Hotel Quinta Do Lago

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Overview
An idyllic spot with over 300 days of sunshine a year. Hotel Quinta do Lago is located on the Algarve Coast in southern Portugal, in a place where outstanding natural beauty is perfectly complemented by gracious living and where acres of green, undulating countryside, scented pine forests, flower-bordered lakes and lush vegetation meander down to a golden shore. Set amidst almost 2,000 acres of rolling hills and pine woodlands, overlooking the tranquil estuary of the Ria Formosa, is the Algarve’s most famous hotel. Easily accessible, it offers peace and seclusion and a wealth of sporting activities including golf on some of Europe’s best courses. Guests enjoy life as it should be lived, relaxing in superbly appointed rooms and suites, and enjoying a choice of fine cuisine and wine and the good things in life, all complemented by attentive but discreet service. The Algarve is the sunny playground of Europe, and Hotel Quinta do Lago is its most sought-after hotel, and so justifiably carrying the title of one of “The Leading Hotels of the World.

How far is the nearest beach?
The beach is just a 10 minute stroll from the hotel.

Distance from Airport
Hotel Quinta do Lago is situated 20 km away from Faro International Airport and a two hour drive from Lisbon or Seville.

Rooms
To stay at Quinta do Lago is to enter another world of luxury and elegance. There are 121 well-appointed rooms and 20 suites, including a Royal Suite with its own private pool. All have air conditioning, balconies or terraces, satellite television & VCR, internet data port system telephone lines, safety-deposit boxes in every room and a mini-bar. The hotel is 100% non smoking in door, however every room has a terrace so the clients are allowed to smoke there. The objective has been to recapture a style of authentic Algarvian life - tranquil, captivating and revitalising, filled with the fragrances of this beautiful region. There are two rooms designed specifically for disabled guests, located on the Golf Side of the hotel, with garden views and on the garden level for direct easy access. These additionally feature wider bathroom doors, special handrails in the bathroom, lower beds and lower light switches. The room service menu has been carefully formulated so that it can offer the restaurants quality while in the comfort of your room. Vegetarian options and children’s dishes are available. Cocktail and special dinner parties can be organized in the hotel’s suites. The room service is available 24 hours a day.

Food & Drink
Guests can enjoy cocktails in the Laguna Bar before dining in one of two superb restaurants - the Ca d Oro serves (during dinner only) fine Venetian cuisine in an elegant atmosphere, while the Brisa do Mar offers a varied menu featuring many traditional Portuguese and International specialities. An Italian restaurant with a Mediterranean touch, Ca d Oro’s menu offers various classical dishes which are not easy to find in any other restaurant in the Algarve. In summer, meals are served at the terrace by the swimming pool. The Brisa do Mar restaurant has a fantastic view over the sea and with an outdoor terrace where meals are served during summer. It serves buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner. The A la carte” menu offers modern international and Portuguese specialities. Delicious Buffets are served weekly. This one has a smart casual dressing code. Only the freshest local produce is used. On the menus you have a choice of low calorie meals and a wide range of natural juices based on fruit and cereal. The Chef will be pleased to cook dishes to meet specific dietary requirements. There is a special children’s menu. The restaurants are non smoking except in the terrace service. We recommend that you book in advance for both restaurants. The Laguna Bar, next to the two restaurants, is the main bar of the Hotel where you can enjoy stunning views over the Ria Formosa. It is a tranquil retreat with seated places both indoor and outdoor, where you can enjoy a delicious cocktail at the sunset or a digestive drink after dinner. Presently, live piano music is available every night. During winter the bar opens all day whilst in summer only at night time. Snacks service is available. During summer the Pool Bar serves drinks around the swimming pool area. Mid-afternoon snacks, light meals are served on the pool terrace. Room service operates 24 hours a day (for details see above in Accommodation). It’s just a few minutes’ walk across the picturesque wooden bridge that crosses the tidal lagoon to the dunes and Gigi’s, one of the most famous eating places in the Algarve.

Sports & Entertainment
For those who appreciate the good life, Quinta do Lago offers the best of everything. Golfers can play on courses that regularly host the Portuguese Open; windsurfers can skim across their own saltwater lake; and there are three superb riding stables (only the Riding Centre is within the resort itself; necessary equipment may be hired; show jumping, dressage competitions and special events for children), ping pong tables and two tennis courts available. Professional instruction is available for players of all ages and at all levels. To cool off, guests can choose between the glorious blue Atlantic (with the beautiful white sand beach), the superb indoor heated pool and the outdoor heated pool (with water jets). There is also a children’s pool. A wonderfully wide range of water-based activities is available to hotel guests on the lake behind the hotel and from the beach (more than fifteen water sports available, whether you want to pedalo peacefully around the lake, fish or take to the air and parasail) and in the surrounding area. Aquatic aerobics classes are also available on request. Fully qualified instructors can show you how to explore the wonderful world underwater; more experienced divers can join organised dives to wrecks of aircraft and ships (necessary equipment included). Bicycles are available for hire at the hotel. For those on foot, jogging paths are provided. (Trail maps are available from reception.) But for those who simply wish to wind down, what could be more relaxing than a walk in the hotels beautiful grounds, or a long, lazy afternoon on the golden sands of the beach. Or you can indulge in a relaxing massage in the brand newly-built Spa.

