We had a 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom apartment on the ground floor. There were only the two of us so plenty of space and a bathroom each. The apartments all have glass sliding doors opening from each room onto a balcony. There are 7 large round pools beautifully laid out and positioned so that they catch the sun all day and are never in the shade. There are plenty of sunbeds and a small expensive café nearby. It looks like the complex was built in an old olive grove as the original olive trees have been left but cut down to about 8 feet to prevent too much shade. the lawns are well kept and palm trees have been planted to create a very neat and pleasing environment. There is a supermarket a few 100m from the complex and very nice beach is about a 500m walk away. We did not eat at the restaurants, use that beach or any of the facilities other than the pools. We caught the open topped bus in to Albufeira town and to the Oura beach area almost every day. Cost is 30 eu each for a 4 day pass and the ride to Oura beach takes about an hour, bearing in mind that this is a sightseeing bus and is slow. The area was a little quiet for us and too far from the Albufeira old town and Oura/Leste beach area that we love. I would recommend that you arrange a car beforehand unless you are planning to have a very relaxing and uneventful time; we took a brochure from the reception but the car hire firm was unable to deliver a car and it got too complicated which was why we opted for the bus.
Rob from Tunbridge Wells, UK
This Albufeira aparthotel is located next to a golf course, nestled on the beach a short distance from Salgados Beach …More
I was a bit dubious about the Sau Rafael Suite Hotel after I had read all the reviews but was pleasantly surprised on arrival. The rooms were very comfortable and clean and even though we had not specified a pool or sea view - we had both.
The buffet was not huge, then again it is not a big hotel, but it was of good quality and there was sufficient variety. The a la carte restaurant was very nice, although the service could have been slightly better in there. The afternoon snacks were excellent and provided something for everyone from sandwiches, salads, fruit, pastries, burger or hot dog.
My husband and I found the staff helpful and courteous.
I would have to say that I don't think it merits quite the 5 stars but definitely a 4 star. It is a shame they cannot provide wifi in the rooms and is just available in the public areas.
In a previous review someone had posted a photo of rusty bathroom door and floor - this worried me but 3 days into the holiday we discovered there was an outside toilet inbetween the two pools ...... so please ignore. Of course, having an iron door outside may get rusty. That was misleading.
I would definitely recommend it for a short break/holiday. There isn't much to do around the area so if you are looking for something lively then this is not for you but if you want a relaxing break go for it.
The entertainment was OK - for a small sized hotel, it was more than enough.
Joanna from London
Modern hotel featuring designer interiors, 500 metres from Sao Rafael Beach and two kilometres from Albufeira centre.More
Beautiful hotel rooms with silent beautiful room views, we stayed in the superior rooms with breakfast included well worth the value , food was very very good and staff go out of there way to help you , ideal for a golf break with two very high end course but also for the golf widow who does not play plenty of pool time and relaxing time in boutique rooms , would go back again
David from London
Situated in Portimao, this golf hotel is in the same area as Golf Alamos, Alcalar Megalithic Monuments, and Algarve …More
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