Anantara doubles its Portuguese presence


Images courtesy of Anantara Hotels, Resorts & Spas.

A second site for Anantara Hotels, Resorts & Spas in Portugal will be launched in 2024, as part of the brand’s strategic expansion across Europe.

Anantara Royal Vila Viçosa will make its debut in the emerging tourism region of Alentejo, in central-southern Portugal.

Religious conversion

The project is a strategic partnership between the Portuguese group Investaureum and Anantara, and will transform a former 15th century monastery in Vila Viçosa into a new five-star luxury hotel. Anantara will bring its authentic experience-based luxury to this beautiful property.

The property will feature 50 rooms, 10 suites, 16 residences, a 40m outdoor swimming pool and multiple dining options, including an elegant restaurant and bar, a private fine dining room and a wine cellar. An Anantara spa with indoor swimming pool, a fitness room and three conference rooms will also be part of the resort’s amenities.

Respect heritage

The interior design will be led by award-winning global architecture and design studio Broadway Malyan with the aim of keeping the history of the existing building in mind and respecting the vast history and heritage of Vila Viçosa, to create a retreat relaxing and sophisticated. .

Anantara Royal Vila Viçosa will be spread over three floors, with three restaurants in addition to the residences. The redesign will seek to enhance the characteristics of the original spaces of the former convent and will contribute to the development and growth of this idyllic place in southern Portugal.

Legacy and responsibility

Dillip Rajakarier, Group CEO of Minor International and CEO of Minor Hotels, Anantara’s parent company, said: “We are delighted to continue the expansion of our luxury Anantara brand in Portugal to the historic town of Vila Viçosa. Located in Alentejo, an increasingly sought-after tourist destination, the future Anantara Royal Vila Vicosa Resort promises unforgettable experiences that characterize the brand.

Gonçalo Carrington, Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Investaureum Group, said: “Investaureum Group is proud to partner with Minor Hotels and the Anantara brand. It is a real pleasure to embrace this project, not only because of the beauty of the property, but also by providing the opportunity to showcase Investaureum as a developer and developer, where the renovation and legacy of heritage buildings, combined with social responsibility and investment in sparsely populated areas, are the main driver.

Other Anantara openings in Europe this year include: Anantara Palazzo Naiadi Rome (Q4 2022), The Marker Dublin Hotel (Q4 2022), Anantara New York Palace Budapest (Q3 2022) and Anantara Plaza Nice (Q4 2022).


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