Recently elected as one of the Seven Natural Wonders of Portugal, the Ria Formosa Natural Park on the Algarve coast is also home to the Ria Park Hotels, located between the resorts Quinta do Lago and Vale do Lobo. With sweeping views over pine forests and Garrão beach, there’s a distinct Mediterranean influence throughout the resorts mixed with Arab-inspired architecture, low, white buildings and verdant tropical gardens. Three main airports are close by – Faro, around 20 minutes away, Lisbon about two hours away and Seville, around one and a half hours away.
Make time for a trip to the Ria Park Hotel & Spa’s spa – if not for the heated pool with massage jets, Turkish bath and saunas, for its 12 massage rooms where you can experience classic and oriental massages, massages with hot volcanic stones, reflexology, aromatherapy hydro-massages and relaxing treatments. A smart gymnasium is also on hand for fitness lovers.
Six of the best national golf courses are close to the hotels, including the Quinto do Lago courses where the Portugal Open has been played. As well as special rates, the hotels offer golf clinics and private lessons so you can perfect your game or learn to play with tuition from professionals.
Mediterranean meets Moorish in Ria Park Hotel & Spa rooms, with each boasting a balcony or a terrace overlooking the gardens, pool or Atlantic Ocean. Upgrade to a suite or luxury suite for lounge space. Or stay at the Ria Park Garden Hotel in one of its 109 comfortable rooms, including four suites and 35 two-bedroom family suites, all with terraces.
Take advantage of the hotels’ park setting, enjoy outdoor activities and get back to nature. Bird-watching is a popular pastime at the São Lourenço Lagoon, where a wooden shelter provides views over the water as birds visit or see the park on horseback thanks to one of the nearby stables. Head towards the ocean to discover the stunning coastline, rock formations and caves, plus Garrão beach is nearby. There’s an area just for guests with towels, lounge chairs and umbrellas and shuttle service to get you there and back. For the more restless travellers, watersports, such as jet-skiing, parasailing and paddleboats are also available as is a tranquil boat cruise and inflatable raft rides. Both hotels also have pools surrounded by palms and flowering plants.
Ria Park Hotel & Spa’s Lusitano Restaurant is the place to go for Portuguese and international cuisine on its terrace, while the Ria Park Garden restaurant serves the freshest catches from the Algarve coast every day. Each also has a pool bar (perfect for light lunches) while the Hotel & Spa includes two more bars, the Lobby bar with views over the sea and park or the Cocktail bar for post-dinner drinks.
Vale do LoboPO Box 34108135-951 AlmancilAlgarvePortugal