Sometimes, the best summer holidays are the simplest. They start with a sunrise jog along the beach, followed by a refreshing dip in the ocean (swim costume optional). Afterwards, there's time for a rewarding breakfast back at the five-star beachfront hotel, before the rest of the day is spent luxuriating under the sun’s rays, accompanied by nothing more than a good book and an ample cocktail menu. Wanderlust levels in overdrive yet? If so, don’t fret – we know a place where you can be the star of a soothing beach break just like this.

Introducing the Crowne Plaza Vilamoura. Located in the heart of the Algarve’s trendiest resort town, this is the kind of hotel that sends you into holiday mode the second you set foot in the lobby. For starters, the rooms are spacious and come with premium beds, modern furnishings and free wifi, so you can make your friends’ FOMO levels soar by posting as many sunset pics from your private balcony as you like. 

Its two restaurants, meanwhile, nicely complement Vilamoura’s dynamic food scene, meaning you can enjoy indulgent breakfast buffets, feast on healthy Mediterranean fare and devour platters of freshly caught seafood as part of a moonlight dinner – all without leaving the hotel.

You’ll find a different kind of menu altogether at the on-site spa, where a host of wellbeing treatments range from Swedish massages and facials to full-body detoxes (because even the most devoted sunseekers need to mix up the holiday itinerary every now and then). But when a lazy day by the pool is called for, a large sun deck just a few hundred feet from Vilamoura Beach is the perfect place to top up your tan. 

And if you feel the need to really push the boat out, you can throw scuba diving, surfing and the chance to birdie your way along some of Europe’s best golf courses into the mix. Of course, you might prefer to keep things simple, in which case you can rest easy knowing everything you need for the perfect holiday is right at your fingertips.

In partnership with Crowne Plaza Vilamoura