Perfect Algarve

By on January 20, 2014

An ideal residential resort, Quinta do Lago combines exclusive luxury with a stunning location. Fleur Kinson considers its latest enticing development, San Lorenzo North.

Over the past forty years, Quinta do Lago has firmly established itself as one of the most renowned golf and real estate developments in the Algarve. Located just 15 minutes from Faro Airport and sitting amongst 2,000 acres of the picturesque Ria Formosa Natural Park, Quinta do Lago offers residents and guests a sublime location with a lovely year-round climate, a wide variety of lifestyle pursuits and a warm sense of community.

“In 1972, there was nothing but one old farmhouse occupying this idyllic seaside location,” explains Jamie Robinson, Property Sales Consultant. “The Quinta do Lago resort was built from scratch, slowly increasing over the years but designed so that owners should never lose the sense of space and privacy that has made the area so perfect in the first place. A maximum 3% building density has always been the resort’s guiding rule.”


Right from the start, a solid infrastructure and reassuring but discreet security services were incorporated into the resort. Oh, and great golfing! Since its inception, Quinta do Lago has been at the forefront of international golf, hosting eight Portuguese Open Championships as well as a number of international tournaments. It’s now home to three world-class golf courses, each one challenging and interesting, and set amidst glorious natural scenery.

But there’s far more to Quinta do Lago than golf. Its two-mile sweep of golden sand is a constant lure to prospective owners. During the spring and summer months Quinta do Lago Beach is the place to be on the Algarve. Reachable by a scenic walk across a bridge over the lagoon estuary, the beach has a trained lifeguard and is the site of some charming places to eat and drink. Elsewhere, Quinta do Lago contains a top-notch gym and superb tennis facilities. There are lots of opportunities for wet and wild watersports, while pretty bicycle routes and pedestrian nature trails wind through the spectacular natural surroundings.


The latest addition to Quinta do Lago’s extensive leisure and residential portfolio is the San Lorenzo North development. This new project entails 26 exclusive plots released for purchase within a beautiful enclave enjoying views over the Ria Formosa Natural Park and San Lorenzo Golf Course as well as access to the resort’s fully established facilities. The plots, only released four at a time, represent the first chance to buy land in the resort since 2001. Each plot is designed for detached villas ranging from 500 to 600 square metres. “So far, 75% of the plots released have been sold,” Jamie Robinson says. “So that’s a few more people about to achieve their dream home in the Algarve.”
Naturally, buyers can create their home in whatever style they like. They might choose to maintain a traditional local aesthetic, or opt for something sleekly modern and very cutting-edge. San Lorenzo North buyers have the exciting opportunity to work with some renowned architects and designers to create some truly exceptional bespoke homes.

There are three purchase options: ‘Turnkey’, ‘Plot and Project’ and ‘Plot Only’. The ‘Turnkey’ option includes complete guidance and assistance through every step of the purchase and build process, from conceptualization and design right through to final delivery of the finished property. The ‘Plot and Project’ option delivers a high level of support during a buyer’s selection of plot, architect, and interior design, plus throughout the purchasing process. The ‘Plot Only’ option, meanwhile, is perfect for buyers who are already familiar with purchasing and building overseas property. With this option, guidance is given, but the planning, licensing and building of the property remains the responsibility of the buyer.


All properties will be managed by the highly reputable Quinta do Lago Real Estate Team, experts in property management. They have invaluable knowledge of the local area, and offer a concierge service to cater to owners’ needs whilst they are in residence at the resort. Owners wishing to renting out their holiday homes when they’re not there can also have this made easy for them, as the management team focuses on maximizing investors’ income, minimizing expense and maintaining high levels of rental occupancy during owners’ absence.
“Quinta do Lago offers buyers access to a superb lifestyle,” Jamie Robinson says simply. “And its location near Faro airport puts it within such quick and easy reach of most of Europe. Weekends away are very do-able. Although, of course, when people get here they always want to stay for much longer!”

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