Algarve, Portugal

Vila Monte Farm House

Rates from (inc tax)$127.35

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (21EUR), via, using today’s exchange rate.


Bright boho finca


Citrus-scented gardens

Surrounded by citrus trees and bougainvillea, boho Vila Monte Farm House is all whitewashed walls, red tile roofs and natural materials. An inviting fireplace flanked by cushy seating and an honesty bar may tempt you to stay in the lobby, but two local-flavor restaurants, twin swimming pools and nearby beaches await.

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A bottle of sparkling wine on arrival


Photos Villa Monte Farm House – Faro – Portugal

Need to know


55, including 24 suites.


Noon, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 2pm. Luggage storage is available for guests arriving early or leaving late.


Double rooms from $127.35 (€117), excluding tax at 6 per cent.

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (EUR124.00), via, using today’s exchange rate.

More details

Rates include a buffet breakfast (usually €25 for adults and €12 for children) and parking.


Arrange a couple’s massage in a quiet area of the gardens, or take advantage of the tennis court, jogging tracks, hire bikes and fitness classes and fire up those endorphins. In the evening, enjoy an outdoor film screening by the adults-only pool at Cine Paraiso.

At the hotel

Two swimming pools, nearby beach, tennis court, free WiFi throughout, free on-site parking, valet parking, laundry services. In rooms: Nespresso coffee machine, tea-making facilities, TV, Molton Brown bath products, a beach bag and a sun hat.

Our favourite rooms

All rooms are bright and airy, with white walls, nautical blue and white fabrics, and natural decor, such as tree-trunk coffee tables, coconut-husk rugs and hand-carved light fittings. The Junior Suite, with its private outdoor seating, might just take the cake.


Family-friendly Tanque das Bicas has Roman steps and pool toys; it’s in the main garden, surrounded by trees and a pool bar that serves fresh juices and salads (little Smiths must be supervised by a parent at all times). The adults-only pool is in a lushly landscaped, quiet area of the grounds; order a cocktail, enjoy a book or just savour the silence.

Packing tips

Leave your straw hats and beach bags behind: they’re laid on by the hotel.


All public areas, including the lobby market and restaurants, are wheelchair accessible; there’s also a dedicated accessible guest room with a larger bathroom.


Small dogs (up to 15kg) are welcomed with a bed, food and water bowls, special turn-down treats and a doggy do-not-disturb sign for £25 a night. Dog-sitting and walking, vet and grooming services, and even Fido-friendly birthday cakes can be provided. See more pet-friendly hotels in Algarve.


Are welcome. Big ticket littles swag, from baby cots to bedlinens, bottle sterilisers to bibs, highchairs to baby baths and towels can be provided on request. The hotel also has a family-friendly pool, outdoor play areas and bikes to hire.


Children of all ages are welcome at Vila Monte Farm House.


The hotel has a family-friendly pool, outdoor play areas, bikes to hire, an open air cinema, colouring-in accoutrements and child-friendly snacks.


Swimming pool

Family-friendly Tanque das Bicas has Roman steps and pool toys; it’s in the main garden, surrounded by trees and a pool bar that serves fresh juices and salads (little Smiths must be supervised by a parent at all times).


 The restaurants have kids menus, activity packs, family-friendly events, children's cutlery and highchairs; just ask to have baby bottles or food heated for teensy Smiths. 


Give the hotel a week’s notice to arrange babysitters (or nannies) for €15 an hour.

No need to pack

Big ticket littles swag, from baby cots to bedlinens, bottle sterilisers to bibs, highchairs to baby baths and towels can be provided on request.


Ingredients used in the restaurants are locally sourced (some grown on site) and organic; eco-friendly cleaning products, bathroom products and light bulbs are used, too.

Food and Drink

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Top Table

For a spot of theatrics with your meal, try to snag the two seats by the large windows to the kitchen and watch the chefs at work. You can’t go wrong with alfresco dining on the terrace, either.

Dress Code

A breezy linen shirt for Mr Smith and a stylish sundress and espadrilles for Mrs Smith will be all the evening-wear finery needed.

