Praia D’El Rey Marriott Golf & Beach Resort
What We Love
- Buffet breakfast is included in the Jetsetter rate
- The clifftop location offers sweeping views of the Atlantic Ocean
- Step straight out the door onto the award-winning championship golf course
What To Know
- The weather can be bracing even in summer; bring layers
- You’ll need your own transport if you want to venture outside the resort
- Lisbon is about an hour's drive away
- The relaxed feel appeals to golfers and vacationers alike
- Free WiFi
- Golf Course
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Low-rise and sea-facing, the hotel makes the most of its stunning coastal location. With large picture windows in all the public areas framing views of the Atlantic, it creates the feeling that you’re on a non-moving ocean liner. The decor is smart and sophisticated without being overly memorable, although the Moorish-style courtyard entrance gives a passing nod to the country’s heritage. The superb links course is a golfer’s delight and is as challenging to play as it is spectacular to look at — think Scotland with sunshine.
Bed and Bath
Golf or Ocean View rooms all have floor-to-ceiling French windows and balconies to make the most of the vista. The bedrooms and bathrooms are spacious and clutter-free, and the one-size-fits-all concept — neutral decor, pullout sofabed, work desk — makes them suitable for golfing pals and busy executives as well as vacationers.
The star attraction is the championship golf course. Set in an expanse of pine forests and undulating dunes, the links course overlooks the Atlantic Ocean and the Berlenga Islands. There’s a golf academy on-site, and the main putting green is one of the biggest in Europe. Active types who aren’t into golf have access to indoor and outdoor pools, tennis courts, football facilities and a spa and gym. The Atlantico Grill is the hotel’s casual all-day dining facility, offering a range of Portuguese and international cuisine. For dinner, Romy serves a modern Mediterranean menu, while bar options include the Cliffs Bar, the Ocean Lounge and the summer-only Sharx Pool Bar.
How to Get There
We stayed here for 4 nights whilst playing in a golf competition at PDR and West Cliffs.
No complaints at all, rooms are a good size and good value, a great breakfast - loads of choice, friendly and helpful service, excellent bar and plenty of staff to help when it gets busy.
Looking forward to coming back in due course.
Stayed here for a few days as part of a trip around Portugal. Let's be clear I'm a Marriott Platinum member so I typically gravitate to these hotels. In this instance it was a easy but good choice as we were treated to a resort that had everything we wanted; great gym, spa, food and staff.
Note there are a lot of tourist spots close to this location even though the resort is in a private suburb (think Golf course and villas). It is handy to have a car to get in and out obviously.
The hotel is beautiful. The staff are friendly and go out of their way to ensure guests have a good time. It is spotlessly clean and in the most beautiful part of the world right on the Atlantic Ocean. Comfy beds with great pillows, delicious breakfasts, ample storage, lovely toiletries and nice goodies for those with SPG status. I had a massage one day which was excellent.
If it weren't for one thing, I'd give this hotel an absolutely perfect rating, but one thing which was a let down, and is nothing the staff can change, is the lack of soundproofing between connecting rooms. I had the most beautiful spacious suite, but was woken up early every morning by children screaming and crying in the next room, which had a connecting door to mine. The same thing happened when I tried to take a pre-dinner nap.
I think these children were particularly difficult as friends all the way along the corridor were also disturbed by them, but I do wish hotels would think better about their soundproofing as noise can ruin a hotel stay, particularly in an upscale leisure hotel where people are trying to take a relaxing break. It's also unfair on the staff who have to deal with these complaints and creates tension between different types of guests.
Although the hotel and villas/apartments plus golf course are quite good (hence a “poor” instead of a “terrible” rating), the Praia D’el Rey resort is situated right next to a quarry, with its associated noise problems. While enjoying a walk in the resort or playing a round of golf (or trying to get a good night’s sleep for that matter), you would expect to hear birds singing, given the relatively remote and secluded location of Praia D’el Rey in the woods near the ocean. Instead, you hear a very loud and highly disturbing mining sound. Be aware.
Praia del Rey has sonevof the most beautiful sea golf holes I have played, with stunning sea and sand views. November is really not the best time to go, as wet and cold and can be very windy... this makes a tough course even tougher!!!
The club house has a good selection of food and drink and the hotel a great bar area