Boas Festas! Seasons's greetings!

Boas Festas! Feliz Natal e um Ano Novo repleto de alegria, sucesso e boas novas!

Seasons's greetings and warm wishes to you... For a year full of joy, success and good tidings!
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Réveillon com a RFM no As Cascatas Golf Resort & Spa

O passatempo RFM e As Cascatas Golf Resort & Spa já está no ar! Ouça a RFM e envie um e-mail para passatempos@rfm.pt com os 12 desejos para 2010, mas.... para os seus 3 amigos que irão passar o Fim de Ano consigo! Os desejos mais originais ganharão uma estada de 31 de Dezembro a 2 de Janeiro para 4 pessoas no As Cascatas Golf Resort & Spa, incluindo o programa de Réveillon Noite Cotton Clube. Um resort fantástico, só podia oferecer um prémio inesquecível, para os ouvintes da rádio mais ouvida em Portugal!


2009 Holiday Season

The beginning of a New Year should be a memorable celebration; as this season seems to be filled with a unique sparkle and joy that one wishes could last throughout the year.

Fore more information please click here.


As Cascatas Golf Resort & Spa hosts art exhibit "Between Two Worlds"

As Cascatas Golf Resort & Spa will host Célina’s exhibit “Between Two Worlds” from the 5th of December to the 22nd of January 2010. The paintings will be on display throughout the 5 star hotel´s social areas, and the artist, along with noteworthy invitees will be present at the vernissage scheduled for Saturday the 5th of December at 4:30 p.m., to discuss the exhibit’s attributes.

Célina, creates beautiful paintings with the sun, sea and sand as inspiration. Her imagery is greatly influenced by the region she has selected as her home: Arrábida, on the Sado riverbank, a landscape of great beauty. She is also greatly influenced from her countless journeys around the world.

If you wish to attend the exhibit opening please do so by contacting us by telephone: +351 289 304 900 by the 3rd of December.


MICE segment a priority for IMOCOM Hotels and Resorts

IMOCOM Hotels and Resorts focuses resources on the MICE segment for both of its Algarve properties- As Cascatas Golf Resort & Spa, in Vilamoura and Monte Santo in Carvoeiro- with a continuous emphasis on luxurious accommodation. According to Marc Sontag, IMOCOM´s Residential Tourism Director, “the objective is to offer services and facilities that appeal to business travellers, therefore granting total comfort, quality, and flexible accommodation for groups of all sizes.”

As Cascatas Golf Resort & Spa contains 1.700 m2 of meeting, congress, and event venues and a Concierge Service dedicated exclusively to making events go as planned. The 8 spacious Hilton meeting rooms, which may accommodate 470 delegates, are equipped with advanced technology and WI-fi internet access throughout the common areas, along with a state-of-the art Business Centre that offers guests a productive yet comfortable environment. Restaurants, bars, 6 pools, a complementary shuttle service to the beach, where you may find a pleasant beach club, a privileged location with 5 world renowned golf courses at its door-step, these are but a few of the countless reasons why this resort is the ideal setting for events that join business with pleasure.


IMOCOM Hotels and Resorts present at the 2009 World Travel Market

IMOCOM Hotels and Resorts and its two five star resorts in the Algarve- As Cascatas Golf Resort & Spa, Vilamoura and Monte Santo, Carvoeiro – were present at the 2009 World Travel Market, one of the most important trade fairs of the travel industry.


"Era óptimo ter um português na mesa final"

Vilamoura será o centro nevrálgico do poker europeu até ao próximo domingo. Mais de 400 jogadores participam no primeiro European Poker Tour em Portugal, onde vão estar 2 milhões de euros em cima da mesa.

Está a decorrer no Casino de Vilamoura até ao próximo domingo a primeira edição portuguesa do European Poker Tour, que junta mais de 400 jogadores (nacionais e internacionais) que vão tentar vencer um pote de cerca de 2 milhões de euros.

Para mais informação clique aqui.


Indulge in a Winter Retreat…

IMOCOM Hotels and Resorts offers two unique destinations for your Winter Retreat and New Year´s Eve celebration.

Winter retreats are wonderful opportunities to relax while enjoying a wonderful destination; knowing this IMOCOM Hotels and Resorts has prepared everything for guests to make the most of their winter getaway.

