If you think the Algarve is exclusively a Summer destination, you are mistaken.

Boasting over 360 sunny days per year, the Algarve offers you the ideal conditions to enjoy moments of pure relaxation all year long. In the Winter you have the advantage of being able to enjoy all of the region's beautiful natural attributes, away from the crowds that usually flood the Algarve during the Summer months. Discover below some of the activities that you may do this Winter, in the southernmost region in Portugal.


Getting lost in the green inner Algarve

Photo by Travel in Portugal

Drive towards the Serra de Monchique or the Serra do Caldeirão, and get lost in its lush green sceneries. Discover the inner Algarve and its most typical products and traditions.

Go on a boat ride in the Ria Formosa

The Ria Formosa is one of Portugal's most charming natural areas. This natural park extends over 60kms, reaching the cities of Loulé, Faro, Olhão, Tavira and Vila Real. Discover it on a boat ride where you'll be able to observe the countless bird species that inhabit it in the Winter. 

Take advantage of the region's countless golf courses

The Algarve is a true haven for golfers from all over the world. Boasting over 46 golf courses spread throughout the region and a mild climate that offers sun practically all year long, the difficult part is only choosing the one that suits you the most.

Surf some of Portugal's best waves

In the Winter, the Algarve welcomes some of the year's best waves, ideal for surfing. Wether you're learning how to surf, or just looking to perfect your technique, this is the perfect destination for you. 

Explore its diverse gastronomic offer

Dish from Ocean restaurant (VILA VITA Parc)

Did you know that the Algarve is the region with the largest concentration of Michelin star restaurants in Portugal? Discover some of the best gastronomy in the world while also taking the opportunity to indulge in the delicious Algarve typical cuisine.

Go Birdwatching

Over 386 different bird species have been identified in the Algarve, making it a paradise for birdwatchers from all over the world. Some of the most popular areas for birdwatching in te region are Ria de Alvor, Lagoa dos Salgados, Ria Formosa or Costa Vicentina.


VILA VITA Parc offers several different tours for you to discover the best of the Algarve with full comfort. The resort's hospitality team will be happy to tailor-make any tour so that you have the best possible experience, according to your tastes and preferences.

This Christmas dedicate your time to what really matters: spending quality time with family and friends.

With 11 restaurants and 6 bars, VILA VITA Parc knows how to offer premium gastronomic experiences that will give you truly unique Christmas moments.

On Christmas Eve, choose from several different options available: from a grill experience at Moroccan-style Aladin Grill restaurant, dinner at the sophisticated and retro-chic Bela Vita restaurant or at Arte Náutica restaurant, located directly on the beach in Armação de Pêra, to the finest flavours of contemporary Japanese cuisine at Mizu-Teppanyaki.  If you are looking for something really special, enjoy an extraordinary gastronomic experience at 2 Michelin Star Ocean restaurant.

On Christmas day, lunch options range between the traditional Christmas roast at Atlântico fine dining restaurant with a delightful ocean view, buffet with the best German flavours at VILA VITA Biergarten in Porches, or dinner at Praia Dourada beach restaurant in Armação de Pêra. In the evening, try our typical Portuguese experience at Adega restaurant, the grill experience at the Aladin Grill restaurant, or a memorable gourmet dinner at Ocean restaurant.

For a different Christmas spent in the vast and tranquil Alentejo plains, consider the festive menus at the Herdade dos Grous and indulge in the finest flavours of the typical Alentejo cuisine by Chef Rui Prado.

All you have to do is choose the perfect option that suits you and let VILA VITA take care of all the details.  It´s that simple!

Please check VILA VITA Parc’s Christmas programme for more detailed information on the resort’s offers.

 

Please check Herdade dos Grous Christmas menus below:

For more information and reservations please contact:

VILA VITA Parc: +351 282 310 100 | fb@vilavitaparc.com

Herdade dos Grous: +351 284 960 000 | info@herdade-dos-grous.com

The festive season is approaching quickly. The Christmas spirit is beginning to set in and the time comes to start thinking about this year’s Christmas Dinners.

