Is there anyting better than a hot beverage on a cold winter day? Some might say "hardly". We agree. 

This winter, take our suggestion and relax with the sweet and cosy taste of chocolate mixed with the deep kick of whiskey. Top it with caramel and marshmallows or whipped cream, put your feet up and just enjoy.

Prep time: 5 mins

Cook time: 8 mins

Total time: 13 mins

Serves: serves a healthy 2


  • Ingredients
    • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
    • 1/4 cup chocolate chips
    • 1/2 cup sugar
    • 1/4 tsp chili powder
    • 2 cups whole milk
    • 3 fl. oz. whiskey
    • caramel and marshmallows or whipped cream for topping


  • Instructions
  1. Add the cocoa, the chocolate chips, sugar, chili powder and milk to a small saucepan 
  2. Heat over medium high, whisking constantly to dissolve the cocoa and melt the chips
  3. Bring the hot chocolate to a steam–not a boil–then remove from heat
  4. Add the whiskey, and divide between two mugs
  5. Top with caramel and whipped cream or marshmallows


Christmas is fast approaching and now is the time to start thinking on how to make this Christmas even more special than the last one.

We plan family moments around a table filled with delicious typical delicacies, we plan to reunite with our loved ones, some of whom are not around during most of the year, and we look forward to the opportunity to show them how much we care for them, whether through genuine demonstrations of affection, or through special gifts that create spontaneous smiles.

VILA VITA Parc helps you to make these smiles come true. Accept our gifts suggestions below and be prepared to raise the bar of your future Christmases.

Gift Vouchers VILA VITA Parc

Looking for an unforgettable gift for a very special person? This Christmas offer a VILA VITA experience. The VILA VITA Gift Vouchers are available from €100 and may be used in Accommodation, Restaurants and Bars (in and outside the resort) and in Spa services. They may be acquired online through VILA VITA Parc's online shop  by emailing or calling +351 282 310 100.


Herdade dos Grous and Quinta do Valbom Wines

The Herdade dos Grous, located in the middle of the vast Alentejo plains, in Beja, originates one of the most amazing portuguese wines, with the same name. This Christmas, discover its selection of Red, White, Reserva and Moon Harvested, available at the VILA VITA Butcher, next to the VILA VITA Biergarten, in Porches, in the Algarve, and offer one of the most delicious nectars ever produced in Alentejo.

In case you prefer the wines from the magnificent Douro hills, then you may also choose from the Quinta do Valbom wines, also available at the VILA VITA Butcher, considered to be one of the most organic wines in the world.

Typical German Products

The german gastronomy is made of extremely rich delicacies, which become particularly delicious during the Winter. This Christmas pick your favourites amongst the large variety of german products available at the VILA VITA Butcher, next to VILA VITA Biergarten, in Porches, in the Algarve, or build your own hamper, by mixing them with some extraordinary organic charcuterie, produced directly at the Butcher with meat from the Herdade dos Grous, in Alentejo. You’ll be able to choose from a selection of various products such as the famous Leberkäse, the Bierwurst and Stuttgart Bierwurst mortadellas, the countless varieties of sausages, the famous 100% natural German Apple Juice and many others.


Address: VILA VITA Biergarten, EN 125, Rotunda de Porches, 8400-489 Porches · Algarve, Portugal
Tel: +351 282 381 181
Opening hours: Tuesday 2pm-6pm | Wednesday-Friday 10am-6pm | Saturday 10am-1pm

The Algarve is known for its coastline filled with beautiful golden sandy beaches and an extraordinary climate that guarantees over 300 days of sunshine and mild temperatures throughout the year. 

But the Algarve is much more than only its beaches and golf courses. It’s a region characterized by an impressive landscape diversity, which can be fully appreciated by foot through the numerous existing walking trails that allow for a direct contact with nature, while promoting a physical and mental wellbeing.  Oak tree woods, fields of cork trees, local strawberry trees (medronheiros), rosemary and aroeira trees, as well as lagoons and large sand dune areas, are some of the elements that make up the Algarvian landscape.