Back your bags and escape to the Algarve, one of the most sought out destination in Europe. Select a resort as your destination, and then simply enjoy, without worrying about the rates, which are consequently pleasant surprises.

The beginning of a New Year should be a memorable celebration. Whether spent with family or amongst friends, this season is filled with a unique sparkle and joy that one wishes could last throughout the year.

Tempting flavours, live fireworks, entertainment throughout the night and luxurious accommodation are but a few of the surprises prepared for New Year´s Eve 2009. For more information and reservations please call +351 282 321 000 I +351 289 304 900 or e-mail: info.montesanto@imocom-grupo.com I reservas.cascatas@imocom-grupo.com


"Parada do Horror" - Noite de Halloween em Loulé

A cidade de Loulé vai ser palco de mais uma festa da Noite das Bruxas, no próximo dia 31 de Outubro. Esta "Parada do Horror" vai integrar um desfile de cinco carros alegóricos, concerto, performances de rua, animação infantil, comércio aberto e muit...o mais. A entrada é livre.
Aproveite as tarifas da época no As Cascatas Golf Resort & Spa e dê um salto até ao Algarve para uma noite diferente!

Informações e reservas: Tel. 289 304 900

E-mail: reservas.cascatas@imocom-grupo.com


Video and Photo Competition!

Send us you best photos taken at As Cascatas and win €100 to spend in the resort

Send us your best pictures or videos taken at As Cascatas during your previous holiday and we will post them on our Facebook photo gallery and blog.

Photos or videos with the most votes will be published on our website gallery and winner will receive a €100 worth of resort credit to spend during their next visit.

Send all material to reservas.cascatas@imocom-grupo.com

For terms and conditions visit our website.


IMOCOM Hotels and Resorts focuses on golf segment

Collaboration with the Pestana Group consolidates the position of both resorts within the golfers’ universe.

Monte Santo’s Golf Package “European Senior Tour Qualifying School”, which incorporates the Pestana Golf’s European Senior championship held from the 11th to the19th of November throughout the Vale da Pinta, Gramacho and Silves golf couses is already available for reservations. This package is available for as little as €85 per person per night while including the transfers to the golf courses, accommodation and full access to all of Monte Santo’s facilities such as the health club, indoor pool, Turkish bath, sauna pools and a round of golf at one of the Pestana golf courses, so that you may observe great swings and put them into practice.

IMOCOM Hotels and Resorts’ Vilamoura property- As Cascatas Golf Resort & Spa- has created a 2009 Portugal Masters golf package. With rates as low as €139 per person per night this promotion incorporates luxurious accommodation, complimentary access to the 7Seven Spa Vilamoura social areas, a €100 spa voucher, tickets to attend the golf tournament and a round of golf.

More information regarding these and other golf packages are available on the resorts’ websites www.montesantoalgarve.com and www.ascascatasvilamoura.com.


Video on YouTube


International Superstars entertain Algarve’s nightlife

After receiving Dj Tiesto and 2ManyDjs, As Cascatas Golf Resort & Spa and Hilton Vilamoura welcome international superstars Bob Sinclar, David Guetta and many others. Meanwhile Monte Santo, IMOCOM Hotels and Resorts Carvoeiro property will also receive performers like Fatboy Slim.

Summer in the Algarve can represent a wide range of experiences for its visitors, recently cultural and sporting events have become predominant aspects of the destination´s lure. Whether it’s an international golf tournament or a summer festival, locals and visitors alike may now enjoy countless national and international performances while holidaying.

Having performed in locations throughout the world, these musicians tend to have extensive lists of demands regarding their accommodations; requesting special attention to every detail. Their elevated standards have been met by a resort in the Algarve: As Cascatas Golf Resort & Spa and the Hilton Vilamoura who will be receiving such names as Nari & Milani, Louis Botella, David Guetta, Bob Sinclar and Dimitri From Paris until the end of this summer. The musicians are scheduled to entertain the nightlife throughout the Algarve followed by a well-deserved retreat to this exclusive resort so they may enjoy the true comfort and luxury it is known for.

