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Diving into the spirit of the Algarve at Quinta do Lago

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Diving into the spirit of the Algarve at Quinta do Lago

It’s all about the weather and wellness – sustainability and sunshine – in this corner of Portugal. Pauline Brettell checks in to The Magnolia Hotel to explore all that is on offer at the Quinta do Lago resort, where the natural beauty of the Ria Formosa Park combines seamlessly with contemporary design…

palm trees and swimming pool at quinta do largo

The Ria Formosa Natural Park in Portugal forms part of the protected coastal lagoon, which provides the context and backdrop to the Quinta do Lago, resort, and has been key to informing its commitment to sustainability and the environment, on all levels, throughout the resort – from critically assessing its landscaping and golf course management, to developing a culture of farm-to-table that has permeated all of the resort restaurants. The resort makes it clear that luxury can be sustained by sourcing locally, and integrating the local landscape rather than superimposing a resort onto it, and this is key to the ethos of luxury behind Quinta do Largo.

In the heart of the resort is The Magnolia Hotel – a stylish, family friendly boutique hotel designed by London-based Bryan O’Sullivan Studio, and modelled on the iconic motel designs reminiscent of Palm Springs. Driving through the entrance punctuated by the retro swimmer diving through the air, lit up in equally retro neon, the mood is set.

“The pool at its centre looks like it has been lifted straight out of one of David Hockney’s Pool series of paintings.”

There are bright sorbet colours as guests walk in nods to Hockney on the walls, and an abundance of palm trees that all contribute to the feeling of laid-back motel living with a note of luxury. The pool at its centre looks like it has been lifted straight out of one of David Hockney’s Pool series of paintings with its tiled reflections of the surrounding palm trees, and forms the focal point of the hotel, inviting you to dive straight into your holiday. Quality and comfort are the backbone to the vibrant and relaxed décor of this design, which is made up of a combination of 74 comfortable guestrooms, and a further seven vintage style cabins. The focus throughout is on laid back comfort, teamed with quality, along with a focus on wellness that runs throughout the resort. This wellness focus has been integrated on every level of design, from the bicycles at your disposal, to the Sleep Hub in your bedroom – I must confess to getting a little addicted to the sounds of waves crashing on my bedside table!

While The Magnolia Hotel is all about creating a relaxed family zone, the Reserva is a low-rise, cutting edge development made up of 26 luxury apartments. Designed by Portuguese architect João Cabrita, each unit has its own swimming pool, with panoramic sea views framed in a modernist composition of glass and natural stone. The Reserva complex remains true to the original plan of the resort with its low density design that is ecologically driven by its location on the edge of such striking natural scenery.

With wellness being the cornerstone to the entire resort, its state-of-the-art, multi-sports complex, The Campus, is an integral part of the experience, on both a design and a facilities level. The Campus is not simply about getting a bit of exercise in on your holiday, it is also about the lifestyle attached to that. The facilities are geared towards professionalism and performance, and are perfect for everyone, from high energy kids on holiday, right through to professional athletes needing to train in recovery, and pretty much everything in-between. For me, it was simply about a wonderful outdoor yoga session in the late summer sunshine, followed by a few laps in the comfortably heated pool.

state of the art sports centre

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You can’t, of course, escape the golf course culture as you head down to the Algarve, as it is key to the hotel industry there. Importantly, Quinta do Lago has spent time looking critically at how their state of the art courses are impacting on the local landscape, and where possible, making improvements to minimise their impact. I am no golfer, so it was all about admiring the landscaping and negotiating the buggy for me, but if I was tempted to pick up a club or two, this would be the place to do it! The credentials and awards speak for themselves, as the South course on Quinta features regularly in Top 100 golf courses of Europe lists, and has also been awarded best golf course in Portugal on more than one occasion!

One thing is certain (and this is a subject I feel a little more qualified to offer an opinion on than golf), guests won’t be going hungry during their stay here! The resort is home to a wealth – 13 in total if I am sticking to the facts – of restaurants. Each one a signature aesthetic and ambience, created by different design teams appropriate to the concept. Again, design is considered in every nook, from craft-led crockery to locally sourced finishes.

japanese restaurant with jellyfish sculpture

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No where is the resort’s ethos of sustainability clearer than in the F&B experiences, as it is clear that all the chefs and their teams are passionate about sourcing and using local produce. On your way to your morning tee off you go right past the Quinta farm where chefs and gardeners collaborate to grow and develop fresh seasonal produce for all the restaurants.

We ended our stay at Quinta do Lago with an intricately crafted tasting menu at the Michelin-recommended Casa Velha. The attention to detail and the passion that head chef Alipio Branco puts into both the produce and the presentation, epitomises the ethos of the resort. The menu is inspired by the surrounding Ria Formosa as are the plates and bowls on which they are served, all sourced from local artisans and craft people, who, like all the designers and architects of this resort, take their inspiration from the dunes and the waterways of the estuary.

wooden boardwalk crossing natural lagoon at Quinto do Lago beach

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“Sometimes when you look at a property you have an instant view of what you are going to do,” explains Andre Jordan, the man behind the idea that was to become Quinta do Lago, “I had to drive along trails and through pine woods until I came to a high point overlooking it, with the ocean on the horizon. Within 10 minutes I had the concept for the whole project in my mind. I wanted to create a high quality resort that reflected local character and style.” It is this idea of remaining a part of, while safeguarding, the local landscape that does in fact set Quinta do Lago apart. With the Ria Formosa running through it, and the strong sense of community as its foundation, Quinta do Lago has established itself as a leader in the world of low impact, luxury real estate, incorporating considered design at every turn.

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Hotel Design | Hilton hotel in Porto - a contemporary spa

Hilton Porto Gaia opens inside former port warehouse

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Hilton Porto Gaia opens inside former port warehouse

Portugal’s second Hilton Hotels & Resorts hotel has opened. The 194-key hotel, situated in the Porto district, occupies a renovated former port warehouse in Vila Nova de Gaia…

Hilton Porto Gaia has opened, which marks Hilton Hotels & Resort’s second property to arrive in Portugal – and it’s a beauty!

Hotel Design | Hilton hotel in Porto - a contemporary spa

“In partnership with Sabersal — Promoção Turística e Imobiliária, S.A., we are thrilled to open Hilton Porto Gaia, our second Portuguese property under our flagship Hilton Hotels & Resorts brand,” said David Kelly, Senior Vice President, Continental Europe, Hilton. “Though modern in style, the former port warehouse still retains the original shape in keeping with the area’s architecture, connecting guests to the history and culture of Vila Nova de Gaia through its unique design elements and locally inspired drinking and dining options. This opening solidifies our commitment to Portugal, Hilton Porto Gaia being the first in a series of new openings that will see Hilton’s portfolio more than double in the coming years.”

A 40 million Euro project development project preserved the property’s classic shape and structure, whilst substantial refurbishments took place influenced by the building’s unique character. Drawing on Porto-Gaia’s rich heritage, the hotel’s interior has been styled by the award-winning Portuguese designer Nini de Andrade Silva to offer contemporary comfort and sophisticated design throughout the eight floors and 32,000-square-meter space. The hotel’s rooms have also been designed with the building’s history in mind, and many offer excellent views of the Douro River and the historic centre of Porto-Gaia.

With a range of drinking and dining options, guests can enjoy the hotel’s two bars and restaurant, the latter of which is headed by celebrated chef Hugo Portela. Portela takes his inspiration from authentic local cuisine, interpreted with a modern and contemporary twist using locally sourced ingredients. The building’s two bars are an extension of this concept, with areas dedicated to artisan coffee prepared by specialist baristas and to the art of mixology, with signature cocktails that can be enjoyed with a panoramic view over the banks of the Douro River.

The hotel’s wellness centre, meanwhile, spread more than 1,100 square metres, emphasises ‘slow beauty’, a holistic approach to the body, mind, and spirit. Guests can relax in dedicated rest areas and take advantage of the heated indoor pool, which references the building’s port wine history with its garnet-toned design. The space also hosts a dynamic fitness centre, with a fully equipped gym open to the public, and a stylish studio ideal for the practice of yoga, pilates and clinical pilates.

Hilton Porto Gaia also offers more than 2,200 square meters of dedicated conference, event and meeting rooms. The extensive meeting space features a magnificent ballroom that can host up to 600 people and an impressive auditorium, which comfortably accommodates 350 attendees and is equipped with the latest technology, including a lift stage.

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Pool and outdoor terrace overlooking Portugal's River Douro

Best design hotels to visit in Portugal

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Best design hotels to visit in Portugal

With Portugal being on the ‘green list’ when it comes to travel from the UK – for now, at least – editor Hamish Kilburn shares some hotel gems, from Lisbon to Porto and everything in between, that you may or may not be familiar of… 

The floodgates into Portugal have opened (kind of). International travel is no longer a wanderlust dream and we are able to unlock hotel design wonders, in person, once more.

