Kimpton brand from IHG Hotels & Resorts is going to have its opening in Portugal's Algarve

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Published on 12/10/23 - Updated on 12/10/23

Kimpton Algarve São Rafael Atlántico

IHG Hotels & Resorts, a global leader in the field of hospitality, is set to make a significant mark in Portugal's Algarve region with the introduction of its Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants brand.

The signing of Kimpton Algarve São Rafael Atlántico signifies a remarkable step in expanding IHG's Luxury & Lifestyle offerings in Europe. With a rich portfolio of 93 operational hotels in this segment and 57 more in development, Kimpton's arrival in Portugal is a milestone.

This venture, realized through a franchise agreement with Highgate Portugal, is scheduled to welcome guests in 2025. The Kimpton Algarve São Rafael Atlántico is set to offer 149 guest rooms, over 1,300 square meters of versatile meeting spaces, and a wide range of restaurants and bars. Moreover, the hotel's commitment to wellness will be evident with its indoor and outdoor pools, equipped gym, and a holistic spa experience.

The interior design concept of this hotel, which is located in front of the beach, draws inspiration from the Algarve's natural beauty and cultural heritage. The property will be surrounded by vibrant orange groves, stunning azulejos that pay homage to the region's rich traditions.

The Kimpton Algarve São Rafael Atlántico enjoys a beachfront location, just steps away from Sao Rafael beach, which is often listed among the top ten beaches in the Algarve, framed by striking limestone cliffs. Moreover, it's conveniently close to Albufeira, a lively coastal town known for its whitewashed houses, 18th-century churches, shops, and bustling bars.

“What a milestone to be able to sign our first Kimpton property in Portugal. We have focused on building our presence in the country, especially in the Luxury & Lifestyle segment with our recently opened first Vignette Collection hotels in Lisbon and Porto which complement our three existing InterContinental properties and a Six Senses in Douro Valley. This signing shows the confidence that owners have in our Luxury & Lifestyle expertise, market knowledge and enterprise, as well as the appetite that guests have for the Kimpton brand. It promises to be a stunning hotel and we look forward to welcoming our first guests in 2025.”- Mrs Willemijn Geels, VP Development, Europe, IHG Hotels & Resorts.

 “We are proud to bring the first Kimpton hotel to one of Portugal’s most popular tourist destinations together with IHG Hotels & Resorts. We’ve seen the success of the brand across Europe in countries like Spain, France, Netherlands and the UK, and we think this hotel will be a perfect addition to the portfolio. We are delighted to work together to realise the full potential of this property and show our continued investment in the local area.- Alexandre Solleiro, CEO of Highgate Portugal.

IHG currently operates 19 hotels across six brands in Portugal, encompassing Six Senses, InterContinental, Vignette Collection, Crowne Plaza, Holiday Inn and Holiday Inn Express. In the Iberian Peninsula, IHG maintains 66 open hotels and an extensive pipeline of 26 upcoming properties, reaffirming its commitment to the region's hospitality landscape.

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