Whether to thank your employees or only as a way of getting long or short time friends together, this year surprise them with a Christmas dinner in one of VILA VITA Parc’s many restaurants or event rooms. The intuitive service and passion for perfection of our experienced and highly creative team are the key elements for your dinner’s success.

See below the several available options when it comes to restaurants and event spaces in and outside VILA VITA Parc, as well as the special Christmas menus, and contact us to receive a proposal adjusted to your needs.

Outside the Resort

VILA VITA Biergarten

Recently refurbished, the VILA VITA Biergarten resembles a real Bavarian mountain chalet. A comfortable and cosy atmosphere and a menu made of the best German delicacies, are the key elements for its success. The upper floor, with capacity up to 75 people, offers the ideal conditions for group/corporate events, including a slightly elevated area perfect to be used as a stage.

Please see below the Christmas Group Dinner Menus at the VILA VITA Biergarten:

 

Praia Dourada Restaurant

This casual beach restaurant, with a breathtaking view of the sea’s sparkling blue shades from the beach at Armação de Pêra, offers a fresh and modern young atmosphere as well as a vibrant menu made of freshly made dishes. More than 15 special gin drinks, med cocktails, coffees, shakes and cold press natural juices complete the menu. It’s the perfect location for a relaxed Christmas dinner filled with positive energy. The restaurant’s capacity is 70 people.

Please see below the Christmas Group Dinner Menus at the Praia Dourada Restaurant:

 

Arte Náutica Restaurant

The Arte Náutica is an elegant beach restaurant with a large terrace, located less than 4kms from VILA VITA Parc, at Armação de Pêra. The menu is made of a selection of fresh fish straight from the market, plus grilled meats, salads and snacks. The perfect choice for a Christmas Dinner with the sound of the sea waves as the soundtrack. The Arte Náutica restaurant has capacity up to 58 people.

Please see below the Christmas Group Dinner Menus at the Arte Náutica Restaurant:

 

Inside the Resort

Events’ Spaces (Meeting Rooms and Event’s Pavilion)

As an alternative to the restaurants, you may choose from one of VILA VITA Parc’s several event spaces. The meeting rooms and the Events’ Pavilion, with areas that go from 55sqm to 600sqm, are the perfect choice for a completely personalized and exclusive event.  

 

Special Locations

 

Wine Cellar

If you’re looking for a special and unique place to surprise you Christmas Dinner guests this year, then VILA VITA Parc’s extraordinary Wine Cellar, with a stock of over 11,000 amazing vintages, including the spectacular reds from the Herdade dos Grous, the resort’s own wine estate and farm located in the Alentejo, may very well be the place for you. The Cellar, located at 8mt deep which allows it to maintain a stable temperature throughout the year, is made of bricks up to 150 years old, imported from Egypt, Austria and Greece. It’s a unique place where you’ll be able to host Wine Tastings accompanied by a delicious selection of tapas, or exclusive dinners up to 12 people.

 

Mizu-Teppanyaki

The Mizu-Teppanyaki restaurant, with a Zen and relaxed atmosphere, a decoration inspired by Japanese culture and tradition mixed with a sophisticated and modern style, high quality ingredients, innovative culinary techniques and a privileged view over the Atlantic Ocean, is the resort´s new contemporary fine dining Japanese restaurant. With a capacity of 42 people indoor, 14 people in the outdoor terrace overlooking the ocean, and 10 people at the Teppanyaki, Mizu-Teppanyaki may very well be a special and unique option for you Christmas Dinner this year.

 

For more information and proposal request, please contact us by emailing fb@vilavitaparc.com or calling +351 282 310 100.

On the 17 November Chef Rodolfo Guzmán joins Chef Hans Neuner for a 4-hands gastronomic experience.

