By DAISY SAMPSON [email protected]
Algarve businesses were recognised during a gala presentation in London for the International Property Awards in association with Bloomberg Television.
The awards cover both residential and commercial categories from different regions around the world, with the winners from the Algarve coming top in the Europe category.
In the commercial section, there were three awards for the region, with the new Portimão shopping centre, Aqua Portimão by Bouygues Imobiliaria, being named in the Best Retail Development category while the Martinhal Beach Resort and Hotel was highly commended in the Best Small Hotel Construction category and received five stars in the Architecture Award.
At the International Residential Property Awards, Dunas Douradas Beach Club came away with a five star award in the Best Development category and was also highly commended in the Best Interior Design section of the awards.
The high standard of golfing facilities in the region was also recognised, with The Residences at Victoria Clube de Golfe being deemed one of the Best Golf Developments of 2010 but it was the world of real estate that the region dominated, with three agencies being handed prizes.
Elite Realty Lagos Algarve and Quinta Sales were both highly commended in the ceremony while Exclusive Algarve Villas picked up a five star award in London.
Sara Nobre from Elite Realty Lagos told the Algarve Resident: “This is the first time that we have entered the awards and we won first in the Portugal category and then in the European category. This was a great surprise for us but we have recently moved offices and have a great website for clients so the level of our work is very high.”
She added: “We were competing against some of the best in Europe so it is great that the Algarve had three agencies as winners in the European section and this shows the high standard of the industry in the region.”
For Exclusive Algarve Villas, this was the third consecutive year that they picked up the award. Marcella Boturao from the company told the Algarve Resident: “It was wonderful to be given the award, especially with five stars which is the highest accolade possible.”
She added: “This is a great award for us as with our foreign clients it is a something that they can recognise as a sign of high standards within the industry and it sets us apart from the many other agencies in the region.
“We have already had many emails of congratulations from clients who have asked if we will be entering again next year but, to be honest, we don’t have any more space on our walls for all the awards! Instead we may look to enter other international competitions to compete against new agencies internationally.”
Dunas Douradas Beach Club was the winner of the Best Development in Europe for the second year running and regards the awards as a very important way of promoting the resort to new markets.
Evy Ougendal from Dunas Douradas Beach Club told the Algarve Resident: “It is great to be recognised as one of the best developments in the world and the awards have helped to open up totally new markets that we have never targeted before, including Germany and Poland, so it has been very good for us commercially.
“We will not be entering next year as this is very much about new developments and products but as soon as we have something new to offer then we will be back again.”
Stuart Shield, chairman of the International Property Awards said: “There are some incredibly strong roots being established for the future growth and generation of properties that are more attractive to look at, safer, kinder to the environment, smarter and able to deliver a better quality of life for those who live and work in them.”