Pine Cliffs Residence, a Luxury Collection Resort, Algarve
What We Love
- Pine Cliffs Residences have a dedicated swimming pool, restaurant and amenity block
- Spacious two- and three-bedroom apartments work well for families
- Myriad activities to suit every age and taste
- A glass of bubbly and stellar views at cliff-top Mirador Champagne Bar
What To Know
- The hotel’s own Atlantic beach often has surf that may be too much for little ones
- It's far from the main resort town of Albufeira, with few shops, bars or cafés nearby
- Pine Cliffs Residences are also a walk from the main Sheraton Algarve Hotel, and the tourist train service is slow and infrequent
- Free WiFi
- Golf Course
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
Algarvian. The low-rise Pine Cliffs Residences are a relaxed world away from the main Sheraton Algarve Hotel. A hardwood- and marble-bedecked reception area leads to a flower-and-tree-ringed swimming pool and restaurant. The main building and the residences themselves reflect traditional Algarvian architecture, with whitewashed walls and tile roofs. Calm browns and creams, as well as plenty of outdoor spaces, help keep the ambience relaxed and guests feeling cool.
Bed and Bath
The stone and tile floors of the two- and three-bedroom residences are designed to cope with both the warm weather and guests trooping back and forth to the beach and pools. Large bathrooms feature marble sink units and are floored with ceramic tiles, while the modern kitchens come with Siemens appliances. The color scheme in the living areas is traditional and neutral, with light browns and rich creams, with brighter blue sofas and armchairs. Bedrooms all have their own flat-screen TVs and outdoor seating areas overlooking the lush grounds.
Pine Cliffs spreads out from a decent stretch of sandy Atlantic beach, which is reachable by elevator and wooden walkway. The Sheraton Algarve Hotel is the epicenter of resort life, with the majority of the dozen restaurants and bars. For families the Porto Pirata is an impressively well-designed children’s park, with both free and paid activities, ranging from mini-golf to supervised classes. Including the pool at the residences, there are five outdoor swimming pools and one heated indoor pool, as well as a health club with a gym and spa. Other leisure facilities include tennis courts and a nine-hole golf course and Golf Academy.
In the Area
The residences lie a taxi ride or long walk from Albufeira, but those who venture to town should have a meal at Restaurante Dom Carlos, which has superb five-course set menus featuring fresh fish and shellfish. The restaurants at the new Albufeira Marina development west of the resort include Vila Joya, which has garnered two Michelin stars under the stewardship of Austrian-born chef Dieter Koschina. For local color, plan a visit to the nearby inland town of Loulé during its Saturday market, where you’ll find local pottery, a fantastic souvenir.
How to Get There
Pine Cliffs resort is a place for the whole family. We loved using the lounges under the pine trees as they were conveniently located for the beach,pool, ice creams and restaurants.
The mimo cooking class was the highlight of the week, definitely give that a try. Brilliant kids club for younger children and great mini golf course. Friendly staff all round the resort and brilliant spa.
We stayed in the new Garden suites which are very conveniently located for pools, beach,spa,kids club and restaurants. These suites are however located on two of the main access roads in the resort. So expect a bit of traffic noise on the balconies. Could definitely have stayed another week and look forward to our next visit. Without a doubt 5 stars and an awesome place to come as a family.
Pine Cliffs Residence is in a beautiful setting. Our two-bedroom apartment was cleaned daily and the grounds were really well kept, with lots of exotic plants and birds which made the holiday park very pleasant to walk around. There are several swimming pools but these never seemed to be over crowded and we could always find space to sit nearby.
We didn't book half board as I had read that some of the on-site restaurants were not included. However, the main restaurants which we visited were very expensive for a family of four, and if we went back I would book half-board as I think this would have been better value. The food was quite good, especially the BBQ at the golf club which is available every evening for 35 Euros per head.
There is a private beach which is accessed via a lift and quite a long walk down. The walk is definitely worth it; the beach is clean and not over-crowded.
The hotel staff can book water sports for guests which are at another nearby beach and transport can be arranged for 5 Euros each. My two teenagers really enjoyed the activities on offer which were paddle boarding, sea kayaking, and surfing.
