Freeman says he was “honoured” to have been chosen by Pontos Group
American real estate expert Patrick Freeman has been appointed as the new CEO of Ombria in Loulé.
With a degree in Geological Engineering from the New Mexico State University, Freeman has over 25 years of experience in sustainable luxury resort, hospitality, and residential development, having led several large-scale public and private engineering and construction projects in the Western USA for over a decade.
He was responsible for the entire development process of the St. Kitts Peninsula in the Caribbean, later named Christophe Harbour, and went on to found his own project development studio and collaborate with renowned groups such as Auberge Resorts and Cisneros.
Since 2010, Freeman had been president of Cisneros Real Estate, where he led the sustainable development and strategic positioning of a portfolio of real estate projects including commercial, industrial and residential properties all over the world. Before taking on his new role at Ombria, Freeman was developing a luxury sustainable development in the Dominican Republic.
“I feel honoured for having been selected by Pontos Group to embrace this project. Ombria is a project that due to its focus on sustainability has already become a case study in Portugal in Europe,” says Freeman in a statement released by Ombria.
“Ombria is not only a unique residential and holiday development but also a new destination which combines distinct architectural traits with a virtuous relationship with the community,” adds Freeman, who is already living in the Algarve.
“I foresee a very promising future for the development as a global project, aimed at people who seek authenticity, proximity to nature and memorable family experiences.”
Located 7kms north of Loulé, Ombria is a €300 million tourist and residential development with a low construction density.
The project includes a five-star hotel to be managed by American chain Viceroy Hotels & Resorts entitled Viceroy at Ombria, featuring 70 rooms and 65 one and two-bedroom completely furnished and equipped apartments (around 80% of which are already sold) as wel as five restaurants, pools, a conference centre, spa, and kid’s club. The hotel is due to open this autumn.
An 18-hole golf course designed by architect Jorge Santana da Silva is also due to open at Ombria this spring, while two more real estate developments – Oriole Village at Ombria and Alcedo Villas at Ombria – are currently being marketed.