Anantara Hotels, Resorts & Spas has unveiled plans to convert a former monastery in Vila Viçosa, Portugal into a new five-star hotel. Anantara Royal Vila Viçosa will launch in 2024 as the second Anantara property in the country.
Located in the emerging tourism region of Alentejo, Vila Viçosa is known as the “Princess of Alentejo” and is considered one of the most charming jewels of the area.
The property will feature 50 guest rooms, 10 suites, 16 residences, an outdoor and indoor swimming pool and multiple dining options including a stylish restaurant and bar, a private fine dining area and a wine cellar. An Anantara Spa, a fitness room and three conference rooms will also be part of the resort’s amenities.
The project is a strategic partnership between the Portuguese Group Investaureum and Anantara that will lure experience-led authentic luxury to property. The interior design will be led by the award-winning global architecture, urbanism and design studio Broadway Malyan with the aim of keeping the history of the existing building front of mind and respecting the vast history and heritage of Vila Viçosa, to create a truly relaxing and sophisticated retreat.
Anantara Royal Vila Viçosa will be spread over three floors, with three restaurants, a 40-metre outdoor swimming pool, an Anantara Spa with an indoor pool, in addition to the residences.
Anantara debuted in Europe in 2017 with the launch of a tranquil oasis on the Portuguese Southern coast, Anantara Vilamoura Algarve Resort, followed by a luxury retreat in Marbella, Anantara Villa Padierna Palace Resort. The brand has continued its expansion in Europe with properties including Anantara Palazzo Naiadi Rome and Anantara New York Palace Budapest, with further openings to come later in the year.
Lead image: Dining room render, Anantara Royal Vila Viçosa