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
- Handicap Accessible
- 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
The hotel is worth its 5 stars, with great rooms, a nice Spa and Fitness and very friendly staff. It's also very nicely integrated in the surroundings, with lots of trees and vegetation, plus an exit directly to the cliffs of the Falesia beach, with a spectacular view. There is also a gastronomic restaurant on site (Al Quimia), a very tasteful experience!
EPIC Sana is in a beautiful location in a quiet area between Vilamoura and built up Albufeira, with direct access down to the stunning beach & sandstone cliffs at Falaise.
The hotel grounds are nicely landscaped and immaculately maintained. The facilities are first rate, with several mostly warm outdoor pools, paddling pools and two indoor pools. There is also an excellent fitness suite and spa, offering a wide range of treatments. There is also a well equipped tennis court.
The food in the restaurant was excellent and there is an option to eat outside under
cover. The room (pool/partial sea view) was comfortable and well equipped. The only minor oddity was that the bathroom basin was not fitted with a plug and the tap itself seemed way too large for the size of sink.
One of the outstanding features is the staff, all of whom were efficient & helpful, especially on the reception desk.
We would definitely stay again.
Booked a short break at Epic Sana through Health and Fitness travel (whom I would strongly recommend). Expensive but lives up to 5 star reputation, facilities, food, rooms and staff exceptional. Tailored one to one fitness sessions excellent and best full body massage have ever had.