Onyria Palmares Beach & Golf Resort

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Situated in the western region of the Algarve, the Onyria Palmares Beach & Golf Resort was one of the most talked-about new golf courses since 2011. Breathtaking views to the Ria de Alvor, Meia-Praia and Bay of Lagos the 27-hole complex blends a perfect mix of links and inland golf in an idyllic setting.

Recently Lagos won a string of plaudits from visitors to Tripadvisor.com after it requested its readers to name its top 15 worldwide places on the rise, finishing above the likes of Hua Hin in Thailand, Cannes, Cape Town, Talinn, Stockholm, Moscow and Innsbruck in the poll. Onyria Palmares Beach & Golf Resort received its own accolades after it was named second in the list of the top 20 attractions in Lagos, beaten only by the town’s impressive array of beaches – some of the finest to be found anywhere in Europe.

The course was redesigned and officially opened by world-renowned golf architect Robert Trent Jones II last June and the venue is set to become a firm favourite among travelling golfers in the coming years. About the site Trent Jones II: “The Algarve is a renowned golf destination, much like Pebble Beach or St Andrews. So when I first came here I said ‘Well I have to play up here, we have a lot of good golf courses in this region’. But when I saw the land I thought ‘Wow! Maybe once a decade I might get a piece of land to work with like this’.”

The three loops of nine holes – the Alvor, Lagos and Praia courses – enjoy expansive panoramic views across the Bay of Lagos, with each lay-out offering a different kind of golfing challenge in a glorious and natural environment. While the Alvor course plays through pine tree-lined corridors with the majority of holes ascending hillsides or descending through intimate valleys, the Lagos course is a mixture of parkland and links features and the Praia is set on classic seaside dunes-land exposed to the elements.

In addition, guests can take advantage of a wide range of facilities including a golf driving range with two training centres, a panoramic clubhouse and an array of different sports and leisure activities, while residents will be able to enjoy an impressive shopping area as well as exclusive access to a beach club.

Golfers have the perfect reason to head to the new Onyria Palmares Beach & Golf Resort this summer after its spectacular location was named as the best holiday destination in the world for 2012 by one of the UK’s leading travel websites.