Celebrate life with the Vidamar Resort Hotel Algarve

Everyone’s personal and professional life has its special moments, events and celebrations.

The VidaMar Resort Hotel Algarve represents the ideal place to mark any such occasion. It’s a place where planning a big event is easy, thanks to exceptional facilities and a team of specialist professionals.

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From accommodation to dining, indoors or out, everything is on hand to make any event a success. Congresses, corporate events, weddings, stag or hen outings and even divorce parties are just some of the events that the VidaMar Resort Hotel Algarve has already hosted.

“We demand of ourselves flexibility and creativity to meet the needs of the market and our customers,” says Aúrea Castro, events supervisor at the VidaMar Resort Hotel Algarve. “We see all the requests we receive as a challenge, with the aim of ensuring that events are held here and are a success.”

Everything begins with direct contact with the client, to understand their objectives and needs, and build up trust. After that, it’s a matter of choosing where the event should take place. The choice of spaces is huge!

For wedding ceremonies, one possible setting is the pergola with a sea view in a garden that’s ideal for a cocktail party or exclusive dinner, as well as various restaurants.

For corporate events, the VidaMar Resort Hotel Algarve can offer 13 rooms, the largest 546 m2, with natural light and two large terraces that are ideal for coffee breaks.

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Our events team is ready to realise the dreams and needs of our clients, for example with team-building exercises, special decorations or themed parties, or other activities organised on site or out and about.

Add to all this a unique ingredient: the Algarve!

“The Algarve is known for its cuisine, it Mediterranean climate and the colours of the landscape and sea. As well as being a great holiday destination it is also the ideal place to host big events” notes Raquel Gonçalves, group sales coordinator for the VidaMar Resort Hotel Algarve.
“It’s important to offer a good experience so we stay in the memory of those who visit or stay with us,” she continues. “We want them to come back several times, whether for personal or professional reasons.”

When a meal is so much more!

There is a whole story and a team behind every meal served at the Vidamar Resort Hotel Algarve.

Chef Miguel Teixeira opened the doors to his kitchen to show us in the following video how he achieves a fusion between the Algarve and Japan in one delicious dish.

“We’ll use the sea bass that we brought fresh from the market this morning,” he explains. “We’ll use shrimp, sweet potato, which is quite well known here in the Algarve, peppers, peas, sautéed fresh asparagus, ito togarashi red chili, and wasabi peas.”

Each ingredient is prepared with rigour and care to guarantee the best combinaton of flavours.

With guaranteed quality and flavour for each ingredient used, Chef Miguel Teixeira ensures that each takes up its own place in the dish.
The quality of the ingredients, their preparation, how they are plated up, the presentation and the service all form part of the gastronomic experience that we offer in each of the restaurants at the Vidamar Resort Hotel Algarve.

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Start 2017 with a bang at Vidamar Resort Hotel Algarve!

Inspired by the 12 strokes of the clock that mark the start of the new year, we have resolved to show you how the Vidamar Resorts & Hotels Algarve is getting ready to give guests an unforgettable New Year’s Eve!

  • First stroke: Our New Year’s Eve is celebrated with a Tropicalia theme, inspired by the glamour of Brazil and Havana of the 1930s, 40s and 50s.
  • Second stroke: A gala dinner with a five-course tasting menu will take you on a voyage around the world of textures and flavours. Each dish is designed to surprise… here with crunchy tidbits, there with smoke and even… delicious explosions!
  • Third stroke: Gala buffet offering a tour of more traditional flavours, with some food prepared before you.
  • Fourth stroke: Welcoming and glamorous decor.
  • Fifth stroke: Live music and shows.
  • Sixth stroke: Live Latin jazz with the trio Les Triplettes.
  • Seventh stroke: Our hospitality.
  • Eighth stroke: Spacious and welcoming rooms.
  • Ninth stroke: A unique setting amid the Algarve’s nature and sea.
  • Tenth stroke: The mild climate.
  • Eleventh stroke: Fireworks show by the outdoor poll with our master of ceremonies, ‘Carmen Miranda’.
  • Twelfth stroke: Brunch on January 1, designed to ensure you start 2017 with more energy! Natural fruit juices and detox shakes, plus a healthy corner with delicious fresh salads.

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At the Koi restaurant our chef stands ready to prepare your desired dish in front of you.

To keep those with a sweet tooth happy, our pastry chef has already drawn up a tempting dessert menu.
Now that you know about 12 of the many reasons that welcoming in the New Year at Vidamar is the right choice, we will tell you about a Portugues tradition associated with this date.

In Portugal there are various rituals that are observed in order to ensure good luck in the year that is just starting, including eating a raisin and making a wish at the sound of each stroke of the clock. Jumping from a chair with money in your hand or hopping on your right leg at the last stroke, making noise with pots and pans to keep bad luck away, or diving into a chilly sea are among the acts that supposedly bring good luck and success in the new year.

