Hilton Vilamoura Golf Resort opens to the public
Hilton Vilamoura As Cascatas Golf Resort & Spa opened on the 15th July, becoming Hilton’s first hotel in Portugal and the first Hilton Worldwide Resort in the Iberian Peninsula.
Situated on the exclusive Algarve beach resort, the new low-rise property is nestled in five hectares of natural park and incorporates a stunning 154 room hotel, with a further 69 serviced apartments as well as 69 residential apartments.
Owned by Imocom Group, a Portuguese real estate group, the €75 million complex is breathtaking for both its location and its facilities. The resort is ideally located to take advantage of the wealth of sports and leisure amenities in the vicinity, set midway between the fairways of the Pinhal and Old Course Golf Courses, with a further five courses nearby.
“We are delighted to return to the Algarve with the opening of our first Hilton Worldwide Resort in Portugal”, said Wolfgang Neumann, President of Hilton Hotels Europe. “Located just 20 minutes drive from Faro International Airport, Hilton Vilamoura As Cascatas Golf Resort & Spa is ideally placed to cater to not only the international and domestic leisure markets, but also to tap into the short break and meetings and incentives sectors too.”
Neumann added: “Our newest hotel is an exciting addition to the Algarve and we are confident that travellers will be impressed by its stunning surroundings and enjoy the wealth of services, experiences and facilities on offer.”
The Hilton Vilamoura As Cascatas Golf Resort & Spa – aptly named since As Cascatas means waterfalls in Portuguese - has been designed in the style of an idyllic garden paradise, with cascading waterfalls, lakes and grottos, reflecting its lush surrounds. It also features several garden pavilions, allowing guests to seek their own peaceful spots within the extensive grounds.
In keeping with the region’s heritage, the architecture is Moorish in style and features striking turrets, which are a common feature of Arabic design. The ochre-coloured walls are also typical of the region and have been used in buildings throughout the Mediterranean for thousands of years.
The well appointed and spacious rooms are 38 m² and include private terraces or balconies decorated in a modern Algarve style punctuated with specially commissioned modern artwork in the style of ‘Algarvian Azulejos’, the famous white and blue tiles which are typical of the region. Local wood furniture is also featured, and used throughout the resort. The rooms offer upscale amenities and luxuries, designed with guests’ comfort and rest in mind, including the Hilton Serenity Bed, which features the Serta Suite Dreams® mattress and box springs. As well, guestrooms feature the Hilton Serenity Bath Collection of Crabtree & Evelyn line of La Source® bath amenities, and the easy-to-set Hilton Family alarm clock with MP3 player connectivity.
The 2800 m² Seven Spa is a key feature of the complex, providing one of the largest and most modern spa facilities in Portugal. Appealing to golfers, couples and spa lovers alike, the spa comprises of seven treatment rooms, offering a menu of over 30 different treatments.
Throughout the resort, guests will enjoy a wealth of facilities and experiences designed for relaxation and active pursuits. Guests can enjoy striking water features with six pools to choose from, the largest of which is 203 m². In addition to the seven adjacent golf courses, the Hilton Vilamoura As Cascatas features Portugal’s first golf simulation centre. Guests also have the use of the resort´s beach at Falésia coast, which is just a five-minute drive away on the resort’s free shuttle bus.
Hilton Vilamoura As Cascatas Golf Resort & Spa offers a range of dining experiences to suit all tastes, including the vibrant Cilantro restaurant specialising in traditional Portuguese and Latin American cuisine using locally farmed ingredients and an international selection of wines to complement each dish.
The resort is also well equipped for guests’ meetings, events and conference needs, with 1,700 m² of dedicated meeting space and the flexibility to accommodate groups ranging from 10 to 470 people. Facilities include eight meeting rooms as well as the Blue Lagoon patio, which features two impressive waterfalls.
Additional facilities include a fully equipped fitness centre; snooker room, two tennis courts and Portugal’s first-ever Golf Simulation centre.
The resort will also offer the Paradise Island Kids Club, which will open each day between 9am – 6pm and provide extensive indoor and outdoor play facilities for children of all ages.
Alessandro Cabella, who has a wealth of experience in the Portuguese hotel industry, manages Hilton Vilamoura As Cascatas Golf Resort & Spa.
The 69 residential apartments, ranging from one to four-bedrooms, are located in separate to the hotel building, but will have full access to the resort facilities.
October 9, 2007