Quinta Do Lagos, Algrave Portugal
Quinta Do Lagos, Algrave, Portugal, is a resort set amongst 2,000 acres deep in the Ria Formosa nature reserve. Open all year round, it promotes an active outdoor lifestyle for residents and visitors. You can rent a luxury property to live in all year round, to use as a holiday home, or stay at the Magnolia hotel. Known for its golfing facilities and beautiful location, it has now extended its sporting vision in the recent opening of The Campus; a €10 million training, fitness and wellbeing centre. It caters to professional athletes and enthusiastic amateurs alike. Alongside the facilities, the resort has also opened Danos’ sports bar and restaurant, becoming the epicentre of the new facilities.
The Campus was built in two phases over two years by architects Essencia Criativa. It includes:
- Stadium quality DESSO GrassMaster hybrid pitch
- Technical area
- High Performance Gymnasium
- Centre for active living and sports medicine
- Recovery suite including hot/cold plunge and sauna and steam rooms
- Dedicate studios for cycle and group exercise
- Stadium specification locker rooms
- Team rooms, high tech analysis capability
- 25 metres heated swimming pool
- 4 acrylic tennis courts
- 2 synthetic clay tournament specification courts
- 4 padel courts with shock pad features
Already, The Campus has been utilised for specialist training by a number professional athletes and premier sports teams. Appealing to sports professionals worldwide, it was chosen as a training base by the British Paratriathlon Elite Team, and has welcomed teams such as Olympic Marseille, Burnley FC, Bejing Sinobo Guoan and Croatia National Team. And it’s not just the world class facilities that appeal; The Campus also includes health and nutrition workshops, a wide variety of yoga classes, fitness training for mobility and Pilates classes in The Bike Shed.
General Manager of The Campus, Craig Goodwin said:
“The Campus is an incredibly exciting addition to Quinta do Lago. We have pulled together a world class team of experts who are passionate about, and excel in, their fields. We have a team of sports physicians, coaches and analysts, as well as the best yoga, dance, studio cycle and group fitness instructors who will tailor classes to the client’s needs.”
The fine tailored sporting experience continues in Danos’ bar where a sporting theme is referenced throughout the space, with vintage paraphernalia and most notably, a graceful back-flipping bronze sculpture suspended from the ceiling to dramatic effect. Sean Moriarty, Quinta do Lago’s Chief Executive Officer said:
“Danos’ is what everybody is waiting for at Quinta do Lago. It is a cool new space which caters for all day activity and leisure needs. Whether you are looking for a bit of fun in a buzzy atmosphere, a relaxing corner, we have something for everyone.”
The restaurant provides a welcoming diverse family-friendly, all-day dining menu with a choice for everyone. Menu items are created utilising the finest local, seasonal Portuguese produce to ensure freshness and quality on every plate. The interior, by the acclaimed Bryan O’Sullivan Studio combines old with new; feature chandeliers made from beer bottles, House of Hackney fabrics, and the bar is adorned with traditional Portuguese blue and white tiles completing the restaurant’s rustic yet contemporary charm. Nature-inspired colour palettes accentuate the beauty of The Campus and are a nod to the Ria Formosa and its verdant surroundings.
Quinta do Lago is conveniently located 15 minutes from Faro airport, offering residents and guests a perfect location, benefiting from a year-round temperate climate, a variety of lifestyle options and now a superb base for sporting pursuits.