As a whole, we found the resort was quiet and relaxing (which we all loved). The staff were exceptional and always polite and very helpful. Special thanks to the concierge, Cristina, who we spoke to several times during our stay and who was extremely helpful. I would definitely recommend Pine Cliffs to any family with kids of all ages.
Stayed in a two bedroom garden residence with our two children (3&5 yrs old). The room was nice and big. Overall hard to fault the accommodation.
The resort is massive and our room was near to the Casa Pinecliffs reception rather than the large hotel. The room was was located a long way from the beach which is approached by a lift and long walkway with lots of steps. Hard work in the sun (it was super hot) and with 2 kids and bags etc. On arrival at the beach we were quite disappointed - lots of beds but all pushed together with limited shade and a long way from the sea shore where kids want to play. We ended up just standing by the sea whilst the kids played rather than being able to mix it up with rest, play etc. It was not a very memorable beach and as a result we only went back once. Our impression remained the same.
On the first day we’d found the pool nearest to our room. This was lovely area but there was no service offered for drinks etc. The water was also cold and only inviting because of the heatwave. Nevertheless it’s a nice space and relaxing with a restaurant close by.
We found the pool nearest to the golf clubhouse on day two - this was heated and a real gem for the kids being perfect for them to swim in whilst able to touch the floor. The deep end is very apparent so safe. Again service was limited and inconsistent - on some days no offer of drinks etc, some times a bit more available.
Food was good generally. We ate in the Corda cafe, the clubhouse, the Zest restaurant. None were amazing but all were enjoyable. All were highly priced for what was offered. The mini market was useful but overpriced for some basics which is a shame. There are some good, if basic food options just outside the resort gates. Perfect with kids. There are also 2 supermarkets which are better value.
We used the kids club 3 times and a babysitter service twice. All of this was very professional and most importantly the kids enjoyed it. This was something less apparent before we arrived (some mixed reviews) but we were delighted by it. Very important on our wish list. Scott Dunn are also present in Pinecliffs - we didn’t use them but saw lots of them around the resort. Again we didn’t know beforehand.
There are great facilities including tennis and golf (which we didn’t use). The golf practice area and course look very well kept. I didn’t play but it seemed possible to hire clubs and get a tee time if desired.
We used the games room which was ok but the machines robbed a few Euro coins on a few occasions. There is no one to help so it’s a question of disappointing the kids when the money runs out.
Overall the kids loved the place. There is a fun train which takes you around the resort every 30 minutes. This was a memory for them! The resort ticks a lot of boxes for them. For my wife and I it just lacks something - in particular some service. It’s built a reputation of luxury but we found the staff lacking a smile a lot of the time and certainly there was nothing to make you positively surprised. If I compare this resort to Sani Greece the service is not close and standards much lower. We also found the place a bit too spread out to be a definite place to which we’d return.
No question come and experience it for yourself. It’s a good option.
Our room was very nice, our view was nothing, just other buildings. The staff at checkout and checkin were very poor. Rushing to do their job, as probably not enough of them, but you did not feel welcomed. The concierge service was a joke, they were never there, and if you did catch them, they could not answer your question and even worse even though they said they would get back, they did not. Certainly not worth 400 euros a night for a room.
We stayed at Pines Cliff Resort late and had a lovely family holiday, we went with other family members there were 9 of us total, all different ages.
The resort has something for everyone.
This is a family resort and there are lots of children so if you prefer something quieter, this resort is not for you. We travelled with our teenage children and our 3 year old Niece and they all loved it. The playground was brilliant.
The beach is lovely and there is a restaurant where you can have lunch with excellent views, there is also an ice cream hut.
The walk down to the beach is also a nice walk by the cliffs.
The grounds are very spacious and there is lots of greenery.
The pools are always quite busy but we never had a problem getting a sun lounger.
We enjoyed the food and never had a bad meal whilst we were there.
If you would like an interconnecting room I would advise you double check that this request has gone through as we did request this upon booking but when we got to the resort, there were none available, so we had to be moved so our children could be in the room next door, which wasn’t ideal, but we managed.
The resort is also a little pricey, so be prepared to spend a bit of money.
The staff were always polite and happy to help.
Overall, a lovely family holiday, We would definitely return to Pine Cliffs Resort.