A Grand Getaway


Fulfilling his search for an exceptional sun-kissed retreat, David Hedges visits the luxurious Wyndham Grand Algarve in the heart of Quinta do Lago Resort

Situated a simple 20-minute drive from the efficient Faro airport, The Wyndham Grand Algarve sits to the side of one of Quinta do Lago’s championship golf courses.

The stewardship of the expansive Wyndham is in the capable hands of Maarten de Boer who presides over a battalion of professional, courteous and friendly staff. This is evident from the greeting at reception and trickles down to bar staff and housekeeping, giving a sophisticated air to this five-star property.

The luxury residences, which vary in size from one-, two- and three-bedroom penthouses are all light and airy and extremely well presented. The Wyndham Grand Algarve takes centre stage at the prestigious Quinta do Lago Resort that is nestled within the protected coastal sanctuary, the Ria Formosa Natural Park, surrounded by 60km of natural beauty which supports an active and healthy lifestyle. The Algarve is renowned for its year-round temperate climate, Moorish history, spectacular coastal and inland fairways and access to the most beautiful beaches along the Atlantic coast for surfing, boating and simple relaxation.

Wyndam Grand Algarve Residences have a generous balcony or terrace, full-sized kitchen and ample storage space for sporting equipment. The open plan living room and dining area create uninterrupted space. The large bedrooms benefit from an en-suite bathroom and dressing area. A full kitchen and spacious guest bathroom with shower add to the convenience and comfort, with the ground floor apartments enjoying direct outdoor access to private patios and access to gardens and the pool. These little touches give the wow factor, with large flatscreen televisions and Nespresso coffeemakers as standard and the nightly turndown service is a welcome touch.

Residences can be purchased via the efficient real estate team, guaranteeing access to the “Residency by Investment” scheme. All residences are managed by the Wyndham Grand Algarve, ensuring that owners have the benefit of hassle-free ownership. Investment also offers a generous guaranteed annual return.

Facilities onsite include both outdoor and indoor pools, the later being part of the expertly managed spa, with two jacuzzis, both steam room and sauna, and an array of therapeutic treatments, including massages. The well-equipped gym is air conditioned and benefits from chilled hydration points. A kids club is also available for those with families alongside a supervised outdoor play area.

Access to the beach is easily gained on foot, or why not allow the concierge to arrange the hire of a bicycle, affording guests the opportunity to explore the wider area.

The food and beverage offering is varied, with a vast, hot and cold buffet style breakfast served in the relaxed Caravela restaurant. An excellent selection of quality pastries, fruit, cold cuts and hot and cold beverages is available. Freshly made omelettes are offered by the attentive and professional restaurant staff.

The poolside bar, Oasis, offers light snacks, a full bar menu including cocktails and soft drinks – all available without having to leave the glorious sunshine. For a relaxed lunch or a cooling sundowner there is the Grand Bar and Lounge, with direct access to the terrace, with a diverse menu and fresh fish and seasonal produce expertly cooked.

For a sophisticated, fine dining experience, Dourado offers the very best Mediterranean produce in elegant surroundings. This can be enjoyed indoors or al fresco on the intimate terrace. The knowledgeable staff lead guests through the menu and expansive wine list – all the wine can be viewed through the glass fronted, temperature-controlled wine room adding to the ambience of the fine dining experience.

Aside from the excellent, five-star hotel facilities, available to all investors, what makes this offering unique, is what is available on the doorstep. All owners are, by default part of the wider Quinta do Lago community, and all it has to offer. Preferential rates are given to owners wishing to use the three Quinta do Lago championship golf courses – North, South and Laranjal. These courses have truly excellent facilities and are flanked by some of the most luxurious and unusual real estate on the Algarve.

For those guests who would rather indulge in a more exhaustive exercise regime, access can be arranged to the world class facilities available at The Campus (regularly used as a training destination by premiership national and international footballer teams). There is a jaw dropping choice of sports and facilities. From running track, competition quality tennis courts, to the ever-popular paddle, all can be played at The Campus. Temperature controlled plunge pools and physiotherapy are all also available. Whether an elite sportsperson or enthusiastic amateur, there is something for everyone. Children are not overlooked either; sports coaching is available across a raft of disciplines. The superb sports bar/restaurant is the best place to refuel and enjoy those special televised sporting occasions.

There is a vast selection of local quality restaurants, with IlBovino being an excellent example. Memorable steak and fish dishes, complimented by superb wines, are all served in relaxed and comfortable surroundings.

For those wishing to indulge in a little retail therapy, there is the Quinta shopping centre, with a choice of quality independent stores and restaurants. Whether it’s luxury branded clothing or a glass of wine and a light bite, all tastes are catered for at this well proportioned mall. The Wyndham Grand Algarve offers a lifestyle that is difficult to match, with all of the benefits and none of the hassle of ownership. Couple this with the generous guaranteed annual return and access to all that is available within a couple of miles, and it’s easy to see why the offering is so appealing.


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