the azure blue waters of the Mediterranean Sea and the mountains of the Alpes Maritime, the Provencal town of Tourettes-sur-Loup is at the centre of the “golden triangle” Nice, Grasse, Antibes. Our villa of the month is next to Tourettes-sur-Loup, with wonderful views across to another gorgeous medieval but less well-known village – Le Bar-sur-Loup.

Gorgeous villa in Tourettes-sur-Loup Provence

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This captivating holiday home is located in stunning French countryside with gorgeous views. It’s set in half an acre of gardens in which to chill, play boules on the floodlit court, take a dip in the large pool and soak up the scents of Provence.

When you wake up in the morning and open those grand French windows onto a view you’ll never forget, the sun shining down from a Wedgewood blue sky, you can’t help but feel that it doesn’t get better than this.

If you can drag yourself away from the tranquil, private surroundings of this 4-bedroom (sleeps 7) dream villa, there’s loads to do. At just 40 minutes from Nice airport, a 20-minute drive to the beautiful beaches of the Cote d’Azur and close to the perfume capital Grasse. Vence and Saint-Paul-de-Vence, Monaco, Cannes, they’re all close by from this central location.

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But first, head to the local village of Tourrettes-sur-Loup, one of the most beautiful in the region. Set on a rocky outcrop, the sun-soaked medieval town is totally charming. Cobbled streets wrap around an impressive castle, little alleyways lead you hither and thither, past vine covered courtyards and enchanting doors that make you want to peep inside. The streets are filled with galleries and pretty boutiques, the “village of violets” as it’s known, will steal your heart. There are lots of excellent restaurants here and the Wednesday morning market is superb, a photographer’s dream.

We love the Villa Fanchonniere for

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The gorgeous pool with jet stream

The outdoor entertaining area – perfect for aperitifs and barbecues under the starry Mediterrannean sky

Cool chic bedrooms where you’ll sleep in luxury

It’s superb location in Tourettes-sur-Loup but close to the very best of the French Riviera

Floodlit petanque court, standing here with a glass of chilled local rosé, enjoying a relaxing game of boules – priceless.

Details for Villa Fanchonniere


Perfect Algarve luxury villa rentals for large groups

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Perfect Algarve…

If you’re looking for a luxury villa in Algarve that can accommodate large groups of friends and family – we can help.

The Algarve is one of the best destinations in Europe for family holidays with an all year round warm climate and around 300 days of sunshine. There’s loads to do for the whole family from toddlers to teens and older family members. Beautiful beaches, culture, historic towns, great wines, fabulous gastronomy, colourful markets and gorgeous restaurants – the Algarve has it all.

So why not share it with a group of friends or the whole family, and book one of our larger villas where everyone can have plenty of space and loads of luxury extras.

Villa Quinta Dalia, Vale Judeu, near Almancil, Algarve

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This large and gorgeous pastel coloured villa, located between lovely Vilamoura and Amancil has six bedrooms plus a separate annexe with a further 2 bedrooms. With a large pool, fabulous gardens and maid service, everyone will enjoy a relaxing holiday here. A restaurant and café are within easy walking distance and a short drive to any number of superb beaches. Nightlife and sports are close by including the sophisticated world-class golfing resorts of Quinta do Lago and Vale do Lobo, about 15 minutes away by car. Vilamoura with its magnificent marina is also about 15 minutes’ drive.

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Details: Villa Quinta Dalia, Vale Judeu, near Almancil, Algarve

Villa Almara, Calicas, Lagos, Algarve

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Imagine waking up, taking a dip in the large pool, perhaps a game of tennis, a stroll in the vineyards in the back garden, picking fresh fruit from the orchards for breakfast. In the evening aperitifs on the terrace overlooking the town of Lagos and the ocean… Villa Almara is super special and in a really fantastic location, around two kilometres from Lagos, 1km from the beach and close to shops. The pool has slides and diving board, there’s a great barbecue area and huge gardens. The main house sleeps 10, an annexe has 2 bedrooms and pool house has been converted to a cottage with bedrooms.

