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    • 12 rooms and eight suites
    • Albufeira, Portugal
    • Oriental palazzo and two Michelin star restaurant
    • Check-in and check-out times are flexible but typically are noon check-outs

We love

 The magnificent sea views from the hillside palazzo.
• Or the magnificent view of the hillside palazzo from the sea.
• The unique interior detail in every room.
• THAT restaurant. It’s Portugal’s finest. Savour a different tasting menu every night.

An extra little something

Book with us today and we'll give you:

Book 4 or more nights and receive a ‘Special Dinner for Two’ courtesy of the Michelin-starred chef.

Top Secret

Vila Joya’s cellar is filled with 12,000 bottles of the finest wine from Portugal and the world, all under the command of Sommelier of the Year winner, Arnaud Vallet. Committed oenophiles can even arrange to dine amongst the bottles.


Forty years ago, Klaus and Claudia Jung fell in love with an unfinished Algarve house. Despite having no electricity or running water, they transformed it into a summer home and, in 1982, Vila Joya was born. Now run by daughter, Joy, with renowned chef Dieter Koschina in the kitchen, it remains one of Europe’s leading boutique destinations.

The Review

Let’s get something straight from the start: Vila Joya isn’t a hotel, it’s a home. That’s Joy Jung’s philosophy, as she builds on the incredible reputation created by her parents, since taking over Albufeira’s finest getaway destination.

It may have been the sublime sea views from the palazzo’s hillside vantage that first drew the Jungs here, but the professional eye of Joy’s mother, interior designer Claudia, has elevated its visual artistry, both inside and out.

From the hand-painted Portuguese bathroom tiles in the double rooms to the penthouse majesty of the Royal Suite Joia, Vila Joya is a haven – boutique and beautiful, yet resolutely welcoming to all.

Indeed, Joy attributes much of the home’s success to her team’s unstinting friendliness, believing the villa touches the souls of guests, giving them the space to set their spirits free. Space which includes air-conditioning in all rooms and at least a terrace or balcony overlooking the sea in all bar one.

There are lush gardens, an in-house spa, a golf academy and a golden beach right outside. While management of the house may have moved on since the early days, these remain Vila Joya’s constants.

As does the kitchen. Austrian chef Dieter Koschina has ruled Vila Joya’s restaurant for over 25 years, proudly holding two Michelin stars since the end of the last century.

Incredibly, Dieter and his chefs create a new six-course menu every single evening and yet still produce the consistency required to be recognised as one of the world’s 50 greatest restaurants. That’s some achievement. And Vila Joya is some home.


Vila Joya

  • Address: Estrada da Galé, 8200-416 Albufeira, Algarve, Portugal
  • Travel info: Just a 40 minute drive from Faro airport. Vila Joya chauffeurs can provide transfers on request

Key Features

  • Pool

  • Stunning Views

  • Airport Shuttle

  • Fitness Center/Gym

  • Bar

  • Restaurant

  • Spa