Pool and outdoor terrace overlooking Portugal's River Douro

With few countries on the ‘green list’ considered ‘travel hotspots’, Portugal is among the few places UK travellers are allowed to visit to without having to isolate upon their return – it’s also, without question, the most popular place to visit since travel restrictions were slightly lifted.

To mark this moment as a small celebration, we thought we would share with you a handful of our favourite hotels in Portugal, from boutique boltholes in Lisbon to something new in the Algarve, and not forgetting the one-off travel experiences in other towns and cities in between.

Six Senses Douro Valley

From its postcard-perfect setting in the UNESCO World Heritage listed Douro Valley, to the elegant and innovative decor within, Six Senses Douro Valley has a lot of untamed charm. Surrounded by ancient vineyards (this area of Portugal is the oldest demarcated wine region in the world), the hotel’s contemporary personality is camouflaged by its location. From the beautiful chandeliers made of wine bottles to the unique Wine Library & Terrace; this is the place to sample some of the world’s most rare and entrancing vintages. Throughout all guestrooms, suites and villas decor is chic and modern with large windows to take in the most of the spectacular views on every side. This contemporary elegance continues throughout the hotel, which has a unique character and feel.

As you’d expect from a Six Sense property, the spa is a statement feature, which includes an expansive indoor pool and 10 treatment rooms.

Throughout the hotel, the decor is chic and modern and there is an emphasis on sustainable luxury. Innovative use of cork flooring and beautiful chandeliers made from wine bottles lend a sense of place, whilst also ‘upcycling’ in an environmentally conscious style. This attention to detail characterises what is a truly special Portuguese hotel.

Four Seasons Hotel Ritz Lisbon

A smart and well-designed room inside Four Season Ritz Lisbon

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Four Seasons Hotel Ritz Lisbon has recently unveiled a new renovation to its guestrooms, suite, as well as unveiling a new outdoor swimming pool and an outdoor bar and terrace. Portuguese architecture studio OITOEMPONTO was appointed in 2019 to breathe new life into the guest rooms and suites at the iconic Hotel. Design duo Artur Miranda and Jacques Bec were reticent to ‘modernise’ the classic Hotel, so set about re-imagining the past for the present, to evolve the Hotel’s roots in style, aesthetics and ambience. 

The room and suite redesign follows the launch of new restaurant CURA (opened September 2020), where Chef and head culinary curator Pedro Pena Bastos meticulously selects ingredients, drawing from Lisbon’s rich regional palette to create seasonal, artisanal dishes such as squid with hazelnut, bergamot, roasted seaweed butter and Ossetra caviar. 

Pestana Palácio do Freixo

The last time I visited Pestana Palácio do Freixo was in 2014, and I bet since then nothing has changed – at least I hope that’s the case. Located just 3 km west from Porto’s city centre, the Palácio do Freixo, classified in 1910 as a National Monument, is a unique example of Baroque architecture, with about 10,000 square metres of gardens and green spaces offering breathtaking views of the River Douro.

The setting of a stunning example of an Urban Resort, it is a member of the exclusive consortium The Leading Hotels of the World and provides guests with an unparalleled experience that marries traditional values with contemporary comfort. The Pestana Palácio do Freixo is characterised by its sumptuous eighteenth century architecture. It was built by Nicolau Nasoni, one of the most important architects that helped Porto become a World Heritage Site.

Lumiares, Lisbon

The Lumiares, Lisbon is a five-star boutique bombshell, where the style is personal, not “corporate”, relaxed not “stuffy”, gives an authentic nod to Lisbon’s colour, culture and patterns.

The fully renovated hotel, which is housed in a former XVII century Palace in the heart of the city, has all the key amenities and facilities for business and leisure travellers who want to feel at home when away from home.

The Lumiares’ philosophy is to highlight the authenticity and personality of Lisbon by collaborating with local Portuguese businesses to showcase ‘the best of Portugal’. Almost every item of furniture, artwork, textiles and room accessories has been conceived, designed and manufactured in Portugal, some within 500m from the hotel, which transcends a new take on ‘living like a local’.

The starting place for design and artwork within the 47-key hotel was the location. Perched on the central edge of Bairro Alto, the hotel is situated in a Lisbon quarter home to a bohemian mish-mash of everyday residents, artists and merchants’ studios, restaurants, quirky shops, lively bars and cafes; a warren of asymmetrical buildings with mismatched facades of varying heights and hues, its narrow streets and pavements cobbled in Lisbon’s iconic square paving stones.

Douro41 Hotel & Spa

Douro41 Hotel & Spa, which has just been accepted into Virtuoso’s exclusive portfolio of luxury travel partners, is located on the bank of the Douro River, and as such frames unparalleled views of the natural landscape. With 61 rooms and suites, the hotel that underwent renovations between 2018 to 2019 features modern, minimalist lines, while celebrating the comfort and elegance of a true luxury property.

The location and the architectural characteristics of the building enhance the connection to the surrounding landscape and the sense of an escape from reality: built in schist and glass on a terraced hillside stretching down almost to the water’s edge, the Douro41 had, at the heart of its foundation, various environmental concerns and the desire that the hotel should be coherent with its surroundings.

The hotel’s design is simple and it’s clear that human construction is unobtrusive, merging harmoniously with the river and the mountains surrounding it – a prime example of this are the two outdoor swimming pools, both infinite, where guests almost feel part of the landscape.

W Algarve 

Guestroom concept inside W Algarve

W Algarve, which is expected to arrive onto the European hotel design scene this summer is the first resort commission for design studio AB Concept outside of Asia which has been working closely with Divercity Architects to introduce something new to the Portugal’s bustling Algarve.

The new lifestyle hotel shelters 134 guestrooms and 83 residences – ranging from one-bedroom apartments to a four-bedroom penthouse. Ab Concept, led by Ed Ng and Terence Ngan, has taken the region’s rugged coastlines, green meadows and vineyards as inspiration for the interior design scheme, using sandy neutrals, greens and blues throughout the hotel.

“We worked closely with landscape designers Scape and interior designers AB Concept to develop a strong narrative theme and eye-catching aesthetics for the resort,” Divercity Archtiects explains on its website. “Exploring the local landscape, culture, and cuisine, we identified the arch as a common thread, evident in the Algarve’s sea caves, the arcades and archways of traditional Portuguese architecture, and the fish scales in the fishing communities along this dramatic coastline.”

The new W resort on the Algarve coast is tipped to become Portugal’s new ‘it’ destination – watch this space, Portugal!

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Hyatt Regency brand to arrive in Portugal

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Hyatt Regency brand to arrive in Portugal

The opening of Hyatt Regency Lisbon in 2020 will mark continued growth for the Hyatt Regency brand in Portugal and Southern Europe…

Hyatt Hotels, which currently has more than 190 Hyatt Regency urban and resort locations in more than 30 countries around the world, has announced that a Hyatt affiliate has entered into a franchise and related agreements to develop the first Hyatt branded hotel in Portugal: Hyatt Regency Lisbon.

Expected to open in late 2020, the hotel will feature 200 guestrooms and apartments and will be located between Rua Guerra Junqueiro and Avenida da Índia, a stunning waterfront location facing Tejo River.

“The number of tourists visiting Portugal has increased for eight consecutive years, with 12.8 million travelers visiting in 2018 alone.”

The foray into Lisbon, Portugal’s coastal capital city, is an important milestone for Hyatt, signifying its growing brand presence in increasingly competitive markets across the continent. The decision comes after the number of tourists visiting Portugal has increased for eight consecutive years, with 12.8 million travelers visiting in 2018 alone.

“We are delighted by the announcement of plans for the first Hyatt hotel in Portugal as Lisbon is one of Europe’s leading cities in overnight stays and has quickly established itself as a prime destination not only for leisure travelers, but also for larger conventions and events.” said Nuno Galvão-Pinto, regional vice president development at Hyatt. “We look forward to working with United Investments Portugal on this exciting project in Lisbon. This is an important step for Hyatt as we look to expand our brand presence throughout Portugal.”

Hyatt Regency Lisbon will offer a wide range of intuitive facilities, including a luxurious spa, a swimming pool, a rooftop terrace bar with views over the river, as well as a beautiful courtyard and garden.

Hyatt Regency Lisbon will mark continued growth for the brand in Europe, joining Hyatt Regency Nice Palais de la Méditerranée and soon-to-open Hyatt Regency Barcelona Fira and Hyatt Regency Hesperia Madrid.

Main image credit: Hyatt Regency Lisbon

Longevity Wellness Worldwide takes state-of-the-art wellness hotel to Portugal

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Situated in Alvor, Portugal, the new property will offer a selection of impactful programmes, as well as two restaurants, a medical spa and 70 bedrooms and suites…

June 2019 will witness the grand opening of the five-star Longevity Health & Wellness Hotel, located in Alvor, Portugal.

The state-of-the-art wellness centre is the first of its kind in the region, where it will boast modern, integrative and regenerative medicine with advanced wellness and preventative diagnostics, therapies and programmes.

Opened by Longevity Wellness Worldwide, the hotel will feature a variety of impactful programmes including from light programmes for beginners including relax and spa or detox to intensive longer specialised programmes around women’s health optimisation or intense detox and reshape.