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Details: Villa Almara, Calicas, Lagos, Algarve

Villa Pinhal Velho 11, Vilamoura, Algarve

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This is an exceptionally large house in a very scenic spot in Pinhal Velho, surrounded by pines and overlooking the famous Millennium golf course. With 9 bedrooms, games room, home cinema, gym, steam room and infinity pool – there’s plenty to do for everyone. The garden leads straight onto the golf course so for those who like to get a round in – this is absolutely ideal.

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Details: Villa Pinhal Velho 11, Vilamoura, Algarve

Villa Sao Afonso, Ferragudo, Algarve

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Overlooking the Bay of Lagos to the beach of Praia da Rocha from the cliffs of Ferragudo, this is a traditional Portuguese manor house with 9 bedrooms. There are stunning views over the ocean, a private chapel, grand piano that musical guests will adore, the house is beautifully decorated and has one of the best terraces in Portugal – that view!

Details: Villa Sao Afonso, Ferragudo, Algarve

Villa Diamantina, Quinta do Lago, Algarve

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If you’re looking for a contemporary designed house of the highest standard then Diamantina is it. Sublime, superb and sensational – this is one of the best houses in Quinta do Lago. Exquisite furnishings and state-of-the-art equipment, including smart home system and home cinema plus heated indoor and outdoor pools and a jacuzzi. It’s in the Monte Golfe area in the heart of Quinta do Lago, front line to the golf course.

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Details: Villa Diamantina, Quinta do Lago, Algarve

Villa of the month: Canavial, Porto do Mos, Lagos, Algarve Portugal

Villa of the month: Canavial, Porto do Mos, Lagos, Algarve Portugal

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Here at Palmer & Parker, we bring you only the finest holiday homes and in the Algarve we have a lot of superb villas, all with pools and maid service, they are the best of the best.

The Algarve is known for its beautiful beaches and superb climate which makes it an all-year round destination. Add to this a family friendly ambiance, great gastronomy, delicious wines, pretty villages and an enticing coastline with lots of sports and world class golf courses – and it’s an idyllic place for a holiday.

Villa Canavial, Lagos

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This beautiful villa has 4 bedrooms in a brand new contemporary house built with chic elegance, it totally lives up to our “best of the best” tag. There’s also a bedroom in an independent apartment with separate access – perfect for two families.

There is a stylish and very luxurious interior with exquisite furnishings and cool panache. There are large patio doors on almost all the rooms which fills the space with light and allows the sun to flood in. But, with the excellent latest modern heat exchange technology which provides for cooling/heating through the floors, you won’t overheat.

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This gorgeous villa is perfect for socialising with a 12m heated pool with infinity overview on two sides with sea views, hammocks dotted around the garden and built in barbecue. There’s also internet TV with UK channels, Wi-Fi of course, a chill out area for cosy evenings and outdoor fireplace with comfy seating.

The kitchen has everything you need to prepare a meal in style, whilst enjoying the sea views for when you’re not enjoying the restaurants within walking distance or in nearby Lagos or at the fabulous (Blue Flag) beaches of Porto de Mos, just a 5-minute walk away.


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From Villa Canavial it’s just 15 minutes from Lagos, a historic town encircled by 16th century walls. It’s a joy to roam the picturesque, cobbled lanes and piazzas. You’ll find plenty of good restaurants, bars and a vibrant nightlife with appeal for people of all ages. The coast line here is renowned for its dramatic cliffsides, Praia don Ana beach is one of the most impressive in Portugal. The crystal blue waters and silky golden sands of several beaches are within walking distance of the town

Why we love Villa Canavial

In a prime location, 5 minutes’ walk to a great beach

Fabulous pool

Family friendly

Walking distance to shops and restaurants

15 minutes from lovely Lagos

Beautifully designed – a millionaire style home

Find out more here: Villa Canavial

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10 Reasons to holiday in the Algarve

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  1. 300 days of sunshine

The south of Portugal is ideal for holidays all year round thanks to mild winters, hot summers, and warm springs and autumns.

