Vila Joya Hotel and Restaurant (Algarve, Portugal)

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The Region

The Algarve region in Portugal is one of Europe’s most beautiful holiday destinations. The rocky coast, the mild climate and the great Portuguese food the attract millions of tourists each year. Albufeira is the more premium region in the Algarve where many resorts can be found. This region also features the famous Vila Joya hotel and 2* restaurant.

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The hotel

Vila Joya Boutique Hotel is located at a premium location along the Algarve coast. Boasting dramatic views on the ocean and the hills nearby, Vila Joya is a place appreciated by all. Once a private villa, the managing Jung family spent more than 25 years transforming the property into one of the best and most luxurious hotels in Portugal.

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Vila Joya is an intimate and exclusive boutique hotel, boasting only 21 rooms and suites, most of them located in the main building. The rooms at Vila Joya are very spacious and beautifully decorated with a mix of Portuguese and Moorish design. They are extremely luxurious and feature all modern amenities. The views from the rooms are stunning and most of them also feature a private balcony or terrace.

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The spa at Vila Joya is one of the main assets of the hotel and features an inside and outside area. From the Jacuzzi, the outdoor pool and the big outdoor rain shower, guests enjoy dramatic views on the Atlantic Ocean. Not an easy place to leave!

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The restaurant

Restaurant Vila Joya is located in the heart of the hotel and from the terrace, diners enjoy marvelous views on the ocean, Galé beach and beautiful greenery. The interior is classical, mixing luxury and tradition. In summer season, most meals are served on the outside terrace which is located on the top of a small hill and only a few meters from the ocean.

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The proximity of the sea makes that you can hear, smell and feel the ocean during your meal. Indeed, this stunning location makes Vila Joy definitely one of Portugal’s most exclusive dining environments.

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Executive Chef Dieter Koschina is in charge of the kitchen of Vila Joya restaurant. The Chef slowly but certainly made the restaurant to what it is today: one of the best restaurants in the region. Dieter Koschina has an impressive experience record. He started with a training at some of Northern Europe’s best restaurants where he learnt the art of fine-dining and the focus on details. His career in Portugal started more than 25 years ago and over the years Dieter learnt to know the Portuguese kitchen and flavors like no other. Today he is assisted by Head Chef Stefan Langmann in the kitchen of Vila Joya.

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What is absolutely unique about Vila Joya is the fact that the menu changes every day. This way, hotel guests have the possibility to enjoy a totally different 6-course menu each and every single day. During lunch there also is an à la carte menu available, featuring some of the signature dishes of the chef.

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At Vila Joya, Dieter combines local products with Northern-European inspired cooking techniques in his kitchen. He starts from a classical base and offers pronounced and flavorful dishes to his guests. Top-quality products, lots of seafood, and beautifully made sauces are important aspects of his cuisine. A signature starter dish is the preparation with the famous Carabinero prawns from Portugal. They are served in a glass, with on the bottom an avocado cream, topped with a brunoise of tomatoes, nice pieces of slightly baked Carabinero prawn, jalapeno foam, and finished with some flowers and herbs. A stunning and delicious starter. Another famous dish is the lobster serving, with a ravioli from celery, an intense lobster sauce and perfectly baked lobster.

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Attention to detail is not only important in the kitchen of Vila Joya: it is an aspect you will also find in the service, which is attentive, professional and discrete.

The wines are selected and presented by French sommelier Arnaud Vallet. Guests can choose a bottle from the interesting wine menu, offering many Portuguese wines as well as a selection of international wines, or for the interesting wine pairing option. For the full Vila Joya experience, try one of the tasting menus together with the wine pairing – you will not be disappointed!

Belgian Taste Buds:

  • Food Buds 8/10
  • Wine Buds 8.5/10
  • Price/Quality Buds 8/10
  • Service Buds 8.5/10
  • Experience Buds 8.5/10

Vila Joya
Estrada da Galé
8200-416 Albufeira
Algarve
Portugal
Phone:
+351 289 591 795
www.vilajoya.com

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