From the 27th September to the 8th October 2017, the VILA VITA Biergarten, in Porches, in the Algarve, will once again host the Oktoberfest, the most popular beer festival in the world, originally celebrated in Munich, Germany.

The authentic Munich-style beer garden is located just off the EN-125 on the Porches roundabout, and features staff in traditional costumes, vivid murals portraying scenes from Bavarian life and even a maypole.

Open all year, it will be particularly lively during Oktoberfest, with music every evening from the famous Münchner Gaudiblosn band, special menus with German delicacies throughout the week, and of course plenty of Erdinger beer, one of Germany’s most celebrated breweries.

Highlights of the menu include traditional sausages and authentic accompaniments: a Bavarian sampler with pretzels, obazda cheese spread, cold cuts, pickles and chive bread, 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. 

With a children’s play area also in the gardens, the festival will be a great family treat for all ages. 

During Oktoberfest, the VILA VITA Biergarten will be open from 1pm-10pm, with the band playing from 7pm onwards.

 

Reservations:

Tel: + 351 282 381 177

Email: biergarten@vilavitaparc.com

GPS: N37.12746º W8.40150º

The transformation of VILA VITA Parc Resort & Spa continues, with the opening of the resort’s newly-remodelled hair salon and barber shop, which is now also available to non-resident guests.  

Following a stylish re-design, the space showcases an entirely new, sophisticated and elegant vibe. In addition to the hair treatment area, there is also a barber and male grooming section, and a manicure and pedicure station.

The services offered include cuts, styling and special hair treatments for women, men and children; bridal wedding hair or styling for special occasions such as New Year or landmark birthdays; as well as deep conditioning treatments, highlights, colour and braiding.

Exclusive in the Algarve, the salon uses expert beauty brand La Bioestethique. Founded in the 50’s in Paris, all products are ethically created with pure, natural ingredients, and without animal testing, and are tailormade to every type of hair or skin. For men, Depot’s premium grooming products are characterized by their modern take on classic barber shop products.

The hairdresser and barber shop at VILA VITA Parc is open from Sunday to Wednesday from 3pm to 7pm and from Thursday to Saturday from 10am to 7pm. Bookings can be made by calling +282 310 100 or the internal extension 2084.

The VILA VITA Biergarten, the Algarve’s most authentic German beer garden, located in pretty Porches, reopened on the 4th of July, following a brief period of refurbishment.

With an interior entirely lined with 120-year-old vintage wood, stepping into the Biergarten feels like you’re being transported to a rustic chalet in the Alps. The new decoration, which is even more cosy and traditional, contributes to the unique location’s convivial atmosphere, typical of the best German beer gardens. New features include the new bar at the entrance, covered in characterful wooden tiles used in regional Bavarian design, as well as a raised floor area on the upper floor, ideal for live band performances.

The menu maintains the Biergarten’s long-held “food-for-beer” and “butcher-to-table” concept, with the addition of an array of tasty new dishes which will delight all true Bavarian gastronomy lovers. From the newly-remodelled kitchen at the VILA VITA Biergarten comes crispy Bavaria Blue cheese with potato rösti and blueberries, home-made, cold-smoked salmon salad,  vegetarian Schupfnudeln pasta with roasted vegetables sautéed with basil and almond pesto, as well as the ‘Giant’ beef chop’ for two with crunchy potato salad with fennel, sweet-chili and nuts: all perfect examples of the new VILA VITA Biergarten menu.

 

But the real star of the menu is still the extraordinary selection of excellent German beers as well as the Porches Craft Beer: VILA VITA Parc’s very own craft beer. The new Porches IPA (Indian Pale Ale) - one of the latest additions to the gastronomic world of VILA VITA - has a seductive tropical aroma and a zingy, super refreshing after-taste.  

Come discover (or rediscover) an extraordinary atmosphere and join us in a journey to the delicious world of the Bavarian gastronomy!

For more information please visit the website: www.vilavitabiergarten.com

 

Opening Times:

From Tuesday to Friday, from 1pm to 10pm

Saturdays and Sundays from 12:30 to 10pm 

Don't miss the opportunity to attend a week of peerless gastronomy, delectable cooking and innovative culinary creativity, paired with the finest wines from around the world, all under one roof.

VILA VITA's biennial Fine Wines & Food Fair is Portugal’s most eagerly-anticipated gastronomic event, offering a unique experience for food lovers and wine connoisseurs.

