Vale do Lobo Resort

About Vale do Lobo

The Algarve’s cherished lifestyle destination and a true one-of-a-kind resort. 

Vale do Lobo is a legendary resort in Portugal’s Algarve. Since 1962, families have been creating cherished memories here, surrounded by golden sands, sparkling waves and ancient pine trees.

Spread over 450 hectares of landscaped grounds, Vale do Lobo is a unique community of homeowners, holidaymakers, golfers, gourmands and more. Generations of families have created their own traditions here, with plenty more in store for future generations.

With two kilometers of uninterrupted beachfront, a wealth of luxurious amenities and indulgent wellness facilities, a world-class sporting offering and a range of properties to rent and buy, Vale do Lobo has something for everyone.

Vale do Lobo isn’t just a place to stay; it’s a lifestyle.

The Resort

A unique, top quality, self-contained development

A luxurious, self-contained residential and holiday development, unique in Portugal.

Vale do Lobo was the first development in the Algarve and is today the largest luxury resort of its kind in Portugal operated by the same company.

With a total area of 450 hectares and approximately 1,500 residential and holiday properties, Vale do Lobo Algarve is a self-contained community offering endless facilities and services in a unique location.

The resort has an enviable portfolio of sports and leisure facilities including two 18-hole golf courses – the Royal and the Ocean – and a diverse line-up of entertainment and events throughout the year, not to mention 24-hour security vigilance and medical assistance.

The outstanding facilities and exclusive location make Vale do Lobo Algarve the ultimate year-round family destination!

Facts & Figures

Founded in 1962 by Trusthouse Forte plc and Costain plc, both well-known multi-nationals, Vale do Lobo was the first development in the Algarve.


1962, the first resort in the Algarve


The largest luxury resort in Portugal – approx. 450 hectares

Length of own beach 

Approx.2 km 

Number of villas and apartments

Over 1,500 owned outright; 30 properties in co- ownership 

Outline planning permission

For 500 more villas and a luxury hotel 

Permanent residents


Properties available for rental

35% plus 5% co-ownership

Total number of beds for rental


Total number of visitors per year

Approx. 750,000


One of the largest tennis facilities in Portugal: 9 hard courts (4 floodlit), 4 artificial clay courts (all floodlit) and 6 padel courts (all floodlit), gym and swimming pool


2 x 18 hole courses, the Royal (par 72; distance 6,059 metres) and the Ocean (par 73; distance 6,137 metres)

Other sports:

Water-sports, football, yoga, aerobics, spinning and many others

Number of restaurants and bars:

15 of diverse cuisine

Number of employees:


Project’s Differentiating Factors & Virtues 


Founded in 1962 as the first development in the Algarve, the resort has hosted some of greatest icons of the sports world


A famous golf club with two 18-hole championship courses offering a year-round golf destination


Enjooying 2km of ocean frontage to provide owners, members and visitors with priviliged beach access


A residential, holiday and lifestyle destination offering an extraordinary mix of entertainment, facilities and service


Spanning 450 hectares of carefully landscape grounds, the resort is managed and operated under umbrella by an experiencied team

Track Record

Sice launch more than 1,500 private residences and holiday homes have been built in addition to the extensive facilities and services enjoyed by owners


For more than 60 years families have congregated at the resort creating a unique sense of community


The resort’s scale, space and failities provides for a wide range of ages and interests

Our history

Founded in 1962 by Trusthouse Forte plc and Costain plc, both well-known multi-nationals, Vale do Lobo was the first development in the Algarve.

It had a huge impact, as it was only after the establishment of Vale do Lobo, Dona Filipa Hotel and our first golf course that Faro International Airport was opened.

The next chapter began when Sander van Gelder, a Dutch entrepreneur, discovered Vale do Lobo during a holiday in the mid-1970s. Recognising its potential, he bought the resort and moved to Portugal in 1977.


Then, in 2006, Vale do Lobo entered a new era when it was bought by a group of investors including Portugal’s largest bank, Caixa Geral de Depósitos.

13 years later, beginning of 2019, other resort management took over the resort, as it was made part of ECS Capital, Portugal’s largest investment fund, and is set to continue life as the largest luxury resort of its kind in Portugal, recognised as one of the best resorts in Europe.

Recently, the Fund Holding Vale do Lobo has been acquired by Davidson Kempner Capital Management LP embarking in a new visionary era, looking toward to the future.

Historial Timeline

Digging deep into Vale do Lobo’s history since 1962 – A photographic journey down memory lane to discover the highlights of the truly remarkable history of success of the biggest Portuguese resort.

Historic moments in Vale do Lobo’s journey of success:

Resort Life

Life is good at Vale do Lobo – the resort that captures the magic of the Algarve

The Vale do Lobo story began in 1962. Since then, the resort has been a go-to destination for residents and holidaymakers who love the pure natural beauty and glorious weather of Portugal’s Algarve region.

Today, Vale do Lobo is also loved for its easy-going atmosphere, excellent holiday accommodation, plots and properties, endless facilities, and creative program of events and experiences. It is a world in itself, offering the simplicity of a family day on the beach through to the project of a lifetime designing and building your own villa.

Effortless luxury in the Portuguese sunshine 

The resort is continuously maintained so that it always looks its best. And our 24hour security team make sure that everyone enjoys a trouble-free environment. For us, the more we can do, the less you have to do leaving you to enjoy your time with us.

Within our 450 hectares, you will find protected nature, golden sand beaches, fitness and wellness centres, two 18-hole golf courses, a tennis academy, a diverse bar and restaurant scene, and many other highlights to keep the whole family active, entertained and happy.

Holidaymakers get a taste of what it is like to live here and so often choose to make this their second or even first home. It is a place where life-long friendships blossom, and the desire to be here grows.


Kindly be aware that construction works have been authorized by the Loulé Municipal Council between 9:00 and 18:00 hours.

We acknowledge that this may lead to inconveniences for our residents and guests. Rest assured, we are committed to making every possible effort to mitigate the effects of these external resort-related activities, despite our inability to directly regulate them.

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