Below you’ll find some information about the nearest walking trails to VILA VITA Parc, so that you can make the most out of your stay, and discover the year-round extraordinary beauty of the region.  

Recommended equipment:

  • Comfortable and suitable walking shoes;
  • Sun glasses, sun screen and hat;
  • Small backpack to carry water, snacks and energy bars and a small first aid kit;
  • Camera and/or binoculars;
  • Mobile phone 

Special Precautions

  • Avoid walking the trails alone;
  • Don’t step on the sand dunes;
  • Follow the signalling on the tracks;
  • Pay attention to your surroundings

Walking Trails near VILA VITA Parc:

Sete Vales Suspensos” Walking Trail

This trail accompanies the cliff by the coastline, and is interrupted by 7 small valleys, created over the years by ancient water lines. The trail begins at the picnic area of the beautiful Marinha beach and ends at the Centeanes beach, a total of 12kms (round trip) and an average duration of 5 hours.

Along the way you’ll be able to see amazing rock formations such as large arches and caves; several plants such as juniper, Peruvian pepper trees and the local “carrasco” bushes; animals such as cormorants and seagulls; the Alfanzina lighthouse and several fishing boats at the Benagil beach. You will also have the opportunity to relax and enjoy the view in one of the many viewpoints located along the trail.

Location: Praia da Marinha, Lagoa

GPS: 37º 05’ 24,635’’N, 8º 24’ 46,181’’ W (beginning) / 37º 05’ 28,799’’ N, 8º 27’ 14,762’’ W (end)


Interpretação da Praia Grande” Walking Trail

This particular trail is ideal for birdwatching lovers, since it’s located in an area with a large diversity of bird species. It runs for a total of 5kms, with an average duration of 2 hours. The trail begins at the Praia Grande car park, in Pêra.  

When walking by the Salgados Lagoon, you’ll be able to watch flocks of flamingos, black-winged stilts, purple herons and ferruginous ducks. You will then proceed through the beach, on a wooden walkway that crosses over the sand dunes, on to an area of stone pines. The trail ends at agricultural area where you’ll be able to see the ruins of old windmills and barns.   

Location: Praia Grande, Pêra

GPS: 37º 05’ 44,304’’ N, 8º 20’ 11,296’’ W (beginning) / 37º 06’ 19,743’’ N, 8º 20’ 20,544’’ W (end)


Ao Sabor da Maré” Walking Trail

This trail, located in Alvor, near Portimão, is almost entirely done on a long wooden walkway (the largest in the Algarve) which starts by the fishing dock. The trail is 6kms long with an average duration of about 2 hours.

It runs over the Ria de Alvor and goes all the way to the Três Irmãos beach. Throughout the trail you’ll be able to watch several bird species such as the common terns, herons, gannets, amongst many other species. You can return by the beach.

Location: Alvor, Portimão

GPS: 37º 07’ 35,004’’ N, 8º 35’ 46,461’’ W (beginning)



The festive season is approaching quickly. The Christmas spirit is beginning to set in and the time comes to start thinking about this year’s Christmas Dinners.

Whether to thank your employees or only as a way of getting long or short time friends together, this year surprise them with a Christmas dinner in one of VILA VITA Parc’s many restaurants or event rooms. The intuitive service and passion for perfection of our experienced and highly creative team are the key elements for your dinner’s success.

See below the several available options when it comes to restaurants and event spaces in and outside VILA VITA Parc, as well as the special Christmas menus, and contact us to receive a proposal adjusted to your needs.

Outside the Resort

VILA VITA Biergarten

Recently refurbished, the VILA VITA Biergarten resembles a real Bavarian mountain chalet. A comfortable and cosy atmosphere and a menu made of the best German delicacies, are the key elements for its success. The upper floor, with capacity up to 75 people, offers the ideal conditions for group/corporate events, including a slightly elevated area perfect to be used as a stage.


