Cascade Wellness & Lifestyle Resort
What We Love
- Top Algarve location: Unrestricted sea views and within walking distance of the historic town of Lagos
- Superlative sports facilities, including tennis courts, soccer pitches, a golf academy and more
- The Adega Wine Cellar, which offers twice-monthly wine tastings with tapas
What To Know
- Best suited to health-conscious adults and spa seekers but there's a seasonal kids club
- Despite the cliff-top location, there's a pathway that leads down to Canavial beach
- The spa features an outdoor pool, a Jacuzzi, a sauna and a sun deck and offers luxe treatments
- Free WiFi
- Golf Course
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
The approach to the Cascade Wellness & Lifestyle Resort is misleadingly urban — because once you climb the steep steps and enter through the beautifully designed portico, the view is of miles of open sea. On a cliff above the Atlantic Ocean, this sport-and-spa-focused resort is just a few minutes from the historic town of Lagos and the golden beaches and natural parks of the still pristine western Algarve. The lobby and public areas are a mix of Portuguese marble, mosaics and carved wood, and they pay homage to the world explorations of Prince Henry the Navigator, who came from the area.
Bed and Bath
The 86 guestrooms and 55 apartments are divided into continents: Africa, Asia, South America and Europe, and the design varies, from African-style zebra-pattern furnishings to the Chinese symbol of happiness woven into the carpet. The sizes and views differentiate the rooms here, but all have L’Occitane toiletries in the bathrooms, plasma TVs and superb bed linens. The pillows and bedding are made in Switzerland especially for the hotel.
The Senses restaurant takes the “discovery” theme further with a mix of cuisines; even the warm breads come with a choice of exotic butters, including lemongrass, Portuguese olive oil, and coconut and curry. The alfresco café Moods (open June to October) offers lighter bites. But it’s the state-of-the-art spa and the expert-run sporting facilities that really make the place stand out. There are four hard-surface tennis courts and a putting green for sporty types. Post-workout, relax in the 1,200-square-feet Tainai Spa, which offers luxe treatments, a heated outdoor pool, a Jacuzzi, a sauna and innovative workout facilities.
In the Area
Seek out one of the local beachside fish restaurants for a really typical Algarvean lunch. Boia in Salema is a laid-back spot with paper tablecloths that serves fish straight from the sea. Conquered by the Arabs in the 8th century and an important naval center in the 15th century under Henry the Navigator, historic Lagos has lots to explore. See the wonderful rock formations on Ponte da Piedade, the promontory under the Cascade Resort, with their grottoes and translucent sea. The Algarve’s prettiest beach is Dona Ana, a short drive away. Pack a picnic and stretch out for a full day of relaxation.
How to Get There
From the time upon our arrival till the time leaving, we have enjoyed all our 5 days' stay at the Cascade Resort.
This hotel/resort has spacious and cozy apartment, fully equipped kitchen with washing machine, free parking space with underground garage too, nicely designed pools, golf and football, spa and trailing...
Staff are all professional and friendly.
Breakfast is full of choices, fresh and tasty.
Room service is offered everyday including for apartment.
And, they provide such high quality equipments inside and outside the room and facilites in all buildings! When you see how big their bathroom and toilet room are, you will realize: It is real five star.
Location is perfect. Close to the sea, with 15 minutes walking distance to the most beautiful spot at Lagos - "Ponta de Piedade"; and on the other side again about 15 minutes to a beautiful beach Porto de Mos.
It also worthes to mention: A nearby supermarket offers very delicious local foods. We enjoyed everyday their strawberries and others, the real nature fruits!
With easy drive, we have explored well about Lagos and quite a few other spots next to Lagos. We are so impressed by Algarve and love it so much.
Definitely worthy of a return back to this resort! :-)
Wonderful apartment and hotel facilities in a stunning location, great for walking and touring around the Algarve, but very disappointed by their restaurants (except for their breakfasts). For instance we did try the Senses restaurant one night, but when I explained to the head waiter that the rib-eye steak was gristly and had to leave half of the meagre 4-cube offering, I was told that this was what this cut of steak should be like. NO IT’S NOT!
And at €33 for the main course alone I was expecting more. As it was our wedding anniversary we did not want to ruin the evening but we wouldn’t eat here again.
There are two other menus to eat from in the hotel, the Gastropub and the Lighthouse, but their available times in the evening are somewhat incomprehensible and again it is overpriced. If you like excessive performances by the waiters though, you’ll love it...
Reception and all other hotel staff are wonderful and our apartment was perfect.
I would highly recommend eating at the local restaurants, especially O Camilo which is a 10 minute walk away as are some on the way into Lagos itself. Seafood is wonderful as you would expect in the Algarve.
We had a 1 bedroom apartment with garden view (Room 1302) though it was more than that as we could see the sea and all the way to the lighthouse. We had a lovely relaxing time there making use of the gym and the spa facilities (pool, steam room, sauna). The PTs at the gym deserve a mention for their helpfulness. I didn't do any classes as 18euros is too expensive. We did not have a car and we managed okay by walking and using the shuttle bus. We didn't need taxis. Even walking around the resort added considerable to our daily step totals! Because of the location within the resort of our apartment we had quite a walk to the road at the entrance so how long it takes to walk into Lagos, Porto do Mos etc we found was more than suggested by other reviews. I timed it on my fitbit. It was 12 minutes to the little shop, 40 minutes into the centre of Lagos.
The quality of the breakfast was excellent; both ingredients and selection. You can make coffee at the Nespresso machine if you don't like the pot on the table.
One of those places where you arrive, and completely relax. My partner and I loved our stay here and would highly recommend. We had an apartment looking onto the football pitches, which Sporting Lisbon were training on - a nice touch. Staff are super helpful and breakfast is very good. Couldn’t speak more highly of Cascade.
We have been long time regulars of Cascade since it opened. We spend 14 - 15 weeks each year in Lagos. We have stayed in the hotel and in the apartments. We have dined in the restaurant and have had many wonderful evenings in the bar with friends.
We visited there the other evening. Everything has changed. The lovely restaurant is now a glorified overpriced snack bar and the beautiful velvet clad furniture in a bar with great mood lighting and such a wonderful intimate atmosphere has been replaced with cream faux leather, cream curtains and bright lights. 5 star is now very much just 3 star. So very sad!! Incidentally prices have not been reduced to fleet this new reality. Please bring back the original designer or at least someone who understands the 5 star concept.