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Perfect prescriptions for those bailout blues

IMF fever got you feeling sluggish and stale? Portugal Confidential has just the remedies to battle economic fatigue – good food at fair prices, fun with friends and celebrity styling.

Hollywood hair in Faro

The Algarve is one step closer to Hollywood with the opening of the Philip B Salon at Perfumes & Companhia flagship location in Faro’s Forum Algarve. Philip B himself was on-hand last month to launch the salon. For four days, clients were shocked when they found the towering American providing hands-on treatments to their wet hair. Philip B is the Hollywood hair care guru with a client list that includes Sharon Stone, Penelope Cruz and Charlize Theron. In Portugal, Philip B Botanicals are sold exclusively at Perfumes & Companhia stores. The Philip B Salon has proven to be such a success that salons are planned for additional Perfumes & Companhia stores around Portugal.

New in nightlife

It’s really hard to find something fun to do on a Monday night in the Algarve. Finally, we’ve found the place to be:  Monday Fado Nights at Onze. Traditional Portuguese songs performed live in this hip and modern restaurant in the centre of Carvoeiro. The show starts at 8pm. Onze is on the incline street near the GNR overlooking the cove. Go for drinks and music or reserve a table and enjoy international cuisine at moderate prices. 

Hot nightclub promoters Grupo Fiéis are known for their popular discos in Porto and Lisbon. Now they are energising the Algarve with newly opened Fiéis Vilamoura. On Friday and Saturday nights, crowds are packing into the space of former Dolce on Rua da Praia da Falésia, near the marina. Fiéis (Portuguese for “faithful”) promises to be a top spot on the summer 2011 nightclub scene with expanded nights and themed parties. Get priority entrance by leaving your name at “Fiéis a Vilamoura Guest List” on Facebook. 

Also new to Algarve nightlife is LAX.  Located at Sitio da Igreja in Almancil, LAX promotes theme parties with guest and house DJs. Check “LAX Bar Almancil” Facebook page for upcoming events. 

Be sure to scribble June 10 on your agenda for the summer 2011 Grand Opening White Party of Puro Beach Vilamoura at the Tivoli Marina Hotel. 

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