Our bags and golf clubs were whisked away and we were taken for a welcome drink on the long balcony of the O Terraco restaurant, on the first floor of the hotel. We leaned against the balcony and took our time drinking in the views. Below us the swimming pool was a source of laughter and joy as children and their parents enjoyed the cool waters. It emphasised the resort’s true audience.
Cool, Calm and Comfortable
The rooms were perfect, both in their understated style and their comfort. Muted greens and greys exuded a cool chic, and the bed was about seven feet wide. Families of four can rent these rooms with a spare bed/cot… but there is little need with a bed that size.
Then came the tour. We were driven around in golf carts and shown the different types of houses that guests can rent – from one to three bedrooms. There are some with private pools and gardens, some with balconies on either side to catch the morning and evening light, and all of them with clean, elegant lines and comfortable décor. They’re even installing solar panels (tube and photovoltaic) to help turn the place carbon neutral.
With the tour done we were deposited at Club 98 at the far end of the resort, where many of the sports activities (non-sea related) are based. Mountain-biking was yet to come, but for that afternoon’s entertainment it was Padel tennis – it’s a cross between squash and tennis, with glass walls at the end and along the sides. It’s a thoroughly entertaining sport but the rules will keep you confused. Vasco, our ever-enthusiastic instructor, kept explaining them – and joining in – but we mostly made them up as we went along.
I pretty much disappeared as well, when Christina got her hands on me at the spa.