With or without these rituals, one thing is for sure:
Vidamar Resorts & Hotels Algarve wishes you all a Happy New Year!

This Christmas, you will feel at home at the Vidamar Algarve

The Christmas spirit has swept through Vidamar Resort Hotel Algarve and into every corner and every member of our team!

Everything is ready for us to offer you a charming, comfortable, friendly and tasty Christmas.

“For Christmas we have prepared a family-style concept,” explains the executive chef of Vidamar Resorts & Hotels, Miguel Teixeira. “The idea is to gather our guests in an ambience that combines comfort and tradition so that people can really feel at home.”

Take a voyage through Portuguese cuisine with our Christmas menus. Our chefs have reinterpreted traditional savoury and sweet recipes, and will be preparing them for you.

The dishes will be based on traditional Christmas ones, but always with a natural touch and details, and updated for the present day,” says Chef Teixeira. “Of course there will also be our traditional dishes and delicacies, such as Bolo Rei (Portuguese Christmas cake), rabanadas (sugared French toast), sonhos (fried doughnuts), bacalhau (salt cod) and turkey.

Bacalhau com chalotas (codfish with shallots), cabrito à padeiro com grelos (roast goat and potatoes with greens), bacalhau à pescador (codfish with shellfish) and peru com castanhas (turkey with chestnuts) are among the mains for Christmas Eve dinner and Christmas Day lunch that await you at the Vidamar Resort Hotel Algarve.

Gastronomy is a big feature of a traditional Portuguese Christmas, but at the Vidamar Algarve Christmas is much more!

The mild Algarve winter means that walks along the beach and the various activities taking place at the Vidamar will guarantee you an unforgettable Christmas experience.
The Algarve’s main towns are all decked out for the festive season and in each one you can find a genuine Algarve flavour and examples of traditional ways of celebrating Christmas, whether it is in the many local sweets or the traditional presépios (Christmas cribs) on display.

You are hereby invited to spend the holidays with us and find out why Christmas at the Vidamar has a charm all its own!

Our christmas menus:
Christmas Buffet
Christmas Menu

Start the New Year with the VidaMar Resort Hotel Algarve

This region bathed by sea and sun is also a great place to spend special dates such as New Year’s Eve.

“We have high expectations for the New Year because it is a festive season that is important in the Algarve, and we will make sure to celebrate it in an interesting way,” says the director of operations of the Vidamar Resort Hotel Algarve, Nuno Salvador.

With that in mind, the Vidamar has created a special programme for New Year’s Eve 2016/2017 on the theme of Tropicalia.

Everything is in place to guarantee unforgettable moments with a celebration inspired by sophisticated high-society parties of the 1930s to 1950s.

Say “Chica Chica Boom Chic” to 2016 – à la Carmen Miranda – and start 2017 with rhythm, glamour, colour, fun and joy.
A gala dinner and entertainment from the trio Les Triplettes, dancers, fireworks, a DJ and other surprises have been prepared for you to ring in the New Year with us.
Everything is set for our team to achieve the objective that Nuno Salvador outlines in the video we present today.

“Our objective is to be your favourite hotel for holidays,” the director of operations says. “That’s our focus: being our clients top choice.”.

Discover the Algarve all year round with the Vidamar Resort Hotel Algarve.

Algarve Chefs Week benefit on December 9

Vidamar Resort Hotel Algarve is to host the Algarve Chefs Week fundraiser

It is a Christmas tradition: chefs from the restaurants of 11 five-star Algarve hotels, are once more coming together to prepare the Algarve Chefs Week benefit dinner. This year all money generated by the event – which is to be held on December 9 at the Vidamar Resort Hotel Algarve – is to be donated to regional institutions Apatris 21 and APEXA.

Preparation of the menu for the Algarve Chefs Week event begins with “healthy debate and takes into consideration local seasonal products,” explains Miguel Teixeira, Executive Chef at the Vidamar Resort Hotel Algarve. “Lots are drawn and the chefs are divided into various groups: starter, fish dish, meat dish, dessert,” he goes on.

“Then we choose the ingredients, the garnishes, the sauces, the decorations, the various textures – a thousand and one elements that go to make up each dish – without forgetting the element of surprise when it arrives at your table.”.

This dinner prepared by some of the Algarve’s top hotel chefs will set you back just 30 euros, which also includes admission to a concert by João Só, an artist who this year is adding his support to the cause. “In a season as special as Christmas, it is always a pleasure, a source of great pride and at the same time a challenge to be able to contribute to help these institutions, and to have the Vidamar hosting this event,” stresses Chef Miguel Teixeira. For the fundraising dinner the hope is to have a full house, selling out the 300 places available. “It’s a way for all of us to be able to contribute to offer an early Christmas gift to these people.

So put it in your diary: the Algarve Chefs Week benefit with a concert by João Só is on December 9. Tickets are available at the 11 hotels taking part, including the Vidamar Resort Hotel Algarve.

Aquatica Kids World – where smiles and joy are inevitable!

