Welcome to paradise, welcome to Vila Joya
Feels like home, tastes like paradise
12 rooms, 9 suites, 2 Michelin stars and an exceptional team. Vila Joya is thoughtfully embedded within the protected natural coastline of the Atlantic Ocean. Under Chef Dieter Koschina’s inspiration and guidance, Vila Joya was the first restaurant in Portugal to be awarded two Michelin stars. However, more than just a food and wine connoisseur’s dream; ‘House of Joy’ or ‘Jewellery Box’ in the original translation is home to beautiful gardens, breathtaking views, a simple understated elegance and discreet luxury.
Spectacular Ocean Views
Rooms & Suites
Vila Joya has all the charm of a discreet, private villa. Every room & suite has its own unique view over the Atlantic Ocean. Bespoke interiors blend traditional and contemporary styles, furnished with the finest fabrics, subtle colour palettes and details such as beautiful antiques or delightful maritime art, adding a classic, timeless look. Oh, and did we tell you about the breathtaking views?
So, take your time to discover which detail would make you happy, perhaps it’s your own Jacuzzi, sun terrace, small garden or private pool. Or perhaps it’s a shower open to the starry night sky?
The only thing you have to do today is decide.
Where Passion Meets Food
Culinary at Vila Joya
Unrivalled in the world of fine dining is our daily changing menu. Chef Dieter Koschina has held two Michelin stars at Vila Joya for over two decades. Serving a flavourful menu with beautifully presented dishes, Chef Koschina and his team have made Vila Joya one of the most highly-regarded and sought-after dining experiences in the Algarve.
Or, for when you prefer a more casual environment, there’s our deluxe beach shack, the Vila Joya Sea. Here we serve seafood and modern Japanese inspired cuisine — it’s the place to relax in laid-back luxe bohemian style with friends, family or simply by yourself. It’s also the perfect spot for lunch, a sundowner or dinner and it’s where we go to sit, gaze and listen to the ocean.
A pearl in the oyster
Whilst listening to the sounds of the ocean as it gently laps against the walls of the spa, you can allow any stresses to dissipate with massage therapist Pernilla, relaxing and detoxifying treatments. And breathe in the surrounds of architecture, interiors and fragrances that have been lovingly collected and curated from our travels throughout the Orient.
If you prefer a more of a workout to work off those stresses, we have a fully equipped gym and also offer private yoga sessions, where and when you like; from overlooking the ocean to under the stars. However, if all of that sounds far too vigorous then why not do what others have and simply enjoy walking among the trees and flowers in our garden and then round the day off with a sauna, steam or what we prefer, a Jacuzzi and a good glass of wine.
In the garden of (almost) forgotten dreams
Nested above the hidden treasure of Praia da Galé on the iconic Algarve coastline, where palm and cypress trees sway in the wind and the flowers seem to bloom forever, is where you’ll find Vila Joya. The luscious lawns, fauna and flora subtly merge into the natural rolling landscape of limestone cliffs and mighty sand dunes.
The Algarve is famous for its light and unique microclimate as well as some of the World’s best golf courses. So let’s make Vila Joya our secret, we can keep a promise if you can.
Once upon a time. . .
Since 1982 — a home, not a hotel
Originally acquired as a family residence, founder Claudia Jung began transforming the estate in 1982 into the discreet hideaway that it is today, every detail still bears witness to her style and elegance. In 1991 Claudia brought in Austrian chef Dieter Koschina, to Vila Joya. Together they set about raising the culinary standards of the Algarve, achieving their first Michelin star in 1995 and in 1999 their second.
Since 2003, Claudia’s daughter Joy has managed Vila Joya. Continuing her mother’s legacy and bringing her own love of art and detail, Joy has brought a modern influence to the established traditional values and qualities of Vila Joya — enhancing original features such as the Moorish architecture with sympathetic touches.
If you have any questions or would like to know more about the history of Vila Joya or the story of acquiring two Michelin stars, please feel free to reach out to Joy or Chef Koschina.
Vila Joya, Estrada da Galé
Algarve | Portugal
T: +351 289 591 795
Lunch sitting at 13:00
Dinner sitting at 19:30
48km to Faro Airport
246km to Seville Airport
258km to Lisbon Airport