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.

The visits to the barber shops were, for many years, part of a weekly (and sometimes daily) male routine, almost all around the western world. 

This was a place where men got together, not only to take care of their beard and hair, but also to socialize and create bonds. This was the place where an important male ritual took place, and as such, every detail was taken into account: from its usually classical decor and high-quality products, all the way to the manner in which the staff addressed the clients and treated them as members of a small neighbourhood family.

Over time, the daily fast pace and the innovations in term of self-shaving techniques and products (who’s not familiar with Gillette nowadays?), contributed to the gradual disappearance of this ritual. Recently, however, we have been witnessing the emergence of new Barber Shops, some leaning towards a more classical and elegant style, a sort of revival of the old barber shops, and others with a more modern twist.  

Recently, VILA VITA Parc decided to incorporate the classical Barber Shop service in the list of services available to its resident and non-resident guests. Leading the Barber Shop is André Pereira, a sworn devotee to the art of shaving since early on. He started at home, with a friend. After a while, certain of his passion for the art, he decided to invest in his education and did a specialization course in Loulé. He worked at local hairdressers and barber shops where he acquired important experience and a faithful client portfolio, which would one day allow him to open his own shop

It’s at his shop and at VILA VITA Parc’s Barber Shop that he puts into practise everything he has learned throughout the years, and where he surpasses the clients’ expectations with a classical and elegant style that characterizes his way of shaving and cutting hair. Hot towel shaves, “the old-fashioned way”, and classical square haircuts that enhance the typical male head shape, are his speciality. 

André gives a specialist’s advice to his current and future clients: “Plenty of hydration, especially for men who wear long beards. Beard eventually accumulates bacteria, so it’s necessary to pay a deeper attention to its cleaning and hydration.” 

At VILA VITA Parc’s Barber Shop, where he may be found every Wednesday from 14:30 to 18:00, he uses the world-renowned Depot and Musgo Real products. From after-shaves to lotions and moisturizing creams: every product used is of the highest-quality so that the end result is flawless.  

Opening times: every Wednesday, from 14h30 to 18h00 (open to resident and non-resident guests) 

Appointments: +351 282 310 100 or 2516 (internal extension)

VILA VITA Parc welcomes Chef Nuno Barros, from 1300 Taberna Restaurant, for an evening of the best of the Portuguese gastronomy.

As part of the Culin´Art dinner series, VILA VITA Parc Resort & Spa will welcome on 23 June in its traditional Portuguese restaurant Adega, guest Chef Nuno Barros from the 1300 Taberna restaurant which, side by side with resident Chefs Luís Rodrigues and Amândio João, will be offering an evening featuring some of the best dishes of Portuguese gastronomy.

Chef Nuno Barros (Photo credits: Paulo Barata)

Nuno Barros, owner and Executive Chef at the 1300 Taberna restaurant in Lisbon since 2011, is known for the creative way in which he presents some of the best flavours of Portuguese cuisine and for his use of national, seasonal and organic products, based on sustainability. About his participation at event on 23 June, Chef Nuno Barros mentions that he accepted the invitation because “it came from people which are very dear to me and whom I admire immensely, from a Hotel which has been doing a great job in terms of the gastronomic offer it provides.”

Resident chefs Luis Rodrigues and Amândio João

To Adega restaurant he will be bringing a special 6-course menu, a homage to the authentic gastronomy of the Algarve. The famous Picked Algarve Carrots, the Smoked Tuna with “montanheira” salad, the typical Xerém with Razor Clams, Oysters and a selection of sausages from Monchique, the “Alimado” Mackerel and the famous Octopus with Sweet Potato from Aljezur, promise to delight all lovers of true Portuguese flavours, in the unique setting of the VILA VITA Parc.

The extraordinary and exciting wines from Quinta de Sant’Ana., from the Lisbon region, will accompany the several courses included in the menu.

Adega Restaurant

The menu is available for €55 per person, excluding drinks.

For reservations please e-mail fb@vilavitaparc.com or call +351 282 310 100.

 

MENU

Aperitif (Meet & Greet) Welcome

Menu – 6 Courses

Picked Algarve Carrots

Smoked Tuna with “montanheira” salad

Xerém with Razor Clams

Oysters and a selection of sausages from Monchique

“Alimado” Mackerel

Octopus with Sweet Potato from Aljezur


Dessert

Algarve Orange

Peanuts from Aljezur


 

One of the world's best holistic therapists at VILA VITA Parc.

Suraj Varma, one of the world’s best holistic therapists, specialized in Ayurvedic treatments, will be at  VILA VITA Parc from 19 to 30 July 2018. During this period, guests and outside visitors will have the opportunity to enjoy entirely tailor-made treatments, suitable for their own needs and profile.