Praia Dourada Restaurant

This casual beach restaurant, with a breathtaking view of the sea’s sparkling blue shades from the beach at Armação de Pêra, offers a fresh and modern young atmosphere as well as a vibrant menu made of freshly made dishes. More than 15 special gin drinks, med cocktails, coffees, shakes and cold press natural juices complete the menu. It’s the perfect location for a relaxed Christmas dinner filled with positive energy. The restaurant’s capacity is 70 people.


Arte Náutica Restaurant

The Arte Náutica is an elegant beach restaurant with a large terrace, located less than 4kms from VILA VITA Parc, at Armação de Pêra. The menu is made of a selection of fresh fish straight from the market, plus grilled meats, salads and snacks. The perfect choice for a Christmas Dinner with the sound of the sea waves as the soundtrack. The Arte Náutica restaurant has capacity up to 58 people.


Inside the Resort

Events’ Spaces (Meeting Rooms and Event’s Pavilion)

As an alternative to the restaurants, you may choose from one of VILA VITA Parc’s several event spaces. The meeting rooms and the Events’ Pavilion, with areas that go from 55sqm to 600sqm, are the perfect choice for a completely personalized and exclusive event.  


Special Locations


Wine Cellar

If you’re looking for a special and unique place to surprise you Christmas Dinner guests this year, then VILA VITA Parc’s extraordinary Wine Cellar, with a stock of over 11,000 amazing vintages, including the spectacular reds from the Herdade dos Grous, the resort’s own wine estate and farm located in the Alentejo, may very well be the place for you. The Cellar, located at 8mt deep which allows it to maintain a stable temperature throughout the year, is made of bricks up to 150 years old, imported from Egypt, Austria and Greece. It’s a unique place where you’ll be able to host Wine Tastings accompanied by a delicious selection of tapas, or exclusive dinners up to 12 people.



The Mizu-Teppanyaki restaurant, with a Zen and relaxed atmosphere, a decoration inspired by Japanese culture and tradition mixed with a sophisticated and modern style, high quality ingredients, innovative culinary techniques and a privileged view over the Atlantic Ocean, is the resort´s new contemporary fine dining Japanese restaurant. With a capacity of 42 people indoor, 14 people in the outdoor terrace overlooking the ocean, and 10 people at the Teppanyaki, Mizu-Teppanyaki may very well be a special and unique option for you Christmas Dinner this year.


For more information and proposal request, please contact us by emailing or calling +351 282 310 100.

In December, the magical Christmas Wonderland comes to VILA VITA Parc.

After last year’s successful first edition, the VILA VITA Christmas Market returns to Porches, in the Algarve, bringing along the charm, spirit and style of Northern Europe’s traditional Christmas markets, with added sunshine.

Delicious culinary delights such as grilled sausages, Lebkuchen and Glühwein and other tasty treats, wines, unique festive merchandise, handcraft and several gifts will be on display over 8 wooden alpine huts.

Make sure to participate in the several wintery workshops available and learn all about the art of decorating centre pieces and beautiful gift packaging. We guarantee that this Christmas your gifts will be the most beautiful under the Christmas tree! Youngsters will be able to join in activities such as face painting and several fun games.

Don’t miss the opportunity of winning several amazing prizes at the Christmas Prize Draw, such as meals for 2 persons at VILA VITA Parc’s new contemporary Japanese Mizu-Teppanyaki restaurant and at the Praia Dourada restaurant in the beach in Armação de Pêra; a Wine Tasting at VILA VITA Parc’s unique Wine Cellar; a box of Herdade dos Grous’ wines or a Christmas Hamper made of several high-quality products.

This year, you will also be able to donate €1 for each purchase you make at the VILA VITA Christmas Market to the local Children’s Charity Institution Lar de Crianças Bom Samaritano. VILA VITA Parc will cover your donation in the same amount.

The VILA VITA Christmas Market is at the Biergarten, located on the Porches roundabout on the N-125. It will be open during the first 3 weekends of December, on Saturdays and Sundays, from 1pm to 8pm, on 2-3, 9-10 and 16-17 December 2017. Entrance is free for all.

VILA VITA Parc has been recently considered one of the Best Resorts in Europe by the readers of Condé Nast Traveller.  