“Receiving musicians of this scale within our resorts demonstrates the true standards of quality our brand withholds. This is also reflected in our guest reviews on various websites where our anonymous visitors continuously rate us amongst the destination´s top 5 resort for nearly 2 years”, stated Marc Sontag, IMOCOM Hotels and Resorts´ Director of Residential Tourism.


As Cascatas goes Mobile

An innovative service with the mobile user in mind

In collaboration with Purple Daydream, As Cascatas Golf Resort & Spa announces the launch of its Mobile web site which allows guests to book reservations and access information through any Web-enabled mobile device.

Guests may now easily download maps and turn-by-turn directions, view As Cascatas photos, and research resort promotions via a handheld device at their convenience. Visitors from a mobile device will automatically be directed to the new mobile version of the site where they may take advantage of such particularities as large button links, along with home and back buttons on every page to make using the site and finding relevant information as simple as possible. The Mobile Web is available at http://m.ascascatasvilamoura.com/.

This service will be compatible with iPhone, Windows Mobile and the Symbian Nokia browser. Special attention has also been given to the use of graphics and photography to ensure speed of download, and low bandwidth usage. Visitors can also pre-book a stay via the mobile site, with confirmation and payment made by telephone to ensure security.

"Our new Mobile functionality provides 24/7 access to all the tools and content our guests need to interact when they do not have access to a computer. Many of our guests live on-the-go lifestyles and are technologically on all the time. They are accustomed to being able to manage their schedules and travel using mobile devices so we wanted to provide them with another convenient way to interact with us” said Marc Sontag, Director of Residential Tourism of IMOCOM Hotels and Resorts. "This new functionality will allow our guests to quickly and easily book their next trip to As Cascatas, whether they plan it in advance or require a last minute reservation and we expect it a source of significant revenue. Our next step will be having this innovation also available for our sister resort Monte Santo, in Carvoeiro.”

The mobile website also includes features such as a call back request - visitors send their mobile phone number and receive a call back within 24 hours, from the hotel´s guest care agents; SMS promotion sign-up - upon providing their mobile number, visitors will be amongst the first to receive special resort offers via text message.

As Cascatas Golf Resort & Spa is a five star property in Vilamoura managed by the IMOCOM Hotels and Resorts and incorporated in a unique resort with the service standards of a world renowned hotel chain.

Offering 69 suites ranging from one to four bedrooms, As Cascatas Golf Resort & Spa is considered the largest most luxurious suites in Vilamoura. While staying at As Cascatas guests may enjoy the proximity to a world-class 18 hole golf course at their doorsteps, a unique golf simulator within the resort, tennis courts, countless pools indoor and outdoor, complimentary shuttle service to the beach and marina, a full service Beach Club on the Falésia beach, a children’s playground with 3.200 m2, free parking, gymnasium and the 7Seven Spa Vilamoura, one of the largest and most relaxing Spa in the Iberian Peninsula, all of this with ever-present welcoming smile by the entire staff.

Purple Daydream is the result of a fusion between the communication agency Purple and the web design and internet marketing company Daydream. With over 8 years of experience, a noteworthy cross-the-line branding and communications strategy this agency has contributed to the positioning of such names as Citibank, Herbal Essences, Tsunami, Procter & Gamble, Heinz and the British Council. Purple Daydream offers “affordable Premium” services ranging from branding, design, advertisement, to PPC/Google AdWords, search engine optimization, and direct emailing.


Golf Pro Incentive 2009

Vilamoura needs no introduction to the Golf Professional – 6 world-class golf courses all within a ridiculously short drive, endless local activities and entertainment coupled with the fantastic climate.

As Cascatas Golf Resort & Spa is proud to present to you the 09/10 Golf Pro Incentive including the following fantastic perks when reserving and accompanying groups of 8 or more players:
Free Suite, Golf and Breakfast for the Pro
Free beer fridge for the Pro
Preferential group rates
Free airport transfers
Free golf transfers
Free dinner for the Pro when dining with the group (beverages not included)
Free use of 24hrs gym, 6 resort pools, underground parking and beach shuttle

To sign-up for the incentive or request detailed rates, availability and conditions:

E-Mail: Sales.IHR@imocom-grupo.com?subject=Golf T: +351 289 304 900


As Cascatas Golf Resort & Spa and Hilton Vilamoura promote their Meeting facilities in Vilamoura

In the never-ending pursuit for excellence, As Cascatas Golf Resort & Spa and Hilton Vilamoura have joined efforts in order to better cater the business travel segment.