From the 15th to the 20th of May 2017, VILA VITA Parc will host a stellar repertoire of renowned chefs, wine makers and gourmet producers. The event’s awe-inspiring programme includes the now-famous ‘Kitchen Party’, as well as a new series of five exclusive dinners hosted by the world’s top culinary talent in the hotel’s recently-renovated Ocean and Atlantico restaurants, as well as the restaurant Praia Dourada located on the beach at Armação de Pêra. 

Amongst the over 45 top chefs invited to the event are the 3 Michelin star chefs  Eckart Witzigmann (Austria), Klaus Erfort (Germany), Gert de Mangeleer (Belgium) and Juan Amador (Spain), chef Hans Neuner from VILA VITA Parc's 2 Michelin star Ocean restaurant and many other great names in the national and international gastronomy world.

The first night of the Fine Wines & Food Fair, the 15th May, will be an unprecedented event in Portugal entirely dedicated to a selection of 8 Bordeaux wines in Imperial bottles by the renowned Swiss wine critic René Gabriel "The Wine Pope". The other four nights (16, 17, 18 and 19) will be hosted by international Michelin Star and Gault Millau guest chefs, complemented by delightful amuse-bouches prepared by none other than Ocean’s two-Michelin-starred Chef, Hans Neuner. On the 19th May, the Praia Dourada restaurant at the beach in Armação de Pêra, will be hosting a very special lunch with chef Evaristo Triano, responsible for one of the best Paellas in the world. 

On the 20th, the entertaining and convivial Kitchen Party, a unique tasting gastronomic experience, will take place in VILA VITA’s newly-renovated Clubhouse, during which 350 guests will have the opportunity to taste the astonishing creations of over 25 acclaimed chefs, paired with top international wines, as well as delicacies showcased by selected gourmet producers.  A remarkable week, wholly dedicated to celebrating the very best and most exquisite food and wine in the world.

 

PROGRAMME 2017

  • Monday 15 May - Bordeaux Imperial Evening with René Gabriel
    • Atlantico Restaurant – € 380 per person including wines  (learn more)
       
  • Tuesday 16 May - Grand Swiss Stars Dinner
    • Restaurante Ocean - € 330 por pessoa, vinhos incluidos (learn more)
       
  • Wednesday 17 May - Austrian “Young Stars” Dinner
    • Ocean Restaurant - € 330 per person including wines (learn more)
       
  • Thursday 18 May – VILA VITA All-Star Dinner
    • Atlantico Restaurant - € 300 per person including wines  (learn more)
       
  • Friday 19 May  – Chiringuito Chic, Barcelona Style Lunch
    • Praia Dourada Restaurant - € 48 per person, drinks included (learn more)
       
  • Friday 19 May - Spanish Star Night Dinner
    • Ocean Restaurant - € 330 per person including wines - SOLD OUT (learn more)
       
  • Saturday 20 May - Kitchen Party
    • VILA VITA Clubhouse - € 275 per person all beverages included  - LAST TICKETS (learn more)

 

For the latest information on the event, to book accommodation packages and dinners, visit www.finewinesfoodfair.com or www.vilavitaparc.com

One of the most typical elements in the Algarve’s landscapes are the countless almond trees in bloom that fill up the fields with a delicate white and pink colour in the beginning of each year, around January and February.

Legend says that the almond trees first appeared in the Algarve, particularly in Silves, around the time of the Arab occupation, hundreds of years ago. After one of his many battles, the Arab king Ibn-Almundim fell in love with one of his prisoners, a tall, blond and blue eyed princess called Gilda. As time went by, and after he gave her her freedom, he ended up winning her heart and marrying her. But one day, the princess, feeling homesick, fell into a deep depression. The king, desperate, ended up finding a creative solution: he ordered almond trees to be planted all over the region. In the following spring, the king took the princess to one of their terraces so that they could both look over the almond trees that, at the time, where already covered with small white flowers. Seeing that scenery that resembled her homelands’ snow covered fields, the princess cured her depression and started to improve day after day.

In the Algarve, the almond is one of the main ingredients for the local gastronomy and especially confectionery, like for example the famous “doces finos”, “Dom Rodrigos”, “morgadinhos” or “carriços” that don’t leave anyone indifferent.

Besides the delicious sweets it originates, the almond is also nowadays considered a “super food”, and it’s one of the most popular snacks worldwide due to its high health benefits. Rich in protein, vitamin E, magnesium and monounsaturated fat (heart friendly), it’s considered, just like avocado and olive oil, extremely effective to prevent diabetes, heart problems and to lower bad cholesterol levels.

