Oitavos Dunes

Oitavos Dunes

Oitavos Dunes

Oitavos Dunes | NCG Top 100s: European Golf Resorts

Oitavos Dunes is on the westernmost point of Continental Europe, based near Cascais in Portugal, with the resort providing incredible views of the Atlantic Ocean. With a championship level golf course, world class hotel and an incredible spa, Oitavos Dunes is a wonderful place for a golfing break.

The golf course itself achieved its championship status when it hosted a DP World Tour event in the 2000s. From 2005 to 2009, Oitavos Dunes was the proud host of the Open de Portugal on four occasions. Paul Broadhurst and Gregory Bourdy were among the winners on the Arthur Hills design, one of just two European designs from the world renowned golf course architect. With elevated tees, views of the Atlantic, and tree-lined fairways, Oitavos Dunes provides a great test of golf in an incredible location.

The Oitavos Hotel is an amazing piece of architecture, and nestled in the Sintra-Cascais National Park. Rooms, lofts and suites face either east or west, providing incredible views of either the sunrise or the sunset. The hotel provides plenty of activities, including cycling, horse riding and water sports.

The Oitavos Hotel also plays host to its own world class Spa facility. The Spa at Oitavos is the home to a Balneotherapy Area, which allows guests to relax and unwind using the medicinal effects that heated sea water gives to the body. Treatments and massages are also on offer from a team of certified professionals. 

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Oitavos Dunes Overview | NCG Top 100s: European Golf Resorts

Golf With Atlantic Views

Oitavos Dunes is one of the newest golf courses in the region, based in the Sintra-Cascais National Park, and it has been designed and built with sensitive development to make sure the region is not threatened. The renowned Arthur Hills was the man to design the course, which is one of only two in Europe to boast his name. 

The course provides incredible views of the Atlantic Ocean, thanks to its elevated tees. The majority of holes are tree-lined, which means the course requires accuracy off the tee. The back nine opens up slightly more, with the par-3 14th hole being the course’s signature hole. Playing over a ravine that runs along the right hand side. With the wind coming in off the Atlantic, it requires a solid tee shot.

The venue’s status as a championship level resort was stamped when it hosted the Open de Portugal, a DP World Tour event, in the 2000s. Oitavos Dunes played host in 2005, and then from 2007 to 2009. Amateur Pablo Martin was the victor in 2007, with Paul Broadhurst, Gregory Bourdy and Michael Hoey also being victorious at the event in Oitavos.

The Oitavos Hotel

The Oitavos Hotel is a unique luxury five star hotel in Cascais that services the golf club. The hotel offers a wide array of accommodation levels, from rooms to suites and lofts. The rooms are located on the first floor of The Oitavos, which are Premium and Superior. The Premium rooms face to the West for the sunsets on the balcony, while guests can watch the sunrise from the Superior room balconies, which face the East.

Next are the Lofts, of which there are three types; Premium, Superior and Superior Corner. Like the rooms, the Premium and Superior rooms face either side of the hotel, but the Lofts at Oitavos Dunes also feature a living room as well as the bedroom.

The Atlantic and The Oitavos are the hotel’s two suites, which both have bedrooms, living room and dining areas, as well as wrap-around balconies around the corner of the hotel. The most exclusive accommodation at Oitavos Dunes is The Forte. It is a private villa which has a king-sized bedroom with a whirlpool bath. There is also a separate living and dining area, with The Forte also having a private sundeck and swimming pool. 

The Spa at Oitavos

The Oitavos Hotel also plays host to its own world class Spa facility. At the Spa at Oitavos, guests are invited to relax while enjoying the beauty of Sintra-Cascais Natural Park. During a stay at the spa, there are plenty of treatments and massages to help guests unwind and release the stress and tension from the body, mind and soul.

The Balneotherapy Area allows relaxation through the medicinal effects of heated sea water. Guests can work out in the pool and practise their swimming techniques, or allow the powerful jets in the pool to help relieve stress points in the body. There are also sauna circuits, a Turkish bath and ice fountain in the Balneotherapy Area.

The Spa at Oitavos offers a completely natural approach to well-being with a host of organic and ocean-inspired beauty and health treatments. The Spa features eight treatment rooms, with six of those being filled with natural light and views into the wild surroundings. There is also meditation, yoga, facial treatments and a package which offers afternoon tea with a spa treatment.

Activities at Oitavos

The entire property at The Oitavos allows for excitement and activities. A day of cycling along the coastline or exploring the renowned beaches and surf spots, the Sintra-Cascais National Park or the picturesque villages nearby.

The Equestrian Center, which is only five minutes away from the hotel, has a variety of activities for all abilities and ages. Guests can also enjoy a scenic bike ride along the Atlantic Ocean, on the edge of the Sintra-Cascais National Park, or they can explore the property’s trails with views of the mountains. 

With the close proximity of the Atlantic Ocean, it is perhaps no surprise that watersports are a big thing at Oitavos Dunes. The Guincho beaches are perfect for surfers, and those who like to bodyboard and kitesurf due to the waves and the winds.

FAQs at Oitavos Dunes

Where is Oitavos Dunes located?
Oitavos Dunes is located just outside of Cascais in Portugal, on the very western coast of the country. The venue has views of the North Atlantic Ocean, and is only 40km from Portugal’s capital city, Lisbon.

What is the nearest airport to Oitavos Dunes?
Portugal’s capital also is host to the nearest major airport to Oitavos Dunes. The airport is located at the north of the city, so it is a slightly longer journey by car than it is to the city centre. Oitavos Dunes is situated around 45 minutes to the west of Lisbon Airport, which has daily flights to the majority of European countries. 

What golf facilities does Oitavos Dunes offer?
Along with the championship level golf course, Oitavos Dunes also has a driving range which is 300 metres long. There is a short game practice area, which includes a green, bays to chip from and several bunkers. Two putting greens make up the practice facilities at Oitavos. 

Does Oitavos Dunes offer golf lessons?
Resident PGA-qualified professionals provide guests with an excellent opportunity to enhance their golfing experience at Oitavos Dunes. From private lessons and tuition to group lessons and clinics, golfers can hone their game at Oitavos. 

What are the green fees at Oitavos Dunes?
Oitavos Dunes will cost different amounts depending on the time of week and time of year. From March-June and from September-November, a round will cost €191 on the weekend and €161 through the week. Prices can go as low as €84 for a midweek round through the winter months.

What accommodation is on offer at Oitavos Dunes?
There are several different types of accommodation at Oitavos Dunes. Rooms, suites and lofts face either east or west from the hotel with incredible views of either the sunrise or sunset. There is also a private villa, The Forte, which has its own sundeck and private swimming pool.

What other resorts and courses are nearby?
Next door to Oitavos Dunes is the Quinta da Marinha resort, which is also on the NCG Top 100 European Golf Resorts list. Penha Longa, another resort on the list, is located about 20 minutes to the north of Oitavos. There is also the Clube de Golf do Estoril, which is 15 minutes to the east of Oitavos.

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