One of the core values of Anantara Resorts & Spas is to have its properties reflect and relate to their location. Taking over the Hotel Tivoli Victoria on Portugal's Algarve coast, the luxury hotel brand set about infusing local tastes and traditions into what is now the Anantara Vilamoura Algarve Resort, its first European property.
Architecturally and design-wise, it already had great connection to location. The property is set to take in views of orange groves and wetlands as well as the adjacent Arnold Palmer- designed Oceanico Golf Course.
In upgrading the resort's 280 guest rooms, Anantara introduced soft touches reflecting the natural woods and fibres of the region and features beautiful pieces from the local artisans of the TASA Project, an arm of responsible tourism entity ProActiveTur dedicated to nurturing and marketing the handmade products of craftspeople and designers to promote and preserve traditional arts.
Portuguese chef Bruno Viegas takes over Anantara Vilamoura's six bars and restaurants, and Antonio Lopes, voted best sommelier in Portugal in 2014 has curated an astonishing wine list, hosting private tastings that can be arranged at local vineyards.
Opening on May 1, the new lunchtime restaurant Ria will serve freshly caught seafood, emulating a traditional Marisqueira and in a homage to the property's predecessor, the all-day dining restaurant Victoria offers a buffet that includes Thai cuisine, reflecting the origins of Anantara.
Guests can also take cooking classes – these include a visit to the nearby Loule fresh food market. A purpose-built kids' club opens in mid-May with golf clinics for teens.
Anantara Vilamoura is offering 25 per cent off all rooms until May 31. Rates start from about $328 ar room, including daily breakfast for two. See anantara.com/portugal/