Condé Nast Traveller, the luxury lifestyle and travel magazine from the North American publisher Condé Nast, launches every year a readers survey for the Readers Choice Awards, to distinguish the best of the best in tourism, at a worldwide or regional level. This year the voting took place from the 1st April to the 1st July, and gathered more than 300.000 votes from the magazine's readers, revealing the best within several categories such as: Best Hotel, Best Resort, Best Cities, Best Restaurants, Best Islands, amongst many others. 

VILA VITA Parc has been distinguished as one of the Best Resorts in Europe, with a score of 89,98, in a total of 100.

Food is never an afterthought at VILA VITA Parc.

The dining experience at VILA VITA Parc is a grand adventure for both resident and non-resident guests, made even more memorable by the exquisite Portuguese hospitality. With a total of 10 restaurants, ranging from casual beachside dining and rustic, regional Portuguese plates to one-of- a-kind gastro-creations at the two Michelin-starred restaurant and clean Japanese cuisine, diversity is key to the resort’s culinary philosophy. Herdade dos Grous, VILA VITA’s own country wine estate and farm supplies fine vintages and freshly harvested organic produce, and an impressive on-site wine cellar stocks some 11,000 bottles. 

Discover below the 10 restaurants that are part of VILA VITA Parc's gastronomic world to chose which one you'll visit soon!


The Restaurants at the Resort 


Ocean Restaurant

Ocean is VILA VITA Parc’s signature restaurant, serving freshly caught seafood with inimitable flair, its excellence marked by a Michelin star awarded in November 2009 and the second awarded since November 2011. Austrian-born Chef Hans Neuner is the genius in the kitchen, where the focus is on the catch of the day from nearby Sagres. The elegant dining room offers breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean. Subtle changes have added exquisite tabletop details, including elegant Italian cutlery from Sambonet and stylish new table service. Breads are home-made, produce is organically grown at the resort’s own farm, and cheese selections include specialties of the region, like the buttery Borba cheese from the Alentejo. Desserts are enchanting, with unexpected combinations like chocolate and lime with a hazlenutsabayon. Dinner ends with a flourish, with a delicate selection of petits fours. | +351 282 310 100 | menu website


Mizu-Teppanyaki Restaurant

Mizu-Teppanyaki, with a Zen and relaxed atmosphere, a decoration inspired by Japanese culture and tradition mixed with a sophisticated and modern style, high quality ingredients, innovative culinary techniques and a privileged view over the Atlantic Ocean, is the resort´s new contemporary fine dining Japanese restaurant. The amazing food menu is accompanied by an exceptional selection of beverages with more than 20 different types of Premium and Super Premium Japanese Sakés, whether enjoyed as sparkling, sweet, cold or warm. Open for dinner only, it also has an outdoor terrace overlooking the ocean. | +351 282 310 100 | menu website


Bela Vita Restaurant

Bela Vita, located in the Main Building, is an à-la-carte restaurant with a warm and inviting space, a sleek and urbane retro-chic décor, soothing pastel furnishings and a distinctive chevron wooden floor. The menu at dinner is a variation of delightfully delicious classic creations reworked into mouth-watering modern dishes.  Enjoy some of the tastiest modern twists Bela Vita has to offer whilst savouring one of the great old or new world wines from VILA VITA's Wine Cellar. The outdoor terrace, with its intricate Portuguese calçada, is a favourite spot to enjoy the view at breakfast or dinner time. | +351 282 310 100 | menu website


Adega Restaurant

Adega is VILA VITA Parc's typical Portuguese restaurant. Occupying a rustic, whitewashed building and boasting a spacious sunny terrace with views over the swan lake, Adega channels the rustic romance of the Mediterranean. Punchy Portuguese tapas plates and regional specialties from the likes of Madeira and Azores introduce authentic local flavours, while live music courtesy of traditional Portuguese guitarists and Fado singers bolsters the atmosphere at dinner. | +351 282 310 100 | menu website


