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
- Handicap Accessible
- 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
This is a public "thank you" to several members of staff (Julia on front desk, and Olivia, Esmerelda and Maria of the Lost and Found team). Their service to us was exceptional and we are extremely grateful to them all.
They swooped in to help us after we had returned to the UK only to discover that my daughter's two toy rabbits had been left behind (we think tucked safely to sleep in bed). The rabbits had been her constant companions since the week she was born and she was devastated, as were we. I called Julia on the off-chance that they had been found in our room, and she immediately initiated a search... within 24 hours both rabbits had been located and the Lost and Found team very quickly arranged for them to be sent to us.
But on top of this, they also took the extra step to pose the rabbits in a couple of photos which we could show our daughter to let her see they were ok (and having an extended holiday). The Lost and Found team really did not need to do this, but we were all extremely touched by how considerate they were in doing so, and so very impressed that they took the time to make a small child feel better about being separated from her toys. Thank you all - we will always be grateful for what you did.
Pine Cliffs is one of the most beautiful places that we have ever visited. The resort itself is gorgeous perched on top of dramatic cliffs surrounded by beautifully kept lawns and magnificent pine trees. The restaurants are varied and delicious and there are many beautiful pools. There is an elevator down the cliff face which takes you to a long series of gradual steps between dramatic coloured cliffs leading to the most beautiful beach in the world in my opinion. There is white sand and dramatic cliffs as far as the eye can see. There is a very popular hotel restaurant on the beach as well as chairs to lounge in. The ocean is cold but refreshing and jumping the waves was fantastic.The Portuguese people are friendly and welcoming. It is a must see place. This was our 2nd visit!
October 2019 was our 5th visit to Pine Cliffs. The resort and quality of accommodation remains very good. All other points from my previous reviews of this resort remain valid. It is a very large resort, with lot's of choice of pools, bars and restaurants. Location and beach are fantastic.
A couple of minor negatives this time:
Was going to be charged for a late checkout - not happy and questioned the policy, and was eventually given late check out free of charge.
Friday of our stay was a public holiday in Portugal, there was a lack of staff during the day particularly around the pools. A resort of this scale should be able to plan for this.
I'm sure we will return in the future.