I was seeking two things from this holiday: luxury accommodation in the sunshine and a highly-rated spa. The particular draw to me of this spa was the six day course of anti-tobacco treatment they offered, so I booked a week at the resort through Small Luxury Hotels of the World and simply booked my place on the anti-tobacco course directly with the spa.
The Algarve is a relatively short hop from the UK. I left home early one morning, arrived and had my initial medical consultation at the spa all before lunch by the pool! My tailored spa programme began shortly after lunch.
'Thalassotherapy' involves the use of mineral rich sea water in a variety of ways; exercise pool sessions, hydro-jets, underwater massages, steam inhalation and then there were more typical soothing massages, etc. The sessions were concentrated into entire mornings or afternoons, leaving the rest of the day free for lounging by a choice of lovely pools, or a great little private beach area, or... more