“Longevity has learned over the years the wide range of clients’ issues and needs when they are looking for a health and wellness holiday,” said Nazir Sacoor, CEO of Longevity Wellness Worldwide.

“From younger to older clients, from those who lead healthier lifestyles to those who struggle to maintain a wellness way of life, the needs are quite varied amongst different people and the actual needs of one same person evolve over time. Our upcoming flagship Longevity Health & Wellness Hotel, is aimed at being a world class product with 360-degree solutions in health and wellness to meet all such needs.

On-site, the property will also boast two restaurants including a rooftop Pure Cafe by Longevity with a panoramic view over the sea. Meanwhile, the The Mediterrânico Restaurant by Longevity and the Chill Out & Relax Tea Lounge will be found on the ground floor, where the chefs will have a key focus on serving fresh food.

The adults-only hotel will provide guests with panoramic views of the bay of Alvor, while a total of 70 bedrooms and suites will consist of standard Longevity rooms, junior suites, Longevity thematic suites and 1 premium Longevity ‘The One’ suite.

Savoy Palace slated to open in Funchal in summer 2019

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With the aim to open a ‘modern take on an island steeped in history and tradition’, the only Leading Hotels of The World property in Madeira is expected to open in June 2019…

A new member of the Leading Hotels of the World, which expected to open in June 2019 in Madeira, is already being donned a ‘game changer for the destination’ in relation to its contemporary luxury hotel offerings.

Savoy Palace, a 16-storey, 352-key resort will unveil stunning Atlantic Ocean and garden views with striking design that will balance bold, modern and historical styles throughout.

The resort will shelter an 11-room destination spa inspired by the island’s Laurissilva Forest, as well as five restaurants and bars, a kid’s club, numerous impressive swimming pools and a ‘boutique-hotel-within-a-hotel’ offering an exclusive panoramic space for suite guests.

The bold, curved structure of the building has been designed by the award-winning team RH+ and Nini Andrade Silva, one of Portugal’s most famous interior designers, whose work includes the new W São Paulo and Nini Design Centre Funchal.

“Entering the hotel will be like exploring a poetic world.”

The overall concept is influenced by the Belle Epoque period, which is in harmony with the island’s rich resources; a dynamic blend of natural and cultural heritage. Entering the hotel will be like exploring a poetic world, complete with a mix of colours, textures and iconic ornaments and objects.

The aesthetics will reference a number of elements echoing further its sense of place, such as the exuberant surrounding volcanic landscape, the unique man-made environment with ancient levadas (irrigation channels) and tunnels, the excellence and mastery of Madeiran embroidery, the centuries-old art of wickerwork, and the expertise involved in the productions of one of the best fortified wines in the world, Madeira wine.

The resort’s common areas will be bold and inspirational with the emphasis on colour, sinuous curves suggesting plant forms, animals and women, as well as ornaments based on Art Nouveau.

The guestrooms and suites at Savoy Palace will all include balconies, with distinct leisure and office areas, striking contemporary interiors, customised fabrics and made-to-measure furniture.

The well-appointed and elegantly furnished rooms range from 40 to 260 square metres, characterised by exclusive and refined interiors, where quality and detail are at the forefront. There will be a wide range of suites for guests to choose from, some with their own swimming pools, and an impressive presidential suite with sweeping views. The resort will also include 226 apartments.

 The design of the 3000 sqm spa is inspired by the Laurissilva Forest, which remains the largest surviving laurel forest in the world. The spa houses 11 treatment rooms, sauna, Turkish bath, jacuzzi, ice fountain, sensory showers, halo-therapy room, relaxation room, champagne and nails bar, beauty salon and heated indoor pool.

The main event space will be an 928 square metre multifunctional room, which will be, if required, able to divide into three rooms, with a maximum capacity for 1,300. There will also be five rooms of 48 square metres each and a lobby with a bar for group receptions.

The opening of the hotel will indicate that the history of Savoy Hotels & Resorts is being reinvented but the goals remain the same: consolidating and projecting the centuries-old tradition and excellence of the Savoy brand at an international level.

Associate Design to showcase the best of portugal at Decorex International 2018

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On the September 16 – 19, Decorex International will shelter the best of Portuguese furniture, lighting and objets d’art..

Associate Design will present a fine selection of luxury and contemporary Portuguese design at Decorex International 2018 . With its motto ‘a space for beauty to flourish’, Decorex provides the ideal platform on which to showcase some of Portugal’s best design and innovation. Portugal is a country with a proud history of craft and manufacturing: today, its skilled artisans draw on that history, with a wealth of highly original designs that capture Portugal’s creative verve.

Recognising the importance of promoting Portuguese design on a world stage, Associate Design was established by the Portuguese Association of Wood and Furniture Industries (AIMMP). Associate Design works to exhibit the best of Portugal at some of the most discerning and distinguished international design shows. At Decorex International 2018, expect to find an eye-catching collection of Portuguese furniture, lighting and objets d’art, featuring a cleverly curated mix of playful, novel, deluxe and aesthetic pieces. Focusing on hotels, offices and retail, the Associate Design showcase will demonstrate Portugal’s burgeoning design relationship with the luxury contract market.

Portugal is a country with a proud history of craft and manufacturing

Brands and products at Associative Design’s Decorex International 2018 Showcase Portuguese brand Bateye was founded in 2011 by architect Marco Sousa. Creating furniture that represents a ‘convergence between art and the city’, Bat eye’s goal is to make passionate pieces that provoke, stimulate and seduce. The brand will present decorative furnishings from its London collection, inspired by the grandeur of the city’s palaces and parks. Pieces include the new Divinity mirror, a design inspired by the gates at the Palace of Westminster, and the Golden Lake tables, a reference to the nature found in London’s Hyde Park.

Corque Design combines sustainability and originality to produce well-designed objects using cork, one of Portugal’s greatest natural resources. Corque Design’s Cellula bookcase, a playful interpretation of cork’s microscopic cellular structure, is a clever modular storage system comprising six construction pieces.

Image caption: A series of Corque Design products

Starting out as a family-owned wood workshop in the early 1970s, Defontes was established in 1989 and today works across the interior design, automotive, nautical and aviation sectors. Skilfully making products from a selection of exquisite materials, De Fontes created its Royal Club range. The brand will present Fugu, a sharp dining table (named after the Japanese pufferfish) with an explosive atomic-nucleus-style base, and Tulip, a simple, elegant lamp inspired by the flower of the same name.

With the motto ‘design to die for’, Duquesa & Malvada is a luxury Portuguese brand creating designs that reflect a refined urban sensibility. The brand will present a number of deluxe pieces, including the elegant Kate bar stool (inspired by the Duchess of Cambridge), the bold Marble side table, the decorative Minerva sideboard, the sumptuous Desire sofa and the petite Anne stool (inspired by Anne Boleyn).

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Creative studio Emotional Brands champions a select group of six young, high-end Portuguese design brands, each combining personality, design vision, innovation and artisanship. The brands—Creative Mary, Emotional Projects, Malabar, Ottiu, Porus Studio and Wood Tailors Club—will present contemporary pieces from their respective collections.

The NUUK sideboard is a well-made piece that showcases MBN Tailor’s use of beautiful materials

Portugal-based Green Apple is a luxury brand exporting made in Portugal design throughout the world. Creating and manufacturing furnishings and lighting for the residential and hotel sectors, Green Apple’s extensive collection mixes ornate, graphic and contemporary styles.

Founded in 1980, furniture manufacturer MBN Tailor applies traditional knowledge, a creative mindset and a fastidious sprinkling of extravagance and exquisite detailing, to its eclectic range of products. The NUUK sideboard, designed by Hugo Pereira, is a well-made piece that showcases MBN Tailor’s use of beautiful materials and its meticulous level of craftsmanship.

Muranti is a Portuguese furniture brand whose work seeks to create a balance between the mind and the heart. Its luxury pieces seek to add colour, style and elegance to both modern and exclusive home interiors. Muranti will present its Onyx sideboard, Csarite cabinet and Pyrite wall lamp. The striking and opulent Onyx and Csarite designs are wonderfully visual characterisations of their respective gemstone-inspired names. In contrast, the more restrained Pyrite lamp has a classically retro shape.

Image caption: Onyx by Muranti

Nauu Design was created in the Portuguese port town of Setúbal. Producing luxury and bespoke furniture, Nauu Design’s distinctive collection is imbued with personality, elegance and passion. The Empire wall mirror is a reflection of the golden days of ancient civilisations and is made using wood covered with shiny copper leaf. The A Duquesa sofa recalls the classic Chesterfield sofa, but adds a certain Portuguese flair with Portuguese tiles applied to the base.

Hailing from Oiã in Portugal, OIA was born in 2017. A modern-day brand, its products combine traditional stone craftsmanship with cutting-edge technology. OIA creates designs that are functional and that emphasise the need for emotion and identity. The brand will present: Cosmos, a range of stone laminated side and coffee tables inspired by a sense of weightlessness; Kandinsky, a series of geometric side tables inspired by Wassily Kandinsky, a Russian pioneer of abstract modern art; and Orbiter, a marble-topped dining table whose base is made up of a repeated series of metal strips.

