Onyria Palmares Beach & Golf Resort To Open Five-Star Hotel In 2016

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    A new five-star boutique hotel is to be built alongside the multi-award-winning Onyria Palmares Beach & Golf Resort on Portugal’s Algarve coast. The Onyria Palmares Beach House Hotel – which features 18 rooms and two suites – will open in spring 2016 and will offer stunning 180-degrees views to the Bay of Lagos, with beds facing the windows so guests wake up looking towards the three-mile Meia-Praia beach. The new hotel will adopt the same service ethos as its sister property, the Onyria Marinha Edition Hotel, in Cascais, which was voted the number-one hotel in Europe and number three in the world by users of the award-winning review site TripAdvisor® in 2013. The hotel – the first in the resort – will overlook both the 18th green and the practice area, just a short distance from the beach, and will also provide hospitality services to villa owners at the destination, such as concierge, housekeeping and food and beverage. António Pinto Coelho, the resort’s operations general director, said: “We believe the new hotel will be the finest of its type in Lagos.

    The description ‘beach house’ comes from the location and view, and the home comforts of the service level – whether guests are in the privacy of their rooms, in the bar, restaurant or in the swimming pool. “The quality of service will be second-to-none as we maintain the same standards in our hotel as on the golf course, standards which have seen us win a number of prestigious awards and be voted into the top 100 courses of Europe.

    “The opening of the hotel will be the final part of the jigsaw at Palmares, after the redesign of the golf course and the real-estate launch, following the traditional Onyria method of development, which has proved so successful elsewhere. “It will be the perfect vacation spot for golfers as, not only does it afford simple, stress-free access to 27 holes of award-winning golf, it also overlooks some of the layout’s links-style holes, described by the course designer, Robert Trent Jones Jr, as a ‘warmer Scotland’.” The boutique hotel follows on the heels of a successful launch of a limited number of villa plots at the distinctive site, with each either overlooking the sea or with views of the renowned Ria de Alvor nature reserve, one of the most important coastal wetlands in southern Portugal.

    Construction on the hotel is scheduled to begin in June 2015 with an opening anticipated for spring 2016. The planning license also allows for another 152 hotel rooms to be built in stages. Onyria Palmares Beach & Golf Resort reopened only in 2011 following an extensive, €10m redesign by Trent Jones Jnr, and has been inundated with accolades ever since. The readers of one of Europe’s best-selling golf magazines, Today’s Golfer, voted Palmares joint runner-up in the best Portuguese course category in the publication’s annual travel awards. Palmares became a new entry, at 26th, in Golf World’s poll of the Top 100 European Golf Courses, in 2011, and, last year, jumped a further three places to 23. It was also listed as the third best course in Portugal by Golf Digest, the number one distributed sports title in the USA – a little more than a year after opening – and won Portugal’s ‘national tourism Oscar’, at the Publituris Portugal Travel Awards, for best golf course, for three successive years, 2012-14. The three loops of nine holes – the Alvor, Lagos and Praia courses – enjoy expansive panoramic views across the Bay of Lagos, with each lay-out offering a different kind of golfing challenge in a glorious and natural environment. The multi-award-winning 27-hole set-up is following Onyria’s traditional business model, with a five-star hotel and a selection of plots for villas which have been released on to the property market.

    Daniel Fountain / 04.04.2015

    Editor, Hotel Designs


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