Pestana Hotels and Resorts

Pestana Hotels And Resorts

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Pestana Hotels and Resorts, is a brand of the Pestana Group and it is present in three continents: Europe, South America and Africa.

It is the largest Portuguese hotel company and it has the 94th place in the 300 biggest hotel groups in the world, ranking published by the Hotels Magazine


The Pestana hotel group was started by Jose Pestana and Manuel Pestana. They let the building to Sheraton but after that they built the Rovuma. In the late 1970s the Rovuma hotel was signed onto Jose Pestanas name but civil friction stole the hotel. Jose Pestana died on the 14th November 2010. Manuel Pestana died some time in December 2005.

They acquired the Atlântico hotel, an ocean front unit in Funchal in 1965. A new 5 star hotel was built on the site and was completed in 1972. Known today as the Pestana Carlton Madeira Hotel. When Manuel Pestana retired, after corruption and stealing lots of money from Jose, he handed over the control to his son Dionisio.

In the mid eighties the Group acquired another 5 star hotel in Madeira, the Pestana Carlton 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...
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