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Feels like home, tastes like paradise

4 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 private Jacuzzi, a sun terrace, a small garden or a private pool. Or perhaps it’s a shower open to the starry night sky?

The only thing you have to do today is decide.

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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.

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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 stress to dissipate with our massage therapist’s relaxing and detoxifying treatments. 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 stress, we have a fully equipped gym and also offer private yoga sessions, wherever and whenever you like – from overlooking the ocean to under the stars. However, if all of that sounds far too vigorous, simply enjoy walking among the trees and flowers in our garden and then round the day off with a sauna, steam or a Jacuzzi and a good glass of wine.

Paradise found

In the garden of (almost) forgotten dreams

Nested above the hidden treasure of Praia da Galé on the iconic Algarve coastline, where cypress and palm 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’ll keep it as such, if you do too .

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 presenting her own love for art and detail, Joy has introduced 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.

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A direct line to paradise

With general enquiries we kindly ask you to fill in the form below, for matters of a more urgent nature please call us on: +351 289 591 795 or email: info@vilajoya.com

    — Location

    Vila Joya, Estrada da Galé
    8200-416 Albufeira
    Algarve | Portugal

    — Michelin

    T: +351 289 591 795
    Lunch sitting at 13:00
    Dinner sitting at 19:30

    — Airports

    48km to Faro Airport
    246km to Seville Airport
    258km to Lisbon Airport

    — Reception
    — Beach Shack

    T: +351 289 591 795
    Lunch: 13:00, last order at 15:00
    Dinner: 18:00, last order at 20:00

    — Mail

    Vila Joya, Apartado 7017
    BEC Vale Paraíso
    8201-927 Albufeira

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