DBPR interviews the world-renowned property & tourism grandee André Jordan, the man behind Quinta do Lago and the Belas Country Club (Belas Clube de Campo), a ‘Global Village’ concept.
Q: What are the five most important things to make a new development successful?
A: “Unlike tackling the development of one single building project, a true development is composed of multiple elements from the initial concept and design through the construction to the completed product. To achieve an outstanding practical design, it is essential that no one aspect of development is ignored or treated casually.
As a guide urban planning is one of the key elements essential to the quality and desirability of any project. In my experience, if you get the aesthetics and the functionality of the buildings right and pay attention to the protection and sustainability of the environment, you are more likely to end up with a successful development.
Q: If you could pick out your top developments around the world where are they and give a brief reason for your choice?
A: As I have always passionately believed in the projects I have undertaken which as a developer of mixed residential and leisure property mean combining both aspects skillfully, I would have to name Quinta do Lago and Vilamoura XXI in the Algarve, Belas Clube de Campo, in the Sintra hills of Lisbon and La Manga, in southern Spain.
The planning, choice of location, design and atmosphere are all perfectly suited to their situation and bring together the key elements required to make a modern development work and appeal to people over a long period of time.
Q: What makes the concept of a ‘global village’ emerging at Belas and Lisbon Green Valley so unique and special?
A: We encourage people to be natural and tolerant. At Belas Country Club we have 27 nationalities made up of people of all ages with a wide range of backgrounds and interests and many children.
The environment, set in a beautiful natural location, caters for everyone, offering an extensive range of activities from hiking along nature trails, to swimming, well-being facilities, many sports and of course a Championship golf course. In today’s world of high tech and isolation we create an environment of informality and friendship.
Q: What are your favourite things about Portugal?
A: The people, the climate, the fish, the honesty and solidarity. In August, Portugal was ranked the best country in the world for its quality of life (Source: Expat Insider).
Q: Your last supper anywhere in the world, what would it be and which restaurant?
A: I would have some tea and toast not to depart with a heavy stomach.
Q: What pieces of advice do you value in your life?
A: Two very simple maxims, the first one being, “There are no desperate situations but there are individuals who despair.” The second being, “There is nothing more difficult than the easy life.”