Nestled in the sunny golfing mecca of Quinta do Lago, this renowned resort boasts a wealth of fairways and stunning landscapes to delve into. Faro airport may only be a 30-minute drive away, but here you are on the edge of the Rio Formosa park where fishermen harvest clams and oysters, and small islands are flecked with white sands. Set amid manicured gardens, the resort puts you in the heart of nature, with the beach and sea just a short walk away.
A destination in itself, the Magnolia Spa has a wealth of treatments to choose from, all delivered by expert therapists who will help you select just the right one for you. Take your pick from rituals to pamper the face and body, or sign up for a holistic session that will leave you fully rejuvenated from head to toe. Before or after, be sure to step into the steam room and sauna, simmer away in the Jacuzzi or refresh yourself under the Vichy, Nebulizer and Swiss showers.
Some of the best courses in Europe are to be found in the Algarve and Quinta do Lago has some great options for you to explore. Quinta do Lago South is the jewel in the crown and has hosted the Portuguese Open at least eight times. Laranjal opened only in 2009 but already has a growing reputation thanks to its five lakes and rolling landscape of pine, orange and cork trees. Vale do Lobo Ocean has sea views from several holes – the back nine in particular – and breezy conditions that make for an exhilarating round of golf.
Comprised of luxuriously appointed suites and villas, Monte da Quinta’s design ethos perfectly combines creativity with functionality. One option could be a garden suite, with a spacious layout and natural materials that create a homely, earthy feel. Sculpted driftwood-style lamps, woven wicker armchairs and a view of the garden from your patio all make for a warm welcome. Or for more space and a secluded feel, the villas and townhouses feature private pools and barbecues – making them the ultimate summer retreat.
Indoor and outdoor pools, a spa, and several bars and restaurants are enough to keep you lounging about all day – not to mention the golf. But the Algarve has numerous options besides the beaches and fairways. Take a jeep safari and explore the mountains and the fresh scent of pines; tackle some enticing Portuguese wines on a tasting tour; or hop in a boat to cruise through the Rio Formosa to see fishermen at work and soak up the flora and fauna on your way to remote islands.
After a day on the links, Michelin-star chef Roeland Klein has some courses of his own for you to try, as he lends his expertise to the superb cuisine of Monte da Quinta. Start the day off right with a filling breakfast, be sure to take afternoon tea with finger sandwiches and a selection of dainty cakes, and come evening dine by the pool with an international menu complete with contemporary twists. Poolside cocktails or late-night drinks and music in the Good Old Bar will satisfy your thirst too.
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