Golf News for Tuesday, March 21, 2006 | Resorts

Vila Sol in Portugal's Algarve offers something for everyone

Vila Sol SPA & Golf Resort, member of The Leading Hotels of the World, is located in Vilamoura on 150 hectares of countryside, with dazzling natural scenery and a stunning variety of flora and fauna. This Resort offers a wide range of accommodation and premium services, meeting the needs of the most discerning guests and includes the support of a highly qualified team of professionals.

Located in a calm, peaceful and safe country – Portugal - and in one of the finest zones in the Algarve - Vilamoura – Vila Sol is in the heart of an elegant and prestigious recreational area and five minutes from the shops and restaurants of the International Marina.

The Resort consists of Vila Sol Hotel, the Vila Sol Golf course, the world-class Vila Sol Spa, the Real Estate developments and the Vila Sol Beach located in the prestigious Ancăo Beach. Also the several bars and restaurants of the Resort make the difference to those who appreciate prestige and magnificence.

The Resort is set in a tranquil atmosphere of good taste and beauty that gives priority to contact with nature. Birds and other wildlife abound in its woodlands and lakes in Vila Sol, being the first Resort in the country to obtain two ISO certifications: for Quality and Environment.

The 5-star Vila Sol Hotel is designed and oriented to guarantee a unique and unforgettable stay. This new hotel concept provides accommodation in a total of 189 rooms. There are 49 suites of which 45 are Garden Suites plus three Master Suites and a Presidential Suite to ensure your privacy in an exceptional atmosphere. The Vila Sol Hotel is the first 5-star hotel in the eastern part of the Algarve to be located within its own golf course and is the most recent hotel in the Algarve to be accepted as a member of the "Leading Hotels of the World", with an overall guest satisfaction rating of 80.2%, higher than the European average by 2%.
The Vila Sol Hotel is also prepared for any type of business or entertaining event at the meeting rooms or at the Ballroom with space for 450 people and all the infrastructures for audiovisual projections, corporate presentations, weddings, parties and many other events.

Besides the Hotel, Vila Sol also has a wide variety of apartments at the Vila Sol Village, an exclusive project that carries the signature of architect Regino Cruz. The Vila Sol Village is located 1000 metres from the golf course and clubhouse, and boasts a large green area with three swimming pools (one of which is heated) and a pool bar. It is our objective to create the finest environment and to offer the conditions and support services to ensure that you and your family have the very best holiday with us. Here you can enjoy the fun of being alongside other families in a more relaxed environment aimed at a younger age group, in a real holiday spirit, enjoying the vast social areas which are available in a refined, relaxing atmosphere

Golf enthusiasts will want to play the 27-hole Vila Sol Golf course, designed by the famous architect Donald Steel which has twice hosted the Portuguese Open. A golf course surrounded by beautiful art sculptures and which stretches along a wide valley, naturally sculpted by Mother Nature and divided into three loops with three different levels of difficulty: Prime, Challenge and Prestige. In 2001 this golf course was also awarded the Best Golf Development Prize, presented by Sir Eric Pickles (UK Member of Parliament).

To help improving visitors golf technique, Vila Sol Golf developed a Golf Academy totally grassed and located just 300 metres from the Clubhouse. The Vila Sol Academy is equipped with a swing analyser with video, four puttings greens, two bunkers and various tees with three different levels for the short, medium and long game. The golf lessons are taken by a registered golf professional Peter Lester in Portuguese, English or Swedish.

During their stay or after playing golf, those who want to truly relax and enjoy moments of peace and well-being can’t miss Vila Sol Spa to enjoy an experience which awakens the senses and develops intuition. At the Vila Sol SPA you will find a vast range of treatments which will bring back harmony and balance at both physical and spiritual levels. Weekly, daily or weekend programmes are available as well as totally personalized programmes: our objective is to meet your every wish.

Those who love the sun and sea can enjoy one of the most beautiful and exclusive beaches along the Portuguese coast, the famous Vila Sol Beach Club, just 15 minutes from the Resort. The Vila Sol Beach Club is part of the Ria Formosa nature reserve at Ancăo, between Quinta do Lago e Vale do Lobo where visitors will find a variety of year-round leisure activities, including a wide range of water sports with the normal prestige and elegance of the entire Resort.

In Vila Sol SPA & Golf Resort you can also find six restaurants and two bars around the Resort. Here the guests can find eight different spaces with eight different atmospheres that can provide you special moments with sophistication and elegance, flavours and fragrances. In Vila Sol you can choose between the sophisticated L’Olive Gourmet Restaurant, winner of the golden certificate of the "Porto Wine gastronomic contest", the beautiful Piano Bar La Palmeraie, the elegant Green Pines Restaurant, the well-designed Prime Bar or the relaxing Vila Sol Beach Club.

The deluxe offering of the Vila Sol Spa & Golf Resort guarantees your property investment. Those interested in investing in the Vila Sol lifestyle may find details of one of the currently marketed accommodation schemes or exclusive offers from Vila Sol Real Estate. Choose a plot of land on which to build your dream home, a luxury villa or a three- or four-bedroom apartment. You can choose between Vila Sol Village, Sunset Villas or Palmyra for an elegant apartment, a magnificent villa or a beautiful townhouse.

Vila Sol has everything necessary to allow you and the whole family to enjoy an entertaining or adventurous holiday in complete safety, with quality and with a varied range of activities for all ages. For instance, if you want to read every day, you can find a calm, peaceful place. If you would like a massage, running, riding a bike or gymnastics, there is a professional team at your disposal to help you maintain your healthy habits. If you simply want to go diving or stroll along the beach, you can leave your children with a team of child-minders at the Vila Sol Kids Club where they will give them all the attention to which they are accustomed.
For the young at heart Vila Sol offers a range of water sports, some with motor, some without, so you can enjoy unique and unforgettable holiday time at the Beach.

Everyone who benefits from the excellent qualities and services of Vila Sol Spa & Golf Resort is investing in themselves… comfort, peace of mind, a relaxing environment and the desire to live a life of well-being...

These are the values that make Vila Sol Spa & Golf Resort different!