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
Just arrived back from our second visit to this hotel, lovely quiet location, with lovely walks along secluded beach, reached by steps.....
Special thanks must go to the staff working in the restaurant Helena, Julianna and Pedro, would greet us every day, and then Waiters, Nuno, Miguel and Sidney, made sure we were well looked after at breakfast and evening meal which we really appreciated...already looking at options for our return visit!
Returned to the Epic Sana after a two year break. On arrival we were greeted by the reception staff who had remembered us from our previous visit. We had a lovely room on the fourth floor overlooking the entrance so we could watch the comings and goings if relaxing on the balcony.
The weather was a bit mixed - a lot colder than our previous visit but in no way did it spoil the holiday. We enjoyed several days out but generally relaxed listening to music and reading in a very relaxed atmosphere.
The hotel was immaculately clean, meals good. Restaurant a bit noisy at times with young children but it certainly didn't spoil the holiday. We would certainly recommend this hotel for a peaceful holiday as the hotel is set in beautiful grounds with access to a lovely beach admittedly down over 70 steps which are staggered so you can have a little break. All in all a lovely peaceful holiday.
This is a very nice hotel with very attentive staff and several nice dining and drinking options. It's also very close to a fun 9 hole golf course next door, Pine Cliffs, with a spectacular 6th hole. It's a bit of a hike to get to the beach, but the pools are a very nice option. And Vilamoura is a much nicer town to visit than Albufeira.
This is a lovely hotel. The location if you love beach walks is ideal. The only reason I did not rate as 5 is the food is excellent but the dinner would feel so much more luxurious if the tables were adorned in the evening so it felt more special and less like eating in the breakfast room.
We recently spent ten days at EPIC SANA and had an absolutely fabulous all around experience! The deluxe suite with an ocean view was more than a home away from home, beautifully furnished and maintained by friendly staff. The food was excellent at the restaurant and we had a special treat at the aspiring Michelin star restaurant - Al Quimia. The grounds are beautiful and the exclusive walkway to the beach makes it super accessible. Above all, we loved the interactions with the customer relations managers who were amazingly friendly, helpful, and knowledgeable with all things Algarve!