His treatments are known for their ability to produce long term effects when it comes to backaches, stress management, insomnia, poor circulation and sore muscles, among others. They consist in a combination of the best of traditional therapies, including Ayurvedic massage, Prana Healing and Reflexology, with a variety of western techniques such as Aromatherapy, Lymphatic Drainage and Hot Stone Therapy.

Suraj Varma learned from his father the power of healing through touch. He then continued his education at the prestigious Ayurvedic Hospital at Coimbatore in Kerala, India, after which he joined the 5-star Sheraton Doha Hotel in Qatar. Here he ended up being promoted to Senior Therapist while having the opportunity to work with high profile clients such as Sheiks, politicians from all over the world, business leaders and professional athletes.

His reputation, acquired through his natural healing ability and highly empathetic approach, grew throughout the years, resulting in opportunities such as being hired by the renowned British Spa brand E’Spa to create unique signature treatments, and being invited by Dr. Mosaraf Ali, founder of the renowned The Integrated Medical Centre, in London, to join his practice. He was also invited to collaborate with the Blakes Hotel as a therapist consultant and with the award-winning Chancery Court Spa as a Senior Therapist. Nowadays he travels the world as a freelance Holistic Therapist, collaborating with some of the world’s best Spas in a regular way. His name and treatments have already been featured in prestigious publications such as Vogue or Tatler. 

His treatments always begin with a 20-minute consultation where Suraj Varma pinpoints the main areas to address and defines the best technique to do so. No treatment is the same, as it is tailor-made to suit the client’s profile and specific needs.


Treatments available at VILA VITA Parc:

  • Kerala Karma | 90 minutes | 210€

A traditional treatment based on Ayurvedic principles to achieve total relaxation and a renewed sense of energy. The journey begins with a body polish exfoliation, warm shower, followed by Brahmanam, a nourishing Ayurvedic massage, then a soothing facial with specialized movements to reduce wrinkles and create a radiant glow.

  • Blissful Back & Head Massage | 75 minutes | 185€

An ideal deep tissue treatment for those who spend long hours at a desk, or on the computer, or those whose bodies may be stressed from workouts. This treatment is specifically designed to release tension in the back and neck to promote relaxation. Dosha specific Ayurvedic oils are massaged into the key points along the spine, upper and lower back, neck and head, followed by steam or sauna.

  • Ayurvedic Holistic Balancing | 120 minutes | 245€

An intensive treatment that aims to completely de-stress the guest, then correct imbalance between the tridoshas (Vatha, Pitha, Kapha) and is especially helpful for those suffering from poor memory, lack of energy, headaches, insomnia, and spondylitis. After a detailed consultation, treatment starts with a herbal oil scrub followed by Abhyanga-Ayurvedic warm oil massage incorporate with hot stone massage.  The massage techniques used work on balancing the seven charkas in the body. The treatment concludes with Shirodhara, a deeply relaxing procedure that pours warm Ayurvedic oil on the ‘third eye’ area of the forehead.

  • Swastha - wellness of the face and body | 60 minutes | 145€

Deep relaxing traditional Indian face and body ritual for restoring natural beauty with powerful anti-ageing properties. Skin is intensely regenerated and uplifted with radiant and younger looking skin

  • Ayurvedic Nasya Treatment | 45 minutes | 120€

The Ayurvedic Nasya treatment is used to treat disorders related to migraines, throat, nose, ear, sinusitis and stiff neck. It also helps to develop and strengthen the shoulders, chest, skin, neck and head region.

 

Reservations available by calling +351 282 310 100 or +351 282 320 351, or emailing spa@vilavitaparc.com.

 

VILA VITA Parc's chef has been nominated for Chef Cook of the Year. 

Chef Pedro Pinto, currently leading the kitchen at VILA VITA Parc's Atlântico restaurant, is one of the nominated chefs at the Portuguese competition Chef Cook of the Year.

Photo credits: EG | Cátia Barbosa

The renowned competition, celebrating this year its 29th edition, distinguishes every year the best cooks in the world of the Portuguese gastronomy. For each region, 6 chosen candidates compete among themselves. The top contestants of each regional round then proceed to the final where the winner is announced. On the 4th May, Chef Pedro Pinto won the South/Islands regional round which granted him a place amongst the finalists.

Photo credits: EG | Cátia Barbosa

Pedro Pinto is a perfect example of someone that has achieved success by chasing his dreams and changing career at 28 years old. At 35, the chef, born in Ovar, in the North of Portugal, has already worked in several international and national renowned kitchens, such as the AbAC Barcelona (3 Michelin stars), Vila Joya (2 Michelin stars), Yeatman (2 Michelin stars), Areias do Seixo and Bela Vista (both 1 Michelin stars), and is now currently leading the kitchen of the Atlântico Restaurant at VILA VITA Parc.

His cooking is inspired by nature in it purest form, and based on an organic concept with deep creativity and flavour, always preserving the product's integrity.