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Relish in the Romance of the Algarve this Valentine’s Day

6 December 2017


Surround Yourself in Great Golf, Relaxation & Exceptional Dining at Formosa Park

This February, whisk a loved one away to Formosa Park Apartment Hotel and relish in the romance of the Algarve; where great golf and beautiful beaches are joined by days of relaxation, recreation, and enchanting evenings of fine wining and dining. Here’s our guide to your perfect Valentine’s Day.

Golf, Golf, Glorious Golf

Nothing says romance quite like a round (or two) in the majestic settings of the Algarve; where beautiful birdlife, glorious greens, and stunning sceneries can be savoured at San Lorenzo Golf Course and Pinheiros Altos Golf Resort this Valentine’s Day.

Set across 18 invigorating holes, a round at San Lorenzo is one that lives long in the memory; as you meander through pine woods, while rubbing shoulders with the freshwater lagoons of the Ria Formosa Natural Park. Mountainous backdrops and the blue expanse of the Atlantic are also never far from your gaze; with the day culminating at a breathtaking, yet arduous 18th - revered worldwide as one of the finest finishes in golf.

Meanwhile, the 27 holes of Pinheiros Altos are not lacking in beauty either; with three, nine hole groupings each boasting their own charm, challenges, and enticing terrains. In particular, the course’s signature hole - the 8th of Olives - is among the most alluring in the Algarve, with the iconic palm-adorned, water-flanked green only accessible via a charming wooden bridge.

Days of Romantic Recreation

Easily explored on foot or by bike, endless discovery awaits in the Algarve, as the vibrant flora and various fauna of the region anticipate the arrival of spring. However, a must this Valentine’s Day is a visit to one of Portugal’s Seven Natural Wonders, the Ria Formosa Nature Reserve. Here, simply strolling or cycling around this renowned national park will surround you with stunning sceneries, while flocks of flamingos, spoonbills, and white storks feed in shallow salinas, as booted eagles soar overhead!

Alternatively, head for the water and prepare to embark on a series of boat tours. Departing regularly from Faro and Olhão, exploring by boat is a great way to get around; as you journey through winding estuaries, saltwater marshes, and azure lagoons, before arriving at the vast expanse of the Atlantic. Once into the open ocean, you can admire the ochre cliffs and unique rock formations of the Algarve’s captivating coastline; before leaving the boat and exploring hidden treasures like the Benagil Sea Cave - home to a secret stretch of sand, which is rated among the most exotic beaches in the world.

Relish in Relaxation this Valentine’s Day

While enjoying a stay in the Algarve, opportunities to unwind are also aplenty. Beach bums in particular are more than spoilt for choice, with the beautiful Ancão Beach situated just a ten minute stroll from Formosa Park, via a scenic nature trail. You’ll also be pleased to know that temperatures in February can still exceed 20°C, making days spent sprawling on soft white sands all the more satisfying!

Guests at Formosa Park can also luxuriate in a visit to our onsite massage and beauty centre this Valentine’s Day. Led by our master masseuses, you’ll soon be looking and feeling your best courtesy of an extensive selection of treatments. By request, physiotherapy and massages can also be enjoyed from the comfort of your room.

Just in case that’s not enough relaxation, our outdoor swimming pool also remains open throughout the year - perfect for lounging by, with a good book and cold drink in hand.

Evenings of Fine Wining & Dining

For a sumptuous selection of seafood, regional specialities, satiating slow-cooked meats and exciting cocktails, look no further than our Arcos Restaurant and Bar! Alternatively, a short journey into Almancil reveals some of the regions choicest dining experiences.

One such restaurant is São Gabriel - situated just six minutes from Formosa Park - where a classically inspired, contemporary infused menu draws on archetypal flavours of the Algarve; which has earned them a Michelin Star for their trouble! But beyond the exceptional cuisine on display, São Gabriel’s housing within a charming farmhouse; embellished with green gardens, an elegant terrace and homespun interiors, only heightens the romance of the restaurant.

For a less formal but equally as enchanting evening, head to Gigi’s! Nestled between the Atlantic Ocean and the Ria Formosa Natural Park, the restaurant can only be reached via one of Europe’s longest wooden footbridges. But once inside, sublime seafood, distinctive vinos, and the charisma of the owner are on hand to make your evening a memorable one.

Book Your Luxury Valentine’s Day Stay

So, what are you waiting for? Take a look at our exclusive offers and book your Valentine’s Day stay, today; and prepare to immerse yourself in the romance of the Algarve, as you delight in a luxury four-star stay at Formosa Park Apartment Hotel.

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Praia de Ancao, Reserva Natural da Ria Formosa, 8135-172 Almancil, Algarve, Tel: +351 289 352 800, Fax: +351 289 352 821, formosapark-hotel@jjwhotels.com