Quinta do Lago is an exclusive and affluent resort, the destination of choice for those seeking privacy and luxury. Therefore it is a popular choice among celebrities wanting to get away from it all. As a result, the resort is often referred to as the ‘Beverley Hills’ of Portugal. With a beautiful setting beside the Ria Formosa (nature reserve), it’s all you need for a sophisticated holiday.
The Quinta do Lago Resort
Covering an expansive, ocean-front area, Quinta do Lago is luxurious living in a natural setting. Acres of pine trees, pristine golf courses, and also miles of fine sandy beach, where you can enjoy endless summer days, all part of the package. There are also several outstanding restaurants and top-tier sporting facilities. All this by the amazing Ria Formosa, a natural park with sandbanks and lagoons. Even the resort’s own lake is usually home to dozens of wild flamingos. There are boardwalks and trails that are perfect for biking, hiking, and exploring. Some of the most striking and prestigious properties in the Algarve are found here.
Quinta do Lago Facilities
Located at the main resort entrance is Quinta Shopping, a boutique mall offering an array of trendy shops, eateries, and also bars. Fabulous restaurants are scattered throughout the resort, from Michelin-recommended fine dining at Casa Velha, modern Japanese cuisine at UMAMI, tender steaks at Bovino, and relaxed family fun at KOKO.
Meanwhile, the sports facilities in the area are superb – The Campus is the sporting (and social) hub of the resort offering padel, tennis, biking, and also fitness. Dano’s sports bar is also on-site for a cold drink post-workout. Also, the resort is home to award-winning golf courses as well as the renowned Paul McGinley Golf Academy and Taylor-made Performance Centre.
Quinta do Lago Developments
Within and adjacent to the resort there are several wonderful developments with beautiful holiday homes. Valverde is just a short walk to Quinta Shopping with all its facilities and yet is private and tranquil, ensuring peaceful days by your private pool.
Encosta do Lago, Quinta das Salinas, and Lakeside are also within the resort itself. All close to the ocean and lake, and the wonderful Ria Formosa. Quinta Verde, also close to Quinta Shopping, has a reception, 24-hour security, and also a private Gym for guests only. All in all, everything you need for a fabulous holiday is close by but doesn’t intrude.
Other Things To Do
There are lots of other activities and facilities for all the family too!
- Mini Golf
- Family fun events through the summer
- Live music
- Water sports
- Off-road tours
- Beach day’s
- Walks along the ria Formosa
- Bike hire
- Boat trips or charters
The Story of Quinta do Lago
In 2022, Quinta do Lago marked its 50th anniversary. Over the years, the resort has become a place where the quality of life is a testament to the proximity to nature, and also an active, outdoor lifestyle. Recently, following a €7 million upgrade, the South Course was crowned Best Golf Course in Portugal at the World Golf Awards. Above all, the unique history of Quinta do Lago is one that lives on in every corner of the resort today, promoting health, family, and also a connection to nature. In addition an award-winning and world-renowned destination for luxury living, the resort is a fabulous destination where families can enjoy life in a secure environment.
How it began
The story began in 1972 inspired by Brazilian property developer, André Jordan. It was his vision, that consequently cemented the future of the Algarve’s leading resort. “It was a day I will never forget,” Jordan recalls. “I sat on the hill, looked across the marshlands and I had a vision of what would become the Quinta do Lago Master Plan.” That hill is now the home of the refined Casa Velha restaurant.
Back then it was just a crumbling 300-year-old farmhouse, inhabited by Maria and her husband José. “Sometimes when you look at a property you have an instant view of what you are going to do,” Jordan says. “There was no road access to Quinta do Lago, so I had to drive along trails and through pine woods until I came to a high point overlooking it, with the ocean on the horizon. Within 10 minutes I had the concept for the whole project in my mind. I wanted to create a high-quality resort that reflected local character and style.”
