Honeymoon, you get the idea. This was the perfect place to stay for the first half of our honeymoon and the weather was absolutely perfect for it. We stayed here (very quiet during our October visit) and took taxis into the nearby towns of Olhas d'Agua and Central Albufeira for activities.
The EPIC SANA Algarve is just 200m away from Falesia beach which, in addition to its surrounding 8 hectares of green areas …More
The views from this hotel are worth the money alone! Breathtaking!
The beach is a few (135) steps down into the cliff, with direct access from the hotel!
The room was large with good facilities and very clean.
The breakfast was beautiful, with a large selection, including most things for a full English! Again excellent selection, great staff, and lovely views from the tables.
The hotel is in a beautiful location, but it is secluded, and a taxi to Albufira is around 10 euro or Vilamoura (my personal choice) was around 15 euro.
All in all an excellent hotel which we would love to return to
Nice hotel close to the beach but it is at least a 30min drive to Faro / Faro airport. The description says it allows you to enjoy the beach and the capital city but this is not the case.
Albufeira - the nearest town is a very laddish, football cultured, Brit tourist area. Food mimics American / English junk food, hardly any locals to be seen. No authentic bars. No culture. We went to a tiny museum and to be honest it was not particularly interesting or large.
Hotel itself I cannot fault. Great staff, food, amenities. Helpdesk staff are very helpful in booking excursions etc. Beach is lovely, sandy. It wasn't to crowded when we went. Felt very safe as two solo female travellers.
Nightlife - If you want the Portuguese experience, the locals only start going out at 11/12am and finish partying at 7am so be prepared to start later than is normal in UK!
We stayed here for 3 days in April and really enjoyed it. We had a great room looking over the pools, which are gorgeous (black bottom circular surrounded by palm trees). Overall, a top-quality room with a very large and comfortable bed. The whole hotel is pretty and expansive, with lovely grounds to wander and direct access to Sao Rafael beach (which has beautiful rock formations and is good for sunbathing, not swimming).
The hotel itself is modern in style and nicely designed. The service was good with free valet and on-site parking. We ate breakfast every morning in the extremely large dining area and it was always very good. We also had drinks on the rooftop bar and pool area bar, the locations of which are great. Unfortunately the food there was overpriced and mediocre. We also ate dinner one night in the dining room (a separate room), which was very tasty but a bit overpriced. The hotel has 3 beautiful outdoor pools and 1 pleasant indoor pool (but you must wear a swimming cap). There is a spa as well, but we didn't use this additional-fee area. There is also a great gym.
Two small things: the room was very spacious and pretty, but the pillows had a bit of an odd odor...possibly seawater. One strange thing occurred on the last day when I found a live earwig bug on the floor in the bathroom, but to be honest, this seemed very out of the ordinary as the hotel was generally exceedingly clean.
Beautiful, tasty restaurant, delightful staff, close to everything from the strip to restaurants, there's a ticket shop round the corner to organise excursions which was very handy. Rented a motorbike for cheap from a place round the corner, 80 euro for 4 days. Definitely will be back.
From complimentary drinks and cold face flannels on arrival to looking after our baggage on the last day while we went for a final walk, and at every stage in between it was a fantastic hotel.
Excellent and varied breakfast each morning, fantastic food for lunches and dinners with attentive and friendly waiting staff.
Unlimited use of the pool and spa facilities; beach towels were available from reception.
Satellite television with two English movie channels, along with others.
We will be going back :-)
The former little white fishing village of Albufeira, now densely developed beneath a sea of apartments and mid-rise blocks, is the region’s most popular resort. The pretty Old Town is wall-to-wall restaurants and bars, though some local establishments and residential areas still remain. Its picture-postcard Fisherman’s Beach, with spectacular ochre cliffs and rock stacks, remains an iconic, albeit often very crowded, Algarve sight.
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