Situated on 420 hectares, this existing 18 hole golf course is located on the southern coast of Portugal. Mahan Rykiel Associates provided a preliminary Master Plan for a 150 room hotel, conference center, villas, condos and an additional 9 holes of golf. Working with Robert Trent Jones Jr. Golf Course Architects, MRA reworked some of the existing facilities into the proposed development. Maintaining 18 operating holes during construction was key to the ultimate routing. New villas are situated on ridge lines to afford views to the ocean or the golf course. The hotel is nestled halfway up the hillside, providing a central location with easy golf and beach access. The plan maintains the natural character of the landform and establishes dramatic views to the Atlantic Ocean within the resort complex.