  1. Brilliant beaches

The Algarve is home to some of the best beaches in Europe. Endless golden sands, great waves, beachside bars, water sports and perfect sunbathing conditions. There are 88 Blue Flag beaches (certified by the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE) that meet its stringent standards) that cater for a variety of interests. And for those who love to seek out the unique and unusual, head for the Beangil Caves (top photo) near Lagoa. Whether you’re a sun worshipper or avid water sport enthusiast, there is a beach for everyone to enjoy here from families to surfers, golfers and honeymooners. And if you’re looking for the ideal holiday home, just check out our gorgeous luxury villas, you won’t be disappointed.

  1. Golf

A terrific collection of first class championship courses and amazing resorts strung along the sun-kissed coastline make the Algarve a par-fect place for golfers. We’ve got some truly amazing holiday rentals where the very best golf courses are, you’ll be welcomed for a game, membership not required.


  1. Stunning holiday villas

Indulge in a memorable break in one of our exquisite holiday villas. They all have swimming pools, maid service and truly deserve the label “luxury”, we’re what the term dream holiday is all about.

  1. Easy to get to

At just over two hours away from most of Europe’s major cities and with quick efficient transfers from Faro airport to all tourist destinations the Algarve makes for a stress-free visit, perfect not just for longer holidays but for weekends too.

  1. Gastronomy

Inspired by Mediterranean style cuisine, the Algarve is a foodie paradise for fish and shellfish. There are loads of food festivals and fairs celebrating the regions’ gastronomy where you can sample local delicacies and join in the fun.  The annual traditional Sausage Fair of Monchique in March is a famously tasty event and August is seafood festival season in the Algarve – don’t miss the Portimão Sardine Festival and the Olhão Seafood Festival.

  1. Authentic local cuisine

The Algarve boasts the most Michelin Star restaurants Portugal with 8 Michelin starred restaurants. Many of the local restaurants in the towns and villages offer extensive menus made with locally sourced produce and ingredients. Portugal’s southernmost region is perfect for vines and the region makes some fabulous wines. Major towns that lend their names to the region’s four wine DOCs are Lagos, Portimão, Lagoa and Tavira. For these traditional wines, the main white grapes are Arinto, Malvasia Fina, Manteúdo and Síria, and for the reds Castelão and Negra Mol. More recently, new wine estates are making regional Algarve wine from national and international grapes: Syrah, Aragonez and Cabernet Sauvignon, Alvarinho, Chardonnay, Viognier…

  1. Great for nature lovers, hikers and cyclists

The Algarve is home to some of the most beautiful natural landscapes in Europe. Walk along the marked trails or cycle the rural routes that run through the mountain borders for stunning views. Nature lovers will love the birding hotspots such as the Castro Marim wetlands, the Ria Formosa and Lagoa dos Salgados. See the tourist office website for some awesome routes for hikers and riders.

  1. Culture

There’s loads for art and music lovers to enjoy with cultural events throughout the year. Art galleries are located in most towns as well as concerts, theatre productions and dance shows. Moorish influences are evident in the narrow streets and chimneys with varied shapes and designs which can also be seen in the local ceramics. Churches and castles built in previous centuries reflect a rich culture steeped in history. Local cultural artworks are to be found and preserved in museums in the major coastal centres and in smaller inland towns throughout the region.

  1. Arts and crafts

Discover a wealth of traditional and modern art and crafts, including embroidery and ceramics. The best pottery to be found in the Algarve is in the village of Porches where you can watch the artisans hand painting the pottery. Paintings, sculptures, baskets and leather goods made locally can all be bought in the boutiques in towns and villages throughout the Algarve.

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Super special offers for Summer 2018 on villa rentals in Portugal and France

