New Golf Course for the Algarve
Europe’s sleeping giant is ready to rise again in a post-recession flourish with luxurious Ombria Resort
The Algarve is Europe’s golfing mecca. Its 40-plus courses attract hundreds of thousands of visitors every year, attracted by the weather plus the quality and variety of the golf on offer, with options to suit every appetite and budget. It’s been a decade since a new course opened in the Algarve, however, as the area has been consolidating and riding out the recession.
It’s exciting, then, to see the new Ombria Resort break that duck, with play due to start next year. Nestled inland in a tranquil location, Ombria’s 18-hole course sits in a river valley, weaving around numerous ancient oak trees and rivers. The ethos is ‘Carved by Nature’, and visitors should expect to find a course that sits naturally in its picturesque surroundings and feels like it has been there for decades.
The par-70 layout was designed by Jorge Santanada Silva, architect of Quinta do Lago’s Laranjal course, and built by Benjamin Neves da Silva of Progolf Construction, who crafted the fantastic West Cliffs on Portugal’s west coast and the Olympic Course in Rio de Janeiro.
Accommodation is available in the on-site five-star hotel’s 76 luxury rooms, or in 65 individual residences. Facilities include a spa, health and fitness centre, several restaurants and bars, a kids’ area, conference centre and multiple swimming pools.
Whether Ombria signifies the start of a growth period in the Algarve or is just a one-off remains to be seen, but it will be well worth a visit, whether you’re an Algarve regular or first-time visitor.
The Ombria Resort’s heated pools will be a year-round delight.