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Posted by portugalpress on September 29, 2017

Portuguese hotel group Pestana has announced the opening of an “eco-friendly, all-inclusive” five-star hotel in Alvor, Portimão that it says will be on par with the “best resorts in the world”.

Entitled ‘Pestana Quinta da Amoreira’, it will be the group’s seventh hotel in Alvor.

It will be located on a 12.8 hectare plot of land just a stone’s throw away from the group’s Delfim hotel and will represent a €50 million investment.

The project is described as “pioneering” in Portugal as it will focus on being “sustainable” and in “total harmony with nature”.

It will feature one and two-storey buildings offering 388 rooms and 62 suites, as well as four restaurants, three bars and six pools.

There will also be a gym, four massage rooms, a sauna and a Turkish bath.

Only pedestrians and electric vehicles will be allowed to circulate inside the development, with the plan being to use “sustainable energy resources” such as solar panels and the water from Pestana’s sea water desalination system in Alvor.

Pestana Quinta da Amoreira is expected to create 300 jobs and open in the summer of 2019.

“This is, without a doubt, the group’s strongest project for the coming years. This is an innovate, pioneering, and eco-friendly project that brings the excellence of the Pestana brand to the Algarve in a package that so far does not exist and which makes us forerunners,” says the group’s regional administrator Pedro Lopes.

The first stone was laid on Thursday (September 28) in a ceremony attended by economy minister Manuel Cabral, Portimão mayoress Isilda Gomes, regional tourism boss Desidério Silva and the head of the hotel group Dionísio Pestana.

In his short speech, the minister focused on the growth of Portuguese tourism especially in the Algarve and during the low season, welcoming the substantial investment being made by the Pestana group.

Isilda Gomes also took the stage, saying that this latest investment once again contradicts those who say the borough is not attractive in the eyes of investors.

Portimão has been the main ‘receiver’ of the group’s investments in recent years. Last year, it opened the Pestana Algarve Race Hotel & Resort near the borough’s international racetrack just a year after having inaugurated Pestana South Beach in Alvor.

In the Algarve alone, the Pestana group owns 17 hotels and resorts as well as five golf courses.



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