This marks the debut of the US-based Viceroy Hotels and Residences in not only Portugal but throughout southern Europe and will also be the first branded residences managed by Viceroy in Continental Europe.
Born in France, Lionel Alvarez has managed and opened a number of luxury hotels around the world including Aman Resort’s Hotel Bora Bora, Paraiso de la Bonita Resort & Thalasso in Mexico, Castillo Hotel Son Vida Spain, and Hotel Las Ventanas al Paraíso, a Rosewood Resort and Ty Warner Property in Los Cabos, México. Most recently, Alvarez managed the Vila Monte Farm House & Villa Índigo in Algarve.
Now embarking on the next stage of his career at Ombria Resort, Lionel Alvarez’s leadership and extensive experience in the hospitality and real estate development industry will be vital in continuing to strengthen the positioning and awareness of Ombria Resort and the Viceroy and Viceroy Residences as a unique luxury and sustainable destination in the Algarve.
On his appointment, Lionel Alvarez commented:
“I am delighted to join the team at Ombria Resort as they continue on their journey in the heart of the Algarve to create a low-density and sustainable development unlike any other. I am particularly excited to be spearheading the launch of the first European Viceroy Hotel and Residences at Ombria Resort. ‘Viceroy at Ombria Resort’ is a unique and challenging hotel project which will allow me to implement much of what I have developed during my time at various luxury hotels around the world.”
Debuting in Q2 2022, this sumptuous and secluded resort will feature 76 luxe guestrooms and suites, 65 residences, and a landmark 18-hole golf course – all surrounded by miles of citrus groves, fig and carob trees, small farms, and inland villages with cobblestone streets.
With everything you need to enjoy the perfect setting, The Viceroy Ombria Hotel will offer delectable dining, heated pools, a conference centre, a regionally-inspired spa and the Generation V Kid’s Club. Discover culinary experiences blending the talents of world-class chefs with regional delights, sophisticated luxuries will mingle with a timeless way of life and simple pleasures.
The Viceroy Residences at Ombria Resort feature luxury 1 and 2-bedroom apartments, completely furnished and equipped to Viceroy’s Hotels & Resorts exacting five-star standards and located on a hilltop and overlooking the golf course and surrounding lush green hills.
Currently under construction with completion Q2 2022, the Viceroy Residences at Ombria Resort are an investment in a branded freehold holiday home, fully serviced and managed by Viceroy Hotels & Resorts with 40% already sold. Owners benefit from privileged access to the hotel’s facilities and a guaranteed rental return for the first five years.
Lionel Alvarez adds:
"At Ombria Resort lies an authentic commitment to sustainability, taking into account economic, environmental and social responsibilities, in order to implement a naturally exceptional development in harmony with the surrounding landscape and local communities of the interior of the Algarve. Due to all of this, I have proudly accepted this new challenge and can’t wait to get started".
As one of Europe’s most popular, peaceful and low-density destinations, Portugal’s Algarve region has become a leading example in providing a healthy environment and greater well-being. Ombria Resort is a new development located near Loulé, only a short 25 minute drive from Faro International airport, 10 minutes from world class international school Eupheus International and 20 minutes from Noble Almancil, a new international education facility with a British curriculum, which opened in September 2020. Ombria Resort focuses on sustainability, low-density living, nature and safety, making it the perfect choice for families, couples and individuals looking to relocate and achieve a healthy work-life balance in the countryside, away from the coastal crowds but within easy reach of several beaches.