After being listed amongst the most luxurious hotels in the world in 2009 and considered the Best Luxury Hotel in Portugal by the Business Destinations magazine, the Hilton Vilamoura As Cascatas Golf Resort & Spa presents its luxurious 351 suites, which include hotel rooms, junior suites, the presidential suite and luxurious one to four bedroom suites, all of which incorporating the highest Hilton standards.

The concept goes beyond quantity: the objective is to offer accommodation that adapts to the true needs of business travelers, granting them the flexibility to choose from a wide range of accommodation within the resort while guarantee the level of comfort that each participant enjoys.

The resort contains 1.700 m2 of meeting, congress, and event venues and a Concierge Service dedicated exclusively to making events go as planned. The 8 spacious Hilton meeting rooms are equipped with advanced technology and WI-fi internet access throughout the common areas, along with a state-of-the art Business Centre that offers guests a productive yet comfortable environment.

Restaurants, bars, 6 pools, a complementary shuttle service to the beach, where you may find a pleasant beach club, a privileged location with 5 world renowned golf courses at its door-step, these are but a few of the countless reasons why this resort is the ideal setting for events that join business with pleasure.

While staying at the resort guests may enjoy an exclusive golf simulator which allows them to perfect their technique on any of the 35 international golf circuit courses, without leaving the Algarve, along with a soothing experience at the 7 Seven Spa- the largest spa in the country with over 2800 m2 of relaxation.

As Cascatas Golf Resort & Spa and Hilton Vilamoura are leaders in the MICE segment because they offer business travelers countless luxuries while guaranteeing a calm and productive environment.


World's largest Sand Sculture Event - Pera, Algarve


In our endevour to show more about what the Algarve has the offer, we thought of intruducing to you the FIESA.

FIESA is a mega exhibition of sculpture in sand held since 2003 in Pera, Algarve. The festival is unique in the Iberian Peninsula and is considered the largest festival of sand sculpture in the world by the size of its sculptures and the area they occupy. In each new edition the exhibition is devoted to a different theme.

This year an international team of 60 sculptors, specialized in sand sculpture, transform fifteen thousand square meters of area and thirty-five thousand tons of sand in to FIESA 2009, with the theme of DISCOVERIES, giving the visitor a fascinating journey through time and the history of the evolution of mankind. The findings from Prehistoric times through Middle Ages and Modern, to the great achievements of current time through science and technology. FIESA also incorporates a playful dimension with a space for sand sculpture activities, where each day, adults, teens and children may experience and show their creative abilities in this form of artistic expression.

During the day the sculptures can be admired in all their detail and elegance, while at night, the lighting takes you to a mystical atmosphere, enhanced by performances of live music, theatre, dance and performing arts.

FIESA 2009 is a space where the discovery, the encounter and fun, co-exist in total harmony with the art, providing unforgettable moments.

FIESA is shown to the public every day from 22 May to 22 October from 10 am to midnight (from 22 September to 22 October from 10 am to 9 pm).


Exceptional Family Summer Savings - Book now your luxury Suite at 40% off and Save €300!

With respect to the regional monthly occupancy figures, the Algarve Tourism Board keeps on registering lower figures in comparison to last year. May 2009 in Vilamoura / Quarteira / Quinta do Lago saw occupancies drop by 25,6, while more specifically the 5-star hotels and aparthotels showed for a decrease of a staggering 38,8%!

To counter balance this we thought of bringing you some positive news and offer you a family escape to the Beach with a stay As Cascatas Golf Resort & Spa.

As Cascatas Golf Resort & Spa in Vilamoura welcomes families this month with its "Kids Stay On Us" offer that allows children under 12 years old to stay free. During June 2009, "Kids Stay On Us" offers savings for families including extra bed in the parents' suite for up to two children at no additional cost and complimentary breakfast. Various recreational facilities such as full use of swimming pools and tennis courts can be enjoyed at no charge.

Kids Stay On Us' represents exceptional value, making this month an ideal time for families planning a holiday in the Algarve.
Treat yourself to 3 nights in a luxurious one bedroom suite for as little as €150 per night, or €220 for a spectacular 2 bedroom suite! For more information or to book please dial +351 289 304 900 or e-mail: reservas.ascascatas@imocom-grupo.com and ask about our JuneRO promotion!