The 2 Michelin-star Ocean Restaurant, located at  VILA VITA Parc Resort & Spa, in Porches, Algarve, will be welcoming on the 17 November, chef Rodolfo Guzmán, from Chile's BORAGó restaurant - distinguished in 2015 as the second best restaurant in Latin America and in 2018 one of the 50 Best Restaurants in the World.

Following the unforgettable evening of the 20th March, featuring guest Chef Christian Bau, from the 3 Michelin Star restaurant “Victor’s Fine Dining by Christian Bau”, chef Hans Neuner will now be welcoming as a guest chef in his kitchen Rodolfo Guzmán, for a unique 4-hands dinner. This event is part of a series of special dinners taking place at VILA VITA Parc since the beginning of the year, the Culin’Art Dinners.

Guzman’s cuisine, based on the use of traditional Chilean ingredients from the earth and the sea, cooked under the influence of the traditional gastronomy of the Mapuche people (an indigenous people from south-central Chile) and theatrically plated in earthy creations, will be joining Hans Neuner’s Portuguese influenced cuisine, based on local and seasonal products served in flawless gastronomic works of art. An evening of union and tribute to the best flavours from Chile and Portugal.  

Amongst Rodolfo Guzmán’s innovative signature dishes are the Venison tartare with Maqui berries, the Chilean rhubarb with fruits of the beach or the milk of cows, goats and donkeys in a creative re-adaptation of the classic Tres Leches dessert.

For €230 per person (drinks excluded), guests will have a unique opportunity to taste the extraordinary gastronomic creations of two of the biggest names in worldwide gastronomy, in the casual elegance of the Ocean restaurant, featuring sublime views over the Atlantic Ocean. Wine pairing is available for €125 per person.

For more information and reservations please contact Ocean restaurant at info@restauranteocean.com or +351 282 310 100.

The Algarve Smooth Jazz Festival announces artist line-up for the 3rd edition taking place in October at VILA VITA Parc Resort & Spa, in the Algarve.

The VILA VITA Parc Resort & Spa is getting ready to welcome the 3rd edition of the Algarve Smooth Jazz Festival, taking place from the 16th to the 21st October 2018 at the resort. The festival, organized by Smooth Entertainment, has been gathering, since 2016, the biggest international names in the world of jazz, funk and soul, in the unique and exclusive setting of the 5 stars resort, located in Porches, in the Algarve.

Algarve Smooth Jazz Festival 2017 (Photo credits: Christian Nordström)

Headlining the list of artists is the renowned guitar player and Grammy winner Norman Brown and the 4-time Best Guitarist of the Year Peter White that will be returning to the Algarve Smooth Jazz Festival for the second time, following his performance in the 2016 edition.

Norman Brown

Jeff Lorber Fusion, led by pianist Jeff Lorber, which has won a Grammy earlier this year, will be one of the other big names at the Festival, as well as guitarist Marc Antoine, winner of several Best Artist of the Year awards and saxophone players Paul Taylor, known for its mix of funk and sensuality, and Michael Lington, with 9 solo albums and a background as a sideman to several world-renowned artists such as Michael Bolton, Barry Manilow or Bobby Caldwell.

Jeff Lorber Fusion (photo credits: Alex Scola)

The Festival will also feature more recent jazz artists such as the saxophone player and Jazztrax Artist of the Year 2015 Rocco Ventrella, bassist Brian Bromberg, trumpet player Lin Rountree, and the young Lindsey Webster, Billboard’s magazine Artist of the Year 2016 & 2017 and, along with Sade, one of the only 2 female vocalists to reach the top of the Billboard Jazz Chart (2016 for 4 weeks and 2017 for 2 weeks).

Lindsey Webster (photo credits: Franco Vogt)

The individual concert tickets are now available at www.shop.vilavitaparc.com/en/15-algarve-smooth-jazz-festival or by emailing customerservice@vilavitaparc.com

For more information please visit: www.vilavitaparc.com/en/upcoming-events/3rd-algarve-smooth-jazz-festival

 

Oktoberfest at the Biergarten takes place between 27 September and 6 October

From 27 September to 6 October, all roads head to the south of Portugal! The VILA VITA Biergarten, in Porches, Algarve, gears up to the occasion for 2 weeks of intense celebration of the finest German beer and food.

