Bringing Authentic Luxury To Europe
Anantara Vilamoura Algarve resort opens in Portugal
Making its debut into Europe, Anantara Hotels, Resorts & Spas brings its luxurious offerings to southern Portugal’s picturesque Algarve coast with the opening of the Anantara Vilamoura Algarve Resort. Nestled amongst orange grove trees and undulating wetlands, the resort brings to life Anantara’s ethos of connecting modern travellers with authentic destinations and ensures the brand’s signature Thai hospitality is paired with indigenous style and flavour.
Just a 15-minute drive from Faro International Airport, Anantara Vilamoura is located close to the ocean, marinas and beaches of the Algarve and boasts stunning views of the Arnold Palmerdesigned Victoria Golf Course.
At the time of creation, the Victoria Golf Course was hailed as the most ambitious golf project Portugal had ever witnessed. Designed by true golfing legend, Arnold Palmer, there is absolutely no doubt that it has lived up to that lofty billing. Covering some 90 hectares, the venue encompasses one of the most complete golf complexes in Europe, and features an exceptional driving range and a huge putting green. All of this has made it the obvious venue of choice for many of the top international tournaments including the Portugal Masters on every occasion since 2007, while the World Cup Championship was staged there in 2005.
The Par-72 Championship layout, measuring 6,651 meters from the Palmer
tees, incorporates and has ensured the preservation of natural wetlands on-site, as well as the typical vegetation of carob, olive and almond trees. Lakes, forming hazards to be avoided but which also have a strategic purpose in providing reservoirs for irrigation occupy a significant proportion of Victoria’s acreage. A number of teeing options on each hole, often as many as six are offered, accompanied by wide but undulating fairways, provide a fair test of golf, although water and cleverly positioned bunkers pose a constant threat.
All of the resort’s 280 newly upgraded guest rooms boast soft touches reflecting the natural woods and fibres of the region creating a chic and comforting place to relax and unwind overlooking picturesque gardens, swimming pools and the prestigious fairways of the golf course. Anantara Vilamoura has teamed up with local artisans from the TASA Project and some unique pieces can be found in the 17 Anantara Suites, with guests being able to appreciate the hand woven pool bags, locally sourced cork coasters and signature Algarvian ceramic fruit bowls. Further comforts include in-room wine humidors, pillow menu and on-call butler service to attend to guests’ every need. Suite guests also have exclusive access to the indoor pool and sauna at the Anantara Spa, which looks out onto the rolling greens. The prestigious Presidential Suite offers an impressive terrace with a private dining area, a new Jacuzzi and a sundeck for enjoying balmy evenings with friends.
To make holidays a truly relaxing experience for parents and one that kids will remember forever, Anantara has partnered with World Wide Kids Company, the resort childcare specialist. The new Adventurers Crèche and the Adventurers Kids Club, which will open mid-may, will be fully equipped with everything for youngsters to have fun enjoying arts, cooking classes, open air cinema, adventure safaris and more, in a purposebuilt club under the professional care of well trained staff, allowing parents to relish some quiet time alone. Teens will be able to make new friends and play it cool at The Hub, as well as take part in golf clinics and the dance academy.
At a resort where indulgence blends authentic indigenous elements and international flair, the newly renovated Anantara Spa offers a wide selection of therapies including the signature Traditional Thai Massage in dedicated rooms, centuries-old Ayurvedic rituals, and treatments using locally-sourced ingredients such as Algarvian citrus fruits, figs and almond powder. Healing
"The Par-72 Championship layout, measuring 6,651 meters from the Palmer tees, incorporates and has ensured the preservation of natural wetlands onsite, as well as the typical vegetation of carob, olive and almond trees."
continues through the wellness programme with yoga and tai chi sessions on offer. Keeping active on holiday is made easy with access to the 24-hour gym with dedicated Personal Trainers and tennis courts.
Anantara has worked with the local artisans TASA teams to design and develop unique products throughout the resort, showcasing the vibrancy of the region, and contributing to a more sustainable trade and workforce in this industry. Guests will be able to take part in workshops and make their purchases directly at the on-property boutique.
