Kurt Gillig has been appointed General Manager of VILA VITA Parc, the five-star Hotel, Resort and Spa near Porches.
Praised by resort owner and founder, Dr. Reinfried Pohl, for his professionalism and dedication over the last 12 years, Kurt moves up from his previous position in the last 2 years as Hotel Director. Kurt has been a key figure in establishing VILA VITA Parc as one of the world’s leading luxury travel destinations.
Over the last couple of years, under his management, VILA VITA has seen the resort garner a host of international awards and including recognition from the World Travel Awards.
Austrian born, Kurt joined VILA VITA Parc as Executive Chef in 2000, and under his leadership the gastronomic offer at the resort increased to eight outlets. Progressing to various positions including Resident Manager in charge of the Rooms Division and VIP services, Kurt was instrumental in laying the groundwork for the award of the Ocean restaurant’s first Michelin star in 2009, and its second star in 2011 under Chef Hans Neuner.
A well-known figure in the Algarve, Kurt currently has the honour of being head (or Bailli) of the Algarve chapter of Chaîne des Rôtisseurs, the international gastronomic society. He has also been enthroned as Cavalier of the venerable company of Confraria do Vinho do Porto (port wine brotherhood), and is a co-founder of the English chapter of the Porches International Rotary Club.
2012 is an important year for VILA VITA Parc as it celebrated its Twentieth Anniversary in April 2012. Situated on the Algarve coast with a prime cliff top location and stunning ocean views, VILA VITA Parc is Portugal’s finest five star resort celebrating the very best of Portugal and the ultimate escape flavoured with the country’s culture and hospitality. Set within 54 spectacular acres of lush, blooming subtropical gardens in front of a striking coastline, VILA VITA offers 180 rooms, suites and villas across several distinctive buildings with breathtaking views and ocean panoramas.