Resort Evaluate: The Magnolia Resort, Quinta do Lago, Portugal

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

The resort 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 youngsters and grownup camps with skilled sports activities stars.

Who for

It’s excellent for households as there’s a lot a lot on supply. Additionally it is an ideal base for sports activities fans.


The resort includes 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 circumstances) and aqua blue (the loos tiles) all over the place you look you discover a contact of the Palm Springs color palette. All rooms have tremendous comfortable beds with 300 thread rely cotton sheets, steam showers and TV. Commonplace rooms can be found for 2 friends, suites for 2  adults plus a toddler and cottages comprise of two bedrooms and a lounge and kitchenette (appropriate for 4 adults and two youngsters)

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

Foods and drinks

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

Though each menus should not as diversified as different motels now we have stayed in, all meals weren’t solely contemporary and superbly offered 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 a substitute another contemporary fish choices.

The Magnolia Bar

The Magnolia Bar

Breakfast gives a variety of contemporary 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 had been accessible from 10pm all through the night time.

Another choice-for friends visiting The Campus (see under) is the on-site restaurant Dano’s- the brand new sports activities bar that has an enormous menu filled with contemporary salads, poki bowls, fish and a youngsters’s choice too.


The resort has all the pieces to swimsuit children of all ages, together with a stunning outside heated salt-water pool (we cherished the pop of yellow and white pinstripe parasols on the poolside bar), a health club, cinema room, spa and jacuzzi, tennis courtroom and complimentary bikes.



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

Because the season warms up, there’s dwell music and a DJ as soon as per week by the pool in addition to film nights underneath the celebrities 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 means. 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 beautiful 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 change into in style with Premiership soccer and rugby groups, Olympic and Para-Olympic squads, efficiency athletes and coaches who’re benefiting from the local weather and utilizing The Campus as their winter coaching base. There’s additionally a junior racquet academy, a soccer college, health club, outside swimming pool, yoga on the roof and infinite stunning tennis courts. It’s accessed by a complimentary resort shuttle service.

Getting there

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


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