Created in Lisbon, Se7e symbolises the city on seven hills. Its handmade Berço chair is a cradle-like rocking chair designed for children and adults alike. Personalised for each individual customer, Berço is numbered with a serial number and the production year.

Portuguese brand That Place was established in 2004. Since then, it has explored the concepts of fluidity, simplicity and functionality in both interior and exterior design. Its Pendant Globes by Liga Narciso draw inspiration from jewellery design—they express a certain sensuality and add both harmony and beauty to a space.

Hotel Designs is a recognised media partner for Decorex International 2018. To register for the show, click here.


Iconic hotel in Lagos reopens in contemporary style

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The extensive refurbishment in Tivoli Lagos, lead by interior designer Sofia Sardo, represents an investment of £4.1 million and is the latest step in Tivoli Hotels & Resorts’ commitment to invest in its portfolio…

Tivoli Lagos Algarve Hotel has reopened its doors as an upscale property blending contemporary flair with the best of southern Portuguese culture after a five-month renovation.

The iconic property, which was one of the first hotels to be built in Lagos, sits in an excellent position in the village. Tivoli Lagos has benefitted from an ambitious refurbishment, where acclaimed Portuguese interior designer Sofia Sardo has combined modern Algarvian characteristics with traditional Moorish influences, providing a timeless aesthetic inspired by the hotel’s coastal scenery that is sure to provide greater comfort and relaxation to guests.

Modern guestroom featuring clean lines and sophisticated decor

Now offering four restaurants and a bar, the hotel will become a gastronomy highlight for the town

The hotel’s 205 guestrooms and suites, which are spread across seven buildings, have been redecorated in refreshing seaside motifs and soft colours. Diverse room categories include Premier, Premier Family and Suites, as well as spacious Family Rooms with queen or twin beds, an optional sofa bed, and separate living area, guaranteeing comfort for larger groups. Private balconies and patios offer views of the swimming pool, manicured Mediterranean gardens, the sea and the town. The property still enjoys the same convenient location, with Lagos’ historic centre, the marina and the white-sand beach Meia Praia all close by.

Now offering four restaurants and a bar, the hotel will become a gastronomy highlight for the town. In addition, Duna Beach Club, which is operated by Tivoli Lagos on Meia Praia just four kilometres away, offers excellent international and Portuguese light dining on the beach. The perfect atmosphere for socialising includes a sunny terrace and beautiful waterfront views.

“We are proud to reopen the hotel after these comprehensive renovations, adapted to excelling and meeting the demands of today’s discerning guests. This project reinforces the dedication of Tivoli Hotels & Resorts to continue setting the highest standard of service on an international level, particularly in the competitive Algarve market,” says João Jesus, Area Director of Sales & Marketing for the Algarve region.

Friendly welcoming staff and the new modern touches, in addition to the same spectacular Algarve setting as before, ensures that the Tivoli Lagos is an oasis of serenity for holiday and business travellers alike.

Bryan O’Sullivan Studio reveals The Magnolia Algarve design inspirations

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‘The best of Palm Springs in the Algarve with a spin on the iconic 1950s motor-hotel aesthetic’.

Interior design firm Bryan O’Sullivan Studio has lifted the lid on its inspirations for The Magnolia Hotel, which recently opened in the Algarve resort of Quinta Do Lago in Portugal.

The idea was to play on the heritage of the resort as a holiday destination and a place for relaxation and enjoyment – The company says its choice of Palm Springs opened design possibilities with the freedom of using as much as colour, texture and items of visual interest that would work well naturally in a warm environment.

The hotel itself attracts a younger demographic looking for a relaxed, affordable and fun new way to experience the Algarve. As alternative accommodation option, The Magnolia Hotel objective is to bring a new energy and character to the well-established Quinta Do Lago resort, appealing to fitness fanatic and gourmet enthusiast alike.

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Bryan O’Sullivan, the design lead for the project, said: “The design brief for the Magnolia Hotel was to bring something completely fresh and unseen to the Algarve. The design is light, playful and inviting for lazy days spent sipping cocktails by the pool or grazing fresh local dishes in the restaurant. First-hand experience during our recent trip to Palm Springs helped shape the design, taking the glory days of the 1950’s American Motel with the pastel art deco hues of Miami’s downtown to create a bright, glamorous travel spot to this beautiful corner of Portugal.”

The existing architecture of The Magnolia Hotel already lent itself to a classic mid-century motel format. The bedroom blocks are separated from the main reception with an outdoor pool and dining area. The theme of Palm Springs starts with a two-tone pastel hued façade on the drive-way entrance, intended as a direct link to classic 20th Century American architecture.

Above the façade is a neon feature of a diving girl, once again connecting the theme with the surrounding environment of the Algarve.

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The Magnolia Hotel offers 74 guest rooms each with a private veranda, 3 suites and 7 exclusive cottages. Each room offers twin or king beds, steam showers and modern appliances, including 300 thread count cotton sheets and high-speed Wi-Fi. All suites and cottages can sleep up to 2 adults and 2 children.

The guest rooms are pink and white in colour scheme, with the signature Magnolia red acting as accent colours on the bedroom furniture and amenities. Each of the individual rooms feature new integrated fabric upholstered headboards and retro industrial-style furniture bringing together comfort and contemporary pieces.

The interior of the Lobby and Bar Area sports a graphic striped ceiling and a custom-made botanical tile mural on the main bar by Surface Design Studio. The dusty pink scheme reigns strong amongst an eclectic mix of retro-style furniture, lighting and brightly coloured kilim rugs.  

At the heart of the hotel is the outdoor heated swimming pool area which is punctuated by yellow and white pinstripe parasols and bespoke outdoor furniture. At night the space is complemented with an array of strung festoon lights and a live DJ.

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Magnolia Hotel launches in the Algarve, Portugal

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Introducing an exciting new property to Portugal’s Algarve region, The Magnolia Hotel is a unique Miami Style Boutique Hotel which opened in October 2017.

Boasting the hottest Café del Mar style beats, this is a place to truly be yourself, relax and experience the Algarve in a new way. This hotel is turning heads with it’s cool neon signs and quirky motel design aspects. The hottest hangout in the Algarve is now poolside at The Magnolia Hotel.

With an exuberant spirit, this new addition pays homage to Miami’s iconic motels, offering affordable yet luxurious accommodations and a new energy in the heart of the Algarve. Offering an unbeatable location just moments away from Quinta do Lago, but without the price tag to match, the Magnolia Hotel offers an idyllic base to sample world class golf, shopping, beach, nightlife and the new elite performance centre, The Campus.

Magnolia Hotel - Algarve, Portugal“Quinta do Lago is a unique lifestyle resort and the latest addition to this, bringing a totally new energy is The Magnolia Hotel. This vibrant property will bring a new perspective to the area, providing visitors with a completely different way to experience Quinta do Lago. We have always been committed to delivering high standards of hospitality and customer service, and this will continue to be reflected in The Magnolia Hotel” states Sean Moriarty, CEO of Quinta do Lago.

Magnolia Hotel - Algarve, Portugal“We are very proud to be launching the Magnolia Hotel with its fun and vivacious character as the new kid on the block. We’ve created a truly unique design hotel offering for the Algarve that is sure to excite our guests, from the fitness fanatic to the gourmet enthusiast,” adds Mark McSorley, General Manager of The Magnolia Hotel.

Magnolia Hotel - Algarve, PortugalThe Magnolia Hotel offers 74 sleek guest rooms, each complete with a private veranda, 3 suites and 7 exclusive cottages. Each room offers sumptuous twin or king beds, steam showers and modern amenities, including crisp 300 thread count cotton sheets and high-speed Wi-Fi. All suites and cottages can sleep up to 2 adults and 2 children.

Magnolia Hotel - Algarve, PortugalThe motel style shines through with more than half of the accommodations having direct access to the car park and 30 rooms offering side staircase access.

Magnolia Hotel - Algarve, PortugalFor the ultimate ‘home away from home’, the wooden cottages provide a haven with an expansive bedroom, bathroom, lounge, as well as kitchen and patio areas. Perfect for families and large groups.

With health and fitness being two of the key focuses at The Magnolia Hotel, guests will be spoilt for choice with a variety of both sporting and relaxation facilities available within easy reach.

Tivoli Avenida Liberdade Lisboa Hotel

Tivoli Avenida Liberdade Lisboa unveils refurbishment

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With more than 80 years of history, the luxurious Tivoli Avenida Liberdade Lisboa Hotel is recognised as a city landmark for its prime location on Avenida Liberdade and brilliant old world architecture. The hotel – the ultimate place to see and be seen – has always attracted celebrities and heads of state alike, from all over the world.

Timeless elegance and tradition are, as ever, paramount but now, a €15 million refurbishment ranging across the hotel’s bedrooms, plush leisure facilities and stylish restaurant concepts, has enveloped this iconic Lisbon hotel in an aura of modernity.