VILA VITA Parc’s authentic “beer garden”, located just off the EN-125 on the Porches roundabout, recreates in detail the atmosphere of this typical German party: live music, traditional Bavarian food and plenty of beer served by a staff dressed in traditional costumes, and vivid murals portraying scenes from Bavarian life - the largest and most authentic Oktoberfest in Portugal.

Highlights of the menu include traditional sausages and authentic accompaniments: Bavarian sampler with pretzels, obazda cheese spread, cold cuts, crunchy knuckle of pork with cabbage salad and traditional potato salad, and of course, apple strudel. Staff will be on hand to explain all about the traditional delicacies, with the guarantee of best quality meat from VILA VITA Parc’s own on-site butcher. 

The event, which registered a record number of around 700 people per night in 2017 and has once again the support from Erdinger beer, will be doubling the fun this year by featuring not one, but two live bands from Germany and Austria (each performing on separate weeks) from 7pm onwards, bringing additional fun each night with traditional music and many other irresistible popular hits. One other new addition is the daily Happy Hour, from 4 to 6pm, offering two 30cl beers for the price of one.

During the Oktoberfest, the VILA VITA Biergarten will be open from 4pm to midnight, with live music from 7pm onwards. Table reservations are required by calling +351 282 381 177 or emailing biergarten@vilavitaparc.com.  Free external parking is available.

Book your table now and don't miss the opportunity to be part of this incredible lively celebration!


Reservations:

Tel: + 351 282 381 177

Email: biergarten@vilavitaparc.com

GPS: N37.12746º W8.40150º

www.vilavitabiergarten.com

A true paradise for social media lovers.

VILA VITA Parc is filled with magical nooks and crannies that make it an Instagrammer’s delight. Everywhere you look you discover a new special place that offers you endless Instagrammable options (yes, Instagrammable is now a word!).

Vivid colours, incredible details and a surprising and elegant design, not to mention the amazing opportunities it offers foodies in terms of food photography: all the requirements are met for you to share amazing pictures of your dream holidays with your family, friends and followers and get all the likes and comments you deserve.

We’ll let you in on some of these well kept secrets. Now it’s up to you to make magic happen on social media next time you visit VILA VITA Parc. Oh, and don't forget to tag VILA VITA Parc on your photos! (#vilavitaparc | @vilavitaparc)

Christian Lacroix Floral Wallpaper

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The lobby that takes you to the Winter Garden next to the Bela Vita Restaurant, in the Main Building, is definitely one of the favourite spots at VILA VITA Parc. The incredible and unique floral wallpaper by Christian Lacroix, complemented by a set of elegant and minimal furniture, is often used as a background for many of the pictures taken by our guests.

Wicker Chair "The Throne"

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The large wicker chair located near the infinity pool at the Clubhouse is often referred to as “the Throne” by many of our guests and visitors, many times associated to one of the most popular TV shows of all time – Game of Thrones. Made with traditional materials, it is a mandatory spot for any social media lover.

Infinity Pool

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The infinity pool by the Clubhouse is definitely on the Top 3 most Instagrammable places at VILA VITA Parc. The incredible, breath-taking view over the Atlantic Ocean and the cliffs that surround the secluded beach, makes it one of the most photographed spots ever at the resort.

Ocean View Straw Hats

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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What could be better than to enjoy an uninterrupted view over the endless shades of blue of the Atlantic Ocean while resting under a beautiful straw sun hat? The garden in front of the Residence building is one of the favourites when it comes to sharing a paradise-like picture on social media.

Traditional Tiles Tables

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The traditional Portuguese tiles on the tables at the Oasis Bar’s terrace, located at the Main Building, are definitely one of the favourite details of our guests and visitors. Especially when they are decorated with one of the amazing cocktails prepared by the experienced bar team, or an expresso accompanied by one or two (let’s make it two) Pastéis de Nata - one of the most popular and delicious pastries in Portugal.


