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.

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    1h30 drive to Lisbon and Lisbon Airport

    20 Minutes to historic (roman and medieval) city Évora