Even by the high standards of architecture found in villas along the Algarve coast, this is a particularly striking example of wow-factor contemporary design. Throw in an exceptional location overlooking Vale do Lobo, and for owners Harry and Jane Tee it was love at first sight.
“At the time, we had an old Moorish-style property in Quinta do Lago and were looking for something different,” says Harry. “I played golf at Vale do Lobo and we both loved the facilities at the resort – it has heart and soul. The style and location were perfect for us. That was eight years ago and we’ve spent every summer here since.”
Set in a lofty position, the villa has views of Vale do Lobo’s golf courses, beaches and beyond to the shimmering Atlantic. For Harry, the kitchen and rooftop lounge provide the best places to drink in the views, particularly as the sun sets.
“We bought the property from the developer, so we’ve been the only occupiers. The architect, Vasco Vieira, has created some groundbreaking properties in Portugal. I suspect this is one of his most creative,” he says.
Although it wasn’t finished when the Tees bought it, that presented a welcome opportunity. “Jane loves contemporary architecture and design and was able to add her style to the interior décor.”
Standing in a plot of 1,151 sq m, the villa features 346 sq m of light, open living space. There is a seamless flow from indoor rooms to the outdoor spaces. “We love the light, spacious feel,” says Harry. “It’s a great house for parties. The kitchen doors open all the way to the back to create a wonderful continuation out onto the terraces.”
Along with a gym, sauna and solarium, the villa has a cinema room and is controlled by modern technology throughout. Even the pool table is futuristically styled.
“Vale do Lobo is a wonderful place for a family,” Harry adds. “As well as the beach, sports and lifestyle facilities, there is a great atmosphere in the bars and restaurants around the Praça in the evenings. This is a perfect location from which to enjoy everything Vale do Lobo and Portugal have to offer.”