Night fell. After a busy day, we had reached one of the most awaited moments in the history of Villas&Golfe. The breeze could be felt in the air, coming from the sea that surrounded us. We were on the verdant Troia Peninsula, and more specifically at Troia Golf, in the clubhouse, decorated to welcome guests. The date was November 11, 2016. The magazine’s 15th anniversary was being celebrated, because 15 years showcasing the best of Portugal and of the world deserve to be remembered and fêted. As such, that night will remain etched in the memory of all those present and will remain forever a milestone in the Villas&Golfe story. Amid discussion and exchanges, the odd glass of gin and tonic, or sampling a magnificent wine, while enjoying some tasty delicacies, there was time to enjoy the ambient sound and look back over the magazine’s journey through the presentation of O grande livro Villas&Golfe [The Villas&Golfe Great Book].
The sun had already dropped behind the horizon, but the anniversary celebrations were about to begin. The party, scheduled to begin at 10:00 pm, went on well into the night. The minutes passed by. The atmosphere was inviting. The scent of the candles made the atmosphere even more enchanting. The lively music, guided by the DJ’s hands, and the snacks served, accompanied by a fine glass of wine, kept guests glued to that terrace, without a moment’s desire to leave it. Not even on that winter night. This might have been because there was a fine energy warming the night of the party and the guests’ souls, even when the wind made itself felt.
The event was held to mark the 15th anniversary of Villas&Golfe. The concept was simple: choose a fitting venue, part of the world of ‘golf’, not because the magazine exclusively deals with golfing content, but because it was thought up after a visit to a legendary Portuguese resort, which boasts many golf courses. Once the venue was decided on, the final preparations needed to be made: decoration, guests, partnerships, service and, of course, the birthday cake. However, and as it could be no other way, there were surprises too, such as the presentation of O grande livro Villas&Golfe [The Villas&Golfe Great Book]. A moment well received by the guests and greatly desired by the mentor of Villas&Golfe, Paulo Martins, whose words say everything: «Celebrating 15 years of a magazine such as Villas&Golfe could not pass unnoticed, because, to retain the same quality in an icon such as this takes a lot of sacrifice, dedication, sweat and tears, and astonishing resilience».
What else can be said?! Once again, the Villas&Golfe brand, with a strong presence in other countries, such as Angola and Mozambique, has shown why it is the right choice when looking for a magazine of excellence and quality. For 15 years, the dedication of those who have worked on it and of those who continue to be associated with it had and still has the same purpose: to disseminate the best that can be found in the country and in the world. This event was the culmination of so many years of striving for excellence. And even with more challenging economic moments in Portugal and in the world, Villas&Golfe has always remained intact in terms of content selection and publication quality.