Always Close To You

At Vila Galé, we work towards being a reference in the hospitality industry, acknowledged among our peers, clients, partners, suppliers and staff for our product quality and the professionalism of our teams. And we aspire to a sustainable economic growth, both socially and environmentally responsible, while seeking to be “Always close to you”.

In 1986, Jorge Rebelo de Almeida, a lawyer, and his friends José Silvestre Lavrador and José Ruivo, entrepreneurs in the food business, joined forces for a new adventure: investing in hospitality. In 1988, they opened their first hotel at the Galé Beach, near Albufeira, in southern Portugal. The Vila Galé brand was thus launched and since then it has expanded throughout the country and also into Brazil.

We are currently the second largest Portuguese hotel chain and ranked among the 200 most important in the world. For us, a hotel has to be more than just a place to sleep. It has to have a life of its own, be lively, be engaged with the local communities and provide a unique experience for guests, giving them memories and stories to share. In order to do that, it has to be unique.

We have always believed that having special and different hotels depended on being innovative and bold. And so we began to develop themed hotels, for instance, inspired by fashion, painting, dance or cinema. Those very themes are what distinguishes their decoration, gastronomy and the activities offered to clients.

Furthermore, we have invested in rehabilitating and refurbishing historical heritage, breathing new life into spaces that were not being used. In Portugal, we have restored an old fishing village, a 16th-century hospital and an 18th-century convent.

In Oeiras, we transformed the former Palácio dos Arcos palace into the Vila Galé Collection Palácio dos Arcos hotel. It is said that it was from the balconies of this 15th-century palace that the Portuguese royalty watched the caravels set sail for India during the Discoveries. This boutique hotel continues to do justice to the past, boasting furniture, paintings and other decorative items from its original collection. As for its architecture, it combines the refinement of a centuryold palace with the modernity of the new wing, built from scratch, both symbolically connected by an elegant glass bridge. It is also a themed hotel, entirely dedicated to poetry, whose decoration includes poems by Portuguese and foreign authors and where we hold dinners with poem reciting.

This is how, at Vila Galé, we aim to help preserve the history and stories of these genuine and unique places, because this is the only way we can innovate, be authentic and be different.


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