Anantara Hotels Resorts & Spas first venture into Portugal’s picturesque Algarve coast with Anantara Vilamoura Algarve Resort launched in April 2017, and when BAZAAR visited last month we were delighted to find this slice of luxurious hospitality thriving on the Atlantic coastline.
Nestled amongst orange grove trees and undulating wetlands, just 15-minutes from Faro International Airport, the impressive property boasts exceptional proximity to the surrounding villages, marinas and golden beaches, and has breathtaking views across the lush greenery of the famous Arnold Palmer-designed Victoria Golf Course.
All of the resort’s 280 newly upgraded guest rooms exude soft touches reflecting the natural woods and fibers of the region, with that classic Anantara touch of luxe and attention to detail that we have come to love about this brand. Unique artisanal pieces can be found in the 17 Anantara Suites, such as hand-woven pool bags and signature Algarvian ceramic fruit bowls. The prestigious Presidential Suite offers an impressive terrace with a private dining area, jacuzzi and a sundeck for an extra special stay. Guests can even call upon an exclusive butler service should they wish.
For family travellers, the hotel has you covered. With professional carers in the purpose built Adventurers Crèche and the Adventurers Kids Club offering everything from cooking classes, an open-air cinema, and daily activities to inspire the little ones. At The Hub, teens can burn off some steam with a round of golf and take a session in the football and dance academys. Tennis courts and racquets are also available for a bit of healthy competition.
When it comes to relaxation, fewer spa houses do it better than Anantara, and this one is no exception. With an impressive range of therapies, classes and exercise options including Thai Massage in dedicated rooms, yoga and tai chi sessions, and a 24-hour gym access with dedicated personal trainers - you can relax or train any hour of the day or night.
Culinary excellence is at the heart of Portuguese culture, and Anantara Vilamoura’s six restaurants and bars truly embody this. Executive Chef Bruno Viegas has woven his passion throughout whilst still being mindful of the heritage of the hotel’s previous incarnation as Tivoli Victoria. Their all-day dining restaurant 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 fusing Thai and Portuguese culinary traditions sublimely. Breakfast goers at Victoria are even able to savor the famed Algarvian Orange, which is freshly squeezed every morning - feel free to add a little bit of bubbly if you like.
Anantara’s signature culinary concepts don't stop there, with engaging experiences including Spice Spoons cooking classes, which combine a visit to the nearby picturesque Loulé fresh food market - a must see if in the area. The property has also gone the extra mile by designing and developed unique products in collaboration with local artisans, showcasing the vibrancy of the region, and contributing to its commitment to a more sustainable approach to hospitality.
On the doorstep, guests can unlock many of the well-kept secrets of the rugged Algarve through a myriad of activities and guided excursions, too. Try a tasting tour of the ubiquitous Ria Formosa with oyster shucking and freshly prepared seafood from a local fisherman; or escape to the countryside on an historical adventure through the local villages and towns uncovering the origins and history of agricultural treasures such as almonds, figs, oranges and olives.
The overarching promise of this resort is to connect modern travelers with authentic destinations, pairing Anantara’s signature Thai hospitality with local style, charm and flavors - and on this, they certainly deliver.
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