The Dona Filipa is still the most prestigious golfer's hotel in Portugal, it now has a legendary status amongst UK golfers particularly, 65 per cent of golf visitors here are from the shores of Great Britain.
The hotel offers visitors the chance to enjoy San Lorenzo, even in high season you can benefit from 4 rounds of golf on a 7 night stay, San Lorenzo is still virtually impossible to play out with July and August unless you are in the Dona Filipa , giving it that essential air of mystery or exclusivity. Indeed herein lies its ultimate success and it has been the only hotel in the Algarve with great all round occupancy, it never closes like many of its 5 and 4 star rivals.
The property is one of the oldest in Portugal and continues to offer classic service and a very relaxing environment. The staff are long serving, polite, friendly and professional from the hands on General Manager Luis Filipe, right down to all the receptionists and waiters. Old fashioned courteous values are a refreshing change these days, Dona Filipa excels in these attributes and helps explain why despite intense competition from venues like Turkey, it manages to exact high ratios of repeat guests. Located almost on the beach, the hotel has wonderful views across the Atlantic Ocean, coupled with its close proximity to the Vale Do Lobo Plaza with some excellent restaurants, a Fish, a Thai and an Italian plus a pizza house and a cafe, all within 2 minutes from the hotel and with sea views to boot.
If you wish to combine a golf and beach holiday then the Dona Filipa is the ideal spot, the Vale do Lobo beach is simply stunning with the backdrop of golden red high cliffs, beautiful golden sands and all within 3 minutes walk from the hotel garden. Upgrade to junior suites or the Atlantic and Ocean suites and bring your children, they can enjoy the beach and Kids Club which is free in summer season. At that peak time of the year golfers can enjoy free daily golf on San Lorenzo and is thus amazing value all year.
The impressive high quality Vale do Lobo golf courses are adjacent to the hotel and we can book you reduced priced rounds in advance, or you can get a reduced rate at reception.
The hotel offers superb special buffet nights on Wednesdays and Sundays, focusing on sea food and fish, with complimentary champagne on 1 of these themed nights, on the other days the excellent Dom Duarte Grill offers a variety of a la carte selection of meat and fish, with high quality service.
A shuttle bus runs every 30 minutes to San Lorenzo Golf Club, but only has the capacity for 8 golfers, we would recommend paying extra for your own exclusive shuttle in advance, to avoid annoying delays. Golfers also qualify for reduced rates on Pinheiros Altos bookable in advance, a superb extra option at one third of the normal price. Tee times are always busy at San Lorenzo, so we recommend early booking, as in peak season a lot of golfers book short stays over long weekends, Wednesdays to Saturdays are busiest. We recommend Sundays to Tuesdays are the best days for availability from September to May inclusive.
Our closing tip is to upgrade to golf or sea view rooms which are classified as superior, purely for the much better view that they have to the normal classic rooms.