Super special offers for Summer 2018 on villa rentals in Portugal and France
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Escape to the summer sun and enjoy a holiday at a luxury holiday villa to create memories you’ll cherish.
Scrumptious food, delicious wines, beautiful beaches and wonderful countryside, summer in Portugal and France are about lazy days, relaxing in the sun and taking a real break.
Enjoy these super special offers for Summer 2018…
Wow factor overload at Sao Nemesio, Praia d’Oura, near Albufeira, Algarve, Portugal (top photo). A spectacular seafront villa with amazing sea views, private access to the beach, golf courses on the doorstep, a big pool in the gorgeous gardens complete with waterfall – it’s the stuff of dream holidays. Sleeping 12 in indulgent luxury. And, now for the temptation – 10% discount off all remaining dates in July, August and September. Book now to avoid disappointment!
Villa Orquida, Quinta do Lago, Algarve, Portugal, is a beautiful big house. It sleeps 12, with fantastic pool and outdoor areas and is right next to the golf course in a tranquil corner. Walking distance to restaurants and shops, this villa has oodles of charm. Book for the remaining weeks in July and we’ll give you 10% off!
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The fabulous 10 Atlantico Sul, Quinta do Lago, Algarve, Portugal sleeps 8 in sheer luxury. Wake up to gorgeous sea views, take a dip in the pool enjoy al fresco dining and indulge in the best of the area from beaches to golf courses. We’ve got a 10% discount on bookings between 28th July 2018 and 30th August 2018 – get in touch with us to find out more…
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Va va voom to the Villa Vallabonzo, near Albufeira, Algarve, Portugal – the ultimate holiday home. Sleeping 10 it has a gym, sauna, hammam and jacuzzi, brilliant clifftop location with a few steps down to the beach, shops, restaurants and bars in easy walking distance. Listening to the soft waves from the terrace with a glass of something chilled – perfection. We’re offering 10% discount off all remaining dates in July, August and September… you’re welcome!
10% discount off all remaining dates in July, August and September! Hurry, book now!!
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The stunning Cinq Saisons villa, Tourrettes sur Loup, Provence, South of France sleeps ten and has a huge swimming pool and child-friendly garden. It’s close to St Paul de Vence and Vence, has a lovely big pool, beach is just 25 minutes away, and is close to the medieval village of Tourettes with its narrow, cobbled streets and craft shops. We’re offering £400 a week off throughout July and August – Bons Vacances!
Please contact us to take advantage of these great offers, at: or by phone at: +44 (0)20 3735 5818
Palmer and Parker – for people who love luxury

Villas for people who love luxury…

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Portugal: Casa do Diana Praia da Luz, Algarve

Did you know we’ve got 46 years’ experience of bringing you the most beautiful villas in Portugal, France, Spain, Mallorca and Ibiza? We’re very proud of being a small, passionate team that specialises in only presenting you with the most luxurious and exquisite holiday rentals and a very high level of service.

Your holiday starts when you book with us, from the moment you tell us which of our stunning holidays homes you want to indulge in, we’ll make sure that everything runs smoothly so that your holiday is luxurious from start to finish.

Maid service, pools, gorgeous gardens, the most iconic locations and villas that you just don’t see for rent anywhere else – that’s what we’re about. And, if you’re looking to be spoiled rotten on holiday, we’re going to make sure that’s what you get.

Wow-factor hand-picked villas in Europe

We check out all our villas personally. We visit every one of them, check out every room and garden (and yes, we really really love our jobs here at Palmer & Parker) to make sure that what we offer you are the very best villas in Europe.

Luxury holiday villas in Portugal

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Casa dos Zefiros, Ria Formosa National Park, Algarve

In Portugal we’re truly proud to say – we have the very best villas including at the sought-after Quinta do Lago resort, famous for its championship quality golf courses. We also cover Lagos in the western Algarve and Albufeira, central Algarve.

The best holiday rentals in France

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Les Palmiers, South of France

Whether it’s a chateau in the Loire Valley, a Provencal beauty or a beach house on the sunny Cote d’Azur, our France based villas are all absolutely spectacular.

Spectacular holiday homes in Spain

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Finca Las Limas, Marbella, Spain

Spain offers a magnificent stretch of coastline and sierra from Malaga to Gibraltar – as far south and as sunny as you can get in Europe. The eastern end of Spain’s southern coast may have the skyline of Manhattan, but head further west to Marbella and you’ll find many luxurious Costa del Sol villas with excellent golf courses and more nightlife and restaurants than any family can wish for. If you want wow factor – you’ll find it with our fabulous selection of holiday homes.

