The Algarve Revisited: The Golden Triangle

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The Algarve has long been a popular destination for many seeking the warmth of the sun blessed Algarve, there is absolutely no denying the Algarve is still high on the family vacation list. But let me take you 20 minutes south.

Southern Portugal has an endless series of fine beaches away from the busy hum of Faro and the hustle and bustle to one of the best keep secrets of the Algarve. Let us introduce you to the area known as The Golden Triangle.

tri1The Golden Triangle although growing in popularity still has a less busy atmosphere, then some of the better known destinations throughout the Algarve.

The Golden Triangle consists of premium resorts Quinta do Lago, Almancil and Vale do Lobo. The Golden Triangle is often referred to as the safest area of the Algarve. It has an abundance of luxury accommodation inside the organically stunning setting with exquisite beaches. The area is renowned for its rugged coastline and outstanding landscape which not to mention world class golf courses. Vale do Lobo is home to the ‘Royal’ and ‘Ocean’ golf courses well known with golf enthusiasts. It is also rumored that Madonna, Wayne Rooney plus a few others have secluded ultra-luxurious accommodation within the triangle.

The Ria Hotel and Spa an outstanding 5 star resorts set in The beauty of the 5 star Ria resorts is the hotel embraces the Algarve’s relaxed environment, landscape and tranquility.

tri2The Ria Hotel and Spa, is a prestigious 5 star resort in the exclusive surroundings of Vale do Lobo, the hotel is a beautifully designed and constructed which sits within the surrounding natural beauty of Portugal. The Ria Hotel and spa has an impressive health spa 12 treatment rooms which offers an array of beauty treatments including slimming, fitness and Anti-stress packages as well as message and aromatherapy treatments.

Ria Spa Rooms    The hotel also boasts has many other facilities including an impressive conference center which we should mention has been hired by many a premier league and international football teams. The Ria Hotel and Spa also has a roof top terrace which can only be described as breath taking, offering panoramic view a perfect setting for a intimate event.

The Ria Hotel and Spa has a relaxed garden atmosphere, what better place to find time to unwind. There you will find Yoga classes on Monday @ 10.30am, what better way to kick start your day?

tri3Fancy a night out then a short taxi ride you will find The Parça complex is a new beachfront dining complex a short taxi ride away.  There you will find live music, face painting, 10 restaurants, a bouncy castle everything needed in order to enjoy your evening meal.

Some extra handy restaurant tips for you to consider when visiting the Golden Triangle, pre book as early as possible.

Restaurante Alambique is a well-established Portuguese restaurant close to Quinta do Lago and Vale do Lobo. Alambique has a traditional atmosphere dine inside the restaurant or on the terrace to enjoy the warmth of the evening. The cuisine is international and Portuguese. Truly delightful.

Parrilla Natural The restaurant is set amongst an elegant tree lined garden, dining takes place on a huge decked terraced area. A meat eaters paradise, a truly wonderful dining experience within an ambient magical garden, tables are positioned under the 200 year old Pine tree which form a natural canopy. Also the restaurant is completely enclosed with a wonderful supervised children s play area with  climbing frame, games and even a 9pm open air movie. Fantastic! We highly recommend the sea bass and the apple crumble!

 tri6 Ken Ho Memoirs of China is located in the Vale do Tenis, Almancil near the tennis center has a relaxed oriental atmosphere. In the winter months dine beside the fire alternatively in the heat of the summer months there is  an open terrace overlooking the courts. The menu is up of classic dishes and a few specialties including the caramel dessert with chocolate swirls is amazing!

Ken Lo's Memoirs of China  The Golden Triangle defiantly has a little for all the family to enjoy.  Whether you enjoy a round of Golf, kayaking, yoga, designer shopping, cycling and walking trails even bird watching. Now how great and diverse  definitely a winning combination!

The Golden Triangle has a feeling of wild, untamed beautiful seclusion, a chance to totally switch off and relax.  A great accomplishment for an average flight time of under 3 hours.

Give the Algarve a second chance and head to the Golden Triangle. We promise you a fun packed or tranquil adventure set in great peaceful surroundings.

Image sources: Ria park hotel, Parrilla Natural, Trip advisor, The Telegraph

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Jackie Sealy is the new travel writer for Infinity House Magazine. She is a well-seasoned traveler, to date she has indulged in the pleasures of travelling by The Orient Express, visited most of the Caribbean plus an array of destinations across Europe and the Mediterranean. She enjoys the opportunity to visit destinations,absorb new cultures and a traditional way of life. You can find her via Twitter: @SealyGm

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