Friday, 3 July 2015

Football Retreats in the Algarve

FIFA Size Pitch & Euro 2016 Qualifiers in the Algarve 


With three stunning courses, including the world-class Sir Henry Cotton Championship Course, a golf academy and exclusive competitions, the five-star Penina Hotel & Golf Resort is well-equipped to deliver one of the best luxury golf holidays in the Algarve. But did you also know that our 360 acres contain a FIFA size pitch? The 99 x 65 metre space has been played on by the likes of Chelsea and Borussia Dortmund during training retreats, and makes Penina the perfect Algarve destination for football fans too.

Football Retreats in the Algarve 


With temperatures soaring above 30°C, you’re more likely to spot a footballer lounging by the pool in the sun-soaked Algarve this summer. However, come the winter months, when the air cools to a more comfortable 15°C, our five-star facilities are perfect for motivating teams mid season. We offer professional football packages that include exclusive use of the pitch, full-board in a private dining space, as well an array of other added benefits including training equipment, a massage room, meeting room, and 3km on-site jogging track.

If your footballing skills aren't quite up to a professional standard just yet, when the pitch isn't booked out by some of the world’s leading teams, it’s also available to hire. After working up a sweat putting friends and family through their paces, refresh with a shower in one of our luxurious rooms or suites, before taking a well-deserved rest by the pool. Alongside golf and football facilities, we also offer five floodlit tennis courts, a beach club and the chance to go mountain biking for those looking to keep active during a five-star getaway.

 Euro 2016 Qualifiers 


After putting your own skills to the test, head to Estádio Algarve this autumn to catch two Euro 2016 qualifying matches. Located just 35 minutes from Penina, the 30,000 capacity venue is currently acting as Gibraltar’s ‘home from home’, due to the team's normal ground, Victoria Stadium not meeting UEFA standards. Football fans along Portugal’s southern coast have already enjoyed watching Gibraltar compete in Group D against Poland, Germany and Georgia… and are looking forward to forthcoming games against the Republic of Ireland on the 4th of September and Scotland on the 11th of October. 

Based on a population of just 30,000, the Gibraltar national team are the smallest UEFA member and the Euros are their first ever competitive international games. However, with an FA that dates back to 1895, what they may lack in international experience, they make up for in passion… which will be needed when they’re up against two opponents potentially battling it out for the play-offs. All teams will be wanting to show-off their prowess on the international stage, making these games unmissable viewing for any football fan visiting the Algarve.

Originally built for Euro 2004, the Algarve Stadium’s awe-inspiring fusion of steel and concrete, curved roofs reaching 73 metres high and stunning coastal views are ideal for putting the region’s football facilities on the international map. Combine its upcoming events with our FIFA size pitch and Penina Resort becomes the perfect holiday destination for any football fan. Book your break now with our latest offers and packages here.

Thursday, 11 June 2015

World-Class Racing Experiences in the Algarve

Unforgettable Holiday Activities That’ll Have More Than Just Your Heart Racing

Though Penina Hotel is renowned for offering luxury golf holidays, its location also offers easy access to a range of activities that’ll boost adrenaline a little more than approach shots. With the opportunity to admire incredible views during a skydive, catch a North Atlantic wave, and climb jaw-dropping cliff faces, the choice available in the Algarve certainly won’t leave you feeling underwhelmed. However the ‘cream of the crop’ has to be the chance to take an array of sports cars for a spin at the Autódromo Internacional do Algarve, one of Europe’s leading professional circuits. With state-of-the-art facilities praised by Lewis Hamilton and Michael Schumacher, we invite you to fasten your seatbelt and take control of the steering wheel during a five-star stay in the Algarve.

Autódromo Algarve

Located less than 15 minutes from the luxury Penina Hotel & Golf Resort, Autódromo Internacional do Algarve boasts over 700 acres of world-class facilities that have attracted the likes of BMW and McLaren to present here. From 32 different circuit layout possibilities, to one of the largest karting tracks in Europe and an extensive off-road course, it has been designed to both impress and challenge. The 15,000 seat VIP viewing tower and steep slopes ensure the 100,000 capacity venue offers great views over the track, which can stretch up to the F1 length of 4,684 metres. Alongside hosting annual and seasonal events that have included Le Man Series, Superbike World Championships and the International GT Open, it offers the chance to try out the tracks for yourself with courses and once-in-a-lifetime experiences that’ll have more than just your heart racing.