There’s a lot more to discover in terms of perfect Instagram-worthy places at VILA VITA Parc, but we prefer not to ruin the feeling of discovering them by yourself.

Visit VILA VITA Parc on Instagram at www.instagram.com/vilavitaparc

Summer means good weather, meetings with friends, relaxing and fun moments and outdoor meals.

VILA VITA Biergarten helps you to put all these elements together and to enjoy unforgettable moments accompanied by the extraordinary flavours of direct fire cooking.

Every Friday until the 21st September don’t miss VILA VITA Biergarten’s Summer BBQ and its extraordinary buffet filled with grilled organic meats from VILA VITA Parc's Herdade dos Grous, salads and desserts, always accompanied by the usual selection of German beers. Enjoy your meal in the outdoor area to better take advantage of the wonderful Algarve Summer nights, accompanied by the sounds of the live jazz band Dixie Kings in a lively Bavarian atmosphere.

Hours: every Friday, until the 21st September, from 7:00pm to 10pm

Price: €24 per person (drinks excluded) / 50% Children up to 12 years old

 

Reservations:

Tel: + 351 282 381 177

Email: biergarten@vilavitaparc.com

GPS: N37.12746º W8.40150º

www.vilavitabiergarten.com

 

Luxury resort shopping does not get much better than this.

VILA VITA Parc’s summer opening of its boutique shopping plaza ‘VLIFE Shops’ brings guests an eclectic blend of exclusive international and local brands, showcasing the very best in fashion, lifestyle, eyewear, jewellery, watches and wine.

Established names and emerging talent are featured in the retail project located in the recently constructed plaza behind Café Bica, which links to the shopping zone with a new terrace. VLIFE Shops’ sophisticated, high-end lines include: By Rory (elegant resort wear, accessories and handmade goods); Etro (pret-à-porter for men and women); Façonnable (men’s clothing); David Rosas (fine jewellery and watches); Tamara Comolli (fine jewellery); and Olhar de Prata (luxury eyewear). They have joined the resort’s already existing boutiques ‒ Heidi Klein (women’s and girls’ beachwear) and Vilebrequin (men’s and boys’ swimwear and beach clothes).

There is also a constantly evolving VILA VITA shop that market the resort’s entire wine range and other gourmet culinary products from its sister wine estate Herdade dos Grous, in the Alentejo, and Quinta do Valbom, in the Douro region. You will also find Porches Craft Beers, the resort’s own artisan beer label, along with a stylish selection of home design, regional pottery and national handicraft items. It’s a gift-seeker’s paradise, with a strong emphasis on fresh young designers who use emblematic materials, like cork, in more challenging ways: think cork yoga mat. Newspapers, magazines, cigarettes, cigars, pool toys and postcards are sold in a new resort kiosk.

The resort shopping experience is further enhanced with the recently added Hair & Nail Spa Salon and Barber shop featuring the exclusive La Bioesthetique hair and skin line as well as the Depot premium grooming line for men. 

The plaza concept is yet another example of VILA VITA Parc responding to client needs and introducing a new dynamic for its ever-expanding international clientele. A passionate and highly trained team of sales staff, speaking several languages, also enhances guests’ shopping experience. More than just shop assistants, they promote the excellent standards of service and hospitality for which the resort is renowned.

This summer’s opening of the new VILA VITA Spa by Sisley and the enticement of the resort’s full range of restaurants and bars mean that guests can turn their shopping experience into a full day of indulgence.


AVAILABLE SHOPS

BY RORY

Fresh, young British brand By Rory curates timelessly elegant luxury collections from resort dressing to summer beach living, also collaborating with other brands that reflect this image of youth and style. Starting solely with women’s collections, By Rory has become a lifestyle brand as well, stocking menswear and some interior design pieces with a strong, directional design ethos and brand image.