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The charismatic personality of Tivoli Avenida Liberdade has been enhanced by renowned architectural firm Broadway Malyan, which carefully combined the property’s historical roots with its contemporary offerings, in a far-reaching renovation and interior decoration project. The graciousness of a former era in Portuguese arts, culture and society has been brought to the forefront through the small details of a contemporary setting, where the authentic and warm Portuguese hospitality, for which Tivoli has always been renowned, is ultimately key.

The imposing façade and entrance set the tone for sublime stays on a central shopping street. Step into the hotel’s iconic lobby, bathed in abundant natural light and soft colours and imparting an aura of casual radiance. A natural meeting point for artists, celebrities and high level encounters for almost a century, it is crowned by a glass dome featuring a delicately woven golden trellis, acting as a gateway for Lisbon’s beloved rays. The plush furnishings are comfortable and welcoming, in rich tones of mahogany and turquoise.

The charismatic personality of Tivoli Avenida Liberdade has been enhanced by renowned architectural firm Broadway Malyan, which carefully combined the property’s historical roots with its contemporary offerings, in a far-reaching renovation and interior decoration project. The graciousness of a former era in Portuguese arts, culture and society has been brought to the forefront through the small details of a contemporary setting, where the authentic and warm Portuguese hospitality, for which Tivoli has always been renowned, is ultimately key.After extensive work, 285 rooms and suites now offer extra space and a greater level of enjoyment for guests, whether travelling solo, as a couple or with family. Ten revised room types provide a spread of options for tranquil downtime and replenishing sleep in the Tivoli lap of luxury.

The classically designed Superior Rooms offer panoramic views of the Lisbon skyline, while Deluxe Rooms have lush courtyard views. Deluxe Family Rooms are the biggest new development, now expanded for groups of up to four people. Junior Suites, Club Suites and Executive Suites, varying in size between 45 and 64 m2, feature simple yet modern designs and luxurious touches, such as large marble bathrooms outfitted with Bulgari and Hermès amenities. Diplomatic and Presidential Suite guests also enjoy 24-hour butler service.

The charismatic personality of Tivoli Avenida Liberdade has been enhanced by renowned architectural firm Broadway Malyan, which carefully combined the property’s historical roots with its contemporary offerings, in a far-reaching renovation and interior decoration project. The graciousness of a former era in Portuguese arts, culture and society has been brought to the forefront through the small details of a contemporary setting, where the authentic and warm Portuguese hospitality, for which Tivoli has always been renowned, is ultimately key.Covering an ample 77 m2 and with a balcony overlooking Avenida Liberdade and the Tagus River, the Beatriz Costa Suite pays tribute to the actress from Portugal’s golden age of cinema, who lived at the hotel for over three decades. This suite features prestigious pieces from an art collection depicting her work, as well as romantic embellishments from period furniture, framed photos, books, colourful jars and jewellery boxes.

The 270 m2 Presidential Suite has exquisite pieces from the Ricardo do Espírito Santo Silva Foundation and the works of Portuguese artist Milly Possoz. It also has stunning views of the tree-lined avenue, with its designer shops in heritage buildings and bustling city life.

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Four Seasons Fairways

Four Seasons Fairways, Algarve to begin €2m refurbishment project

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In Quinta do Lago, nestled within the privacy and security of the Ria Formosa nature reserve, lies Four Seasons Fairways.

This discreet and elegant private resort and clubhouse – with 132 colonial style villas and apartments set in beautifully landscaped gardens is currently undertaking a major €2 million (£1.84 million) investment programme, designed to ensure the resort maintains its prestigious status.

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Last Winter, 32 of the villas underwent a complete refurbishment marking the beginning of a total overhaul of the entire resort. These extensive villa renovations cleverly blend authentic Portuguese style with a modern and vibrant interior décor and furnishings, new state-of-the-art kitchens and lighting design that is both functional and atmosphere-enhancing. Fresh blues and greens bring the beauty of the outdoors into the living space.

Designer furniture, granite bathrooms, bespoke artwork and custom interior fittings personalise each villa in individual, comfortable and stylish fashion. The focus is on easy living, relaxation and a home from home villa lifestyle.

By the start of the 2018 summer season a further renovation of another 20 villas along with the entire club-house facilities including the restaurant, bar, indoor and outdoor pools, kids club and fitness suite will be completed.

What sets Four Season Fairways apart is the privacy guests are given whilst enjoying all the facilities of an established and well-connected resort. Unlike anyone else in the area, Fairways offers private pools or Jacuzzis within each of its accommodation options, that range from two and three double bedrooms villas or apartments, catering for individuals, couples or family groups. With the Algarve enjoying 300 days of sunshine a year, each villa is also equipped with its own BBQ for al fresco dining all year round and the modern kitchens are fully-equipped for every culinary task.

Four Seasons Fairways is much more than a villa complex. Its clubhouse has a reputation for its friendly and welcoming atmosphere. There are large indoor and outdoor swimming pools, sauna, steam room, a well-equipped gym, tennis, golf booking office and a beauty & wellness centre as well as a restaurant serving local and international fare.


Pestana announces a new Pousadas de Portugal for the Algarve

Pestana announces new Pousadas de Portugal for the Algarve

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Pestana Hotel Group will build a new Pousada de Portugal located in the historic centre of Vila Real de Santo António, in the most eastern area of the Algarve, thus continuing its investment in the Portuguese region.

This investment will provide the historic heritage building with 57 rooms, 114 beds and create 30 new jobs. The official opening is scheduled for summer 2018.

Luís Castanheira Lopes highlighted the historic nature of the new Pousada, saying: “The Pestana Hotel Group will restore the buildings in full harmony with its architectural relevance allowing visitors to experience its very rich cultural legacy, a core characteristic at the heart of the Pousadas de Portugal brand DNA that celebrates 75 years in 2017.”

This will the be the fourth Pousada de Portugal in the Algarve and the 17th Pestana unit in the region. There are currently 16 Pestana units in the Algarve, 13 Pestana Hotels & Resorts and 3 Pousadas de Portugal (Palácio de Estói in Faro, Fortaleza de Sagres and Convento de Tavira).

New hotels join Small Luxury Hotels Of The World

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This May Small Luxury Hotels of the World is welcoming five new luxury properties to its portfolio. Introducing a brand new eco-certified hotel in Cap Corsica, a newly opened palazzo turned boutique retreat in Rome, a serene forest dwelling in Izu, Japan and a sophisticated retreat wrapped up in bright botanic gardens in Puerto Vallarta.

Le Domaine Misincu: Corsica

Opening June 2017
Due to open in June 2017, set in 35 hectares of natural parks and gardens, Le Domaine Misincu will be the only five-star rated environmentally friendly and eco-certified luxury boutique hotel in the region of Cap Corsica. Highly protected, savage and unspoilt in natural beauty, Cap Corse is the last remaining “wild” part of the island and therefore nicknamed as “the island on the island” which sets its history apart from the rest of the island. Aiming for Corsican modern luxury living at its best, Le Domaine Misincu is an epitomised “barefoot casual luxury” experience with a holistic approach. Contemporary yet traditional in style, the hotel pays homage to Corsican heritage and the outstanding beauty of its natural surroundings coupled with 21st century amenities for today’s luxury leisure travellers. Whether it is the vast range of local products in the F&B outlets, Corsican fabrics, materials and woods to be used for anything interior design or the fleet of Tesla cars available for guests, any stay here is to reflect an authentic Cap Corse experience.

Casa Velas: Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Found amidst blooming grounds of tropical flora, the adult-only hotel and ocean club, Casa Velas, sets the scene for a perfect romantic seaside escape. The 80 suites offer guests a private piece of luxury in the botanic gardens and the wooden beams and furniture and earthy tones are inspired by traditional Mexican designs. The hotel is just minutes from the beach, an 18-hole golf course and the buzzing boardwalk of Puerto Vallarta. The treatments at Casa Velas Spa draw on ancient wisdom and local ingredients, with treatment rooms for couples and singles, a hydrotherapy area and beauty salon. The on-site restaurant, Emiliano, is an AAA Four Diamond rated a la carte fine dining restaurant, headed up by one of the area’s leading chefs, serving Mexican and international cuisine. Alternatively guests can opt to take a short stroll to the Ocean Club for Asian-inspired cuisine and cocktails on the beachfront.

Margutta 19: Rome, Italy

Opening July 2017
This brand new Roman boutique hotel will open its doors on July 1 2017. Tucked away on Via Margutta – known locally as ‘the artist’s street’ thanks to famous prior residents such as Picasso and Stravinsky, this elegant palazzo has been given a modern make over. Despite its city location Margutta 19 provides a chic and restful escape, away from the buzz of Rome. The 16 rooms have been styled in gentle shades of sage and ivory, with parquet floors, travertine marble bathrooms, king size beds and Frette linens. Classic and deluxe suites overlook the cobbled Via Margutta and its terracotta buildings, while the Garden Suite comes with its own 43 square metre terrace. Restaurant Assaggia is courtesy of angelo Troiani who serves his own inventive spin on Roman classics, including recipes handed down through generations of the hotel owner’s family.

