EPIC SANA Algarve Hotel
What We Love
- Daily buffet breakfast is included in the Jetsetter rate
- The hotel offers speciality wellness retreats including detox, yoga and bootcamp
- Rooms combine style and space (the smallest is 344 square feet)
- WiFi is free
What To Know
- The nearest airport is in Faro; Lisbon is a two-and-a-half-hour drive away
- From November 1 2015 spa access is chargeable
- The gym is open 24 hours
- A car is recommended to explore the local area; parking is free
- Free WiFi
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Set in 8 acres of pine forest, the EPIC SANA Hotel overlooks Falésia Beach on the Algarve, Portugal’s southernmost region and an area blessed with more than 300 days of sunshine a year. This sprawling beach retreat combines sleek and spacious guestrooms (the smallest measures 344 square feet), family-friendly amenities (two kids clubs and a playground) and tons of sporty activities, including five outdoor pools, as well as tennis and volleyball courts. The lobby is strewn with giant artworks, funky lights and columns wrapped in mosaic tiles, and the guestrooms are decorated with liberal splashes of bright green to reflect the lush countryside surrounding the resort. The pools are lined with chunky daybeds and chair hammocks, and the sizable spa offers eastern-inspired treatments in massage tents and a pavilion with a private Jacuzzi overlooking the sea. Dining options range from fancy Portuguese fare at Al Quimba to fresh seafood dishes served poolside at the Open Deck. Kick back with a post-dinner cocktail at the Bluum Bar, which is open until 1 a.m. year-round.
In the Area
The Algarve’s coastline is punctuated by rocky headlands and cliffs, and some of Portugal’s best beaches can be found in hidden coves and bays. Head for Praia de Albandeira, a jewel of a beach that is, surprisingly, off the tourist radar, or Praia do Barril, which forms part of Ria Formosa Natural Park. There are tons of golf courses in the area, including Pine Cliffs, Oceanico Victoria and Pinhal, in Vilamoura. Head for the hills to explore Silves Castle, one of the best-preserved Moorish fortifications in Portugal, or explore the Algarve’s capital, Faro, home to a pretty marina and historic plazas lined with cafés.
How to Get There
My wife and I spent our wedding anniversary at the Epic Sana Hotel in Algarve and we had a truly wonderful time and was best looked after from the housekeeping staff to the guest managers, with special mention to Cristelle and Stephanie. We only stayed for two nights but wished to have stayed longer if it weren’t for a last minute decision to stay in another part of Algarve. The hotel is beautifully located in a very serene and zen location with breathtaking rock formations along the beach coast line. We have also been treated with a lovely dinner which is one of the best we’ve had. Would definitely recommend that if you wish to unwind and detach yourself from the business in life, this would be a great place to be even for a couple of days.
From the minute we walked in on our first day, we knew we would have an amazing week. This place is beautiful and the sleekest, cleanest and most relaxing place we have stayed. A lot of lovely small touches that just make the place, chocolates and water every day to your room, nespresso coffee machine in the room, waterfall shower, flower on arrival etc etc. Thank you so much to the lovely staff who really made our stay as they were incredibly friendly, and in a very genuine way. We forget a lot of names but thank you André at the bar downstairs for the cocktails and service. We will 100% come back as soon as we can! Don’t even think about it, JUST BOOK IT. Can promise you’ll have a great stay. We are so sad to be home!!
- note, definitely take a walk around the grounds as soon as you get there as there is a tennis court etc that we didn’t know about til our last day!!
Tom and Jenni
Thoroughly enjoyed a week here in August. Hotel is fantastic, service was consistently excellent and cliff top location is great. Despite being high season the resort did not feel too busy. Will definitely return.
Excellent for business, wonderful for leisure and families. Quality of food, elegance, staff kind and supportive, amazing glamour in the facilities. Room are more than comfortable, clean and tidy. Swimming pools, lounge and restaurant facilities are great.
Just experienced a wonderful Christmas break at Epic Sana Resort.. this is truly a 5 star resort with 5 star customer service. The hotel is set within acres of fabulous grounds that lead down to the beautiful Falesia beach. There are 5 swimming outdoor pools that were all being refurbished as this is the quietest holiday period but that did not detract from the wonderful grounds... it would have been too cold for an outdoor swim even though the weather was lovely and warm during the day. They do have an indoor pool which was very relaxing. Breakfast was superb, in fact it was the best choice and presentation of breakfast in any hotel we have stayed. The staff all tend to be young and all offer a first class service always with a smile and incredibly friendly. The bedrooms and bathrooms are very well furnished and kept exceptionally clean by the very friendly cleaners. It was a very nice touch each night for little gifts of chocolates, bookmarks and bottles of water to be placed in your room with a turndown service. There are a few restaurants outside of the complex and a small supermarket and the local bus into Albufeira is only a 5 minute walk away. This was our first visit to the Algarve and we could not have picked a better hotel, we loved it here so much we are re booking to go again in March. I highly recommend this wonder