Hats off to Júlio and Jill: their Quinta is one of the most convivial of the Algarve. The approach is a delight, through groves of olive, almond and orange trees that give way to a subtropical garden where maguey, palm, geranium, bougainvillea, pine and jasmine jostle.
This is a heaven for families: there’s a heated saltwater pool, a cabana with honesty bar, a hydromassage jacuzzi, grassy lawn and outdoor cinema space, and a small playground. The bedrooms, each with a small terrace, are in a converted barn and stables and overlook the gardens. Algarve-rustic, white walls are sprinkled with art and beautiful country antiques. Shower rooms are tiled à la Santa Caterina.
Plan the day’s pursuits over breakfast on the rooftop terrace; return to sociable group dinners on Tuesdays and Thursdays of delicious homecooked Portuguese fare. Julio and Jill really have mastered the combination of comfortable, relaxing and fun.