ABBA Resorts Izu: Izu, Japan

Situated on the stunning Jogasaki coast, ABBA resorts Izu is an intimate, 30 room retreat, featuring an indulgent Neen-spa and three world-class restaurants serving French and Japanese fare. Built in the ryokan style of a traditional inn, the luxurious Abba Resorts Izu, blends seamlessly into its ancient forest backdrop. The resort’s natural garden was created from diverse lava formations and the villas come with their own open-air bath, filled with warm, soothing mineral waters flowing in from the Ukiyama Hot Springs that Izu is known for. The rooms are designed to calm and soothe, with woven tatami straw mats and other natural touches in abundance.

São Lourenço do Barrocal: Monsaraz, Portugal

This 200 year old family run, fully working farm-come-luxury boutique retreat (main picture) seamlessly blends contemporary scandi-style décor with vintage homestead touches. Every element of the hotel celebrates its Alentejo surroundings. Guests can wander the grounds, take a seat in the wooden deck chairs amongst the orange grove, stroll through the wine and vegetable garden, take a dip in the pool or pack up a picnic and cycle to the estates lake. At night guests are invited to enjoy farm-to-table dining at the onsite restaurant, where classic Alentejo flavours are served up using home grown and locally sourced produce alongside the winemakers selection from the onsite vineyard. The 40 rooms, suites and cottages are a tasteful mix of old and new, with white fabrics, wool blankets, carefully selected vintage features and farm views. Certain suites and cottages also come with a private terrace, perfect for star-gazing. A spa by organic Austrian brand Susanne Kaufmann, features an oak wood hot tub and an outdoor pool, as well as a variety of treatments.

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AVANI Avenida Liberdade Lisbon Hotel now open

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Avenida da Liberdade is the best address in Lisbon and it is now possible to stay at the upscale AVANI Avenida Liberdade Lisbon Hotel.

The newly launched Hotel has a perfect location just off fashion-forward Avenida da Liberdade, which attracts an eclectic crowd to its tree-lined esplanades with big-name designer labels and continental sidewalk cafes.

The hotel, formerly Tivoli Jardim Hotel, has undergone an extensive 1.5 million euro (£1.27 million) refurbishment. The upgrade includes the redesign of the façade, the guest rooms, lobby, reception, the installation of an AVANIFIT gym and the relaunch of well-known Olivier Restaurant. The open plan and retro spirit of the lobby merges chill, social and work areas, offering a stylish communal space in which to relax.

AVANI Avenida Liberdade Lisbon HotelThe 119 AVANI Standard, Premier, Deluxe and Family Rooms are comfortable and contemporary and the style is inspired by the brand`s nod to a restful sleep. Each room is decorated in a fresh and simplistic style. Subtle shades of plum, black and white lend the rooms a serene air and modern amenities include a Nespresso coffee-maker, satellite TV, well-stocked mini-bar and high-speed WiFi. All AVANI Premier, Deluxe and Family Rooms have balconies and AVANI Standard rooms have garden views.

The Olivier Restaurant celebrates contemporary, ingredient-focused food with a strong Portuguese accent. The new concept décor brings warmth and character to the space with wooden flooring and a warm palette of burnt sienna, azure and burnished gold which is brought to life in the furnishings, suede upholstery, wallpaper and mosaic tiles. Subtle imagery of the iconic Andorinha black swallow is revealed in the wallpaper and an outdoor terrace surrounded by olive and ficus trees provides alfresco seating.

Guests are able to enjoy a buffet breakfast outdoors on the hotel’s sunny terrace, the perfect place to enjoy an espresso and butter croissant with lashings of peach jam, before hitting the streets. AVANIFIT supports guests’ aim to continue with their normal exercise routines and the compact gym features the latest cardio equipment.

The Palacete Conference and Events Centre next door to the hotel, offers three floors of event space with a capacity for up to 260 people. The ground floor has a large reception area, the first floor offers three function rooms with varied configuration capabilities and the top floor houses an exclusive Boardroom with its own foyer and elevator access.



United Investments Portugal and Bespoke Hotels joint venture

Bespoke Hotels, United Investments Portugal announce joint venture

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United Investments Portugal (UIP) is delighted announce its entry into an inaugural European partnership with Bespoke Hotels International, Bespoke Hotels Portugal & Spain. With plans to develop and manage luxury properties across Portugal & Spain, under the management of Bespoke Hotels.

United Investments Portugal (UIP) is part of the IFA Hotels & Resorts (IFA HR) consortium and investment partnership, a worldwide leader in the development of hotel and residential resort projects, with operations extending across the Middle East, Europe, Africa, North America, and the Indian Ocean.

The announcement comes on the back of IFA Hotel Investments’ growing relationship with Bespoke Hotels International across Dubai and the Middle East, which has seen the Bespoke brand applied to significant sways of IFA’s portfolio of over 3,000 residential units, mixed use developments, and hotels in the region. This arrangement was the first of its kind to see an internationally-backed brand to enter Dubai’s newly formed Holiday Homes sector, and has resulted in a deepening relationship between IFA HR and Bespoke Hotels, with plans to develop further projects across Dubai and the Gulf Region.

“We are thrilled to enter into this partnership with UIP and to be strengthening our relationship with IFA and UIP”, commented Bespoke Hotels CEO, Haydn Fentum. “We have enjoyed considerable success when allying our brands in the Middle East, and hope to carry this momentum into the Portuguese hotel market, which has experienced notable recent growth.”

“We are pleased to announce this joint venture and partnership with Bespoke Hotels International”, added Carlos Leal, Director of United Investments Portugal. “UIP remain committed to expanding and diversifying our portfolio, in Portugal and Spain. We are confident the benefits of this partnership including Bespoke’s operational, management and distribution platforms will contribute to experiencing this growth together.”

Anantara Vilamoura Algarve

Anantara Vilamoura Algarve Resort launches in Portugal

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Making its debut into Europe, Anantara Hotels, Resorts & Spas brings its authentic luxury to southern Portugal’s picturesque Algarve coast with the launch of 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.

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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 views of 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 an in-room wine humidor, 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.

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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 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. 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.

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Design Hotels presents six new members across four continents

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On a continued quest to discover the unique and inspired, Design Hotels has scoured the globe and selected six new member properties, spanning four continents.

Complementing a curated portfolio of over 290 member hotels, the new additions epitomise the ethos and values that Design Hotels holds dear — from effortless living paired with mindful design to the regeneration of treasured buildings.

Starting in Design Hotels’ home city of Berlin, Provocateur — a collaboration between three Design Hotels Originals, Micky Rosen and Alex Urseanu from Roomers and Liran wizman from SIR hotels—draws inspiration from 1920s Paris and its buzzing Charlottenburg neighborhood. The latest addition to the SIR hotels stable, Sir Adam, is a cultural, artistic, and culinary gathering place in the new heart of Amsterdam.

With a spectacular waterfront setting, the Altis Belém Hotel & Spa acts as a gateway to old and new Lisbon. Across the pond, Chicago’s iconic Coyote Building plays host to The Robey, which has already established itself as a hip neighborhood spot for locals and guests alike. A heritage building also forms the foundations of Singapore’s The Warehouse Hotel, housed in a turn-of-the-century godown on the banks of Robertson Quay. In the South Korean capital, GLAD Live Gangnam’s 210 rooms and suites are design-conscious hubs for the stylish at heart.

Set in Berlin’s pulsing Charlottenburg district, Provocateur seduces guests with fusion cuisine, 58 lavish rooms, and an award-winning bar concept. The interiors mix 1920s Paris with the urban Berlin of today—think twinkling chandeliers, low lighting, contemporary artworks, and velvet curtains—while the building is a perfect picture of the neighbourhood’s archetypal modern-style Art Nouveau architecture.

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ICRAVE, the renowned New York-based design studio, is responsible for Sir Adam’s 108 guestrooms and The Butcher Social Club, a full-service “living lobby” open 24/7. Inspired by the its achingly cool neighbors, including Sony and Gibson, music plays a huge role in Sir Adam’s aesthetic and cultural concept, from the curated music library to the Crosley Cruiser record players in each room.

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Altis Belém Hotel & Spa
Given its striking architecture and enviable waterfront location, wedged between the dramatic Monument to the Discoveries and the fairytale-esque Torre de Belém, it comes as no surprise that Altis Belém Hotel & Spa has swept up a multitude of awards already. Facing either the Tagus River or the marina, the cool simplicity of the hotel’s 50 rooms and suites is lifted by custom-created wall panels depicting scenes inspired by Portugal’s former colonial outposts.

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The Robey
Set in the Coyote Building, which was originally designed by the iconic Chicagoan firm Perkins, Chatten & Hammond, each of the hotel’s 69 light-filled rooms, lobby, and roof spaces have been transformed by Belgian design duo Nicolas Schuybroek Architects and Marc Merckx Interiors. The Art Deco façade of The Robey is bookmarked by the ground-floor Café Robey.

