The decision of Praia D’El Rey Marriott Golf & Beach Resort to undertake a €4 million upgrade of its luxury facilities is in line to pay immediate dividends with the leading Portuguese venue having been shortlisted for two top honours at the 2019 World Travel Awards.
The five-star sports and lifestyle resort on Portugal’s stunning Silver Coast is in the running for global recognition after being nominated in the categories of ‘Portugal’s Leading Resort’ and ‘Portugal’s Leading Family Resort’.
Situated an hour north of Lisbon, Praia D’El Rey is regarded among Europe’s premier destinations and features outstanding sports and leisure facilities – including two 18-hole championship golf courses ranked among Europe’s top 50 courses.
And as part of its hotel’s 15th anniversary celebrations, the resort recently completed an extensive three-year investment programme in its golf, hotel and lifestyle amenities.
This year’s World Travel Awards prize-giving ceremony will take place at Muscat’s Royal Opera House on November 28, with the awards – regarded as ‘the Oscars of the travel industry – recognised globally as the ultimate hallmark of quality, being voted for by travel and tourism professionals and business and leisure travel consumers worldwide.
Francisco Cadete, director of golf at Praia D’El Rey Marriott Golf & Beach Resort, said: “Everyone at the resort is very proud to have been recognised by one of the top events in the global travel industry calendar, and this is reward for the significant investment that we have made across all our facilities.
“Whether you’re looking for a golfing or family holiday, there is no better place to visit than Praia D’El Rey, and the wide range of five-star golf, sports, and lifestyle experiences that we offer, combined with excellent customer service and a unique location close to the sea, makes this a special place for any person or family seeking a holiday experience to remember.”
Among the recent improvements made by Praia D’El Rey, all 177 hotel rooms and common areas have been renovated and remodelled, while an array of new five-star dining experiences have been added following an upgrade of the resort’s bar and restaurant facilities – including its renowned Emprata, Mare and Tempera restaurants.
And the level of investment has been matched on the golfing side, with the resort having carried out a number of changes including a major renovation of its golf academy to complement the five-star golf experience that members and guests can enjoy on its two 18-hole courses, Praia D’El Rey and West Cliffs Golf Links – named as the ‘World’s Best New Course’ at the 2017 World Golf Awards.
As well as golf, Praia D’El Rey boasts an extensive array of world-class sports, leisure and accommodation facilities including a Marriott hotel, a wide selection of villas, a tennis academy and wide range of watersports, and a luxury spa and health club, while the comprehensive range of therapies and treatments on offer at the Kalyan Spa promise to restore energy and balance to the body after a day at the beach.
The tournament was the first European Tour event since the sporting shutdown caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
The 23-year-old had started the final round three strokes behind his fellow American.
Poulter is six shots back heading into the final round.
The Englishman produced an excellent sand save on the last to see him finish the day at 10 under par.
The 44-year-old’s last appearance on the PGA Tour was in mid-February.
The biennial match between the United States and Europe will now take place in September 2021 at Whistling Straits.
Organisers hope to stage the event in September 2021.