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
Not impressed for the price. AC not effective and two reception staff were not interested. The Technical support was great and The Manager who eventually offered another room. All we had wanted to do was to rest in our lovely room. We could not. Then came dinner an awful buffet with an Algarve theme! Quite tired pool area and rust around the balustrades. Breakfast was no better the coffee was terrible but the service better than dinner. We have no idea how this hotel has such a high ranking. We will never return.
We stayed at this resort hotel for a week on the recommendation of both family and friends and were not disappointed. We stayed in one of their Garden Suites which are spacious and well appointed and provide some seclusion from the rest of the resort. Other rooms have sea views or pool views or resort views. All are nicely appointed and the hotel has been open approximately 5 years. The staff are friendly and helpful. The buffet breakfast is excellent served in the Abyad restaurant. The buffet dinner in the same restaurant can be a bit repetitive but works well for most needs. We dined in the other restaurant too called Al Quimia and this is ‘fine dining ‘ with a 10 course or slightly smaller menu. Food nice here too but oh so quiet and little atmosphere...a shame.
Drinks around the resort are stupidly expensive so be careful here! The Housekeeping and Maintenance departments need seriously sharpening up but overall we had a relaxing time and may we’ll return.
Overall we had a lovely stay and did feel rested. A nice hotel. We had a room on the 4th floor in main building which was very peaceful. It had a lovely view over the pools and to the sea. Breakfast was good. The smoothies were nice. The yoghurts and Bircher muesli together with fresh fruit goji berries chia seeds was a great touch. The cakes and pastries really fresh and tasty. The hot food section was disappointing sausages weren’t very nice and bacon really thin and plasticy and all these hot choices were lukewarm. The pools were lovely and really warm. It was very noisy and lively at the weekend as there was a bank holiday while we were staying there. Then it was like a ghost town for the following days until we left. Beware that in October this hotel becomes a conference hub for various companies but it still seems to keep the holiday vibe though. The hotel is set above falesia beach which is stunning. There is a wooden walkway down to beach with a lot of steps. The hotel does not have any beach beds down there and the ones that are in situ are private and we paid £17 euros for two beds. Please be aware that your items and belongings are not safe if left unattended even when lifeguards are sat behind about 10 feet when there is hardly anybody else on beach and it’s about 9.30am. I naively left my beach bag with an old kindle inside whilst we walked along beach a little way. When we got back to beds it had gone and that’s with two lifeguards sat there with not a lot to watch over. My fault I know but still. Please Epic Sana can you not set up something on the beach for guests with staff as pleasant and helpful as the hotel staff - it really would enhance the hotels amenities.
There are quite a few eateries just outside the hotel which are all really nice. We walked along to vilamoura one cloudy morning along the cliff tops and it took us one hour and twenty minutes which was a lot longer than the 40 mins another reviewer stated and we didn’t stop either! Special praise goes to a young gentleman porter who speaks excellent English as he was very helpful when he showed us to our room and at other times during our holiday. Also, to Helder who was situated next to pool who was very helpful and earnest. We got a taxi to vilamoura for a night out and albufeira and nearby olhos to some very good restaurants. If you are thinking of booking this hotel please do not hesitate as it’s a haven.
This hotel really is pretty epic! Facilities, rooms and conferencing centre immaculate. Attention to detail superb!
Food was an absolute delight! Not a bad meal for the entire stay... even when catering for large numbers. (26).
Well done epic sana!
This was our second visit to the Epic Sana Algarve and we did wonder whether it would live up to our memories. We should not have worried. Pretty much everything, especially the food, was excellent. Being a bit picky the boardwalks and pools could do with a bit of maintenance but I assume this will be sorted during the winter shutdown. This did not however spoil our enjoyment.