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Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Conrad Algarve Celebrates Smart Luxury in the Algarve with its Official Opening


 Conrad Hotels & Resorts’ spectacular new hotel, Conrad Algarve – the very first in Portugal - opened its doors on Friday night to 650 high- profile and glamorous guests from the world of showbiz, society, business and media for its exclusive grand opening which took place in Quinta do Lago this week.
Conrad Algarve is delighted to announce its official opening in conjunction with its Global Launch Event that was held last Friday, 10th May 2013. Famous Portuguese fashion designer and designer of the hotel’s uniforms, Fatima Lopes, delighted guests with a pool- side fashion show of the best of Portuguese cuisine and acrobats entertained guests with their breath taking routines. Hosts and hostesses showcased the new Conrad Concierge app to guests, demonstrating how they can make their stay at the Conrad Algarve completely bespoke and tailored to each and every one of their needs. Renowned for The Luxury of Being Yourself, Conrad Hotels & Resorts is now thrilled to offer bespoke luxury in the Algarve, as part of fast growing portfolio around the world.

Guests to the Global Launch Party were welcomed by John T.A Vanderslice, global head of luxury and lifestyle brands for Hilton Worldwide, and Simon Vincent, President, EMEA, Hilton Worldwide. Mr Vanderslice and Mr Vincent greeted their guests in the hotel’s stunning setting, celebrating the official opening with an array of incredible events.
“We are extremely proud of this smart luxury resort, where the Conrad brand’s signature style and service standards have been combined to create an exceptional guest experience,” said John T.A. Vanderslice, global head of luxury and lifestyle brands for Hilton Worldwide. “This exclusive new property sets the benchmark for luxury accommodation and
intuitive service in the Algarve, and the Global Launch Event is a perfect display of this.”
During the evening, which was streamed live on the hotel’s website, guests were treated to a dazzling spectacle of events showcasing the best that the Conrad Algarve and the local area has to offer. Fatima Lopes’ fashion show was a massive hit, as she displayed an exciting fusion of contemporary Portuguese design whilst simultaneously showcasing Conrad Algarve’s World of Style. Delicious interpretations of local and national cuisine were prepared by chefs from the Hilton Worldwide Luxury European Hotels, and overseen by Michelin-starred chef, Heinz Beck, head chef at the hotel’s signature restaurant, Gusto. The gourmet offerings were presented on a series of live food stations around the pool, displaying the Flavours of Portugal, highlighting Conrad Algarve’s unrivalled connections with the local area.
Music was provided by a wide variety of talented performers including saxophonist, Natalie Marchenko, and DJ’s Sofia Giao & Djane Julia who played a range of Portuguese music. Performers connected with guests, encouraging them to trial the new Conrad Concierge App whereby visitors can experience Smart Luxury and a completely bespoke service during their stay at the hotel. The wonderful evening finished with a spectacular fireworks display as guests released balloons together into the beautiful Algarve night sky.
Joachim Hartl, General Manager, said, “We are thrilled at the success of the evening and very much looking forward to welcoming future guests to the Conrad Algarve for a holiday that guarantees a memorable experience with flawless service, smart luxury and a world of style.”
Located in the stylish Quinta do Lago, the property is nestled within two thousand acres of idyllic landscape in the Ria Formosa National Park – one of the most impressive nature reserves in Europe. Designed for today’s savvy and sophisticated traveller, Conrad Algarve

allows guests an opportunity to enjoy an exceptional and bespoke experience. Built in the style of an 18th Century Portuguese palace, the striking contemporary property features 154 exquisite guestrooms spread over six floors. As showcased at the launch event, Conrad Algarve’s gastronomy is world class and features six individual dining experiences, including Michelin-starred chef Heinz Beck’s restaurant, Gusto. The award-winning luxury Spa offers guests tailor-made treatments using products by Aromatherapy Associates and Intraceuticals.