Spanish award for luxury resort

Vila Vita Parc near Porches has been named Best International Resort in the World by the Spanish edition of Conde Nast Traveler, sharing the award with The Residence in Zanzibar.

Of the properties short-listed for the honour, Vila Vita Parc also achieved the distinction of being the only resort from Europe to be included.

The award was collected by Katya Bauval, Vila Vita Parc’s Director of Sales & Marketing, at a gala ceremony held in Madrid on April 27.

Conde Nast Traveler is recognised as the world’s leading international travel magazine, and the Spanish edition is a major influence in determining the travel plans of well-heeled Spanish consumers.

A spokesman for the Algarve resort said: “Spain is one of Vila Vita Parc’s – and the Algarve’s – most important international markets, and the award is certain to encourage more visitors across the border this year.”

Meanwhile, in Portugal, Vila Vita Parc collected a further series of awards in the annual Boa Cama Boa Mesa hotel and food guide published by Expresso, the country’s leading Portuguese-language weekly newspaper.  

Hans Neuner, Executive Chef of the resort’s two-Michelin star Ocean restaurant, was named Chef of the Year, while Ocean also picked up a Golden Fork award and Vila Vita Parc collected a Gold Key award.

The awards ceremony, which honours the best hotels and restaurants in Portugal, took place in Lisbon on April 23.