Racing School

Whether you’re hoping to master one of the world’s most sought-after sports cars or simply fancy a couple of electrifying laps, the Autódromo in Portimão will more than deliver. Take a short trip down the M532 after a relaxing round on the Sir Henry Cotton Championship Course, and you can soon be revving up the engines of a Porsche GT3, Nissan GTR or Porsche Cayman S. For something a little more indepth, a selection of four courses will offer the chance to learn from technical briefings, agility exercises and trips around the track; varying in price from €299 with a Peugeot RCZ, to €999 with a Porsche 911 Carrera… and a whole host of additions.

Motorbike fans can benefit from Miguel Praia’s advice during the ultimate day out. Discover tricks for riding at the Autódromo do Algarve through lectures, practical activities and video analysis, ensuring you’re fully prepped for a timed track session. Meanwhile, those looking for the rush without the worry can sign-up for ‘taxi’ experiences, during which you simply sit back and watch while professional instructors take you for two unforgettable rounds.

Off-Road & Karting Experiences

Alongside the smoother curves of the professional circuits, a 5,180 metre off-road route will offer a less-polished, all-terrain experience. Those holidaying with their own high performance vehicles can enjoy navigating man-made obstacles and water splash areas during track days. While a moto course offers a range of techniques to help riders rise to the demands of the off-course experience. Fun experiences for the whole family also await on a specific children’s karting track for under 6’s. Ideal for group outings, Karting International Algarve also contains a restaurant, shops, a 1,531 metre track and over 50 karts available for hire.

After a challenging day spent pushing an array of powerful vehicles (and your nerves) to their very limits, Penina Hotel & Golf Resort will offer a luxurious place to rest your head. With six restaurants and bars to choose between, you’ll easily find a delicious bite to eat and the perfect tipple to toast an outstanding day out, before retreating to your five-star room or suite. Use the hotel’s Wi-Fi to share photos of your incredible driving experience and look forward to waking up to another morning at the leading luxury golf resort in the Algarve. Find its latest offers and packages here.

Friday, 9 January 2015

Experiencing the Natural Beauty of the Algarve

From Turquoise Blue Waters to Serene Rolling Hills

With all the five-star facilities, iconic golf courses and excellent restaurants, it’s perfectly possible to enjoy your entire holiday making the most of all Penina Hotel & Golf Resort has to offer. However, if a sense of wanderlust does take hold, there are so many amazing examples of natural beauty to be seen across the region. Here’s our pick of the very best destinations to visit on your scenic tour of the Algarve.

 

Beaches


Found at the point where the Atlantic Ocean meets the Mediterranean Sea, the Algarve is blessed with some of the finest beaches in all of Portugal. Chief among these is the Praia de Falesia in Albufiera, which has been named as one of the very best beaches in Europe by TripAdvisor. Famous, for its soft golden sand and distinctive orange cliffs, the beach is a favourite among tourists and locals alike. Other popular beaches include the tranquil Praia de Marinha and the picturesque Alvor Boardwalk, located just a few minutes’ drive from Penina.

Serra de Monchique


Approximately 15 miles inland from the west coast of the Algarve, you’ll find the imposing Serra de Monchique mountain chain. The highest point in the chain is the mountain of Fóia, which tops out an impressive 902m. Hiking in these mountains is very popular for two important reasons: the views and the wildlife. It’s obviously essential to take the necessary precautions when heading out on a hike, but the relatively gentle slopes mean it is accessible to even novice hikers. Plus, there’s a chance you might see an eagle or rare Iberian lynx, just a few of the animals that call the Algarve home.

 

Ria Formosa Nature Park


If the trek up the Serra de Monchique is too challenging, another popular visitor attraction where you can find peace and tranquility is the Ria Formosa Nature Park. Covering over 170km² of land on one of the southernmost spots of Portugal, the park certainly has plenty to explore. Set aside to provide a home for the region’s animal and plant life, you’ll be able to see a range of wildlife and lush greenery. In particular, the array of birds that will land there during migratory periods are quite a sight to behold. You can explore the park on foot, by bicycle or even kayak around the many lagoons and tributaries.  

Ria Formosa from above.

Explore the Algarve on a Wine and Cycling Tour


All of these excellent examples of nature found in the Algarve region are within easy travelling distance from the five-star Penina Hotel & Golf Resort. However, if you really want to experience as much of the Algarvian landscape as possible, join us for an action-packed Wine and Cycling Tour. During a seven-night stay in our five-star accommodation, you’ll experience three action-packed cycling tours, exploring everything from the hills of Serra de Monchique to the bustling city of Portimao.