And it is also one of the ingredients regularly included in VILA VITA Parc’s menus, specially highlighted during the month of March. Discover it in dishes such as the Sweet Almond Roll at restaurant Adega, the Almond and Custard Croissants at breakfast at the Bela Vita restaurant or in Oasis Bar’s Spicy Almonds.

Yoga, an UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage since December 2016, can be defined as a set of practices born in India, meant to promote physical and mental wellbeing. In sanskrit it means “to join” or “to connect”.

Daniela Luz is responsible for the Yoga classes at VILA VITA Parc. Yoga and meditation have been a part of her life for more than 14 years, since she first discovered it in Portimão, Algarve, when she was only 17 years old. But it was in Sydney, Australia, where she moved to 7 years ago, that she had the opportunity to further deepen her knowledge and techniques. A period of intense stress caused by her professional life at the time lead her to reach even further into Yoga looking to feel more connected with her inner self. Trainings and retreats in India, Thailand and the UK made her wish to dedicate herself 100% to Yoga come true. Today she is also a member of the International Yoga Alliance.

She confesses to being passionate about people and that’s one of the reasons Yoga fascinates her: it gives her the possibility to create a substantial change, both physically and mentally, in those who attend her classes, allowing them also to reach deeper into themselves. Her classes are a result of the combination of her personality, her passion for human contact and the knowledge she has been acquiring thoughout the years which she makes sure to share in a personalised and adequate way with the guests in her classes.

The type of Yoga mainly focused by Daniela is Hatha Yoga practised in a flow and dynamic style, consisting of a series of Yoga postures as well as meditation exercises. In VILA VITA Parc’s Classes Schedule are also different types of Yoga such as Wake Up Yoga (made of postures that focus on waking up and preparing the body for the day ahead), Power Yoga (meant for those looking for a more dynamic class, with more intense postures and a faster rythmn that works on energy and strenght) and Yin Yoga (a more passive type of Yoga focusing on the organs and tissue health, based on slower postures).

Every class includes meditation as well as breathing techniques that contribute towards a body and mind detox and a deeper state of relaxation. They last approximately 75 minutes and begin with a short evaluation of the level and goals for each participant, followed by a guided meditation, some warming up postures, the main Yoga postures (that depend on the classes theme) and a final relaxation of the body and mind accompanied by the sound of Tibetan bowls.

Classes happen twice a day in VILA VITA Parc’s gardens, at the beach or by the Lover’s Fountain whenever the weather allows. During winter time they are held inside the hotel, 4 to 5 times a week.

Besides the group classes, free for VILA VITA Parc guests, there is also the possibility to book private classes that are completely adapted and personalised according to each guest’s specific needs. Private classes may be attended individually or as a couple, and may also be acquired as part of a pack of classes so that you may take full advantage of your stay at VILA VITA Parc.

For more info, please visit: https://vilavitaparc.com/wellness/health-club-gym   

The new Japanese restaurant Mizu at VILA VITA Parc Resort & Spa, in Porches, Algarve, will be officially opening its doors on 23 February.

With a Zen and relaxed atmosphere, stylish contemporary décor inspired by Japanese culture and tradition, top quality ingredients, innovative culinary techniques and a privileged view over the Atlantic Ocean, Mizu intends to establish itself as one of the finest Japanese restaurants in Portugal.

The best of Japanese gastronomy can be experienced at Mizu in two completely distinct ways. For those looking for a more intimate and interactive experience, Mizu’s Teppanyaki, which seats up to 10 people and offers a set menu composed of 6 different courses, allows for a direct contact with the Chef’s skills. With a wider choice, the à la carte menu offers a selection of exceptional dishes such as Alaskan Black Cod with Miso Saikyo or Scallop Skewers with Yuzu Kosho, made on the Algarve’s first Robata Grill, fuelled with white Japanese Binchontan charcoal for deeper flavours and a healthier cooking method without smoke emissions.  The menu showcases the top-notch ingredients including the freshest local catches of the day, like wild grouper, golden bream, horse mackerel, sea bream and flounder.

Dishes such as Hirame no Usuzukuri (a rare flounder carpaccio with citric Ponzu sauce), desserts such as Coconut Namelaka with Yuzu gel and basil and Calpis Sorbet, and a homemade Wasabi grated on shark skin at the table, are some of the delightful culinary highlights.

The carefully-curated menu is accompanied by an outstanding selection of beverages with more than 20 different types of Premium and Super Premium Japanese Sakés, from sparkling to sweet, cold or warm.

Mizu restaurant has capacity for up to 70 diners and is open from Thursday to Monday from 7pm to 10pm.

For more information, please visit: https://vilavitaparc.com/restaurants-bars/mizu-restaurant