Just had a short news letter from Seasons to say they have pulled out of Alpinus.
It would appear that this is mainly down to disagreements with the mangement of the hotel.
Seasons hope to have acquired a new resort in the Algarve by Spring 2009 and this time the hint is that it would be wholly owned by Seasons.
This new resort in the Algarve is Alto Club - west of Carvoeiro. this is what the latest Seasons newsletter says about it:
Only one hour's drive from the region's capital, Faro, the resort is set in 18 acres of lovely sub-tropical gardens, which provides members with their own private entrance to a golden sandy beach. For keen golfers, the Alto Club also boasts its own private 18 hole championship golf course- the last to be created by the legendary Henry Cotton. This lovely part of Europe offers an annual average of 3,000 hours of sunshine, and what more could you ask than that?
Once the site of an ancient olive grove, the original farmhouse has been tastefully converted into a fitness and leisure centre, while in the restaurant, the old well, now provides water for the resort's irrigation system. Set in 18 acres of beautifully landscaped, sub-tropical gardens and water features, Alto Golf and Country Club offers very comfort and convenience, with a superb range of leisure facilities.
There is a choice of one or two bedroom units, all designed by leading architects in traditional Algarvean style. Inside the cool, spacious rooms, the unmistakable touches of award-winning interior designers can be seen everywhere. All units feature marble flooring, hand painted tiling and superb furnishings, fully fitted kitchens with microwave, dishwasher, washing machine and tumble drier, private line telephone and satellite television and all bed linen, towels, glassware, cooking utensils, crockery and cutlery.
The old quay at the nearby quaint, whitewashed fishing village of Alvor has some excellent restaurants overlooking the harbour and the resorts sits midway between the bustling port of Portimao and the historic town of Lagos, while just a short drive away is Prainha Beach, where a series of tiny coves are linked by tunnels through strange rock formations.
To the east, Carvoeiro and its pretty beach nestles between high cliffs, with several other beautiful beaches nearby. Travel west to Lagos with its quaint cobbled streets, where Henry the Navigator held his 14th century navigation school.
Close by are a number of golden beaches, as well as the famous rock formations of Ponte da Piedade.
Cape St. Vincent, 'the end of the world' is where the Atlantic rollers crash onto the sheer cliffs below Europe's most southerly lighthouse.
To the north lie the peaceful Monchique Hills, with lots of fascinating villages to explore.