Sep 17th, 2016
Family owned Quinta Da Marinha excels
In Top European Resorts’ Ranking
Words: John Dean
In a victory for niche operators, the family-owned Hotel Quinta da Marinha Resort, in Cascais, Lisbon, is celebrating after achieving a hugely creditable position of 30th in Golf World's inaugural Top 100 Golf Resorts in Continental Europe ranking.
The five-star Onyria Golf Resorts-owned hotel - which opened in 1999 and was extensively remodelled in 2014 - is situated in the Sintra-Cascais Natural Park overlooking the Atlantic Ocean and is complemented by a Robert Trent Jones Snr-designed course, which dates from 1984. We've just visited the resort, and played the course, so we will be writing more about the course and the resort.
In ranking it above several of the country's best-known resorts, Golf World said it was "one of Portugal's biggest and best hotels … plus a course with scenic cliff-edge holes". It also added that it was "idyllic for families".
The resort hotel comprises 198 air-conditioned rooms and suites, each with a spacious balcony and panoramic views of the Robert Trent Jones-designed golf course or the Sintra mountains.
Though not long by modern standards, at 6,420 yards, the par-71 course contains many trademark Trent Jones elements and combines a strategic challenge with beautiful surrounding scenery, with the Atlantic Ocean and Sintra mountains providing a stunning backdrop for holiday golf.
Onyria also owns the nearby, much-acclaimed Monte Mar seafood restaurant which has been frequented by many A-list celebrities including President Bill Clinton. We ate there just last week, and it was simply superb with wonderful crab, prawns to die for and amazing Sea Bass.