Overall Impression: FABULOUS! The hotel and property grounds are absolutely stunning. Our room was great (#137). But our room did show it's age a bit, I'm thinking that this resort may be due for an overhaul soon.
1.) Explore the grounds on your first day and be sure to find the grocery store to stock up on essentials. There are 2; one on the site (little pricey, but you can charge purchases to your room = SPG points!) the other about a 10 minute walk offsite (great deals on wine, beer & snacks).
2.) If you have the chance to upgrade to Ocean View, DO IT! I don't typically pay for upgrades, I just roll the dice but after reading the TA reviews I decided to go for it. I received an email offer to upgrade for only $35, since we booked our stay on cash & points, I think we made out pretty well.
3.) Bring your SPG card for discounts in the restaurants. (ie 10% off dinner at Piri Piri) If you forget it, just ask the front desk for one. Be sure to show it before you begin your meal.
4.) Catch a sunset at the Mirador Champagne Bar with a glass of bubbly.
5.) Eat at Piri Piri, the service the meals were outstanding
7.) The breakfast buffet at Jardim Colonial was great, lots of options; check to see if it's included in your rate. Look for the secret nook where they keep the sparkling wine.
6.) Check-in at the Portulano Lobby Bar on Foursquare for 2 free glasses of port wine; also stop in for Happy Hour at this bar (7-8pm) for half price drinks, it's a good deal
7.) If you're looking to treat yourself, order the hotel's private car back to the airport. Beautiful BMW with wireless internet. The front desk can help you arrange the transfer.
Areas of Improvement:
-Our check in reception was a bit lukewarm. Constantino was friendly and courteous, however, at the very end we asked for a map and it seemed like this was a daunting task for him. You definitely need a map and an orientation to the property if it's your first time.
In addition, and now we are partly to blame for this for we didn't read the fine print on our reservation, we didn't realize the breakfast buffet was included in our rate. We did take part in the buffet our first day expecting to pay but on day 2 we went to the Pine Cliffs Clubhouse for breakfast. We later found out that our rate did include breakfast buffet for our entire stay. So on our final day we made sure we got our fill of sparkling wine at the buffet!!
Shining Stars During our Stay:
Ellizabete, the hostess at Jardim Colonial was one of our favorites, she was full of energy and made us feel very welcome.
Helena at the omelets station made one of the best omelets I've ever had.
Bruno at the breakfast buffet was the man, he went above and beyond to ensure that the sparkling wine was refilled!
The wait staff at Mirador and Piri Piri were all top notch, sorry I can't recall their names. Thanks all.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Pine Cliffs Hotel, a Luxury Collection Resort, formerly known as Sheraton Algarve, offers recently renovated rooms, enhanced and extended dining options, and a brand new, 1000m2 Serenity Spa, The Art of Well Being. Pine Cliffs Hotel has a stunning cliff-top location above Portugal's longest beach, Praia da Falésia. All of the beautifully decorated rooms and suites at Pine Cliffs Hotel include in-room entertainment systems with LCD TVs. All rooms also include furnished balconies with garden or sea views. The resort features 5 tennis courts, a 9-hole golf course, a beach club and a mini golf. For children and teenagers, the Junior Club provides a variety of activities such as mini-golf and football. The property is a 1-hour drive from Faro International Airport. Free on-site car parking is available. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Sheraton Albufeira
- Sheraton Algarve
- Albufeira Sheraton
- Pine Cliffs Hotel, a Luxury Collection Resort Albufeira, Algarve, Portugal