Bring­ing Au­then­tic Lux­ury To Europe

Anan­tara Vil­am­oura Al­garve re­sort opens in Por­tu­gal

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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: vil­am­oura@anan­tara.com W: vil­am­oura.anan­tara.com

Dom Pe­dro Golf A: Apar­tado 970, 8126-912 Vil­am­oura, Al­garve, Por­tu­gal E: book­ing@dompe­dro­golf.com T: +351 289 310 333 F: +351 289 310 320 W: www.dompe­dro­golf.com/ our-cour­ses/vic­to­ria-golf-course

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

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