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At Vale do Lobo, Europe's finest golf resort and beach resort, a world of leisure and luxury awaits.
Situated just 20 minutes from Faro International Airport, in an unspoiled location of natural beauty,
Vale do Lobo offers a perfect haven for an international community of home owners and the ideal holiday destination for villa rental holiday .
The facilities and services are excellent - from an on-site bank, post office and supermarket,
to the resort's own medical centre and security service.
Fine shops and restaurants, the largest tennis academy in Portugal, 2km of golden beach,
not forgetting 2 championship golf courses - there's no need to step outside the resort.
The resort's design team work closely with clients to help them realise their dreams,
from concept to construction and interior decoration.
Vale do Lobo has the experts to create the perfect holiday retreat or permanent home in the sun
Much of the property is situated along the line of the resort's two golf courses, with villas overlooking
the fairways and many enjoying stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean.
Modern, contemporary apartments with sunny verandas and spacious secluded villas nestled among pine trees
with the sea at your feet.
The designs are exceptional and the locations are difficult to match anywhere else in the Algarve.
...there are few places more beautiful than this.
The resort has excellent sports facilities including: two 18 hole championship golf courses,
the largest tennis academy in Portugal with 14 courts, 3 swimming pools and 2 well equipped
gymnasiums with sauna and physiotherapy services.
Golf and tennis teaching programmes are offered at all levels for adults and children.
The discreet but attentive service ensures guests can relax in the knowledge that everything
is in place to ensure they enjoy the perfect holiday.
For those who love to shop, a selection of exclusive boutiques can be found in the heart of the resort
at Vale do Lobo Shopping.
A selection of quality accommodation is available for rental from simple apartments to luxury villas
with pool and garden, all within easy distance of the beach and the resort's many facilities.
Vale do Lobo has a range of fine restaurants offering a selection of international gastronomy.
From live music and dance shows at the resort's main square to classical concerts and art exhibitions
at the resort's auditorium, there is something to suit everyone.
For sun-seekers, Vale do Lobo has its own 2km stretch of sandy beachfront,
awarded for its safety and quality facilities making it ideal for all the family.
The Algarve's enviable climate of year round sunshine makes Vale do Lobo
a great place to be at any time of year.
Vale do Lobo is home to two challenging and outstanding golf courses –
The Royal and the Ocean. Based on original concepts by the legendary
Sir Henry Cotton and re-developed by the respected American golf architect Rocky Roquemore,
the Vale do Lobo courses have twice been host to the Portuguese Open.
Both take players through umbrella pine and fig tree-lined fairways to the Atlantic – the Royal playing dramatically along the cliff´s edge, while the Ocean sweeps daintily down to the beach. This combination of links and parkland golf provides an enjoyable game for golfers of all standards.
Members of the Proprietors´ Club at Vale do Lobo are entitled to buy specially priced golf titles (or benefit from a 55% reduction in green fees) and enjoy reserved tee-times. Regular tournaments and competitions make for a busy social calendar for both members and visitors, while a fully equipped clubhouse offers a complete service to golfers.
Vale do Lobo - Algarve - Portugal
Holiday Villa rentals in a Luxury resort
Introduction to Vale do Lobo Resort
The British company Trust House Fortes decided in 1962 to turn this magnificent 450 hectare estate bordering on the Atlantic Ocean in the Algarve into a luxury holiday destination for tourists. Consisting of hectares of pine trees and a lovely long sandy beach it offered an attractive potential. This was a bold move by this company as the Algarve culture at that time consisted of farmers, and the fishing and canning industry. The only practical access to the region was by road from Lisbon which was often narrow and not always in good repair. Townhouses, villas and a 18 hole golf course designed by Sir Henry Cotton was built and Vale do Lobo quickly become a popular destination with the British market.
The scene improved further with the opening of the Faro Airport in 1966 making the Algarve more quickly accessible to Europe. However, due to the Portuguese policy all flights from Faro were limited to Lisbon Airport thereby often making long delays for the travellers in the journey. In 1989 a new terminal was inaugurated at Faro and this outdated policy no longer applied with direct flights being allowed from all over Europe.
In 1977 the Dutch entrepreneur Sander van Gelder who had first visited Vale do Lobo in 1970 took over its ownership. Recognising its constant attractive potential he increased the facilities by adding another 18 hole golf course and many facilities including bars, restaurants, and shops. During the next 30 years van Gelder changed the face of Vale do Lobo Resort to become an important European location in the blooming holiday market.
Meanwhile the attractive five star Dona Filipa Hotel was opened overlooking the beach and quickly became a chosen holiday destination. Vale do Lobo now became an attractive location with its facilities for not only tourists and also for permanent foreign residents.
Towards the end of 2006 a combination of Portuguese and international investors together with the Portuguese national bank Caixa Geral de Depósitos acquired the development from van Gelder. Serious investment has been made to update the luxury faculties together with new projects of villas and apartments, a luxury Spa, a modern Medical Centre, a large active Tennis Centre, the Golf, Sports & Spa Centre of Barringtons and the luxury Dunas Douradas Resort.
Today, there are 15 first class restaurants offering Mediterranean cuisine to fine-dining. During the year there are many art and musical events. Holiday makers will find a well-stocked Supermarket for their home catering and many attractive boutiques offering luxury or essential items. Also, a heavy emphasis is placed on overall security and the whole Resort is subject to constant vigilance
Vale do Lobo offers the ultimate luxury holiday experience and an unrivalled golfing lifestyle for the discerning client
Vale do Lobo is one of the most exclusive golf resorts in the ultra luxurious Algarve region in Portugal. Not content to be merely a prime destination for golf aficionados, the Vale do Lobo has expanded into a luxury beach resort offering premiere spa services for its impressive client list. Guests can split their time between the coveted golf courses, the tempting swathes of peaceful beaches and the inviting relaxation found in the resort's luxury spa. It's heaven on Earth at Vale do Lobo, one of the finest luxury golf resorts in the world, See Vale do Lobo Map,
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