Tuesday 24 April 2018

Denis O'Brien halts sale of exclusive resort Quinta do Lago

Denis O'Brien
Denis O'Brien

Henrique Almeida

Businessman Denis O'Brien has halted the sale of Quinta do Lago, an exclusive resort in Portugal, for now after bids fell short of the asking price, a person with knowledge of the matter said.

Mr O'Brien sought about €220m for the resort, according to the person, who asked not to be named because the matter is private. A spokesman for Mr O'Brien in Dublin declined to comment.

In Dublin on Wednesday, Canada's Alimentation Couche-Tard laid out plans to buy Mr O'Brien's Topaz Energy Group for an undisclosed price. In October, he pulled a share sale by Digicel Group, halting what would have been the second-biggest IPO in the US this year.

Mr O'Brien bought Quinta do Lago in the late 1990s for an undisclosed price, becoming the third owner of the resort that's more than four times the size of Monaco.

Set across 2,000 acres of land, Quinta do Lago's three golf courses, five-star hotels and multi-million-dollar villas facing the ocean have been a magnet for celebrities ranging from the late Formula One driver Ayrton Senna to Princess Caroline of Monaco.

A buyer would have controlled 25 acres of residential plots, 31 acres of commercial development opportunities and over 140 acres of residential development potential, according to a sales brochure.

"Quinta do Lago is without a doubt one of Europe's most exclusive holiday destinations," said Alison Buechner Hojbjerg, a director at Quinta Properties, a real estate agency selling luxury villas at the resort. "But the asking price was clearly a high price." (Bloomberg)

Irish Independent

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