Meanwhile, as he went about making his plan, Portugal was about to enter political turmoil. Seemingly not the right time to invest in a huge golf and real estate resort, however, he continued with his dream. Consequently, the initial and successful phase, from 1972 to 1974, saw the opening of a resort’s first facilities and also accommodation: Casa Velha; 20 timeshare two-bedroom apartments, the Pony Club disco, a tennis club, a horse riding centre, a bridge across to the beach, the manmade lake and also the completion of 27 holes of golf. During this time the resort welcomed the first guests, quickly gaining a reputation as ‘the’ place to be and also featuring in several international publications.
However, as the resort began to boom, the military coup of April 25 1974 began resulting in a revolution that started a chain of events and in short stopping any further development. Following the nationalisation of the banks, the resort was taken over by the state and Jordan returned to Brazil. As a result, there were very few visitors and no sales, so the resort was left in the hands of the works committee (around 300 workers with very few resources and low wages). Most importantly their efforts helped keep the resort going, ensuring its golfing reputation was upheld.
From the beginning, golf was the vision and didn’t disappoint. William F Mitchell’s initial 27-hole layout (today’s South Course and part of the current North Course) paved the way for the first golfing accolade when it was chosen to hold the Portuguese Open in 1976. The tournament and its success presented an unrivaled achievement for the resort. At the time the future of the tournament was uncertain, however, with the efforts of the resort and the Portuguese Golf Federation it was able to go ahead. The course had no facilities at the time, which forced it to improvise, using military tents to accommodate the players, media, and also visitors. Consequently, between 1976 and 2001 Quinta do Lago hosted the Portuguese Open a total of eight times.
The nineties saw the resort solidify its position as one of Europe’s premier destinations, cementing its role as a flag bearer for luxury tourism in the Algarve. This period also saw the resort retake control of its golfing assets, with its 36 holes, now North and South, back in its full ownership.
In 1998 Irish billionaire Denis O’Brien took over ownership of the resort. To date, O’Brien’s leadership has ensured the resort’s position as the leading golf and real estate resort in the Algarve. As a result, the resort goes from strength to strength, with ongoing improvements in facilities and also amenities. There is now a third golf course, new restaurants, children’s playgrounds, the Paul McGinley Golf Academy, and also a Mini Golf course. In conclusion, under O’Brien’s ownership, the resort has developed into a truly successful example of luxury living and tourism.
In 2016 Sean Moriarty became Chief Executive of the resort, promoting more of a family and healthy lifestyle-oriented resort. The opening of The Campus in 2017 has made the resort a destination for international sports stars as well as a favourite location for health and fitness enthusiasts, and also active families. Moreover, its state-of-the-art facilities, include a high-performance gym, tennis, Padel courts, an aquatic centre, a bike shed, fitness classes, and rehabilitation clinics. The Campus has made Quinta do Lago’s one of the finest wellness and lifestyle resorts in Europe.
Quinta do Lago is located in Central Algarve by the Atlantic coast, in southern Portugal.
Quinta do Lago is approx. 20 to 25 minutes away by car from Faro airport. Click HERE to see the map.
Irish Billionaire Denis O’Brien.
2022 celebrated 50 years of Quinta do Lago. Back in 1971, Quinta do Lago did not exist in the form that it is today, instead being known as Quinta dos Ramalhos. It contained just a derelict farmhouse and a pine forest looking out across the stunning Ria Formosa lagoon. Adjacent to Vale do Lobo, which at the time was an up-and-coming golf resort, not the top-class facility that it is today.
The drive from Quinta do Lago to Lisbon is approx. 2 hours and 30 minutes. Click HERE to see the map.
North Course, South Course, and also Laranjal.
Restaurants located in Quinta do Lago include Tucanos, The Shack, Casa do Lago, 2 Passos, The Bold Octopus, Bovino, Casa Velha, Gigi’s, Umami, KOKO, Limoni, Dano’s, Thai Bistro, Florian, Gusto, The Cheeky Pup, and also Bamboo.
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