The Vila Galé Albacora is a truly unique example of a Portuguese eco-hotel. Designers of this wonderful resort restored an original Ria Formosa tuna fishing camp where Portuguese fishermen used to reside during the fishing season. In addition to its interesting history, the hotel has also won awards for sustainable environmental practices.
The old houses, workshops and warehouses have now been transformed into 162 rooms and luxury facilities for the resort. Many rooms offer beautiful views out across the Ria Formosa Nature Park. All room types include a telephone, LCD TV with international cable channels, mini-bar, safe deposit box, air conditioning, hairdryer, kettle and free WiFi. All suites include an additional living room area to give guests more space to relax.
The resort has been designed to offer guests tranquillity, culture and space. Outdoor garden areas have been created in parts of the former fishing camp. The camp’s own chapel has been maintained for guests to use. There is also a small Museum of Tuna Fishing to help guests to understand the significance and heritage of the site.
The Satsanga Spa and Wellness Centre provides guests with an additional opportunity for holiday relaxation. The Spa includes a heated indoor poll, a Jacuzzi, a Turkish Bath, a Vichy Shower, a Sauna, and an extensive list of beauty and massage treatments. Guests who would prefer to keep their energy levels up can take advantage of the gym or enjoy a plunge in the outdoor pool.
There are two onsite restaurants for guests to sample; the Salinas Restaurant, which serves buffet style breakfasts and a la carte lunch and dinner dishes; and the Flor de Sal Grill and Tapas Restaurant. For smaller bites to eat and delicious cocktails, guests can frequent the Quatro Aguas Bar or the Flor de Sal Bar.
Once outside of the resort, there are plenty of other things to see and do. The nearby Ilha de Tavira beach is very popular with guests who want to feel the sand between their toes. Historic and cultural sites to visit include; Tavira Castle, Misericordia Church, the São Sabastião Hermitage and the Santa Maria do Castelo Church. The Vila Gale Albacora is also ideally placed for those who wish to play all of the golf courses around the Ria Formosa Natural Park, including; Quinta do Lago, Pinheiros Altos and San Lorenzo.