The Robey, Chicago

The Warehouse Hotel
Encompassing a meticulously renovated turn-of-the-century godown, on the banks of Robertson Quay, the inspiration for the hotel’s design language came from the building itself. The unique structure from the late 19th century once stood in the midst of a hotbed of secret societies, underground activities, and liquor distilleries. The restored heritage building is a proud illustration of old and new thanks to the award-winning local agency Asylum. Original details like the triple-pitched roof and raw brick stand alongside a custom-made light in the lobby made of wheels and pulleys, and tailor-made, single-unit copper wall pieces that unify the rooms by integrating everything from desk to wardrobe.

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Offering a “curated lifestyle” that is in full harmony with Seoul’s chic nightlife offerings, the 210 rooms and suites are design-conscious hubs for the stylish at heart. Culture and entertainment are at the core of the GLAD Live Gangnam experience, with the hotel’s afterhours club, DStar, and its lush EDM music and 3D projection mapping, intensifying one’s escape into music and the moment.

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Tivoli Oriente hotel, Lisbon

Tivoli Oriente in Lisbon presents new Family Rooms and refurbished Conference Centre

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The Tivoli Oriente hotel, in Lisbon’s thriving Parque das Nações business and leisure neighbourhood, presents ten floors of newly refurbished rooms as well as its Family Rooms to cater for the growing leisure guest market. The 11-meeting room Conference Centre has also been totally completely renovated.

The hotel opened its doors in 2001 and quickly established itself as the area’s landmark hotel. With its 279 bedrooms and 12 meeting rooms, sleek façade of smoked glass soars above the busy thoroughfare and tree-lined pavements below.

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A highly popular and sought after hotel, it has now invested in ten floors of totally refurbished rooms and bathrooms. The hotel’s Conference Centre was also completely renovated and now offers a total area of 1,200m², equipped with the most recent audio-visual technology and lighting. With 11 venues, the hotel can hold up successful meetings and events for up to 550 people. Most recently, the hotel was the official hotel for the 2016 Web Summit which attracted over 30,000 entrepreneurs and investors to Lisbon.

With its strong and high demand from business and meetings with clients, who together represent some 70% of the hotel’s occupancy – the Tivoli Oriente boasts a perfect location in Parque das Nações, home of the major technological companies; walking distance from the Lisbon’s Exhibition Centre and many local attractions like the multipurpose MEO Arena, as well as the Santiago Calatrava designed Gare do Oriente trains and bus transport hub. Lisbon airport is only 10 minutes’ drive from the hotel.

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For summer 2017, the hotel will be opening its own Sky Bar Oriente on the 16th floor with a show-stopping 360º view over Lisbon, the Tagus River and the Vasco da Gama Bridge. Perfect for events, parties and sundowners, it is set to be the area’s hot spot for the season, with gourmet snacks and salads, signature cocktails and cool sounds from our DJ set.

Superior and Family Rooms
Together with interior decorator Maria Ilharco, and spanning ten floors, the new rooms make the most of a palette of cool turquoise and restful charcoal grey – two colours that mirror the variety of vistas, over the River Tagus and the urban lines of the city itself. In line with Tivoli’s More Future sustainable development strategy, the focus is on local craftsmen and suppliers.

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The rooms all offer such distinctive touches as a 32” screen and Nespresso coffee-machines, whereas the bathrooms boast spacious walk-in showers, rain shower type heads and ample glass-topped vanity area. “We’re very pleased with these rooms and our guests’ reactions to them have been highly enthusiastic – we now have all 279 rooms in the hotel fitted out to the same Tivoli standard which our clients expect from us. The revamped Conference Centre has also been a resounding success with our regular clients”, declares General Manager Vitor Matias.

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As a response to the growing family clientele, the Tivoli Oriente now presents its own, very practical version of Family Rooms – they comfortably accommodate three people with an innovative and comfortable cushion-packed bed, permanently in place – far superior to the rollaway beds most hotels offer.

The renowned T/Bed is the highlight of any Tivoli bedroom and the new rooms at the Tivoli Oriente are no exception: the down featherbed and lighter-than-air duvets are crowned by four generous pillows, encased in the finest hallmark Tivoli bed linen, ensuring that all-important result: a really good night’s sleep.


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W Hotels swims up to Portugal’s sun-kissed coast with W Algarve

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W Hotels Worldwide, now part of Marriott International, has announced it will open W Algarve in 2018 on Portugal’s stunning sun-kissed Algarve coast.

Developed in partnership with Nozul Algarve, S.A., the vibrant oceanfront oasis will overlook the breathtaking coastline and the beckoning waters of the Atlantic Ocean. The debut will mark the third W Escape in the Europe, a newly created portfolio of W Hotels located in ski, sand and entertainment destinations around the world, that make the traditional ‘resort’ a last resort.

Located on a 250,000 square meters of beachfront on the central Algarve coastline, W Algarve is an escape for extraordinary experiences which is set to ignite the local scene with its electrifying style, innovative design, and full calendar of exclusive W Happenings, showcasing what’s new / next in fashion, music and design. The hotel will offer 134 stylish guest rooms and suites, including two Extreme WOW Suites, the W brand’s reinterpretation of the Presidential Suite.

W Algarve will also cater for those who need to mix a little work with play, offering two ultra-modern meeting rooms to elevate any meeting from ordinary to extraordinary. The 500 square metre state-of-the-art meeting rooms are complemented by extensive outdoor facilities ideal for vibrant open air events or beachfront celebrations. The brand’s iconic Whatever/Whenever service will be available 24/7, providing jetsetters with whatever they want — from late night manicures to speed boat experiences — whenever they want it.

For those looking for a permanent home on Portugal’s golden coast, Nozul Algarve S.A., the owner of the W Algarve, will offer 81 W-branded Residences for purchase, featuring one, two and three bedroom units with spectacular ocean views. The W-branded beachfront Residences in the Algarve are the first in Europe offering owners access to all W amenities and services, including preferred dining reservations and seating at the hotel’s restaurants, bars and lounges; in-residence dining and STYLE housekeeping services; a private W Residences pool and the brand’s signature Whatever/Whenever® service promise.

These stunning Residences can enter an optional rental program managed by the hotel. In addition, there are 24 W branded “hotel-residences” within the main hotel building, where ownership is limited to specific periods of the year. Owners will have the opportunity to call W Algarve home while enjoying the full flexibility of a shared property system.

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Design Hotels introduces seven newcomers

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Design Hotels is pleased to announce seven new additions joining a growing portfolio of over 290 independent hotels in more than 50 countries across the globe.

Tucked inside the historic centre of the UNESCO Heritage village of Pienza, La Bandita Townhouse is a rambling palazzo set on a beautiful hill amid quiet Cobblestone streets in Tuscany. The brainchild of Original John Voigtmann, the one time Vice President of International Marketing for Sony Music, was transformed from a dilapidated 500-year-old convent into a luxury 12-room boutique hotel.

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La Bandita Townhouse

Through a narrow street and a small tunnel sits Memmo Príncipe Real — home to a secret sightseeing spot with breathtaking views over the city and a gateway to one of the most attractive and charming neighborhoods in Lisbon. Located in the heart of the 41-room hotel Café Colonial is a celebration of the many global influences represented by Lusophone roots.

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Memmo Príncipe Real

The result of a decade of careful architectural renovations, Dos Casas Hotel & Spa is set in the heart of San Miguel De Allende, a bustling UNESCO-listed World Heritage Site in Mexico. The result of a decade of careful architectural renovations, 12-room Dos Casas—set within two adjoining 18th-century colonial houses—offers cool vanguard design and warm traditionalism.

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Dos Casas Hotel & Spa

Creating a benchmark for casual luxury in Switzerland, Giardino Ascona is a haven committed to charismatic design, casual ambience, and recreational splendour. Located in a spectacular sunny bay of Lake Maggiore, along a tranquil parkland, Giardino Ascona, and its 54 rooms and 18 suites, is awash with Mediterranean joie de vivre.

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Giardino Ascona

Behind a refurbished façade that recalls 1950s Palma, Nakar Hotel emerges as a serene retreat through light-soaked lounges, spa, and a spectacular rooftop infinity pool. The structure that houses Azor hotel is a specimen of modern architecture with an imposing cuboid form, an exterior of white stone, and expansive windows of polished glass.

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Nakar Hotel

Inspired by the surrounding sea and the volcanic nature of the Portuguese Azores Island of São Miguel, Azor Hotel abounds with natural materials that serve to remind guests of the property’s remote location. Not only do the architect, interior designer, owner, and chef all hail from the island, but the 57-room hotel is fashioned from local materials; serves guests an authentic Mallorcan cuisine; and offers impressive views of the Old Town and the sea.

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Azor Hotel

In one of Taipei’s most cosmopolitan neighborhoods, Hotel Proverbs Taipei takes minimalistic design and pairs it with the utmost in personalized service while adding a dash of hedonism in the process. In one of Taipei’s most cosmopolitan neighborhoods, Hotel Proverbs Taipei takes minimalistic design and pairs it with the utmost in personalised service.

