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
3rd time in Portugal, 1st time in Lagos and found a beautiful place that I will definitely revisit. Hotel was fabulous and so was the staff, helpful, friendly and prompt just what is needed. Room was very spacious, clean and the bed was huge and oh so comfortable. Breakfast was shown as buffet, however due to not being able to use the restaurant which hosts the buffet service, we were served a la carte, which was very nice but felt that we couldn't have more of what we liked. Service was very prompt and the breakfast was more than substantial. There is a beach a 15 min stroll away which is very nice, other than that there isn't much to do in close proximity so unless you like walking, you will be heavily reliant on taxis on may need to hire a car which ends up being extremely costly. A 5 min drive to Lagos town centre cost 8EUR..Dinner at the hotel is extortionate but very well presented and very good quality. Overall a really lovely stay and I would definitely come back again.
If you like being in a noisy busy area, then this probably wouldn't suit you as it was peaceful, pleasant and tranquil, just what I like and need when on holiday. Bear in mind it's also much quieter in low season, again perfect for some as you're not competing for space or spending time in queues. Lagos town is lovely with marina and boat ride to see the caves. That was brilliant.
This review is long overdue. We visited the Cascade resort in August 2018 for a week, staying in a one bedroom apartment with view of the football pitches (the corner apartment 501 or 502 I think).
This place is amazing. From the moment you walk into reception, the ambiance just hits you. We are by no means used to luxury hotels as our son has major allergies, which makes it incredibly difficult for us to travel anywhere that we cannot cook our food. More of that later. This place ticks every box for families. The self-catering apartments are a perfect and spotlessly clean place to unwind and the choice of pools is a joy. If you want to let your kids, well, just be kids then the sandy pool is the place to go and relax with its excellent poolside bar and table tennis equipment. However, as we discovered, the main hotel pool is also perfect for children, but we were just a little more attentive to the sensibilities of guests without children and managed our son a little more carefully in terms of splashing, jumping and shouting. What this hotel is not is pretentious, so you always feel relaxed and there is no pressure on sunbeds - nobody gets up early enough for that!
As I mentioned above, our son has allergies - major allergies - with anaphylaxis to six different food groups. He is a medical complexity. Travelling with him is majorly stressful and prevents us from being confident enough to travel long haul so Portugal is probably about as far as we will get from the UK unless things dramatically improve (our son was 7 at the time of travel). We picked Cascades because we wanted to be able to self cater but, for once, have other children around him to enjoy the 'kids feeling.' To this end, he also chose to join the onsite football academy run by Ben (this is also AMAZING). He chose to do this based on his love of football.
Back to the allergies - we emailed in advance and I spoke to reception on arrival as we had planned to try eating out at last one night so that we didn't always have the pressure of cooking. On speaking to reception, I immediately spoke to a manager who immediately took me to see the manager of the Gastro Bar - he literally couldn't have been more helpful. He took all my son's allergies and passed it onto the chef for the night. When we arrived at the bar (full of trepidation as we always are), the manager took our order and personally delivered it to the sous chef who cooked our son's meal from scratch. It was then hand delivered back. When his non-alcoholic cocktail arrived, the waiter read out the ingredients to him before delivering it. Perfection? Not quite. The next day we tried to order food at the poolside bar, expecting the allergies to be a problem, but the manager had briefed everyone in the hotel, down to our room number, that this was a special order to be cooked fresh - literally every hotel staff member knew his name and room number.
We ate in the bar four times as a result and, while it ended up being heavier on our wallet, it made for the most perfect family holiday we have probably ever had.
So this place is outstanding. We have booked to return in August next year and I am already looking forward to my first pint on the bar terrace and our son is looking forward to his freshly cooked gourmet burger. Thank you everyone.
Oh and just a note to fellow travellers who are used to such accommodation regularly: 'please' and 'thank you' seems to go a long way with the hotel staff... not everyone who stays there seems to know these words.
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.