Luxury Algarve Villas & Resorts

Macdonald Monchique Resort & Spa

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Macdonald Monchique Resort & Spa provides the perfect cross section of what you could possibly want in an Algarve break. Active traveller, beach lover, culture vulture or just looking to relax the resort and spa cater for them all, and their families.

The Resort

A world away from the Algarve’s typical coastal resorts, Macdonald Monchique Resort & Spa is the epitome of casual chic, striking a careful balance between contemporary luxury and nature’s finest resources. And yet, this luxury resort is still close to the Algarve’s many attractions, being just 15 minutes from the town of Portimão and only 30 minutes from the Costa Vicentina.


Macdonald Monchique Resort & Spa is the only resort in this undiscovered area of rural Portugal that combines five-star hospitality and modern design with unspoilt surroundings and breath-taking views.

Featuring beautifully appointed suites, an indulgent spa with 900 sqm, high-end dining options and a wealth of activities available both in the resort and nearby, this idyllic retreat enjoys an enviable location in the ever sunny mountainous woodlands in the western Algarve.


Whether you’re looking for a peaceful getaway, an action-packed adventure holiday or a lavish family break, you’ll discover something special at this charming resort.


The resort’s 190 beautifully appointed, luxurious suites all feature private furnished terraces or balconies, many with uninterrupted views of the mountains and ocean.


Boasting plenty of natural light, thanks to the floor-to-ceiling windows, they offer the perfect setting in which to relax and unwind. All suites are 40m2 and feature a large living room with kitchenette, bedroom and two bathrooms (one with a bath and one with a walk-in shower). Spa Essential amenities are provided, including shower gel, shampoo, Conditioner and Body Lotion.


All Family Suites are equipped with dishwasher, electric ceramic cooker (2 plates), extractor, coffee maker, microwave, electric kettle, toaster, mini fridge with freezer drawer and a welcome pack on arrival (including water, juice, bread, cereals, butter, jam/spread, tea, coffee, sugar, milk) is provided. Family suites’ rates have breakfast included and daily cleaning. Towels and linen are changed every three days unless requested otherwise by the guests.


The living area is furnished with a dining table with 4 chairs and a pull out sofa bed which sleeps one or two children- Maximum occupancy per suite is 2 adults and 2 children (aged 4-12 yrs) plus one baby or 2 adults and 1 child (aged 13-16 yrs inclusive) plus one baby.


Each site has a centralised air conditioning system, flat screen TV with cable channels and FREE Wi-Fi internet. The bedroom has a 2.00m x 2.00m double bed, wall mounted TV, double wardrobes with safe, telephone and hairdryer. Suites with twin beds are available upon request.


All Sun-hat clients staying in the Macdonald Monchique family suites are entitled to a 50% discount on all hotel laundry services (not including dry cleaning).

Check in is after 3pm on date of arrival, unless otherwise stated and check out is before 12pm on the day of departure, unless otherwise stated apart from June until end of September when the check in from 4pm and check out until 11am.


Macdonald Monchique Resort & Spa offers a range of gastronomic treats in its four restaurants.


Options range from an informal petiscos (Portuguese tapas) and a pizzeria through to a gourmet food market and a fine-dining restaurant specialising in local fish and wines. There’s also an elegant cocktail bar and two pool bars.



An elegant restaurant offering breathtaking views over the Monchique Mountains and serving seasonal local specialities of fresh fish and meats, and perfectly paired Portuguese fine wines. Fine dining experience.


O Mercado Culinario 

Here guests can find an extensive choice of national and international items served during the breakfast buffet, and themed dinners with local and international specialities combined with show cooking by the kitchen team.


A Petiscaria 

A tapas-style restaurant serving the best of Portuguese cuisine made with local produce and seasonal ingredients. Wide selection of Portuguese wines is always at hand.


Pizzaria de Serra

Featuring a spacious outdoor terrace with beautiful views over the mountains and serves typical and fresh produce of an authentic Neapolitan pizzeria with a regional twist.


A Mercearia 

The gourmet market which is a place where guests can find a varied choice of Portuguese wines, food, pastry, specialities and snacks, as well as several Portuguese souvenirs. Make sure you stock up on Portuguese wine and Pastel de Nata before you leave. Travel essentials are also available.


Exclusive beach shuttle service available to all guests. The cost is €3 return and takes guests to one of the most Beautiful Beaches in Alvor. There is and exclusive partnership with Restinga Restaurant where clients can pre book a table for lunch or sun loungers at the beach. This service runs during the month of August.


The resort also has a trio of watering holes available to keep your refreshed during your stay.