Whale Restaurant & Pool Lounge

Whale Restaurant & Pool Lounge is a poolside casual dining with magnificent views of the Atlantic. The Whale restaurant is the ideal place to enjoy dining any time of day, while celebrating coastal-inspired cuisine from around the world. Lunch features a light and airy atmosphere—both indoors and on the terrace by the pool.  At night, Whale transforms into an inviting and family-friendly restaurant. | +351 282 310 100 | menu website


Aladin Grill Restaurant

Aladin Grill is an elegant grill room with a distinctive Moroccan-inspired décor and an open grill kitchen taking the centre stage, focusing on prime meats and market driven seafood, alongside an award-winning wine selection. | +351 282 310 100 | menu website


Atlântico Restaurant

Atlântico offers a Mediterranean cuisine with a French and Portuguese flair. This oceanfront fine dining with magnificent views of the Atlantic and the infinity pool below features seasonal, local, regionally and organically grown products. Views from the terrace that will literally take your breath away. | +351 282 310 100 | menu website

The Restaurants outside of the Resort


Arte Náutica Restaurant

Arte Náutica is an elegant beach restaurant with a large terrace, located less than 2mi/4km from VILA VITA Parc at the neighboring town of Armação de Pêra. By day, it is a charming spot for a carefree bite by the beach, while at dinner, the romance factor rises as the sun sinks over the ocean. The menu is made of a selection of fresh fish straight from the market, plus grilled meats, salads and snacks. | +351 282 314 875 | menu website


Praia Dourada Restaurant

Praia Dourada is a casual beach restaurant with a breathtaking view of the sea’s sparkling blue shades from the beach at Armação de Pêra. It offers a fresh and modern young atmosphere, as well as a vibrant menu made of freshly made dishes like mussels, prawns in aioli sauce, beef tournedo, homemade burgers, artisan pizzas, spicy spareribs, wraps and bites and tasty desserts. More than 15 special gin drinks, med cocktails, coffees, shakes and cold press juices natural juices complete the menu. During the sunny summer days, barefoot on the golden sand, enjoy the chill-out vibe of its sunset live DJ parties. | +351 282 314 230 | menu website


VILA VITA Biergarten

VILA VITA Biergarten, at the nearby village of Porches, is an authentic Bavarian beer garden offering traditional specialties including Erdinger beer, sausages, “schnitzel”, herring, pretzels and “Apfelstrudel”. All meats originate from the Herdade dos Grous and are prepared in VILA VITA Parc´s own butchery. The resort also produces its own artisanal beer, the Porches Craft Beer(Pilsner, Brown Ale, Indian Pale Ale), available both at the resort and at the Biergarten. | +351 282 381 177 | menu website

The visits to the barber shops were, for many years, part of a weekly (and sometimes daily) male routine, almost all around the western world. 

This was a place where men got together, not only to take care of their beard and hair, but also to socialize and create bonds. This was the place where an important male ritual took place, and as such, every detail was taken into account: from its usually classical decor and high-quality products, all the way to the manner in which the staff addressed the clients and treated them as members of a small neighbourhood family.

Over time, the daily fast pace and the innovations in term of self-shaving techniques and products (who’s not familiar with Gillette nowadays?), contributed to the gradual disappearance of this ritual. Recently, however, we have been witnessing the emergence of new Barber Shops, some leaning towards a more classical and elegant style, a sort of revival of the old barber shops, and others with a more modern twist.  

Recently, VILA VITA Parc decided to incorporate the classical Barber Shop service in the list of services available to its resident and non-resident guests. Leading the Barber Shop is André Pereira, a sworn devotee to the art of shaving since early on. He started at home, with a friend. After a while, certain of his passion for the art, he decided to invest in his education and did a specialization course in Loulé. He worked at local hairdressers and barber shops where he acquired important experience and a faithful client portfolio, which would one day allow him to open his own shop

It’s at his shop and at VILA VITA Parc’s Barber Shop that he puts into practise everything he has learned throughout the years, and where he surpasses the clients’ expectations with a classical and elegant style that characterizes his way of shaving and cutting hair. Hot towel shaves, “the old-fashioned way”, and classical square haircuts that enhance the typical male head shape, are his speciality. 

