Lodge Assessment: The Magnolia Lodge, Quinta do Lago, Portugal

Located within the prosperous Quinta do Lago – a gated neighborhood and golf resort in Almancil, the Algarve area of southern Portugal – the Magnolia Lodge stands out with its neon lights, pink and turquoise hues and funky, retro vibe. Recent and funky, every little thing concerning the lodge’s vibrant and daring design is impressed by the glory days of the 1950s American motels that offers it a way of enjoyable.

The lodge is inside simple attain of the infinite seashores of Quinta do Lago, its golf programs, water sports activities on the close by lake and its model new Campus – a sports activities centre for athletes and other people of all health ranges that provides an unbelievable number of kids and grownup camps with skilled sports activities stars.

Who for

It’s ultimate for households as there’s a lot a lot on provide. Additionally it is an ideal base for sports activities lovers.


The lodge contains of 74 rooms, three suites and 7 cottages. The rooms are housed throughout two blocks surrounded by pastel-coloured facades that give them a retro vibe.

Bedroom Magnolia

Bed room Magnolia

With splashes of pink (the pillow instances) and aqua blue (the loos tiles) in every single place you look you discover a contact of the Palm Springs color palette. All rooms have tremendous cozy beds with 300 thread depend cotton sheets, steam showers and TV. Commonplace rooms can be found for 2 friends, suites for 2  adults plus a baby and cottages comprise of two bedrooms and a lounge and kitchenette (appropriate for 4 adults and two kids)

My bed room was spotlessly clear, vibrant and ethereal. The lavatory had an enormous walk-in bathe with loads of fluffy towels.  

Food and drinks

The central restaurant (the place each breakfast and dinner is served), feels as if you might have walked right into a 1950s diner, with seating cubicles and retro furnishings scattered all through.

Though each menus usually are not as diverse as different lodges we have now stayed in, all meals weren’t solely recent and fantastically introduced however extraordinarily flavoursome too. On the helm right here is chef Tom Briggs, ex-Soho Home and Hoxton Grill, who was very thoughtful once I informed him of my shell-fish allergy, providing up as an alternative another recent fish choices.

The Magnolia Bar

The Magnolia Bar

Breakfast presents a variety of recent fruits, yogurt, pastries and bread, with an egg station for omelettes or scrambled eggs. What we cherished most was the midnight toastie service the place seize and go toasties have been accessible from 10pm all through the night time.

An alternative choice-for friends visiting The Campus (see beneath) is the on-site restaurant Dano’s- the brand new sports activities bar that has an enormous menu stuffed with recent salads, poki bowls, fish and a kids’s choice too.


The lodge has every little thing to go well with children of all ages, together with a stunning out of doors heated salt-water pool (we cherished the pop of yellow and white pinstripe parasols on the poolside bar), a fitness center, cinema room, spa and jacuzzi, tennis court docket and complimentary bikes.



It additionally has a video games room which is provided with Xboxes, ping-pong tables and a gentle soccer space.

Because the season warms up, there’s reside music and a DJ as soon as per week by the pool in addition to film nights underneath the celebs with cocktails.

Is Wi-Fi accessible?

Sure, it’s free all through.

How a lot

Rooms begin from £84 an evening, together with breakfast.

What’s close by

The ocean is lower than a minute a approach. Rio Formosa nature park, a shocking reserve is native. There are three championship golf programs and a mini golf course shut by too.

Aerial view

Aerial view of Quinta do Lago

There’s additionally the gorgeous Campus sports activities and wellness resort and complicated opened in 2018. Designed to draw prime soccer groups to Quinta do Lago throughout the summer season pre-season and Europe’s midwinter break, it has turn out to be well-liked with Premiership soccer and rugby groups, Olympic and Para-Olympic squads, efficiency athletes and coaches who’re profiting from the local weather and utilizing The Campus as their winter coaching base. There’s additionally a junior racquet academy, a soccer college, fitness center, out of doors swimming pool, yoga on the roof and infinite stunning tennis courts. It’s accessed by a complimentary lodge shuttle service.

Getting there

TAP airways function frequent flights to Faro airport, which is only a 15 minutes drive away.


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