The Resort’s cocktail bar, offers a wonderful atmosphere, a large range of drinks and cocktails, ‘Happy Hour’ in the early evening and frequent live entertainment.


Agua Pool Bar

Set next to the family pool and children’s play area, this relaxed pool bar is perfect for families, and offers a wide variety of snacks and drinks throughout the day.


Cascata Pool Bar


Serving a range of drinks, snacks and light lunches, this laidback bar is situated next to the resort’s main pool, making it the perfect destination for casual poolside eating and drinking. The bar also serves bottled Monchique thermal water, which is said to have healing properties.

Sensorial Spa

Inspired by the Algarve’s most valuable natural resources and the breath-taking beauty of Monchique, the Sensorial spa is the epitome of pure rejuvenation and relaxation. The spa offers a range of treatments from international luxury spa brand ESPA - a pioneer in the science of natural beauty - as well as treatments from local brand Monchique Cosmetics, which uses local thermal water in its products to give you radiant skin. Local charges apply for the use of the spa, which includes the following:

  • Indoor pool with hydro massages
  • Eight treatment rooms
  • Himalayan salt wall sauna
  • Sensorial showers
  • Ice chamber
  • Aroma grotto
  • Ghassoul
  • Steamroom

For Families

The Family Suites area was created in order to meet the most demanding family needs. Over 50 spacious and stylish Suites are coupled with a range of high-end amenities: Kids Club, Sports & Leisure area, Outdoor Children’s Playground, Family Pool (Agua Pool – low depth) and Agua snack-bar.

A Welcome Pack with water, juice, bread, cereals, butter, jam/spread, tea, coffee, sugar, milk is organised for each family arrival.

Monchique is perfectly situated away from the Algarve’s busy, built-up resorts, yet close to many of the region’s finest beaches, theme parks and sporting facilities, as well as beautiful woodland trails – so you can tailor your holiday to your family’s needs.

The Max Kids & Junior Club will offer an unforgettable holiday to kids as they will take part in fun activities, in the safe hands of the friendly childcare professionals. The Kids Club is open every day, offering a wide range of activities for children from 4 to 12 years old. The Kids Club is free of charge. Babysitting service is also available.

The entertainment team is always willing to help and has an endless array of activities to suggest to our guests. Many of the activities are related to the nature as the resort is located in the Serra de Monchique, unique for its beauty and diversity of fauna and flora.

  • For babies and infants, the following are available at the hotel (on request):
  • Cot
  • Bottle warmer and sterilizer
  • Baby bath
  • Baby change mat
  • High chair
  • Also, baby food items are available in the A Mercearia shop as well as other items such nappies and wipes. In terms of food & beverage, a children’s menu is available in all restaurants.

Other Facilities & Activities

The Gym

There is a gym available 24/7 for hotel guests, offering a range of solutions for your workout, as well as private personalised training sessions, which are available at an extra charge. Equipment in the gym includes 2 x Technogym multi-trainers; running machines; cross trainers; cycling machines and free weights.

The Pools

There are 2 pools in the resort: - Cascata, located in the spa level with its own pool bar serving light meals and beverages; and Agua, located by the Family Suites area and also featuring its own bar.


Take time to discover the wide range of things to do and see both within the resort and in the surrounding area.The Algarve offers something for everyone, from mountain walks to surfing and dolphin watching, not to mention its award-winning golf courses and beautiful beaches. And, thanks to the region’s temperate climate, many activities are available all year-round. Through the extensive experience programme, the Mcdonald Monchique resort aims to bring you the best of this diverse region, with action-packed itineraries. Examples of activities available in and around the resort include Walking Tours, Archery, Pilates, Zumba, Stretching, Cross Training, Yoga and much more. Local charges do apply for certain activities.


Internationally renowned for its variety of world-class golf courses, as well as its yearround sunny climate, the Algarve has much to offer golfers.

With more than 40 courses available, it’s no surprise the region has become synonymous with golf, with thousands of tourists flocking here every year.

From its central spot in the Monchique Mountains, Macdonald Monchique Resort & Spa is perfectly situated for those wanting to tee off in Silves, Lagos, Vilamoura and beyond, and we’ve put together a range of packages that will take you on a tour of some of the Algarve’s finest golf courses.



The resort is approximately 60 minutes away from Faro Airport, 15 minutes’ drive from Portimao and the nearest beaches and 30 minutes from Costa Vicentina.

Other features include:

  • Kitchen Area : Coffee Maker,Dishwasher,Microwave
  • Electrical Area : Hair Dryer
  • Garden Area : Pool Towels
  • Gym / Gym Equipment
  • Safe
  • Telephone