Consistent success does not come easy: Italian football giants Juventus made history earlier this year by becoming the first club to win six successive Serie A titles. And Onyria Palmares Beach & Golf Resort has done likewise by claiming a sixth successive national award for Portugal’s best golf course.
The stunning family-owned 27-hole complex, in Lagos – which opened a boutique five-star hotel in the summer – landed the title at the much-vaunted Publituris Portugal Travel Awards 2017, in Óbidos, regarded by those who work in Portugal’s tourism industry as the ‘national tourism Oscars’.
It was the 14th year of the awards, which were created by the country’s leading travel trade magazine, Publituris, to reward the best in Portuguese tourism, with the winners determined in a weighted average of votes from both the public and a jury of industry figures.
And Onyria Palmares Beach & Golf Resort, which was reopened in 2011 following an extensive redesign by Robert Trent Jones Jnr, was in good company, with other award winners including SUCH household names as TAP Portugal (best aviation company), easyJet (best low-cost company) and Avis Budget (best car rental).
The award was presented to Onyria Golf Resorts’ sales director, João Pinto Coelho, who said: “To land this award for a sixth successive year is an amazing achievement and testament to the skilful work carried out by Robert Trent Jones Jnr at the beginning of the decade.
“We sincerely believe that with our new boutique hotel, our facilities are second to none. As always, we’d like to thank everybody who voted for us. And, we’ve said it every year, but it remains as true today as it did when we won the award for the first time: we want to express our gratitude to the staff at the resort who work so hard, day in, day out, to make it such a special experience.”
The multi-award-winning Onyria Palmares Beach & Golf Resort is ranked in Portugal’s top three, by the world’s best-known golf title, Golf Digest, at 26 in Golf World‘s benchmark Top 100 Golf Courses in Continental Europe 2017/18, and is expected to be a new entry from the same magazine in its next Top 100 Golf Resorts rankings, now the hotel has opened.
The resort’s three loops of nine holes – the Alvor, Lagos and Praia courses – enjoy expansive panoramic views across the Bay of Lagos, with each lay-out offering a different kind of golfing challenge in a glorious and natural environment.
The Onyria Palmares Beach House Hotel has 18 rooms and two suites, each with a panoramic sea view and a balcony or terrace, and is within easy walking distance of the tees and practice area of the golf course. The hotel also enjoys an outdoor swimming pool and a 180° bar and restaurant, with an expansive ocean vista – and all just 700m from the beach.