Hotel restaurant

Make your way from the atrium to À Terra’s main dining area, a stylishly rustic affair with chunky wooden tables, hanging clay pendant lights and shelves filled with jars of local grains and Portuguese truffles; floor-to-ceiling windows frame the gardens. In the outdoor seating area, you’ll find oversized blue cushions and a canopy with exposed bulbs; it’s particularly charming after dark. À Terra serves up local Portuguese food and mouthwatering Mediterranean meals – order assorted cuts of meat and fish fired up over the Josper grill or pizzas direct from the wood-fired oven. In warmer months, Laranjal Restaurant is open for tapas, seafood and all manner of grilled dishes; ask for the catch of the day. We’re partial to the tuna ceviche salad, too.

Hotel bar

There’s an honesty bar in the lobby, just to the left of the entrance – it doubles as the check-in counter and is stocked with a variety of liquors. Concoct an afternoon tipple from one of the many gins on the shelf, or simply grab a cold glass of Murganheira (Portuguese sparkling wine) and cosy up by the circular fireplace. You can also order cocktails, spirits, wines, beers and soft drinks from À Terra.

Last orders

Enjoy evening meals at À Terra from 7.30pm to 10.30pm, or at Laranjal from 7.30pm to 11pm (in high season only). Lunch at À Terra is served from 12.30pm to 3pm, and breakfast from 7.30am to 10.30am.

Room service

Full restaurant menus are available during opening hours, and the in-room minibar is stocked with drinks, cookies, crisps and other snacks.


Photos Villa Monte Farm House – Faro – Portugal
Vila Monte Farm House
Sitio dos Caliços, Moncarapacho, Olhão, Moncarapacho Algarve


Faro Airport is 27km away; with at least two days’ notice, the hotel can organise transfers for €37 a person each way.


Trains from Lisbon and Oporto pull into Faro station; the hotel can organise transfers for €60 a person each way if requested at least two days before your train pulls into the station.


For those puttering around Portugal, there’s free parking at the hotel. You won’t need a car to enjoy the hotel and nearby beaches, though.

Worth getting out of bed for

Beach lovers are in luck: the white sands of Fuseta Island are about a short drive from Vila Monte Farm House; a shuttle service runs between the hotel and the boat to the island every 15-20 minutes. The hotel’s boat is moored at Fuseta pier and will zip you right over to the beach of Barra Nova, where you can get (temporarily) marooned in style; €20 a person covers one way transport, a water bottle and a beach towel. An umbrella, towels, chairs, drinks and a picnic can be supplied, and the boatman will help you set up for your mini island getaway. Sunbathe, swim and picnic to your heart’s content… and be back at the hotel within 15 minutes.

Vila Monte Farm House can also arrange pottery slinging sessions, horse-riding in the hills, fishing and boating tours in Ria Formosa Natural Park, and bird- and dolphin-watching excursions. Aspiring chefs can chop, stir and sizzle the day away in the hotel’s kitchens or simply go for guided seafood tastings in nearby Ria Formosa. 

For your holiday dose of cobbled streets and squares, head 15 minutes west to Tavira, a traditional Algarve fishing village. The town is intersected by Gilão river and the bridge that crosses over it is allegedly a remnant of the Roman Empire.

Local restaurants

Casa Corvo in Fuseta (1 de Maio +351 914 130 029) is the spot for a lunch of barbecued fish by the sea. Cascas (+351 289 722 221) on Avenida 5 de Outubro in Olhão serves fresh seafood and Portuguese dishes; try the octopus salad or freshly-shucked oysters, or ask the friendly owners for recommendations. Family-run Restaurant Antonio (+351 939 163 759) is on Avenida Maria Lizarda Palermo in the heart of Moncarapacho and serves traditional local fare. In Olhão, get your pizza fix with a view at Italian eatery Pizza e Pedra, which also has quite the enoteca for interested oenophiles. 