Millionaire lifestyle in Ibiza

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Ibiza: Villa San Augustin, Ibiza

Ibiza is the most westerly of the Ballearic islands, smaller than its neighbour Mallorca where we also have spectacular holiday rentals. To most people Ibiza means fun, a vibrant night life, wall to wall sunshine, spectacular beaches and sports activities galore. Our very beautiful villas transport you to the heart of the jet set lifestyle making your holiday so much more than a break.

We’re always happy to help you with advice on which of our villas is best for you, just give us a ring, send us an email or contact us on Facebook

We want your holiday to be the best you’ve ever had.

Live the dream in the Algarve

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Ditch the unpredictable weather and head to the Algarve for sunshine, blue skies and the warm Mediterranean Sea.
With flights from 30 airports in the UK and Ireland it’s so easy to just pack your bags and head for the sun and the holiday of a lifetime.
What makes the Algarve so special?
With 150 miles of coastline, the Algarve has some of the finest beaches in the world and has been voted Europe’s Leading Beach Destination at the World Travel Awards for five of the last six years. Wonderful beaches make the area a beach lovers paradise – the custard-cream golden sands of Praia Do Carveiro were voted best beach in Europe 2018 by European Best Destinations (out of 129 countries).
The Algarve is a golfing hotspot with 43 excellent courses to keep every sort of golfer happy. Quinta do Lago is the ultimate in luxury resorts with world class golf courses and water sports and gorgeous beaches on the doorstep. You’ll discover fabulous restaurants and irresistible shops, picturesque villages and chic towns close by – it’s as busy and hedonistic or as relaxing and tranquil as you want it to be.
The cherry on the cake is to stay in one of the many stunning villa rentals available in the Algarve. There’s absolutely nothing ordinary about our holiday homes, staying in one means you truly live the dream.
Live the Millionaire lifestyle
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Everyone has a dream holiday home in mind, but here are just a few exquisite villas from our great selection in the Algarve. And, of course they all have maid service, so you can just put your feet up and enjoy every minute of your well-deserved break in the sun.
Quinta Mansao, Quinta do Lago
Perfect for families, friends and groups, this villa sleeps 14 easily and is a grand new build with a state of the art cinema room, fabulous entertaining areas, large pool and beautiful gardens. The only reason to leave is to go to the beach nearby, to play golf, dine out in one of the excellent restaurants close by, shop in the wonderful shops and, well, enjoy yourself!
Details: Quinta Mansao, Quinta do Lago
Driftwood, Quinta do Lago
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This magnificent villa sleeps 8 in total luxury with a superb gym, sauna, large heated pool, cinema room and stunning terrace and gardens. Overlooking the first fairway of San Lorenzo Golf Course in Park Atlantico, 10 minutes walk from the beach – va va voom to this delicious dream holiday in the sun.
Detail: Driftwood, Quinta do Lago
Casa Do Diana, Praia da Luz
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Two pools, dazzling views over the ocean, beautifully decorated, gym, spa, home cinema, games room and gardens to sigh over – this is one you’ll fall head over heels for. Sleeping 12, this sumptuous villa in a fantastic location is outstanding.
Details: Casa Do Diana, Praia da Luz
Casa do lagos, Almancil, Quinta do Lago
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Take a dip in the pool, enjoy candle lit aperitifs on the terrace, watch the turtles swim in the lake and simply unwind in beautiful surroundings. Sleeping 8 this villa is just 10km from the beach and is perfect for friends and for families.
Details: Casa do lagos, Almancil, Quinta do Lago
Villa 22, Vilamoura
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Wow, and we really mean wow – this villa is seriously special. Brand spanking new, sleeping 10, it’s set in a luxurious new private gated development at L’Orangerie on the world-famous Victoria Golf Course. With a designer interior, infinity pool and fabulous outdoor entertaining areas – now imagine waking up to that every morning!
Details: Villa 22, Vilamoura


Monte Atlantico, Quinta do Lago
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Perfect for families, friends and groups, with sea views, close to the beach and to the Ria Formosa and Hole 6 of Sao Lorenzo Golf Course. Sleeping 12 with absolutely spectacular views that make this a standout home from home, watching the sunset over the sea and the golf course from the terrace is what memories are made of.