Culinary excellence is at the heart of the Portuguese culture. Using his deep expertise in Portugal’s culinary traditions, Executive Chef Bruno Viegas has woven his passion throughout Anantara Vilamoura’s six bars and restaurants. A new wine oriented restaurant concept comes to life at EMO, where Bruno and the resort’s Wine Guru António Lopes have masterfully created a menu that reflects the terroir heritage of the region. Focusing on Portuguese grape varieties and local produce, the duo elegantly pair dishes such as Braised Turbot, Salt Cod Loins and Pata Negra Ham with a selection of over 300 accompanying wines from the region, allowing diners to truly savour the tastes of the country.
Opened since May 1st, the new lunchtime restaurant Ria will serve freshly caught seafood emulating a traditional Marisqueira or seafood bistro commonly found along the secluded Ria Formosa lagoon, located a short distance away. The restaurant will showcase choice catches such as Quarteira Prawns, Goose Barnacles, and Wild Caught Turbot, with the Raw Bar serving ceviche and carpaccios from the Algarve. The fresh ocean produce will be paired with crisp white and rosé wines to round off guests’ alfresco dining experience. Poolside guests can enjoy this experience without having to leave their chaise longue as waiters will circulate the catch of the day within Algarvian wicker baskets and
prepare them at the guests’ convenience.
Preserving the heritage of the hotel’s previous incarnation as Tivoli Victoria, the all-day dining restaurant Victoria carries on the legacy as a warm meeting place, gathering cultures and tastes in one place for refined à la carte or lavish buffet style dining. Live food stations draw attention to recipes from in-house chefs as they lovingly prepare dishes from their hometowns, served alongside the bold flavours of Thai cuisine, epitomising the origins of Anantara. Breakfast goers at Victoria will be able to savour the famed Algarvian Orange, which is freshly squeezed every morning from a cart, like that which is seen on paths and roads in towns and villages in the area surrounding the resort.
Pool side dining at Palms Pool Bar comprises of classics such as Piri Piri tuna tartare, sardines and light bites, with guests at the adult pool bar Cascades being able to enjoy favourites from the new Ria menu and refreshingly delicious Champagne-based Sangria with Algarvian oranges. Ideal for a pre-dinner apéritif and Petiscos (Portuguese tapas) or a post dinner nightcap, the lounge bar also sets the stage for the nightly sundown ceremony of traditional Fado music. The expressive and heartfelt strains fill the lobby with the sound of Portugal’s native tune, reminiscent of days gone by.
Presenting one of the most diverse Portuguese wine collections in the Algarve, resident Wine Guru António Lopes, who was voted Best Sommelier of Portugal in 2014, hosts tasting sessions that can include a private visit to a local vineyard. Guests can also experience the Wine Guru’s expertise when indulging in Dining by Design, which offers a choice of connoisseur menus coupled with idyllic settings, alongside the services of a personal chef and butler, ensuring a wonderfully romantic occasion. Travellers with a sense of adventure can learn how to create Portugal’s fresh and flavoursome dishes in a Spice Spoons cooking class which combines a visit to the nearby Loulé fresh food market with an interactive cooking class in an open theatre kitchen with the chef.
Anantara Vilamoura Algarve Resort’s unique signature appeals are matched by the distinct discovery of the Algarve. Famed as one of Europe’s most sought-after holiday destinations, this southernmost region of Portugal boasts a coastline of pristine beaches, sandy coves and breath-taking cliffs, whitewashed fishing villages and castle towns, olive groves, wineries and golf courses. A bastion of Algarve prestige, guests can take advantage of a sophisticated retreat that feels naturally exclusive, and offers unique destination experiences. Anantara Vilamoura Algarve Resort A: 8125-309 Vilamoura, Portugal T: +351 289 317 000 F: +351 289 317 345 E: firstname.lastname@example.org W: vilamoura.anantara.com
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View of the Hotel from the golf course
Presidential Suite Bedroom
Main Pool Aerial
Dining by Design Presidential Suite
Garden View Room
Victoria Hole 5