Local bars

For laid-back rooftop drinks and tapas, try Bar 62 on Avenida 5 de Outubro, Olhão (289 723 060); it has a wide-ranging drinks list and blankets for when it gets a bit breezy on the roof. Gin- and wine-lovers alike will have no problem finding a tempting tipple at 7 Imeio Wine Bar (+351 965 258 266 Avenida 5 de Outubro), a tapas bar that also serves up freshly prepared sushi in Olhão. Part tapas bar, part beer garden, Terra i Mar (+351 289 714 315) on Avenida 5 de Outubro has a rustic interior and outdoor seating area too. And for black pork and fiery cocktails with a side of local lore, check out Tapas e Lendas (‘tapas and legends’) (+351289706429) on Rua Dr Manuel Arriaga.


Photos Villa Monte Farm House – Faro – Portugal

Anonymous review

Every hotel featured is visited personally by members of our team, given the Smith seal of approval, and then anonymously reviewed. As soon as our reviewers have returned from this bright and airy hotel in the Algarve and unpacked their slate-blue pottery and gourmet local sauce from the hotel’s grocery, a full account of their low-key luxury beach-in-reach break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a postcard from Villa Monte Farm House in Portugal.

The scent of bougainvillea mixes with the smoke from the lobby’s wood-burning fireplace; it’s flanked by cushions and one of the many places at Vila Monte Farm House to recline with a drink from the honesty bar that doubles as a check-in desk. The interiors of this boho finca-style stay are by Vera Iachia; we particularly like the nod to tie-dying in the cool blue and white throw pillows. 

Stroll past the citrus trees to the lounger-lined swimming pool (or a bit further to white sand beaches), then snag a corner seat in the trellised outdoor area to enjoy fresh seafood with sides plucked from the organic garden, Portuguese wines and the fresh Algarve evening breeze. Saúde!

The Guestbook

Whenever you book a stay at a Smith Hotel with us, we’ll invite you to review it when you get back. Read what other Smith members had to say in Vila Monte Farm House’s Guestbook below.

We loved

The setting, and rooms as well as the different dining spaces. The markets and seafood at Olhao are a fifteen minute drive away.

Don’t expect

Recognition as a Mr & Mrs Smith client!


Stayed on 26 Sep 2016

We loved

Decor, food and service. Swimming and boat trips in Fuzeta

Don’t expect

Lively night life or deep swimming pools to swim in!


Stayed on 28 Aug 2016

We loved

Everything about it. Our room was beautiful - peaceful and calm with our own private terrace. We loved the adult swimming pool that was beautiful to look at and incredibly peaceful. The landscaped gardens and the amount of shady nooks to be quiet and relax in. The beautiful, fresh bread from the wood-fired oven. Watching films outdoors with our cones of popcorn. The amazing array of gins and the beautiful cocktails rustled up by friendly staff. The attention to detail. The aromatic garden. The vegetable garden....

Don’t expect

Feather pillows. The bed was very comfortable but only slightly let down by foam pillows. It would be great to have a couple of feather ones tucked away in the wardrobe for those who prefer them.


Stayed on 4 Aug 2016

We loved

Everything! The staff were great, the room was fantastic, the grounds were beautiful and the food was lovely. As a lone traveller I felt safe and well looked after. Such a relaxing break! 10/10

Don’t expect

An extensive dinner menu


Stayed on 3 Jul 2016

We loved

The beautiful, expansive suite; the outdoor cinema (with cones of popcorn!); the retreat-like gardens and pools; the very quick and very glamorous-feeling speedboat shuttle to the island; the gorgeous fish, meats and pizzas at A Terra; the orange cookies at turndown; the huge goblets of gin and tonic garnished with gorgeous fruits and aromatics...Obviously get the speedboat to the island off Fuseta! Otherwise it's quite hard to leave the gardens and pools...

Don’t expect

Stumped here really. This beautifully designed place really exceeded our expectations. Lots of little touches that make me smile thinking back on them.


Stayed on 2 Jul 2016

We loved

So much beautiful space around the immaculate grounds to enjoy with the little ones. Fantastic service and ultimately relaxed easy going ambience. A little day trip out to nearby Santa Luxia and Barilla is fun. 10/10

Don’t expect

World wines. Just Portugese! But the draft beer is great.


Stayed on 12 Jun 2016

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