Europe’s most eagerly-awaited new golf course design project will officially open in Portugal this summer. Situated less than an hour north of Lisbon – on Portugal’s magnificent Silver Coast – West Cliffs has been designed by golf course architect Cynthia Dye ASGCA, of the world-renowned golf architecture firm Dye Designs Group, and is set to be unveiled to a worldwide audience in June.
Avani Hotels & Resorts will debut in Europe with the opening of Avani Avenida Liberdade Lisbon Hotel in the Portuguese capital. The 119-key hotel will launch on April 1st, following the completion of a €1.5 million refurbishment.
Starwood Hotels Worldwide, now part of Marriott International, has announced it will open W Algarve in 2018 on Portugal’s stunning sun-kissed Algarve coast. Developed in partnership with Nozul Algarve, the vibrant oceanfront oasis will overlook the breath-taking coastline and the beckoning waters of the Atlantic Ocean.
Leaders of the golf hospitality industry are arriving in the Algarve, Portugal, as the final preparations are put in place for the World Golf Awards Gala Ceremony 2016. Hundreds of thousands of ballots have been cast ahead of the ceremony with the best destinations, tour operators, golf courses and hotels set to be recognised at the event.
Breaking Travel News talks to Margarida Almeida, director, Amazing Evolution Management at World Travel Market 2016. Having taken the title of Europe’;s Most Romantic Resort at the World Travel Awards earlier this year, we here find out more about Monte Santo Resort.
Lisbon has been named Europe’s Leading Cruise Destination by the World Travel Awards. These accolades, announced at the Europe Gala Ceremony held in Sardinia, honour the quality of services and the facilities for cruise passengers available in the sunny Portuguese capital. Paula Oliveira, executive director of Turismo de Lisboa, said: “We are extremely proud to have received these two new awards for our city.”
Ryanair is extending its Aberdeen summer 2017 schedule with a new route to Faro. The new departure is in addition to the low-cost carrier’s two already announced new routes to Alicante and Malaga. Ryanair head of communications, Robin Kiely, said: “We are pleased to extend our Aberdeen summer 2017 schedule with a new route to Faro, which will operate twice weekly in addition to our other new routes to Alicante and Malaga.”
TAP Portugal is introducing a Portugal Stopover, giving passengers the option of visiting two destinations, with a stay in Lisbon or Porto for up to three days during the same trip. Passengers flying on round trips starting in the UK and flying to the American continent, Brazil or Africa as the destination, and vice versa, will be able to enjoy the stopover.
Visitors to Pinhão will be able to enjoy the best of the Douro Valley, the oldest demarcated wine region in the world, as the historic Vintage House Hotel reopens its doors in late March this year. Following its recent purchase, the hotel, which was built in the 19th century as a house and wine storage warehouse for the Taylor’s Port family, is undergoing a two-month refurbishment and will enable guests to experience the authentic heart of Portugal’s most famous wine region.
Starwood Hotels will bring the Sheraton brand to the upmarket resort town of Cascais in Portugal with the signing of the Sheraton Cascais Resort. Owned and managed by United Investments Portugal, the property will join the Sheraton brand on February 24th, 2016 under a franchise agreement with Starwood.
One of the world’s best football players, Cristiano Ronaldo, and the largest international Portuguese hotel group, Pestana, have announced a joint partnership to launch four new boutique hotels. Dionísio Pestana, owner and chairman of Pestana Hotel Group, and Cristiano Ronaldo, who both hail from Madeira, acknowledge that this collaboration emerges from a great mutual empathy and trust. The joint venture, which is co-owned, by both Ronaldo and Pestana will be managed by The Pestana Hotel Group.
Portugal has led winners at the World Golf Awards Gala Ceremony 2015, taking the title of Europe’s Best Golf Destination for the second year in succession. At a glittering event at Conrad Algarve, Portugal, Ernie Els Design was also recognised with the title of World’s Best Golf Course Designer of the Year.