The insider’s guide to Dona Filipa & San Lorenzo…
This week’s blog is the insider’s guide to the lovely Dona Filipa and San Lorenzo Golf Resort which is situated in the centre of the Vale de Lobo estate. When looking for your next golf escape to the Algarve there are very few other places which can offer you the experience that this resort can in terms of activities, golf and service. This week’s blog is to show you what you’re missing and what you could have if you choose to book a golf break to this fantastic resort.
The hotel boasts a superb location being just 200 yards from the stunning Vale de Lobo beach and with Vale de Lobo plaza right on its doorstep. The resort is also just under 7 miles from the bustling town of Vilamoura which means that there are endless bars and restaurants to enjoy either in the plaza or just a short drive away. The rooms at the hotel are a mixture of old-age Portuguese style and more modern designs but all are spacious and welcoming. Guests here will enjoy high-class service and luxurious rooms, fitted with all the amenities expected of a hotel of this rating, and communal areas as well as the beautiful surroundings. The hotel overlooks the 17th fairway of the Vale de Lobo course so guests can enjoy spectacular views. Guests can enjoy a massage at the spa, the tennis courts, the outdoor pool which overlooks the Atlantic or of course, the beach. With Vilamoura just down the road, Faro just a short drive away and two fantastic golf courses within such close distance there really isn’t anywhere else that you need to consider apart from this resort when booking your next golf holiday to the Algarve when looking for relaxation, superb surroundings and fantastic golf.
San Lorenzo golf course is a world class course and is often rated as one of the best in the Algarve and even in continental Europe. The course is set alongside the Atlantic Ocean and is built upon sandy, undulating terrain with the long fairways being bordered by pine trees and the Ria Formosa bird sanctuary making this a picturesque course which is very in tune with nature! The course is laid out in a figure of eight which explains why you have to navigate so many dog-leg holes and explains why this course tests your precision on each hole right from the tee. The 5th and the 7th hole dominate your attention during the front nine as all you can see are the saltwater lagoons and the bird sanctuary with the Atlantic in the horizon but the finish of the course is equally as strong. With the opposite side of the Ria Formosa coming into view in the last three holes and the 18th being a long, spectacular risk-reward finish to the round there is no question as to why this course is ranked so highly. Make sure to complete your holiday to Dona Filipa with a spectacular round at this memorable course.
The second course that golfers usually play during a stay at the Dona Filipa and San Lorenzo resort is Pinheiros Altos. This course is split into three parts which are all fantastic but are all laid out very differently making you feel like you could be playing three separate courses! The front nine is set out across a sandy hillside with pine trees lining the fairways and is referred to as the “Pines” nine. The second nine, is referred to as the “Olives” nine and is laid out more as a parkland course set out over flatter terrain and borders the Ria Formosa sanctuary where there are huge expanses of water which are laying in wait to catch errant shots. The feature hole on the front 18 is the 17th which is a par 3 and will require the upmost concentration to score well on what with its island green, vast lake and deep magnetic sand trap all contributing to the difficulty! In 2007, the course opened a further nine holes called “Corks” which is an easier addition to the course with the only challenges being the last few holes. This 27-hole course is a superb challenge in great surroundings which can be enjoyed by golfers of all abilities. A perfect course to compliment San Lorenzo and a stay at the Dona Filipa.
With Vilamoura being so close to the resort it is no surprise that many guests choose to venture into the town to enjoy meals and drinks out. The town features a large choice of restaurants, bars, nightclubs, shops and cafes making it perfect for a day trip or night out from the resort. It is normally suggested to use a car but there are always taxis available to be booked both to and from Vilamoura and the resort.
With many different activities in the area including horse riding, golf, biking and various watersports to try out – you could never be bored with this town so close by. If you are more looking for relaxation when coming into the town of Vilamoura then you must try several of the different restaurants where you will be able to find traditional Portuguese cuisine to oriental cuisine to a full English!
We hope this blog has opened your eyes to what you could be enjoying in the Algarve. From spectacular golfing opportunities and other sports to the fantastic array of bars and restaurants that are waiting for you to enjoy! This resort holds a superb location and a holiday here is definitely not to be missed out on.