With Portugal keen to receive British holidaymakers, those seeking sun will be as happy as those keen on a round of golf that the refurbished Hotel Quinta Da Marinha has reopened this week.
The Portuguese hotel had hoped to celebrate its 20th birthday in style with a complete overhaul of all 198 bedrooms and communal areas, with updated decor throughout. Unfortunately, the coronavirus pandemic put paid to that but the country is ready for visitors again.
Located in coastal Cascais, less than an hour’s drive from Lisbon, Hotel Quinta da Marinha is part of the Great Hotels of the World portfolio, offering outstanding views over the Atlantic ocean and Sintra mountains, as well as a Robert Trent Jones-designed par-71 golf course.
The reopening follows a €5m investment that will allow guests to stay in new rooms, which haven’t been slept in before the hotel’s reopening, as well as experiencing the other extensive facilities the hotel has to offer. Bookings in June, July and August include activities such as yoga, golf, tennis, horse riding, surfing and bike rides – a great way to explore Cascais and the breath-taking beach of Praia do Guincho, located just 5km away.
The on-site restaurants will also reopen with live cooking shows from chef Fernando Monteiro set to be another enticing attraction to the resort.
The threat of coronavirus is still around, so the hotel’s reopening is subject to strict guidelines and precautions to keep staff and guests safe. Quinta da Marinha has received the ‘Clean and Safe’ stamp of approval from the Tourism of Portugal, which highlights locations compliant with hygiene and cleaning requirements for the prevention and control of COVID-19.
The strict safety regulations include an enhanced cleaning regime, taking the temperature of staff and visitors, PPE equipment where needed, as well as measures to maintain social distancing. The hotel is also debuting mobile room access technology which enables guests to open room doors using their mobile phones.
“We would have been excited to open and welcome guests back in normal circumstances, but the fact that we are reopening an entirely new hotel brings a different level of anticipation and exhilaration,” commented sales director, João Pinto Coelho. “It’s been a tough and strange time for everyone, but we are hoping that we can offer an escape to tourists for them to enjoy their leisure time in a safe and luxury environment.
“Over the last two decades, It’s always been our vision to offer the best five-star experience in the region and maintain the highest standards possible. This renovation will go a long way to achieving that, giving our valued guests the comfort, space and design they deserve and expect.
“We are delighted to be able to welcome them back and look forward to proudly showcasing the new and improved hotel.”
For those concerned about requirements for quarantining on your return, Portugal is negotiating with the UK government to connect the countries with an ‘air bridge’ that will negate that need. This is expected to be operational by the end of June.