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Tuesday, 16 December 2014

More than a Golf Resort

The Best Leisure Activities available at Penina Hotel & Golf Resort

Along with its five-star service, excellent location and six delicious restaurants, Penina is undoubtedly best known for its world-class golf courses. The Sir Henry Cotton Championship Course was the first course in the whole of the Algarve and is still regarded as one of the best and most playable in the region. However, Penina has so many more leisure activities than simply Golf, from tennis courts to jogging track:

Five ATP Tennis Courts

If you're looking for something a bit more intense than a round of golf, then Penina's excellent tennis facilities are perfect for you. We've got five all-weather hard courts, one of which is fully floodlit, so you can continue your game even when the sun starts to set. Plus, with a professional on site, with whom you can book lessons, you can improve your technique and skills out on the court. There's also equipment rental available, just in case you've forgotten your racket.

Jogging Track and 24-hour Fitness Facility

While Penina offers plenty of opportunity to relax and unwind, we recognise that many of you will have workout regimes or training goals you need to continue while on holiday. With this in mind, Penina has both a fitness facility, which is open 24 hours a day, and a jogging track. If this wasn't enough, we also offer bicycle rental, meaning you can head out into the Algarve and take in the sights and sounds of this picturesque region.


24-Hour Fitness Facility
The Algarve's Largest Outdoor Private Pool

While you'd certainly expect to find a swimming pool at a five-star hotel resort in the Algarve, you may be pleasantly surprised by the sheer size of the pool at Penina. Whether you're swimming a few lengths or just relaxing, you'll have plenty of room to do your own thing. There's also a children’s pool for the little ones.

Golf Pro Shop, Driving Range and Putting Green

You're probably aware of our selection of Golf Courses (we have three, if you're wondering), but did you know we have a whole range of golfing facilities to help you make the most of the rounds you play? To start with, there's a fully equipped pro shop, a state-of-the-art driving range with 12 covered bays, putting green and practice green. If you want to take your golf to the next level, we also have a range of golf clinics available to fine tune your game.


The Driving Range at Penina
An Action-Packed Holiday in the Algarve


Regardless of whether you plan on spending your time relaxing poolside or trying your hand at all the leisure activities in the resort, which also includes billiards and a game room in addition to those listed above, you'll be treated to an unforgettable break in five-star settings at Penina. Take a look at our latest offers and packages to turn your dream holiday into reality. 

Monday, 2 December 2013

Christmas and New Year at Penina Hotel & Golf Resort

Christmas is well and truly in the air at Penina Hotel & Golf Resort now, and we are making the final preparations for our spectacular programme of events.

The Algarve is a wonderful place to spend the festive season, and we are all looking forward to making it even more special. The chefs here at Penina have been working hard to create an incredible Christmas menu – and we have all been very glad to test it and make sure that it is perfect for the big day. There will be also be a very indulgent dinners on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve, where Champagne will be flowing and music will be playing.

Aside from all of the festive meals, there will be a number of very special golf events especially for guests staying with us during the Christmas period. These include free golf clinics with Penina Pros, and friendly competitions with grand, celebratory prize-giving ceremonies afterwards. You may even decide to play a round on the world-famous Sir Henry Cotton Championship Course.

If you’re thinking of spending Christmas in the paradise that is the Algarve, then we will be happy to welcome you. Our packages start at just €70 per night, and include all sorts of golfing and Christmas events.


Thursday, 7 November 2013

Algarve St Andrew's Ball at Penina Hotel & Golf Resort

Join the Saint Andrew’s Society of the Algarve for their annual ball on the 30th November 2013. This year the event is falling on St Andrew’s day itself and should be an all singing, all dancing, occasion to remember.

The event gets underway at 7.00pm when participants will be piped in to the Champagne reception by the talented Malcolm MacGillivray. This will be followed by a knockdown, knees up buffet, accompanied by wine... followed by coffee accompanied by Atholl Brose.

The Sounds of Islay – a genuine Ceilidh band from Scotland who are flying over especially – will guarantee to get your toes tapping and your feet dancing. They’ll be plenty of people on hand to help you try out this traditional Scottish dancing for the first time... should you feel the urge.

The ball is priced at €37.50 for Society members and €40 for non-members. If you thinking of coming to the ball and staying overnight at the hotel - or perhaps playing a round of golf on the Sir Henry Cotton Championship Course as well... we’ve laid on a very special rate for the event.

Give us a call on +351 282 420200 to learn more.