Penha Longa Resort has become the star of a major children’s adventure story after a best-selling author fell in love with the resort following her stay.
Set in 220 hectares of nature reserve, close to the UNESCO-protected town of Sintra and featuring an ancient monastery and a 19th century palace once enjoyed by the Portuguese Royal family, Penha Longa Resort provided irresistible material for Australian author Jacqueline Harvey when she wrote Alice-Miranda And The Secrets Of Sintra
“For a children’s author this place is extraordinary,” she says. “What child wouldn’t want to imagine all of the mystery and adventure to be had here?
“To say this is a magical place doesn’t do it credit. My husband and I had the most wonderful time during our stay – great weather, a beautiful hotel, stunning Sintra to visit and most of all the lovely staff.”
During the course of Harvey’s fictional story the intrepid adventurer Alice-Miranda and her family explore the resort’s famous chapel, nature trails, ancient ruins, golf course and historic gardens in a quest to track to track down a dastardly palace thief.
Also making guest appearances in the story – literally – are the resort’s Front Office Manager Inês and Restaurant Manager Izz.
“At Penha Longa we realised the difference between a good hotel and a great one is the staff. We were made to feel like it was a second home to us and by the end of our visit we felt we had made new friends,” says the author. “This is a place that has captured my heart and the heart of Alice-Miranda.”
General Manager David Martinez added: “From the time when the Royal Family would visit, Penha Longa has enjoyed a reputation as the perfect family base from which to explore the region.
“Today there are more children’s activities than ever for families at the resort such as our myths and legends programme, treasure hunts, night hikes and pyjama parties — but now thanks to the adventures of Alice-Miranda there is yet another exciting dimension for children to enjoy.”
Alice-Miranda And The Secrets Of Sintra is available online in the children’s anthology Stories For Nine Year Olds published by Random House. Alice-Miranda books are available from Amazon.com and work has begun on turning her adventures into a television series.