Pestana Hotel Group

Employer type
Hotel - 5 stars
The hotel group Pestana Hotels and Resorts was founded by Mr. Manuel Pestana, when he acquired the Atlântico hotel, an ocean front unit in Funchal in 1965. A new 5 star Sheraton was built on the site and was completed in 1972. Known today as the Pestana Carlton Madeira Hotel. When Mr. Manuel Pestana retired, he handed over the control to his son Dionisio Pestana.
Main activities
In the leisure area the Group currently owns and manages, besides the 88 hotels spread over 15 countries: Portugal, England, Germany, Spain, Brazil, Cuba, Argentina, Venezuela, Colombia, Morocco, Mozambique, South Africa, Cape Verde, Sao Tome and Principe and the United States of America, 36 Pousadas de Portugal, 15 Holiday Ownership units , 6 golf courses, 3 real estate ventures, two casinos (Madeira and S. Tomé e Príncipe), an air charter company and one tour operator. In 2003 the group was awarded an international tender to manage the Pousadas de Portugal chain adding to its portfolio unique properties located in converted monuments, palaces, convents and castles spread across the country.
In the mid eighties the Group acquired another 5 star hotel in Madeira, the Pestana Casino Park. Designed by the famous Brazilian architect Prof. Oscar Niemayer.

1995 - Pestana Atlantic Bay Hotel opened in July

1997 - The opening of Pestana Village Hotel in Madeira. Purchase of a Lockheed Tristar by Euro Atlantic Airline.

1998 - The opening of Pestana Carlton Rovuma Hotel in Maputo, Mozambique. Purchase of 1 square kilometre on the Troia Peninsula near Lisbon.

1999 - The completion of the Pestana Quinta da Beloura clubhouse including 17 suites. Purchase of the 5 star Rio Atlantica Hotel in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and the extension of Pestana Levante Hotel in Armação de Pera, Algarve.

2000 - The purchase of a hotel with 30 luxury bungalows in Angra, Brazil, of the 500 room ex-Meridien hotel in Salvador, Brazil and of a prime 200 room beachfront hotel in Natal, Brazil. The opening of the historical Pestana Porto Carlton Hotel in the city centre and of the Pestana Miramar Hotel in Madeira.

2001 - The opening of the Pestana Carlton Palace Hotel in Lisbon, of the Alvor Beach Club and of the Pestana Alvor Atlantico in the Algarve. The purchase of the Palm Gardens townhouse resort in Carvoeiro and of 400 acres (1.6 km2) with hotel and golf planning in Silves, Algarve. The purchase of Quinta Amoreira with approval for 400 units in Alvor, Algarve and the opening of Pestana Atalaia Hotel in Madeira.

2002 - The purchase of the Malelane Gate Resort on the border of the Kruger National Park, South Africa. The extension of the Gramacho course in the Algarve to an 18-hole layout, par 72 and the completion of a new clubhouse.

2008 - The opening of the Pestana Porto Santo Hotel in Porto Santo Island, Madeira, of the Pestana Caracas in Caracas, Venezuela and of the Pestana São Tome in São Tomé and Príncipe.

2017 - The opening of the Pestana Collection Hotel Amsterdam


AddressRua Soares de Passos, 3
Postal code1300-314

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