Feels like home, tastes like paradise

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The freshest produce, exacting standards and mouth–watering flavours

The only thing you’ll find the same time after time at Vila Joya is the extraordinary high level of culinary standards. Unique in the world of fine dining, Chef Dieter Koschina has been presenting a new menu every day for years and was awarded two Michelin stars since 1999. Whether you’re staying with us as a guest at the Vila, or simply visiting for lunch or dinner, you can be assured of one of a kind, mouth-watering sensations, inspirational flavour pairings and the freshest dishes. Plus front row seats with views of our wonderful gardens and the stunning Atlantic Ocean.



Michelin lunch, dinner or both?

It’s the story of an everlasting love affair, Dieter Koschina and the Atlantic Ocean. Our proximity to the abundant riches of the sea and Portugal’s excellent produce has provided a constant source of inspiration for Chef Koschina, ever since he set foot in Vila Joya’s kitchen in 1991.

His cuisine has been described as “refreshingly straightforward, yet full of flavour and of the moment”. With a focus on light and fresh dishes, he is a craftsman of flavours, aromas and the natural taste of the produce. Once he’s discovered the right balance of ingredients and flavour, he only then considers presentation, which is no less impressive.

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Chef Dieter Koschina

In 1991, Dieter Koschina came from Austria to the Algarve and laid the foundation for his mastery and Vila Joya’s fame. Earning his first Michelin star in 1995, and second in 1999, Chef Koschina and his team have defined Vila Joya as a culinary gem of the world that it is today. Together with his Executive Chef Stefan Langmann, Chef Koschina creates a new menu every day. He once jokingly named his approach “John Wayne Style” due to the fact that some of his dishes are created with such spontaneity and precision, as if they were well aimed shots from the hip of the ‘Duke’ himself. However, we think, “Peter Pan meets Einstein“ would be an equally fitting description.

Everyday Chef Koschina sets himself the challenge to start from scratch – his tools: ingenuity, curiosity, enthusiasm, unparalleled talent and the highest craftsmanship.

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Book a Michelin star lunch or dinner

We are opening Restaurant Vila Joya in a more intimate way. Our biggest table size in the Michelin restaurant is for 6 people. For lunch and dinner, we serve Chef Dieter Koschina’s Favorites, which consists of four courses. The price is 250 euro, excluding drinks. We also serve our daily changing Signature menu – at lunch time only – for 250 euro, excluding drinks.

Please note that at dinner time we only have very few tables available for non-resident guests as our houseguests have priority access to the Michelin restaurant. For very last minute dinner reservations, call us please before 11am. Restaurant Vila Joya: +351 289 591 795

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Our menu

Special Requests
Due to our daily changing menus, we are not always in a position to cater to all our clients’ allergies or food intolerances. However, please inform us in advance if you have any special requirements and we will try to provide a suitable alternative.



‘Our Orchestra’ of experience and craft

Among the world's top chefs, Dieter Koschina is singly nicknamed “Koschi” by his fans and friends. He is motivated by an almost stubborn love for ingredients and flavour. His traits of passion, curiosity and a thirst for new discoveries keep him from ever repeating himself. He once said in an interview, that “life is too short to become a good cook” — only a great one would say that.


Dieter Koschina

Also from Austria and also one of a kind, Stefan Langmann is exceptional when it comes to leading his kitchen team. In a band, he would be both drummer and bassist — the rhythm section that keeps the beat and holds everything together. His love of the riches of the Atlantic and the region is impressive. He and Koschi have been known to be found looking for the perfect fish or swimming in the sea during the early hours before the work day starts.

Head Chef

Stefan Langmann

Calm, positive and efficient. With a natural love for hospitality, Maître Paulo transforms the restaurant into a better place in this world. Just like Chef Koschina, he has been a part of the Vila Joya family for thirty years. Born into a hospitality family, Paulo Luz has an innate and keen eye for the smallest detail, great awareness for guests' wishes and the way he smiles might just make you smile too.

Maître d'

Paulo Luz

There are sommeliers and there is Monsieur Arnaud. He has a natural quality to create moments of joy with his deep knowledge, approachable style and excellent instinct. Calling Vila Joya home since 2007, he brings extensive experience of French Michelin restaurants and was named ‘Sommelier of the Year’ in 2012. Here, he is not only the gatekeeper of one of the best wine cellars in the Algarve and someone you can talk oenology with.


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Pool Restaurant

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Vila Joya SEA, the beach shack

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Michelin Star Restaurant

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Pool Restaurant

A lunch that oozes style. Sit by the sparkling clear turquoise water and enjoy garden views, listen to the birdsong and the calming ocean or dream yourself away into a movie that has yet to be written.

Opening exclusively for lunch, our pool restaurant serves a choice of light fresh dishes.

Vila Joya SEA, the beach shack

Whether you prefer to relax in laid-back bohemian style or bury your feet in the fine sand of the dunes, you can meet at our beach shack for lunch, dinner or simply a sundowner.

Be warned, once seated you might not want to leave.

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Room Service

Ever had a Michelin menu on your own private terrace or brought to you in bed? Well, our rooms were designed with sophisticated comfort in mind. Creating an atmosphere that balances both welcoming and lavish.

So, if you prefer to enjoy quality food in your own space, we offer the Michelin menu and many other excellent dishes. Perhaps a cheese platter? Or a Viennese schnitzel à la Koschina (which you won’t find this good anywhere else) or simply celebrate another day on planet earth with a bottle of wine – or two.

Michelin Star Restaurant

Inspired gourmet cuisine. Fresh and flavourful, Chef Dieter Koschina’s daily changing four-course menu is waiting for you. Whether you’re a visitor or guest, allow yourself to be indulged under the arched arcade and above a magnificent garden on one of the Algarve’s most beautiful terraces — with the magnificent backdrop of the Atlantic Ocean.

Please note: If you’re staying with us you have the option to book a ‘Michelin Star Half Board’ for dinner.

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