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
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
Stayed in a beach front town house. Accommodation was excellent. Free shuttles around the whole resort,
Breakfast was plentiful and worth it if not busy at peak times.
The only downside was some of the bar prices. But it’s a hotel on a golf resort.
We arrived for a 7 day break and after reading reviews we thought this would be a great break. The hotel staff were lovely and non of this review reflects on their excellent service. The room was ok, we asked for a double golf view but were advised that room 228 was an upgrade. It had 2 small double beds, this is the first time we have slept in separate beds on a holiday. There was no change of changing our room til the Thursday at earliest... The room was ok but felt cold, we put the heating up to warm us up. Whilst the weather was dreadful at least we were staying in a five star hotel. All my clothes became damp to touch in the wardrobe, the hotel charged 3 euros for a bottle of water which was in the room and 5 euros for. small small packet of nuts. The local mini market was a taxi ride away but closed Sunday and Monday and a return trip to the supermarket for bits cost 25 euros. So make sure you hire a car. The advertised al la Carte restaurant is not open and the other restaurants are not at a standard you would expect from 5 stars. The buffet in the evening at 30 euros each without drinks and coffee is just dreadful. Very noisy, little choice .. sadly depressing. There is no elegence, so the dinner experience for a couple does not exist. My husband also came down with a very bad cold, we had run out of all the paracetamol we brought. We asked if the hotel had some paracetamols for sale? There is apparently a law that stops a 5 star hotel from selling these.. There is no little shop inside the hotel for essentials so take everything or pay another taxi fare to the nearest chemist. We were so excited about this hotel but were glad to get on the plane to come home. We have stayed in many 4 and 5 star hotels and this is .. sadly not one we can rate.