Onyria Quinta da Marinha Hotel wins sustainability award

The Onyria Quinta da Marinha Hotel has again been recognised for its commitment to sustainability, receiving the “Economic Sustainability in Hospitality” award from the prestigious Great Hotels of the World. This accolade, part of the Sustainable Future awards, highlights the hotel‘s support for the Mozambican project Girl Move Academy, which focuses on promoting female education and leadership.

The Onyria Group, a testament to the vision of its founder José Carlos Pinto Coelho, has been a pioneer in sustainable hospitality for nearly 30 years. The group’s journey began in 1986 with the acquisition of a portion of Quinta da Marinha in Cascais. This marked the birth of the Onyria Quinta da Marinha Hotel, the group’s first major hotel management project and a significant milestone in its commitment to sustainably offering the best life experiences. Today, the hotel stands as the ‘birthplace’ and headquarters of Onyria, a living testament to the group’s enduring legacy.

Onyria Quinta da Marinha Hotel recognition

Paulo Figueiredo, the general manager of the Onyria Quinta da Marinha Hotel, expressed pride in the recognition and reaffirmed the hotel’s dedication to sustainable tourism. “We want to continue on the path of more sustainable and conscious tourism, both environmentally and economically and socially,” Figueiredo stated in an interview with the prestigious media TNews. “This award is yet another acknowledgement of the work we have done and intend to continue.”

This is the second consecutive year the Sustainable Future Awards have honoured the hotel. Last year, it was recognised in the category of Sustainable Events for its eco-friendly conferences. The awards highlight sustainability initiatives across various domains of environmental, economic, and event organisation.

Over the years, the Onyria Quinta da Marinha Hotel, located 30 kilometres from Lisbon, has pioneered a range of unique sustainability initiatives. Nestled in the pristine Sintra-Cascais Park, the hotel provides guests with bicycles for eco-friendly exploration within the resort. In a bold move towards electric mobility, the hotel has replaced traditional golf course buggies with sleek electric motorcycles since 2020, setting a new standard for sustainable golfing experiences.

The Onyria Group

The Onyria Group owns several properties, including the Onyria Quinta da Marinha Hotel, Villas, Golf course in Cascais, and A House in Estoril. The Onyria Quinta da Marinha Golf course, designed by the renowned American architect Robert Trent Jones, offers an 18-hole, par 71 course that stretches 5,870 meters between Cascais and Cabo da Roca. This course combines challenging play with the scenic beauty of the Atlantic Ocean and the Sintra Mountains, providing an unforgettable experience for golfers.

Onyria Group locations, especially The Onyria Quinta da Marinha Golf course, are in high demand among Tee Times Golf Agency clients looking for the best experiences for their Portugal golf holidays.

Terras da Comporta: The Torre Course by Sergio Garcia opens in 2025

Portugal has long been hailed as the premier golf destination in the world, and The Torre Course developed by Vanguard Properties is poised to reinforce this reputation. Situated an hour south of Lisbon, the course boasts stunning natural sandy terrain designed to blend seamlessly with its environment. 

Azalea Public Relations recently interviewed golf legend Sergio Garcia, who eagerly anticipates the grand unveiling of his first major golf course design project. Excitement is being built for The Torre Course at Terras da Comporta, which is set to open in Portugal next summer. Garcia’s involvement marks a significant milestone, as this par-72 layout will be his first complete design responsibility. The Spaniard’s vision underscores sustainable methods, ensuring the course harmonises with the breathtaking landscapes and nearby pristine beaches of Comporta.

“The site is located in striking scenery, just a couple of kilometres from the stunning beaches of Comporta, and the land has all the ingredients for a spectacular golf course. It’s an attractive spot for a golf course, and we’re building it using the best sustainable methods,” said Garcia.

The Torre Course design

The Torre Course, measuring 6,575 meters from the back tees, promises a challenging yet enjoyable experience for golfers of all skill levels. Garcia has crafted a mix of risk-and-reward holes featuring tight fairways and small greens. “We have tried to fit the course as naturally as possible into the landscape to give the guests the feeling that the holes were shaped together with the surroundings by time. Players will find large, sandy waste bunkers along the not-too-overly wide fairways.”

Rodrigo Ulrich, Director of Golf at Terras da Comporta, echoed Garcia’s enthusiasm. “It’s been an amazing first year for The Dunas Course, and we’re expecting people to be just as excited when they see The Torre Course.”

The grand unveiling of The Torre Course coincides with The Dunas Course continuing to garner global recognition, recently being acclaimed as the top golf course in Portugal by Leading Courses. This prestigious accolade underscores the exceptional design, surroundings, maintenance, and hospitality Terras da Comporta offers, assuring golf enthusiasts of an unparalleled experience.

Tee Times Golf Agency presents extraordinary golf and tourism packages for those looking for the ultimate Portugal golf holidays. These offers grant access to world-class courses like The Torre and The Dunas, guaranteeing an unforgettable experience in the world’s finest golf destination. Whether you’re a seasoned pro or a casual player, Portugal promises top-notch play amidst awe-inspiring scenery and luxurious accommodations.

It will be the turn to inaugurate The Torre Course next year. And one thing is evident: golf in Portugal does not stop growing. 


Photos by: Azalea Public Relations.

Natural masterpiece: the allure of Oitavos Dunes Golf Course

Nestled within the breathtaking landscapes of the Sintra-Cascais Natural Park and close to Lisbon lies a golfing gem epitomising the marriage of natural beauty and masterful design: Oitavos Dunes Golf Course. Crafted by the reputable Arthur Hills and unveiled to golfers in 2001, this par 71 course stands as a testament to Hills’ prowess in seamlessly integrating the course with its surroundings while offering an exhilarating challenge to players of all levels.

As one of the premier offerings from Tee Times Golf Agency for those looking for their best golf holiday experiences, Oitavos Dunes promises an unparalleled journey through Portugal’s golfing paradise. 

From the moment golfers set foot on the meticulously maintained greens of Oitavos Dunes, they are treated to a visual feast of rolling fairways, imposing sand dunes, and sweeping views of the Atlantic Ocean. The course’s name pays homage to its distinctive feature – the natural sand dunes punctuating the landscape, providing aesthetic allure and strategic intrigue.

Oitavos Dunes distinguishes itself not only through its stunning vistas but also through its commitment to environmental stewardship. As the first golf course in Europe to be awarded the prestigious Audubon Gold Certificate, Oitavos sets a gold standard in sustainability, harmonising the thrill of the game with respect for the natural habitat.

Golfers embarking on a round at Oitavos Dunes are met with a diverse array of thrilling challenges, from navigating the undulating terrain to strategising around well-placed bunkers and the occasional winds that sweep in from the ocean surrounded by the splendour of nature at its most awe-inspiring.

The international acclaim bestowed upon Oitavos Dunes is a testament and a guarantee of its status as a world-class golf destination. It proudly stands as the lone Portuguese course to grace the illustrious Top 100 Golf Courses of the World list by Golf Magazine, with enduring appeal and universal acclaim within the golfing community.

For those seeking an exclusive and unforgettable golfing experience with Tee Times Golf Agency in Portugal, Oitavos Dunes beckons with its unparalleled blend of natural beauty, architectural brilliance, and environmental stewardship. Whether drawn to the challenge of the links-style play or simply yearning to immerse oneself in the serenity of nature, Oitavos Dunes stands ready to create lasting memories for golfers from around the globe.