Penha Longa Resort is awarded with a Michelin Star

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Penha Longa Resort

Penha Longa Resort

Penha Longa Resort at Sintra Portugal

Penha Longa Resort, at Sintra near Lisbon, is overjoyed to announce that LAB by Sergi Arola — its revolutionary 22-visitor gourmet restaurant — has been awarded its first Michelin star.

After 18 months opened, LAB by Sergi Arola has carried out global essential acclaim with the Michelin Guide describing it as a “striking restaurant that brings the highly personalized cuisine of famous Spanish chef Sergi Arola to the Sintra region”.

The guide praised the restaurant’s atmosphere, open-view kitchen, “delightful” glass-block 550-bottle wine cellar and its views of the Penha Longa golf route and the 220 hectares of mountain nature reserve that surround the resort.

“Cuisine excellence has been an critical purpose to go to the resort for the reason that Portuguese Royal family used Penha Longa Resort as a summer retreat in the 17th century,” said the resort’s General Manager David Martinez. “Receiving a Michelin star builds on this wonderful tradition and is a prestigious and internationally recognized testimony to all our hard work at LAB by Sergi Arola.”

Chef Sergi Arola has released dining concepts in Abu Dhabi, Mumbai, Verbier, Barcelona and Madrid and have become an international culinary sensation and television persona after working at Ferran Adriá’s world famous El Bulli. Heading the kitchen at LAB is chef Milton Anes, who formerly worked at Le Bristol’s Epicure in Paris and at Belcanto, Lisbon’s first two Michelin-starred restaurants.

“Being awarded a Michelin star is the pinnacle achievement of any kitchen and it is a momentous tribute to everyone who has helped contribute to LAB’s reputation for excellence and innovation,” stated Chef Milton. “The number of Michelin-stars awarded to restaurants in Portugal has increased from 17 in 2016 to 26 today and we are delighted to be at the vanguard of such a national movement that undoubtedly puts the country on the international culinary map.”

LAB by Sergi Arola gives three exceptional tasting menus every month in addition to à la carte alternatives. Gourmet dishes consist of smoked king prawn raviolis with sturgeon caviar, codium and celery root dashi, blue lobster with grilled greens, seaweed and fennel cream, as well as black angus roasted in Sichuan pepper, glazed salsify and truffle jus. Desserts feature butter bread foam, coffee ice-cream and orange jam.

The restaurant also gives a selection of 550 wines from around the world, exclusive Cognac and Armagnac selections and a tea menu with forty different sorts. A separate bar-lounge area with DJ serves the largest choice of top rate vodkas in Portugal.

Los Naranjos Golf Course recognised as one the of the top golf courses on the Costa del Sol.

World famous golf course architect Robert Trent Jones Sr. created the Los Naranjos golf course, the coursewhich is considered to be one of his finest European designs and it is indeed a true Championship course on the Costa del Sol.

Los Naranjos Golf Course

Costa del Sol

Located only 5 minutes from Puerto Banus and with its pleasant staff the course is a pleasure to play and considered one of the friendliest courses on the coast.

Los Naranjos has a strong membership who enjoy privileged tee times throughout the year so it is always advisable to book tee times well in advance to avoid disappointment if your thinking of playing here with green fees at Costa del Sol.

A stunning course with a good mixture of holes and challenges that will always keep you fascinated. With its wide fairways this is a great one for golfers of all levels. However, this by no means makes it an easy course as one needs to be aware of the strategically placed fairway bunkers and water hazards designed to catch out the unwary! Not to mention the water holes to test you just when you think you are scoring well! In many ways playing this course is like playing a set of 9 holes from two different courses. The front 9 are wide and open, whereas the back nine are very tight, and as the name suggests, played through several orange groves at Naranjos Golf Course.

The intimidating par 5 18th hole finishes in American style towards an elevated green protected by a water hazard at the front of it and the impressive clubhouse behind adds to the atmosphere with the entire clubhouse watching from the large terrace!

The club has hosted many international tournaments at Naranjos Golf Course and has recently renovated its new club house. All in all the facilities at the club are second to none including  large and modern  changing rooms, a beautiful club house, practice and teaching areas and a large well stocked pro shop.

Los Naranjos Golf Course Club is extremely proud of it’s restaurant, open from early morning until dark every day of the year. Here you can enjoy breakfast in the morning, a full meal between 12 and 16 from an impressive menu, have a beer (or two) in the bar after the game – or, if you are visiting the Club a Sunday – why don’t go for the Grand Open Sunday Buffet, well-known all over Costa del Sol! As already mentioned, the restaurant terrace overlooks the green of the 18th hole – a beautiful place to enjoy a good meal and excellent service!

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Portugal voted the best golf destination in the world for the third time

Portugal voted the best golf destination in the world for the third time
Portugal was chosen on Saturday as the best golf destination in the world for the third time in a row, receiving the prize awarded by the World Golf Awards, which awards the ‘Oscars’ of the sport.
Portugal best golf destination

In a ceremony held at the Conrad Algarve Hotel at Quinta do Lago, Portugal once again was selected ahead of destinations such as England, Scotland, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Wales, France, Germany, Spain, Turkey or Italy that competed in the same category.
World’s Best!
“Portugal will continue to work on attracting new segments [golf course professionals, corporate golf, women and young people] and supporting the flagship event: Portugal Masters, already scheduled for September 21 to 24 2017″, emphasized Turismo de Portugal, President, Luís Araújo.

There are currently 91 golf courses in Portugal (of which 66 are 18 or 27 holes). The Algarve is the region with the largest number of golf courses (44%), followed by the region of Lisbon (17.58%).

According to the organization, the World Golf Award “aims to stimulate the golf tourism industry and results from the online voting of professionals related to the sector, specialized tour operators and the media dedicated to golf, but also the public in general.”