DAVID ROSAS

Already on its 5th generation, Portuguese family jewellers David Rosas presents a stunning collection of timeless original works, as well as from world-famous brands and exclusive representations like Patek Phillipe. It draws upon a vast reservoir of in-house expertise and experience, uniting over 45 different crafts within its fields of watch- and jewellery-making. 

TAMARA COMOLLI

German jewellery designer Tamara Comolli is passionate about designing “timeless jewellery as gorgeous and individual as those who wear it”. The Tamara Comolli Fine Jewellery Collection uses carefully sourced colourful gemstones in designs that “surprise, are playful, yet understated, sexy and elegant”.

FAÇONNABLE

Classic men’s clothing brand Façonnable originated in Nice, France, in 1950, dressing Hollywood stars of the era such as Cary Grant in a unique style of classic tailoring with a modern twist. Today’s fresh, beautifully executed collections are still true to the brand’s rich heritage.

ETRO

Founded in Italy in 1968, when Gimmo Etro launched a production of prestigious fabrics, the Etro family have gained worldwide renown for their colourful textiles, luxurious fabrics, vivid motifs and elegant tailoring. No brand does bohemian glamour and elegance quite like Etro.

OLHAR DE PRATA

Dynamic, young Portuguese eyewear brand Olhar de Prata stands out for the exclusivity of some of its brands including Muscat, Maybach and Mykita, and offers new concepts in optics.

HEIDI KLEIN

Trailblazing British brand Heidi Klein has been in residence at VILA VITA Parc for the past year, wowing visitors with its distinguished women’s and children’s swimsuits and beach clothes. Its pop-up shop on the ground-floor level of the Clubhouse will stay put but will come under the umbrella of VLIFE Shops.

VILEBREQUIN

Luxury French brand Vilebrequin is another recent VILA VITA Parc pop-up success, whose benchmark men’s and boys’ swimwear and beach clothes continue to impress. Its popular Father & Son collection, which recognises its clients’ youthful energy and dedication to family values and experiences, is now complemented by the recently added women´s collection.

VLIFE SHOP

At VLife Shop you’ll find a wide variety of products, with VILA VITA’s seal of quality, that range from wines and gastronomic products, to the resort’s own craft beer, home accessories, typical pottery and national arts and crafts. The ideal place to find the perfect souvenir to take back home with you.

VLIFE KIOSK

The VLife Kiosk offers you a large selection of newspapers and magazines, cigarettes and cigars, pool toys and postcards.


Opening Hours: April to October: 10:00 - 20:00  |  November to March: 10:00 - 18:00

Contactshops@vilavitaparc.com

VILA VITA Parc is once again recognized at the World Travel Awards.

Last Saturday, the 30th June, VILA VITA Parc Resort & Spa, located in Porches, in the Algarve, was awarded at the World Travel Awards ceremony as Europe’s Leading Luxury Hotel & Villas. Each year, the World Travel Awards aim to acknowledge, reward and celebrate excellence across all sectors of the global travel and tourism industry.

VILA VITA Parc is once again recognized internationally in the world-renowned “Oscars for Tourism”, as well as its on-property private villas, part of the Masterpiece Villas collection.

Included in the Masterpiece Villas collection are five villas, amongst which is the five-bedroom haven, Vila Trevo, and the four-suite Vila Praia, both of which have jaw-dropping ocean views, extensive gardens, a contemporary pool-with-a-view and spectacular design that makes them the perfect spot for design-conscious jet-setters, celebrities and multi generational travellers. The villas stand out for their beautifully-realised variety of accommodations, inviting guests to enjoy the exclusivity of a private residence with personalised butler service, and full access to the resort’s five-star service and amenities. In 2019, the resort will launch Villa Compasso, the largest and most luxurious villa in this collection.

This is not the first time that the resort, a member of the prestigious Leading Hotels of the World Association for over 20 years, is recognized: in 2014 it was awarded Europe’s Most Romantic Resort and in 2015, World’s Leading Green Resort, based on its excellent sustainability practices, which it again received in 2016, along with the award for Europe’s Leading Hotel Villas.