Promontorio Tivoli Victoria Banyan Tree Hotel

Source: PromontorioPhotography: Promontorio
Date: April 19, 2013

Located in the golfing heart of the Algarve, the Victoria is a golf-dedicated hotel directly facing Arnold Palmer’s Victoria golf course (hence the name), and surrounded by two other courses. This quasi-symmetrical building is formed by a main central building and two bedroom wings generating a U-shape facing west. The sense of arrival begins with the entry plaza. With its three independent entrances and stone arcade, its function is to separate the guests fluxes coming as groups, or for conferences, into the lateral canopies, releasing the monumental porte- cochère for the individual visitors. The stunning two-storey lobby offers direct views of the golf course. From there, the guest can descend towards the outside pools and bars, or go up to the fine-dining restaurant and the Spa.

Meticulously detailed in fine stonework, solid wood and handmade ceramics, the building echoes the spirit of prewar grand hotels, as it aspires to a contemporary rethinking of classical splendour.

The façade system is a composite of massive yellow Travertine stone blocks, white precast concrete lintels and light- gold anodized aluminium frames. Also in pre-cast concrete, and as part of the façade composition, the artist Pedro Calapez designed and moulded a series of decorative bas-reliefs.


  • merxe navarro April 20, 2013

    y yo que pensaba que lo del orden gigante estaba muerto.

    • Jan April 20, 2013

      L’ordre gegant no morirà mai… no pas pels arquitectes sinó pels promotors. Un hoteler que hagi viatjat a Grècia i hagi pujat al Partenó amb sandàlies o s’hagi passejat per París amb corbata sempre somiarà gestionar i ser l’amo d’un gran hotel amb gargantuesques pilastres donant-li un ritme vaticanista a la façana. Després vindrà l’arquitecte i li farà una mica de vergonyeta fer i atacar aquesta mena d’escala i magnificència — per això li treurà els capitells i les deixarà nues.


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