Without a doubt one of Europe’s premier golf holiday destinations, guests will enjoy five-star luxury accommodation at the renowned Dona Filipa resort and the awesome challenge of San Lorenzo Golf Course on Portugal’s beautiful southern coast. A serious contender for best course in Portugal, San Lorenzo is a thrilling 18 holes of golf, as it works past lakes, pines, and villas en route to the infamous Ria Formosa lagoon. Set in the heart of the Algarve, on the stunning southern coast of Portugal, Dona Filipa Hotel is in an incredible location, only 20 minutes from Faro International Airport. Just a two-minute walk from the golden sands of Vale do Lobo Beach, the hotel itself is fabulous. Sleek and contemporary in design, the hotel offers everything you would expect of a 5-star establishment. The restaurants are a particular highlight, boasting some of the best dishes in the region. Note: Hotel golf transfers are not suitable for groups of 8+
Dona Filipa Hotel
The 5* Dona Filipa hotel is situated on the fringes of the Vale do Lobo estate, on the edge of the golden sandy beach of the Algarve coastline. Dona Filipa has long been regarded as one of the area’s best 5* hotels, offering luxury accommodation for many regular visitors to the area for golf and leisure holidays.
There are 154 guest rooms in total, which are stylishly decorated and appointed elegantly in a traditional Portuguese fashion. The warm earth tones are complemented by the natural light of the charming bedrooms, which are equipped with satellite television, full air-conditioning, safe deposit box and mini-bar.
With the famous sand of the Algarve shoreline just yards away, this outstanding 5* hotel is a phenomenal destination for a luxury golf holiday in Portugal.
The Dona Filipa hotel has 3 floodlit tennis courts and a resident instructor, a heated swimming pool, children’s splash pool, sports facilities, and dedicated programmes for the kids. The area is also rich in activities – you can try a fantastic range of water sports, while the local waters are a favourite for avid deep sea fishermen.
In Vilamoura, head to Casa del Forno for Italian food, or the Ostra d’Ouro Grill at the Marina for sublime seafood.
The Primavera Restaurant serves a great buffet restaurant, then lovely Italian a la carte menus for lunch and dinner.
The Duarte Grill is a sumptuous fine dining room, whose international cuisine is renowned for its flavour and beauty.
The San Lorenzo Bar is a great golfer’s watering hole, while the Atlantic Club is a refined port and cigar establishment.
San Lorenzo has long been considered by many people to be Portugal’s finest course, and is firmly established in the upper echelons of European golf. The course opened in 1988, and was designed by the American architect Joseph Lee.
The fortunate creator was blessed with an unimaginably beautiful blank canvas as San Lorenzo sits in the Ria Formosa nature reserve, a vast park which is home to terrific plant and wildlife species. There are many different styles of golf at San Lorenzo, as you wind through the terrific pines, lakes, and private villas, while the course also works its way out to the coastline.
There are countless spectacular holes, like the third, a par-5 towards the ocean which gets the juices flowing, before the course builds up to a magnificent crescendo with the closing stretch; the 17th is a daunting test, while the closing hole is a the classic ‘risk/reward’ hole, where the intrepid golfer must strike a good approach shot to reach the spectacular semi-island green.
San Lorenzo’s considerable reputation is not for nothing – this terrific course will not disappoint should you visit during your next golf holiday in the Algarve.
San Lorenzo is one of the finest golf courses in Portugal, and is attached to Dona Filipa.
|Designed by||Joseph Lee|
|Opened for play||1988|
|Awards||IAGTO “Europe Golf Resort of the Year” 2009; Golf World UK’s “27th top course in Europe” 2009|
|White||6,822 yards||SSS 72|
|Yellow||6,383 yards||SSS 72|
|Blue||5,837 yards||SSS 74|
|Red||5,655 yards||SSS 73|
Signature Hole: There are countless spectacular holes on San Lorenzo. The third, is a par-5 towards the ocean which gets the juices flowing, before the course builds up to a magnificent crescendo with the closing stretch; the 17th is a daunting test, while the closing hole is a the classic ‘risk/reward’ hole, where the intrepid golfer must strike a good approach shot to reach the spectacular semi-island green.