Details: Monte Atlantico, Quinta do Lago


Encosta do Lago, Quinta do Lago

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If you like elegant luxury, then this villa which sleeps 12 is for you. With an indoor and outdoor pool, located off Avenida Ayrton Senna. It’s lavishly and stylishly decorated, with a gym, games room, great pool and a garden made for relaxing – it’s your own little corner of heaven.

Details: Encosta do Lago, Quinta do Lago


Borboleta, Quinta do Lago

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In the heart of the sought-after Parque Atlantico, sleeping 10, Villa Borboleta is just 5 minutes from 72 holes of championship golf, great restaurants, tennis centre and the beach. The cool pool is tempting, as is the built-in barbecue, fabulous outdoor dining areas and just about everything in this house!

Details: Villa Borboleta, Quinta do Lago


Head over to our search pages for more superb villas in the Algarve…



Spectacular Summer Living in St Tropez

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St Tropez is a place of jet setter elegance but with a quaint old town in which wiggly streets lined with traditional cafés sit happily side by side with upmarket fashion boutiques. The blend of superyachts and supercars alongside traditional French culture is magnificent and mesmerising. Creative director of Chanel, Karl Lagerfeld calls Saint Tropez “Paradise”, and with good reason.
Saint Tropez embodies the glitz, glamour and romance of the French Riviera, and when you’re on holiday here, you should expect nothing less than a truly fabulous villa in the sun.
Jaw-droppingly beautiful holiday homes in Saint Tropez
At Palmer & Parker, we have the very best holiday homes in St Tropez – gorgeous villas with azure blue swimming pools, overlooking the glittering Mediterranean. There’s nothing remotely ordinary about these St Tropez rentals, they’re a big part of your luxury holiday experience and dazzlingly memorable.
Peace and tranquillity in the hills of Saint Tropez
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The stunning Villa Valgiga is an idyllic home from home with outstanding sea views. Sleeping up to six, it has a super infinity pool and oodles of charm. Situated just outside the village of Gigaro, you can walk to the shops, bakery, restaurants and pizzeria and the beach is only about 10 minutes’ walk. Adjacent to the National Park which has walking and hiking trails with magnificent views that can take you all the way to the Pampelonne, home to some of the one of the most beautiful beaches in France. The excitements of St Tropez and the many other lovely villages of the peninsula are within easy driving distance.
Details of Villa Valgiga
Close to the centre of Saint Tropez
Set in a quiet residential area of St Tropez, about 15 minutes’ walk to the centre of the village, L’Emeraude is an exceptionally elegant property with panoramic views stretching as far as the Gulf of St Tropez. It sleeps 10 and the fabulous interior has a cool feel throughout. Enjoy the view of the lush garden from your splendid terrace, or while dining al fresco under the vine-covered pergola, the Mediterranean Sea sparkling in the distance. Scented lavender and rosemary bushes line the pathway leading to the salt-water pool, sheltered by tall palm trees, ancient olive trees and colourful flowers.
From this quiet oasis it’s about a 15-minute walk to St Tropez’s lively town centre. In the famous Place des Lices you will experience a genuine village atmosphere with a twice-weekly market attracting visitors from all over the region. Enjoy a meal in one of the many seafront restaurants and stroll along the shimmering marina, where glitzy yachts are moored. St Tropez nightlife is close at hand and so are the legendary beach clubs of Pampelonne and sandy beaches offering all sorts of water sports facilities.
Details of Villa L’Emeraude
Close to the beach in Saint Tropez
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Location, location, location! La Tropezienne is situated in a secure, private residential domaine close to the centre of St Tropez and just 700m from sandy Bouillabaisse beach. Sleeping 8, with a heated pool, air conditioning, a pretty garden surrounded by mature trees and shrubs, an excellent outdoor dining terrace it’s in the idea position for those who love to go to the beach, be in the centre of town and still have privacy and tranquillity.
Details of Villa La Tropezienne
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Dive In! Cool Pools in Portugal

Dive In! Cool Pools in Portugal


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Summer in the Algarve – sunshine beating down, balmy evenings, historic villages, wonderful beaches, fabulous fresh produce and sea food and of course – a dip in your own swimming pool. That’s what holidays in this lovely area of Portugal are all about.

