Galé Hibiscus Beach House
On Portugal's beach-strung southern Atlantic coast, this sleek and chic, low-slung villa lies sprawling only steps from the red-gold sands of gorgeous Galé beach, which itself sits a few kilometres west of buzzing-with-visitors Albufeira.
Inside Galé Hibiscus Beach House shades of aqua and some bright oranges are set against a calm, white background, punctuated by wood furniture and charming ceramics. Guest can spread out amongst the five en-suite bedrooms – one of which is smaller and perfect for young children.
Not that you’re likely to spend much time inside given the allures of the beach, the garden space, the pool and the terrace’s sunloungers and hammock. Even the dining area blends seamlessly into a porticoed alfresco dining area for sheltered outdoor meals. And those who wish to explore further afield can enjoy the towns of Albufeira and Guia – home to Zoomarine park and the Fiesa Sand City, a sand sculpture park; or experience the nearby Salgados nature reserve, a significant freshwater wetlands and a hot spot for birders.