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Anantara – Royal – Vila Viçosa Resort

A Luxury resort in an Iconic building

Vila Viçosa, The King's Village

The area of VilaViçosa has been inhabited since Antiquity, and it was the site of a settlement in Roman times. The region was part of the Visigoth kingdom and in the eighth century came under Moorish control after the Muslim conquest of Hispania. Moorish domination ended in 1217 when the region was reconquered by the Order of Aviz. In 1270, King Afonso III granted a foral (letter of feudal rights) to the incipient village of Vila Viçosa.

In the early 14th century, King Dinis I built a castle in the village, to protect it from potential Castilian incursions. In 1461, Vila Viçosa came to the hands of the House of Braganza, one of the most important houses of the nobility of Portugal. This event was crucial in the history of the village, which became the main base of the Dukes of Braganza in the next centuries. The city plan comes from the Renaissance and the city is now being considered a World Heritage Site of UNESCO.

About the Project

A luxury Resort in an iconic building that once was a Monastery then transformed into the most well-known Olive Oil factory in the area – Sofal

The investment project comprises the rehabilitation of the Monastery, built-in 1590, which will be transformed into a Luxury Resort and Spa with 60 suites, a spa, an outdoor and indoor pool, two stylish restaurants, gardens, and villas.

The Investment Project aims to revive the allure of the Monastery ensuring a pleasant and comfortable stay during any time of the year and the Resort will be managed by an international hospitality brand.

The historical uniqueness of the building will be preserved by means of combining contemporary luxury details and the charm of classic furniture pieces. It intends to offer a set of timeless spaces associated with a service of high efficiency. The Resort will be managed by an international hospitality brand.

Anantara believes “Life is a Journey”

Everyday life is filled with opportunities to seek the exceptional, encounter the new, and widen our horizons. For our worldly guests, a stay at Anantara is just one more chapter in a lifetime of travel and exploration. And we intend to make it an extraordinary one

The Anantara experience was born in 2001 with our first luxury property in Thailand’s historic seaside retreat of Hua Hin. From that day forward, we expanded throughout the world to cosmopolitan cities, lush islands, desert sands, heritage destinations, uncharted beaches, and contemporary resort destinations. Today’s portfolio spans Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Malaysia, Maldives, Mauritius, Mozambique, Oman, Portugal, Qatar, Spain, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, Vietnam, and Zambia.

Our thoughtfully designed luxury hotels and resorts provide windows into the genuine modern character of each destination. Inside and outside each property, travelers engage with the places, people, and stories that make the destination like nowhere else in the world. Guests curate a lifetime of memories through personal experiences, as Anantara opens doors and enables journeys of adventure and indulgence.

Investment Plan

The total Investment amount is €31 Million.

The Exit Plan

Portuguese Golden Visa

The Golden Visa Program is one of the fastest and more reliable choices for foreign investors or third-country nationals who want to be granted a residence permit, through investment activities conducted within Portugal territory. The main benefits of the program are the various choices of investments, a quick and unbureaucratic procedure and, lastly, a minimal requirement for residency. This makes the portuguese Golden Visa the fastest-growing investment immigration program in Europe.

Who is golden Visa intended for

The Portuguese Golden Visa Program is intended for all third-country nationals who exercise an investment activity, either personally or through a company incorporated in Portugal or in another EU State and having a permanent establishment in Portugal.

Why invest in Portugal

The Portugal Golden Visa program has proven to be one of the most popular schemes in Europe, attracting many investors due to its flexibility and the benefits provided.

Since its launching in 2012, the Golden Visa program has been actively promoted internationally by the Portuguese Government, allowing the investors to obtain a residency permit, which may include its family.

Real Estate Investment

The property market in Portugal like many southern European countries suffered from the credit crisis and prices in 2015 are typically 20% – 30% below their peak. However there is a clear turn in the market and property above the €500,000 investment visa limit is seeing huge demand particularly in the capital, Lisbon.

Investors buying into the real estate market in Portugal for the Golden Visa now have excellent prospects for capital gain in the coming years. Advice is recommended for serious buyers as there are clear distinctions between typical vacation homes on the coast in Portugal and city properties such as Lisbon.

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Services / Activities


1h30 drive to Lisbon and Lisbon Airport

20 Minutes to historic (roman and medieval) city Évora