Algarve promoted in Galicia

The Algarve Tourism Association has started a new campaign at a Toursim Fair in Vigo - Inviting Galacia to the Algarve - , following similar campaigns where Porto and Lisbon were invited too.
Visitors are offered free access and are eligble to win free stays
The climate, proximity and quality of offering are the ingredients to atrract the visitors
Seeing the current economic down-turn, the internal and Spanish markets have increased their relative importance in the hotel occupancies.


ATA promotes inaugeral flight Gatwick Faro


No âmbito da nova rota Gatwick-Faro operada pela Aer Lingus, a partir de 26 de Abril, a Associação Turismo do Algarve (ATA), em parceria com a sua agência de Relações Publicas no Reino Unido – Hills Balfour Synergy, a delegação do AICEP de Londres e a companhia aérea irlandesa, promove uma mega visita educacional com agentes do sector e jornalistas britânicos.

Recorde-se que a Aer Lingus vai passar a efectuar dois voos diários para Londres. Numa altura em que se assiste à retracção de investimentos por parte de agentes turísticos internacionais, a ATA saúda o esforço da Aer Lingus e congratula-se com abertura desta nova operação para Faro, a qual oferece novas possibilidades para os turistas do principal mercado emissor para o Algarve.


Recent Occupancy Levels Algarve

Earlier this week I recieved the latest statistics on occupancies in the Algarve and yesterday SIC Noticias covered the fact that March ´09 statistics have not been as bad since 1995!
For those wanting to learn more (text in Portuguese) about the effects per region or star classification, please click here


Algarve Tourist Association starts Irish Campaign

In May the Algarve Tourist Association (ATA) starts promoting the Algarve on the Irish TV and 180 city busses in Dublin, Cork and limerick with the slogan “Algarve. A Family Paradise this Summer”.

On the channels RTE and TV3 a total of 167 spots of 20 seconds will promote the Algarve as the perfect family destination - predominantely aimed at women's programmes, such as the Oprah Winfrey Show, Judge Judy, Mornings Ireland Am, aiming to reach 3.7 million viewers.


Spring Break Vilamoura

Spring Break Vilamoura

from €45 p.p.p.n

Take advantage of our special suites offer for April/May and enjoy the best the Algarve has to offer this Spring: entertainment, gourmet offers, sport or cultural events and of course, the everpresent sunshine.

For information please call (+351) 289 304 900 or for reservations, please click here


As Cascatas on Social Media Networks

As Cascatas Vilamoura is now also active on various Social Media Networks. Please check us out and follow us or become a fan.

Every month we draw a winner for a free stay at our resort.

In the meanwhile we will keep you posted on further anticipated inclusions on YouTube and Wikipedia.



Greetings from sunny Vilamoura and welcome to the blog of As Cascatas Vilamoura Golf Resort & Spa.

We are venturing into uncharted territory as we launch this new blog. We know this is where the action is if we want to talk to our customers directly -- and hear back from them.

We appreciate any comments you might have on improving this blog and it would be great seeing all of your comments and hearing how we can provide you a better service. Please keep your ideas and comments coming!

For those who have not stayed with us yet, As Cascatas Golf Resort & Spa is 5-star development of elegant full service self-catering Suites located in Vilamoura and an integral part of a unique resort managed by a world renowned hotel chain.

The multi-room modern Suites, the resort facilities and the impeccable service complemented by the ever-present sunshine make this an ideal destination for families, couples, golfers and sport enthusiasts.

Vilamoura considered one of Europe’s leading golf destinations also offers a range of facilities and attractions such as water sports, International Marina, casino, bars, clubs, restaurants, beaches and shopping.

Furthermore, I also take the opportunity of introducing our “Baby Must Have” and “InFavour” guest loyalty program that were introduced recently. In the near future, we will be adding services, of which we will inform you first through our Blog.

On a side note, this blog is a moderated forum for comments and discussion. Posts that are inappropriate will not be displayed. For more specifics on the rules, please request our Terms and Conditions.

Look forward to blogging with you.

Marc Sontag
Director of Residential Tourism