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Hotel Proverbs Taipei

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Memmo Príncipe Real, Lisbon opening mid-October

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The Memmo Príncipe Real — a modern ode to the particular charms of the infectious city that is Lisbon – is opening in mid-October.

The hotel is a dramatic and dignified study in period contrasts, the 41-room hotel of limestone, expansive glass, and natural Oakwood practically levitates above the bustle below.

Architect Samuel Torres de Carvalho was tasked for the new build. The Madrid-born Portuguese architect, also responsible for the group’s previous two projects (Memmo Baleeira, 2007, and Memmo Alfama, 2013,) was ever-mindful of the changing face of Lisbon. Known for his spectacular modernism, Torres de Carvalho created a sleek four-storey geometric building of stark white, and a long, rectangular silhouette.

Memmo Príncipe Real

Unifying the design aesthetics of the three properties, the Memmo design team, coordinated by João Corrêa Nunes and architect Samuel Torres de Carvalho, set out with a challenge to create a new build that would house a mix of modern elements using classic materials and details. Together, they have created a contemporary capsule with an old world soul.

A seductive ground floor of rounded lines is entirely walled on one side by floor-to-ceiling windows and uninterrupted views of the sultry city. Limestone floors throughout this floor’s reception, restaurant, bar, and terrace, pay tribute to traditional Portuguese masonry and lay way for the overall air of vintage LA ease.

Memmo Príncipe Real

The Memmo design team’s ethos of contemporary elegance and custom-crafted simplicity carries through all 41 rooms of the hotel. A serenely neutral palette of taupes, Sage green, and wood hues are sharpened by the same black steelwork seen in the hotel’s exterior structure. Natural oak wood, used extensively in the rooms, features strongly in the form of custom-built cabinetry, walk-in closets, headboards, and sliding separation doors, while darker finishes on the floors root the entire design.

Subtle neutrality continues with the textiles: flax-toned floor-to-ceiling curtains frame the dramatic views of the city. Bathrooms are entirely outfitted in limestone, the sandy-tinted stone deftly straddling the raw earthiness and modern sleekness that defines the hotel. Located in the central, social heart of the hotel with panoramic views of the city, Café Colonial is a celebration of the many global influences represented by Lusophone roots.

Memmo Príncipe Real

Drawing its main influences from Portugal, Brazil, Africa, and Asia, Café Colonial is a neighbourhood fixture drawing in locals with fair-priced favourites, lively conversation, and a convivial spirit of community. Here, fluid, open spaces abound with limestone, oak, and worn velvet materials defining the aesthetic. Black marble tables and green accents contrast a largely neutral landscape where vintage area rugs add both warmth and a division of areas; from sofa lounge seating to classic tabletop dining and high-top bar perches.

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Euro 2016 winner Cristiano Ronaldo opens first CR7hotel in Madeira

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Pestana Hotel Group is delighted to announce the opening of the first Pestana CR7hotel on 1 July in Funchal, Madeira Island. The highly anticipated opening ‘kicks off’ of the partnership between Dionísio Pestana and Cristiano Ronaldo – who both hail from Madeira.

Inspired by Ronaldo’s CR7 brand, the boutique hotel combines Art Deco with contemporary style and is designed with the modern day millennial traveller in mind, allowing them to stay connected to the world throughout their stay. High-speed Wi-Fi will be available in all indoor and outdoor spaces and each room will include Apple TV as well as Bluetooth audio and HDMI connections.

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Pestana CR7hotel Funchal will feature just 49 keys with 25 CR type rooms, 23 CR superior rooms and one CR7 Suite. In addition to all the facilities of the CR rooms, the CR7 Suite will include a Playstation 4, Virtual Reality Glasses and games, and even equipment for cardio workouts complete with a self-developed workout plan.

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True to the brand, Pestana CR7 Funchal will also feature a customised programme – Get In Shape – at the outdoor gym and sauna for those keen on maintaining a healthy lifestyle during their stay.

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About this iconic opening, Dionísio Pestana, President of Pestana Hotel Group said: “This is an achievement that makes us all very proud”. He added: “It’s a dream come true in the city that is the birthplace of the Pestana Group – and my own – and reflects our innovation capability”.

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“This is a winning team, a winning project. The huge hotel management experience of the Pestana Group guarantees the quality of this product that we are developing together”, added Cristiano Ronaldo. “It has been a huge challenge for me to enter a new area in which I always had an interest and curiosity. I cannot wait to go to sleep in my Suite at Pestana CR7 Funchal in my hometown.”

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The next Pestana CR7 is scheduled to open in Lisbon later this year, with two more to follow in Madrid and New York in 2017. With the addition of Pestana CR7, Pestana Hotel Group will manage four brands, including Pestana Hotels & Resorts, Pestana Collection Hotels, and Pestana Pousadas de Portugal.

These new openings will bring the Pestana Hotel Group portfolio to over 90 hotels in 15 countries, solidifying its international expansion strategy.

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Starwood bringing Sheraton brand to Cascais, Portugal

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Starwood is bringing its Sheraton brand to the upmarket resort town of Cascais, Portugal with the signing of the Sheraton Cascais Resort. Owned and managed by United Investments Portugal (UIP), the property will join the Sheraton brand on February 24th, 2016 under a franchise agreement with Starwood.

“We have successfully partnered with United Investments Portugal for over 24-years at Pine Cliffs, a Luxury Collection Resort in the Algarve, positioning it as one of the finest resorts in Europe. We are extremely proud to extend this collaboration and bring a third Sheraton hotel to Portugal,” said Michael Wale, President, Starwood Hotels & Resorts, Europe, Africa and Middle East. “The signing of this fantastic hotel underlines our strong relationship with UIP and highlights the continued demand for the Sheraton brand as we move toward our goal of adding 150 new Sheraton hotels around the globe by the year 2020.”

Sheraton Cascais Resort, which previously operated as the Vivamarinha Hotel & Suites, boasts an enviable location on Portugal’s sweeping Atlantic coast just 30 minutes from Lisbon and about a mile from the famous Guincho Beach, one of the finest surfing spots in Europe. Comprising of 138 rooms and suites, Sheraton Cascais will feature a signature restaurant and two bars, as well as a wide range of leisure facilities including a state-of-the-art fitness centre, outdoor swimming pool and an expansive spa with six treatment rooms and hydrotherapy suite. A perfect location for golfers, the resort is surrounded by seven of Portugal’s top golf courses. Business guests will enjoy a range of multifunctional meeting rooms, the largest accommodating up to 150 people.

Sheraton Cascais Resort will complement the two existing Sheraton properties in Portugal – Sheraton Lisbon Hotel & Spa and Sheraton Porto Hotel & Spa.

In June 2015, Starwood Hotels & Resorts launched Sheraton 2020, a comprehensive 10-point plan designed to put Sheraton Hotels and Resorts firmly back into the global spotlight. Sheraton 2020 includes a multi-million marketing campaign; the launch of the new premier tier, Sheraton Grand; continuous innovation of the Sheraton guest experience; and a goal of adding more than 150 new Sheraton hotels worldwide by 2020.

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Minor Hotel Group completes acquisition of Portugal’s Tivoli portfolio

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Minor Hotel Group (MHG) has announced the completion of the final stage of its acquisition of Tivoli Hotels & Resorts, a well-known Portugal-based brand with 14 properties across Portugal and Brazil. The acquisition of Tivoli Hotels & Resorts, which totals €294 million (£228 million), not only marks MHG’s strategic entry into Europe and Latin America, but also provides the group with a strong operating platform to drive further growth in those markets.

This represents the largest-ever hospitality transaction in Portugal and is a highly lucrative acquisition for MHG. The acquisition not only adds strong earnings underpinned by valuable hotel assets, but is also well-timed to capitalise on recent strong growth in Portugal’s tourism market.

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Dillip Rajakarier, COO of Minor International and CEO of Minor Hotel Group, commented, “We are excited to add Tivoli to Minor Hotel Group’s portfolio of hotel brands. With over 80 years of history, the Tivoli brand brings with it a rich heritage, a highly experienced team and a deeply loyal customer base. The Tivoli acquisition further cements MHG’s position as a world-class hotel operator, with a portfolio now extending to Europe and South America. Looking forward, we have already planned further investment into the Tivoli hotel assets and its operating and distribution infrastructure to realise the full potential of this strategic investment.”

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The Tivoli acquisition is the latest in a series of international investments by Minor Hotel Group as part of its long term diversification strategy, which over the last two years has seen the group invest over $550 million (£378 million) in hotel projects in Southern and East Africa, Asia, Australia, South America and Europe. These investments include, in addition to Tivoli, a joint venture with Sun International, new hotel projects in Australia and Malaysia and investments with existing joint venture partners Rani Investment and Elewana Collection in Southern and East Africa.

With these additional Tivoli hotels, MHG’s overall hotel portfolio now totals 145 properties across 22 countries. Tivoli is a member of Global Hotel Alliance, to which three of MHG’s existing brands — Anantara, AVANI and PER AQUUM — also belong.