Junior guests at Vidamar Resort Hotel Algarve will find a unique corner for them here: Aquatica Kids World. It’s the ideal place to make new friends and play!

Games, toys, handicrafts, children’s theatre, face painting, aquatic activities, treasure hunts, a mini disco, pirate’s day and various sports such as archery are just some of the activities available.

Because playing is also an opportunity to learn, staff overseeing the organised activities make sure to include an educational element in them, explains Bárbara Müller, who heads the team.

Each season of the year brings different outdoor activities, but the cinema night and the camping-out night are among those that attract the most children.
Access is free, with the exception of certain one-off activities, and they are aimed at children aged four to 11 of all different nationalities.

“What we aim to achieve is that children leave here happy,” comments Müller. “After all, our mission is spreading smiles.”
The important thing, she stresses, is that “they leave here satisfied and above all with a desire to come back!”

Aquatica Kids World is a place full of joy and good humour, conceived with the objective of giving our younger guests unforgettable holidays.
Get to know our team and Aquatica Kids World in the video above.

Fresh Algarve fish served at Vidamar

There’s a whole story and a whole team behind every dish served at VidaMar Resort Hotel Algarve.

Fresh ingredients of the finest quality make all the difference, explains executive Chef Miguel Teixeira as he shops for fresh fish at the Caliços municipal market in Albufeira.

Bathed by the cold waters of the Atlantic Ocean, the Algarve coast is known for its top-quality fresh fish, which can be bought in local markets.

Among traditional fish-based local dishes, Chef Teixeira highlights fresh grilled fish such as robalo (sea bass) and dourada (gilthead bream), as well as caldeiradas – fish stews – for example made with a mix of raia (ray) with safio (conger eel) and tamboril (monkfish).

The Algarve’s municipal markets are not just places to buy fresh ingredients but also fascinating spots to visit – both for their architectural interest and as great places to get a taste of local life.

The century-old municipal markets of Loulé and Olhão are probably the region’s most famous. On Saturdays, they are surrounded by stalls set up by local producers to showcase their seasonal wares.

Don’t miss the next video in which we go from the market to the kitchen of the Koy restaurant, where our chef, Miguel Teixeira, is to prepare his sea bass.

Discover the Algarve all year round, luminous and safe

The Algarve has increasingly been advertising its cultural and natural secrets, while building a reputation as a safe holiday destination – all year round, thanks its mild, sunny climate.

 

In the far south of Portugal is a region with Europe’s mildest climate and more days of sunshine a year than any other, at about 300: the Algarve. Its mild, relatively dry winters and hot summers are the result of the twin influences of the Atlantic and Mediterranean Sea and its proximity to North Africa.

With so many days of sunshine it is a great place both for holidays and for work.

Unique light

“It is clearly one of the sunniest, most luminous areas of Europe,” says the president of the Algarve regional tourist board, Desidério Silva. “The Algarve is a region with lots of light – fantastic light.”, conta o presidente da Região de Turismo do Algarve, Desidério Silva.

This luminosity is ever more popular with cinema directors who opt to shoot their films in the Algarve, but it also guarantees holiday photos in colours that will make your friends jealous!

 

Aside from such factors, there is a whole panoply of ways to enjoy the region, from nature-oriented, cultural or sporting activities, such as bird watching, walking, cycling or local cuisine.

You can’t ski in the Algarve but you can explore the mountains and hills of the interior, the coast, the Ria Formosa estuary, the Rota Vicentina coastal walking route and the Guadiana valley, all thanks to the mild climate,”, says Silva.

Safe, relaxed holidays

The land is here all year round, as are the local products, the climate and the safety”, he points out.

These days safety can count for a lot when people are choosing where to go on holiday.

We all see people in the region going about their daily life and going out at night without problems”, says the tourist board president. “The Algarve is a family destination and one where you will see lots of people on the streets.”

Safety is important not only for the region’s residents but also for visitors, and has been a key factor in establishing the region as a top tourist destination.

Take a trip around the world with a special wine list

Dining at the VidaMar Hotels & Resorts Algarve offers the chance to take a trip around the world, in terms of both food and wine.

Our team has stocked our cellar with wines from all over the world, compiling an excellent list featuring wines from France, Germany, Australia, California, South America and, of course, Portugal.

“We have a vast range of wines from around the globe so that guests can tour the world and not just the Algarve,” explains Fábio Freitas, Food & Beverage assistant at the VidaMar Resort Hotel Algarve.

Sampling fine wines from the Algarve itself can be a great way to get to know the region.

At several regional wine estates the vineyard and winery are open to the public, with visitors able to sample wines and take part in guided tastings.

“All the wines we work with may be tasted at one of the wineries that we work with,” stresses Freitas.

Behind this wine list is a team who actively seek out leading wines and new names, so as to offer something for new guests and regulars.

“What we want is for people to relax and enjoy the setting that we have created especially for them, with just one objective: to be our customers’ favourite hotel,” Freitas declares.