My friend and I were down in the Algarve for a bit of R and R and were staying at a villa in Dunas Douradas. We have watched the Conrad being built for the last 5 years or so (it may be longer). When we heard it was open we decided to go and have a look round and do a recce for dinner. We walked up the beautiful and inviting driveway and were welcomed by staff at the door. We asked to see the menus for dinner and decided to book for the Gusto Restaurant.
Our booking was confirmed later in the day and we were really looking for ward to a special evening. We were not disappointed. Everything was fabulous. The quality was superb. There were two options for dinner - a selection of courses with suggested wines or an a la carte. We both chose from the a la carte although I know if my husband had been there he would definitely have taken the 5 courses and wines option. The bread offered at the table was lovely and served with normandy butter, olive oil and local and smoked salt. Yum! We started with a couple of amuse bouches and both of us ordered the pate de fois gras rolled in amaretti biscuits served with brioche. A further amuse bouche of a soup arrived followed by our chosen mains - the langoustine with pea broth and asparagus. OMG. Food heaven.
The staff were attentive without over-fawning and were helpful at all times escpecially when we needed help with choosing the wine. The views from the Gusto Restaurant dining area were spectacular looking up towards the hills and looking down on the whole hotel was very impressive.
(I knew we were somewhere special when we were offered the water menu!!).
I cannot express how wonderful this meal was, in every respect they have got it right. Well done the Conrad!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Conrad Algarve is one of the most modern 5 star hotels in the Algarve. This contemporary luxury hotel is uniquely styled, from the guest rooms to the private balconies, from the majestic spa to the five individual restaurants and bars, offering a sophisticated range of fine Portuguese and international cuisine.With an impressive setting in the exclusive, yet naturally beautiful Quinta do Lago, the Conrad Algarve is located next to the Atlantic Ocean. Reaching golden, unspoilt Algarve beaches is simple with the dedicated shuttle bus. Many internationally famous golf courses, including Quinta do Lago Sul and Laranjal are on your doorstep, as is the natural park of Ria Formosa. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Conrad Algarve Quinta Do Lago, Portugal