Situated on Portugal's glorious Algarve is Pinheiros Altos, one of Europe's premier golf resorts and luxury holiday destinations. Translating as 'tall pines', the resort is so-named due to the proliferation of evergreen trees which add to the rich and bountiful landscape that so many people love.
Unlike many of the other resorts along the Algarve, this is an area that offers exclusivity - if you want English bars, then keep driving on to Albufeira; Pinheiros Altos operates under an ethos of rest, relaxation and class.
Ideally located just 15 minutes from Faro International Airport, Pinheiros Altos is part of the Quinta do Lago estate - one of the prestigious 'Golden Triangle' resorts in the area. Its proximity to the airport makes Pinheiros Altos the perfect place for a holiday home or even as a retirement option - friends and family will be able to visit easily with plentiful flights operating between Faro and the UK.
Within short distance of the IP1 motorway, visitors can easily reach the Algarve's other major towns, including Quarteira, Amancil, Portimão and the afore-mentioned Albufeira, where shopping, markets, marinas and other attractions abound. More importantly perhaps, is the fact that Pinheiros Altos is just five minutes away from the golden, sandy beaches.
Life in Pinheiros Altos
With three miles of sandy shores on your doorstep, life in this part of the Golden Triangle is calm and peaceful. With arguably the best climate in Europe, the area boasts fantastic regional cuisine (seafood lovers will be in their element), fabulous markets (the covered food market at Loulé mustn't be missed) and beautiful architecture. Combine this with boutique shopping, a vibrant nightlife, plus superior amenities for all the family and you have an enviable way of life that's a million miles away from those British suburbs.
That also covers where you live too. Villas range from joyfully low-maintenance to breathtakingly majestic, set on private roads with individual pools, terraces, balconies and gardens - perfect for al fresco dining and clearly a cut or two above your typical Mediterranean villa. What makes these properties so incredible are the little touches, the luxurious details that you wouldn't expect, such as a granite kitchen work top, double wash basins, or a walk-in wardrobe. These are not your usual holiday homes.
At your leisure....
Pinheiros Altos is the place to visit if you want to recharge the batteries. If it is possible to want to leave the beach, there are plenty of other relaxing leisure activities in which to partake. You could book a spa package at one of the resort's hotels to enjoy a little pampering or perhaps visit the Ria Formosa Nature Reserve - an important protected area - to view many rare and endangered birds. Alternatively, why not indulge in a little 'me' time by lounging around your own pool?
Golf is the main attraction, though and understandably so. The resort boasts a firm and fast fairway, providing excellent surfaces on which to play. The 27-hole championship course is divided into three formats - 'Pines', 'Olives' and 'Corks' - and boasts a first class clubhouse and facilities. It's been hailed a 'splendid alternative' to neighbouring San Lorenzo, according to Today's Golfer.
Ultimately, Pinheiros Altos is a great property investment or holiday option, offering an unparalleled quality of life that's hard to beat.
Posted on Wednesday, July 16, 2014