Leisure
As well as enjoying golf, tennis and riding, guests can tone up and wind down in the hotels superb Spa Complex. The new Spa, which was inaugurated in 2004, features the most recent health and beauty therapies within a tranquil and exclusive atmosphere. Apart from six massage rooms, the Spa also includes a heated indoor swimming pool with water jets and massage jets, Turkish bath and sauna (male and female), outdoor Jacuzzi, a fully equipped and newly refurbished gymnasium and health & beauty treatments. Changing rooms are available for ladies and gentlemen. From the Spa services we would highlight the different facial treatments, classical and oriental massages, volcanic hot stones massage, reflexology, hydro-massages with aromatherapy, as well as various anti-stress treatments. Amongst the various options you will find the Thermo Spa Concert, where several treatments can be included, from algae wrappings to the marine prelude. Other facilities include: back, neck and shoulder massage; essential oil relaxation massage; reflexology massage; shiatsu massage; physiotherapy; stretching and weight training; keep-fit classes, held on a regular basis at the hotel; special golfer and non-golfer massages. Other than those, the Spa also has 1, 3 and 5 days special programmes which combine various specific therapies, namely the “Anti-stress”, Pampering and Athletes Revival week programmes. During summer we take the Spa to the beach so that our guests do not have to leave the sunshine to have their massage (only four types of massage are currently offered). Please note that spa etiquette applies; ask to be informed on site. For all spa services we recommend that you book in advance. The Hotel Quinta do Lago Spa is open to all guests.

Golf
The hotel is situated within one of the largest and most luxurious golfing resorts in Europe. There are three championship courses within grounds, and seven more within easy reach - a true paradise for golfers who enjoy the challenge of quality golf courses in beautiful surroundings and making Quinta do Lago Hotel one of the most comprehensive golf hotels in the world. All ten golf courses are available with pre-booked start times and a minimum handicap is required for each course. Golf buggies and clubs are available to hire. The resort offers special individual and group golf tuition packages organised by the hotels own resident PGA professional for both the first time golfer and the advanced player (who may also play 9 holes with him). Practice facilities are available. For further information, please contact the golf desk. The courses are: Quinta do Lago South (hosted the Portuguese Open eight times); Quinta do Lago North; Pinheiros Altos Course (newest course within the Quinta do Lago estate); Vale do Lobo Royal Course; Vale do Lobo Ocean Course (restructured over the last two years; ten minutes from the hotel); Vilamoura Old Course (just re-seeded and restructured); Vilamoura Pinhal Course (just re-seeded and restructured); Vilamoura Millennium; Vila Sol; Vilamoura Laguna. Hotel Quinta do Lago is delighted to be associated with the following golfing organisations: IAGTO .

Children’s Facilities
The hotel has special programmes of activities for junior guests (minimum age three years) all school holidays period, all fully supervised by trained staff. The sunny Algarve is an ideal setting in which to enjoy the thrills and spills of a water park. Atlantic Park, The Big One and The Aqua Show are all within easy driving distance and offer a range of water-based splashing fun. Zoomarine is a centre of entertainment for the whole family. There are aquatic shows featuring dolphins, sea lions, walruses and sharks, and also a tropical bird show. Other attractions include a children’s playground and a big wheel. There are good facilities for disabled visitors.

(Additional charges may apply to all of the above)

Chargeable Extras
Meeting Facilities
All year round this property provides an ideal setting for business events of every kind, offering sophisticated facilities in an atmosphere of privacy and seclusion. The hotel also offers, though its Business Centre, next to Reception, a number of multilingual staff and a range of business services including secretarial assistance, typing, word processing and message taking, copying, fax, e-mail, courier services and multi-line telephones. The hotel has extensive facilities suitable for all types of functions, with meeting and banqueting rooms accommodating up to 250 people. The hotel can supply full staging and lighting facilities, front and back projection systems, sound system, telephone points, blackout curtains, power points and flip charts. A residential engineer is always available during events. Light meals and barbecues can also be made available at the Pool Snack Bar and can also be arranged on the hotel gardens by the Lagoon.

Useful Information
The Ria Formosa Park is a wetland of world importance as a habitat of waterfowl and because of this it is registered in the Ramsar Convention. The Portuguese government is committed to maintain the ecological characteristics of the area and to promote its rational use. The Ria Formosa Natural Park forms the exquisite backdrop for many of the outdoor activities offered by the hotel, from bird watching and nature walks to horse riding and a variety of water sports, either on a series of lagoons or in the sea nearby. Special events organized by the hotel include Jeep Safari and Paint Ball “War Games” (both half or full day), for shopping Loula Market (Saturday morning only) and Portimao Shopping (both half day) and for sightseeing Faro The Capital (half day) and Monchique & Silves (full day), among others. The more adventurous can cruise up the River Guadiana with lunch and dancing in the evening, or up the Ria Formosa with cocktails, while unforgettable evenings can be spent out in the country at a barbecue with folk dancing, or at one of the Michelin restaurants in the area.

Facilities

  • 24 Hour Reception
  • A la Carte Restaurant
  • Aerobics
  • Air Conditioning
  • Air Conditioning in public areas
  • Bar
  • Bicycle Rental
  • Breakfast
  • Buffet Breakfast
  • By the Beach
  • Cafe/ Snack Bar
  • Currency Exchange
  • Doctors / Medical Centre
  • Entertainment
  • Golf
  • Gym
  • Hairdresser
  • Heated Swimming Pool
  • High Chairs
  • Indoor Swimming Pool
  • Internet Access
  • Kids Playground
  • Kids Pool
  • Landscaped Gardens
  • Laundry Service
  • Lifts
  • Lounge
  • Minibar
  • Pool Bar
  • Reception
  • Restaurant
  • Room Service
  • Safety Deposit Box
  • Satellite TV
  • Sauna
  • Shops
  • Spa
  • Steam Bath
  • Sunbathing Terrace
  • Sunbeds
  • Swimming Pool
  • Table Tennis
  • Tennis Court(s)
  • Terrace
  • TV Lounge
  • Whirlpool

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