By DAISY SAMPSON [email protected]
Pestana, the largest hotel group in Portugal, has expanded its presence in the Algarve with the takeover of the Vila Sol complex near Vilamoura.
The company will be re-opening the hotel, to be known as the Pestana Vila Sol Golf & Resort Hotel, on February 1 while the new Pestana Vila Sol Golf Course is already in operation.
Pedro Lopes of the Pestana Group said: “The Pestana Vila Sol complex, comprising the hotel and golf course, is one of the strongest bets for the Pestana Group during 2011. Vilamoura is one of the main international and domestic tourist destinations in the region for customers looking for sun, beaches, golf, meetings and conferences.”
He added: “The Pestana Vila Sol complex combines a perfect location in a quiet setting and the hotel completes the Pestana picture in the eastern Algarve, complementing the Pousadas in Estói and Tavira.”
The Pestana Vila Sol complex is situated close to Vilamoura marina and 20 minutes from Faro airport and consists of a 189 room hotel and a 27 hole golf course with restaurants, bars, indoor and outdoor pools, gym and kids club.
“The hotel will reopen on February 1 but the famous golf course is already in full operation. With the large expansion domestically of the golf market it is very important for us to continue to enhance our presence and range of amenities in this sector,” said Pedro Lopes.
This latest acquisition by the group takes the number of golf courses in the Algarve owned by Pestana up to five – Pestana Vila Sol, Pestana Gramacho, Pestana Vale da Pinta, Pestana Silves Golf and Pestana Alto Golf – while the company is now also responsible for eight hotels with a combined total of 1,625 rooms.
James Harrison, the sales and marketing director at Pestana, told the Algarve Resident: “This acquisition is very exciting for the Pestana Group and we will be continuing to offer clients the most affordable property prices in the Algarve, now with a resale office at Pestana Vila Sol.”
The company are offering special deals on Pestana Vila Sol golf club memberships and will also be welcoming the Tournament Golf College (TGC) for an open weekend in mid March to the course.