André gives a specialist’s advice to his current and future clients: “Plenty of hydration, especially for men who wear long beards. Beard eventually accumulates bacteria, so it’s necessary to pay a deeper attention to its cleaning and hydration.” 

At VILA VITA Parc’s Barber Shop, where he may be found every Wednesday from 10am to 1pm, he uses the world-renowned Depot and Musgo Real products. From after-shaves to lotions and moisturizing creams: every product used is of the highest-quality so that the end result is flawless.  

Opening times: every Wednesday, from 10am to 1pm (open to resident and non-resident guests) 

Appointments: +351 282 310 100 

There are few things better in life than spending quality time with your family. And for those moments to be absolutely perfect, it's important that every family member can truly enjoy their experience together.

VILA VITA Parc makes sure that your children are entertained throughout your entire stay. This way, there's a guarantee of pure relaxed moments for you and plenty of fun for the little ones!

Open from 10am to 6pm, Natalie's Crèche and the Annabella's Kids Park welcome every child aged 6 months to 11 years old. The smaller ones, from 1 to 3 years old, are welcomed at Natalie's Crèche with plenty of educational and playful activities such as doing a giant puzzle, a musical instrument or a puppet which is afterwards used in a play where they take part, amongst many other activities. Children from 4 to 11 years old are welcomed at the Annabella's Kids Park where they can chose from a wide range of activities such as a Nature Foto-Safari inside VILA VITA Parc's premises, outdoor activities such as football, frisbee, mini-golf, basketball or tennis, sack races, origami, face paintingsor obstacle run. The professional and experienced team at the Crèche and the Kids Park will do everything within their reach to make sure your children meet you at the end of the day with a wide smile on their faces.

Teenagers from 12 years old are not left forgotten. At the Teen's Club they are welcomed with several daily exciting activities (supervised), inside and outside the resort, such as karting, handball, badminton, tennis, football, volleyball, basketball and paintball, so that they are always entertained and make the most out of their family vacations! 

And why not taking the little ones to VILA VITA Vital Spa to be pampered with treatments based on organic products from Organic Pharmacy, suitable for children's sensitive skin, without any use of preservatives or additives?

Also worth highlighting are the special activities related to Halloween, on the 31st October, such as pumpkin carving, themed paintings and, of course, the traditional and very fun "trick or treat" activity throughout the resort!

On the last 21st September, in Óbidos, Portugal, VILA VITA Parc was awarded with the distinction of Best Resort Hotel in Portugal at the Publituris Portugal Travel Awards 2017 Gala.

These awards, also known as the “Tourism Oscars”, are an initiative of the Portuguese newspaper Publituris aiming to award the best in Tourism in Portugal. The award takes on an even more special meaning by being given in the year when VILA VITA Parc Resort & Spa celebrates its 25th Anniversary.  

Open in 1992, VILA VITA Parc is located in Porches, in the Algarve, with a privileged location over the cliffs and the Atlantic Ocean. It spreads over 54 spectacular acres/22 hectares of gardens, which provide a lush sub-tropical setting for its distinctive Algarvian architecture of Moorish design. Designed with stylish flair, the 170 luxury guest rooms, suites and villas at VILA VITA Parc have been configured for maximum viewing of breathtaking seascapes and beautifully landscaped gardens.

The resort is immensely proud of its diverse and high-quality gastronomic offer. With a total of 6 bars and 10 restaurants, ranging from casual beachside dining to rustic Portuguese plates to one-of- a-kind gastro-creations at the two Michelin-starred restaurant, diversity is key to its culinary philosophy. Flavours span the globe, from sun-drenched Mediterranean produce to clean and crisp Japanese cuisine. And Its impressive wine cellar – stocked with more than 11,000 bottles – ensures the perfect accompaniment wherever you dine. 

2017 ended up becoming the best year in the resort’s history, which is currently practically entirely renovated, following strong investments in the quality of its offer and facilities.