27/07/2009

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 Fal├ęsia 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.

24/07/2009

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

15/07/2009

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.

03/07/2009

World's largest Sand Sculture Event - Pera, Algarve

7th INTERNATIONAL SAND SCULPTURE FESTIVALFIESA 2009 "DISCOVERIES"

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).