Cool pools you’ll love
Whether it’s to cool off, to relax, to play with the kids or to start the day with a splash of healthy exercise, a pool is a must when you take a holiday in sunny Algarve. We specialise in the most luxurious villas in the area and all of our villas have pools but some of them are simply so special we can’t resist sharing them with you.

Casa Dos Zefiros, Fuseta, Ria Formosa National Park, Algarve, Luz, Portugal
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One of the finest villas in the Eastern Algarve, sleeping 14 and set in its own grounds within the Ria Formosa Nature Reserve overlooked by an ancient Moorish watchtower. The beach is about 15 minutes’ walk and restaurants are also within easy walking distance. Boat trips, kayaking, kitesurfing, horseriding, fishing and golf are just some of the activities nearby. The games room has a full-size pool table and table tennis.
The pool: Wow factor overload – 14m x 7m large heated pool which has an electric cover and an elegant toughened glass barrier around it as a safety precaution to prevent direct access from the terrace, great for families.
Details: Casa Dos Zefiros, Fuseta, Ria Formosa National Park, Algarve, Luz, Portugal

Atlantic View, Vale do Lobo, Algarve, Portugal
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Quite possibly the best location in Vale do Lobo. Uninterrupted views of the Atlantic, a short stroll away from the beach at Vale do Lobo and Praca, this excellent villa is a perfect setting for your beach holiday. With 4 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms, maid services, beaches a 5-minute walk away as are the shops, this is a stunning holiday home.
The pool: Infinity pool heaven, facing the sea…
Details: Atlantic View, Vale do Lobo, Algarve, Portugal



Lakeside, Quinta do Lago, Algarve, Portugal
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This is a superb modern villa with every convenience in a fantastic location, private and secluded despite being close to the Lake with its excellent water sports, and only a couple of minutes’ drive from many restaurants, 4 golf courses, the tennis centre and the beach. It is air conditioned throughout and has 4 bedrooms; 2 King size doubles and 2 twins, each with an ensuite bathroom or shower-room.
The pool: The infinity pool overlooks gorgeous gardens and with views over the 16th hole at Quinta South Golf course – perfect for golfers!
Details: Lakeside, Quinta do Lago, Algarve, Portugal

Sao Nemesio, Praia dOura, Sta Eulalia, near Albufeira, Algarve, Portugal
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Enjoying a wonderful and unique location directly above the beach of Dos Bicos with private access to the beach from the garden, this is a very beautiful and superbly furnished and equipped villa. Restaurants, nightlife and shopping are all within easy walking distance. Being above the beach, the views of the sea and along the coast are superb but the location is quiet and privacy is excellent. A path and steps lead directly onto the beach from a lovely garden with waterfall, pool and excellent barbecue terrace. Furnishings and layout let you make the most of relaxed indoor and outdoor living.
The pool: 11m x 5 m with an infinity edge, the views are to die for…
Details: Sao Nemesio, Praia dOura, Algarve, Portugal

Linucia, Praia da Gale, Algarve, Portugal
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Linucia is a unique villa with charm and history, beautifully restored and well-kept, just 4 kms from Albufeira on the sea beside the famous 5-mile beach of Praia da Gale. Paths run through the garden to different parts of the beach and you can see (and hear) the sea from most parts of the property. It is set in extensive grounds with hard surface tennis court and boules court. It also has a staff of three: the cook and her husband (who does the main shopping and gardening) live in a separate cottage, speak perfect English, and are discreet but helpful, and the maid comes to do rooms and laundry.
The pool: 12m x 6m, heated and enclosed on three sides it’s just about perfect for sunbathing and taking a dip in dreamy surroundings.
Details: Linucia, Praia da Gale, Algarve, Portugal

Now, we have to be honest, it was really hard to choose just 5 pools to show you because there are so many more exquisite villas on our books and all of them have irresistible pools. Pop on over to our list of villas in Portugal and take a look, you’re sure to find the villa, and pool, of your dreams.