Whilst Hans Neuner’s mantra of ‘keep it simple’ might initially seem at odds with the normal Michelin philosophy, his seasonally changing menu is technically perfect and exacting, and showcases a remarkable and incredibly distinctive light touch.
Austrian-born Hans worked at leading hotels such as the Carlton in St. Moritz and the Dorchester in London, together with Restaurant Tristan in Mallorca, before joining his mentor Karlheinz Hauser in Germany, first at the Hotel Adlon in Berlin and then at the Süllberg in Hamburg. With the aim of achieving recognition in his own right, Hans came to VILA VITA Parc in Portugal as Ocean’s Executive Chef in 2007, setting the restaurant on the path to Michelin success.
Ocean won its first Michelin star in November 2009, followed in November 2011 by its second star, which made it one of only two restaurants in Portugal to hold the honour of two Michelin stars.
Hans prides himself on creating light, modern, fresh and individual food with a local signature, placing a strong focus on fish and seafood from the Atlantic, and fruit, vegetables, meat, game and wines from the heartland of Portugal, as well as the resort ́s own wines and organic produce from the Herdade dos Grous estate in the Alentejo, just over an hour ́s drive from the resort.
Hans is still in his thirties, and with an unquenchable thirst for knowledge, travel, experimentation and innovation, the future looks exceedingly bright for this exceptional talent.
With spectacular Atlantic views, Ocean offers the perfect combination of sublime food, seamless service and an atmosphere of casual elegance, and has held two Michelin stars since 2011 – a tribute to Hans Neuner and his team.
Seating 30, Ocean is open for dinner from 7-10pm from Thursday to Monday. Reservations, it almost goes without saying, are essential.
2018 – Certificate of Excellence since 2013 – TripAdvisor
2017 – La Liste – Ocean Restaurant (64th place)
2016 – La Liste – Ocean Restaurant rated as one of the Best in the World, 102nd place in 1000 restaurants
2015 – Top 10 Restaurants, Top 10 Chefs – Mesa Marcada blog
2015 – Golden Fork – Boa Cama, Boa Mesa Magazine, from Expresso Journal
2013 – Best of Award of Excellence – Wine Spectator Magazine
2012 – Chef of the Year, Golden Fork – Boa Cama, Boa Mesa Magazine, from Expresso Journal
2011 – Platinum Fork – Boa Cama, Boa Mesa Magazine, from Expresso Journal
2011 – Chef of the Year – Essência do Vinho Magazine
2011 – 2 Stars – Michelin Guide
VILA VITA Parc is a five-star luxury hotel and resort with a breathtaking cliff-top location in the centre of the Algarve, Portugal’s most southerly and sunniest region, and one of Europe’s most popular destinations for leisure, golf and business travel. A member of The Leading Hotels of the World, VILA VITA Parc has 170 rooms, suites and villas, a two-Michelin star restaurant, a further 9 restaurants and bars, a spa, a private yacht, and a wide range of sports and leisure facilities.
VILA VITA Parc Resort & Spa
Rua Anneliese Pohl, Alporchinhos 8400-450 Porches, Portugal Tel: + 351 282 310 100
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