Resorts & Spas has opened its first hotel in Europe.
southern Portugal on the world-famous Algarve coast, the 280-room Anantara Vilamoura
Algarve Resort is close to the ocean, marinas and beaches of
the Algarve and boasts stunning views of the Arnold Palmer-
designed Oceânico Golf Course. The resort is also just a 15-minute
drive from Faro International Airport.
Dillip Rajakarier, CEO Minor Hotels, Anantaras
parent company, said, We are thrilled to bring our luxury
Anantara brand to Portugal and with it launch the brand in a new
continent. Anantara is now present in Asia, the Middle East,
Africa and Europe and we will continue to grow the brands
footprint further, both within and outside of these regions. We
see great opportunity for Anantara in this key European market and
I am confident that the property will establish itself as one of
the leading resorts in the country.
partnered with World Wide Kids Company, a 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
purpose-built 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.
The newly renovated Anantara Spa offers a
wide selection of therapies including the signature Traditional
Thai Massage in dedicated rooms, centuries-old Ayurveda rituals,
and treatments using locally-sourced ingredients such as Algarvian
citrus fruits, figs and almond powder. Healing continues through
the wellness programme with yoga and tai chi sessions on offer.
In addition to swimming pools there is
also a 24-hour
gym with dedicated Personal Trainers and tennis courts.
Culinary excellence is at the heart of
the Portuguese culture. Using his deep expertise in Portugals
culinary traditions, Executive Chef Bruno Viegas has woven his
passion throughout Anantara Vilamouras six bars and restaurants.
A new wine oriented restaurant concept comes to life at EMO, where
Bruno and the resorts 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 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
Opening on 1 May, the new lunchtime restaurant Ria will serve freshly caught fish and 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 hotels 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 home towns, served
alongside the bold flavours of Thai cuisine, epitomising the
origins of Anantara. As well as providing guests with a myriad of indigenous delicacies such as almonds, figs, traditional egg
dishes and local cheeses, 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 night cap, the Anantara Bar and Lounge is a place to
congregate and share stories with other travellers. 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 Portugals native tune, reminiscent of
days gone by Anantaras signature culinary concepts offer
unique and engaging experiences.
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 which can include a private visit to
a local vineyard. Guests can also experience the Wine Gurus
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 Portugals 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.
its location overlooking the championship Oceânico Golf Course,
Anantara Vilamoura has a Golf Guru, ensuring
golfing holidays are not only seamless, but perfectly tailored to
each golfer´s needs, whatever their handicap.
also discover the well-kept secrets of the Algarve with a myriad of
activities and guided excursions, including a tasting tour of the
ubiquitous Ria Formosa with oyster shucking and freshly prepared
seafood from a local fisherman; or escape to the countryside for
adventure through the local villages and towns surrounding the
area, uncovering the fascinating origins and history of
agricultural treats such as almonds, figs, oranges and olives.
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