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
I had a 2 bed suite with my friend, and at first I thought it looked beautiful. However, I then saw multiple long hairs on top of the queen bed and hairs in the bathroom. Housekeeping came and didn’t understand what I was saying. She finally just swept the hairs off of the bed and changed the sheets but did not vacuum.
Then to top it off, I wake up the next morning to ants in my bed!!
I go into the kitchen and there is a colony of ants all over the counter.
Housekeeping provided me with toxic bug spray, that I had to keep spraying for the entire trip.
I had dinner one night at the gastro pub and had horrible diarrhea the next day.
I have been trying to get an email address to contact the hotel, but they have not responded to me on trip advisor.
I at least want a refund on my horrible dinner to make up for the ants!!
We loved our stay at Cascade. Very relaxing and the hotel is lovely. Staff are really helpful and help with everything you need. Rooms were spacious, clean and modern. Breakfast was good with a lot of choices. Pool area is really quiet and needs music to change the vibe. Views are amazing.
We had a lovely stay at this resort. The pool area is beautiful and well cared for. However, there was a lack of bar service by the pool....often the bar wasn't attended by anyone, and there was no service, that we could see, poolside.
The rooms were large and well-appointed. The buffet breakfast was excellent. Front-desk staff was friendly and helpful.
Great facilities , great location, friendly staff. A little bit out of Lagos but only a 25 minute walk in and about 6 euro back in a taxi. Lovely beaches nearby and the walks along the cliffs are amazing. Excellent golf facilities - driving range, chipping area ( long and short) and putting green. PGA professional on site for lessons if you want.
After a last minute fail by Airbnb the staff at Cascade were absolutely fabulous. They welcomed us in the most friendly and professional way. They recognized the stressful situation we were in and offered us the best possible solution. Beyond that the resort is amazing and close to some of the most beautiful beaches on the Portuguese coast. Can't wait to revisit this place.