Oitavos… some of the best golf in Portugal

OITAVOS

You may have decided that a golfing holiday to Portugal is going to be your choice of holiday this year and that would not be a bad choice. Looking for somewhere to stay can often be the trickiest part and obviously you want some fabulous golf courses to accompany the location of the hotel. With The Oitavos Hotel you could never go wrong and here is all you need to know about the hotel and its wonderful golf course…

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Situated in the stunning area of Cascais, Lisbon is the majestic Oitavos Hotel. The hotel features a very modern design, with plenty of glass letting in the light, creating a spacious and contemporary feel. Not only is Oitavos Hotel located in a wonderful and natural surrounding but it is just a 5-10 minutes’ drive from the centre of Cascais where there are plenty of fantastic bars and restaurants and shops to enjoy and sample during your time here.

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Guests can enjoy wonderful meals at the hotel restaurants with local specialities as well as foreign cuisine either at the Chef’s Table, The Japanese Bar or the Ipsylon Restaurant & Bar. All three restaurants have a lovely and unique feel to them which means that guests can drink and dine in style and often with great views out of the glass of the golf course or the magnificent surroundings of the Sintra-Cascais Natural Park. Of course, if dining outside of the hotel is your preference then you will be spoilt for choice in the town of Cascais.

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All the rooms are fitted with extensive amenities and many feature stunning views of the beautiful golf course and surrounding areas. All of the rooms feature balconies either facing towards the sunset or the sunrise as well as TVs, a rainforest shower system, a minibar and Wi-Fi. All the rooms also feature stunning views of either the Oitavos Golf Course, the sea or the natural surroundings – or all three! For upgrades, there are Lofts and Suites available which feature living areas as well as views even from the bathrooms! All of the rooms, suites and lofts are modern, light and spacious.

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If you are less into golf and more into spas, then you will certainly not be disappointed with the spa here at Oitavos. The full-service spa offers a wide range of natural and organic treatment products with an overall holistic approach to health and wellness. The spa also features both hot and wet saunas as well as a hot tub for guests to enjoy a relaxing experience! There is also an indoor pool as well as an outdoor pool to enjoy! The outdoor pool also boasts a beautiful pool bar which is where you can enjoy a drink or two in a casual yet lovely surrounding!

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Not only is Oitavos a beautiful hotel, perfect for the ideal golf break to Lisbon but it also features a fantastic golf course where we know you would have plenty of fabulous rounds during your stay…

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From the first tee of the Oitavos Dunes course you are impressed. In both 2006 and 2007 this course hosted the Portuguese Open and was very well received by the professionals and it really isn’t hard to see why. It is set on the most Westerly tip of Europe and features spectacular views of both the Atlantic Ocean and the incredible Sintra Mountains. This course certainly lives up to its name as it has magnificent sand dunes separating the course from the Atlantic just adding the the picturesque surroundings of this fabulous course

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The first few holes require players to thread their ball through the narrow fairways lined with pine trees and vast bunkers, although the first holes aren’t as tricky as the rest of the course they still require controlled tee shots and accurate approaches! The first few holes just demonstrate the quality to come with this course. The course then opens up and resembles more of a traditional links course where you have to play amongst pine trees. With the picturesque views of the sea and the mountains as well as coming up to the 18th tee is the glorious hotel on your left there is no denying that this is an impressive course. The signature hole on this fantastic course has to be the 14th hole which is a par 3 and requires player to hit a shot over a storm ravine which then continues to run alongside the hole for the duration.

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With notoriously fast greens, the open fairways making balls very susceptible to the Atlantic winds, the tight drives and the length of the course there is no doubt that this course can certainly provide a stern challenge even to the most discerning golfer with the lowest handicap. You can never have a boring round at Oitavos Dunes and although it is tricky there are multiple tees so those of a lower ability can still enjoy a round here.

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The owner of Oitavos Dunes is a golf traditionalist and was insistent that the course would be walkable which makes this course a great one for socialising whilst enjoying a spectacular round. The quality of the golf club doesn’t end with the course here at Oitavos. The clubhouse is magnificent and contemporary with a stunning bar and restaurant area where you can enjoy a post-round drink and maybe a snack to reward yourself for your (hopefully!) good scorecard.

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We hope that you consider Oitavos Hotel and its Dunes course for your next golfing break to Lisbon as it really is a superb golfing destination!