The grandfather of today's owner Miguel Champalimaud, Carlos Montez Champalimaud discovered this magnificent piece of land in 1908. With rare foresight, until his death in 1937, he worked to stabilize the sand dunes and plant pine forests to prepare for the development of a residential estate and tourist destination of exceptional quality.
Permits were secured by his son, Carlos Sommer Champalimaud in the 50's and 60's and the vision for Quinta da Marinha was expanded. He constructed roads and developed the first home sites. Importantly, he drilled water wells in the adjacent hills and introduced sports facilities for horse racing and tennis.
When his son, Miguel Champalimaud (today's owner) joined the family business he worked together with his father Carlos to secure final approvals over a 17 year period and since the death of his father, the family vision has come to fruition.
Over recent years, state of the art Health & Racket Club facilities, an Equestrian Center, and magnificent residential estates have been developed which add to the lure of Quinta da Marinha.
In 2001, the focal point of Quinta da Marinha was the Championship golf course Oitavos Golfe, designed by Arthur Hills to surround a 5-Star Hotel set to open in fall 2010. As the course became recognized internationally as a Links experience, the decision was made to change the name to Oitavos Dunes to reflect the natural sand dunes, impacts of the Ocean and Scottish like playing conditions, which all contribute to the way many view Oitavos Dunes as "Natural Links Golf."
Today, Miguel and his four children remain committed to the family legacy and vow to continue to enhance the reputation and prestige of Quinta da Marinha in the years ahead.