We too have only just returned from 11 nights at this hotel, and were also wondering what to expect having read others reviews as of late. However we (myself, husband & 3.5 year old son) were actually pleasantly surprised.
Yes there were children running around, but you know, even those who like and can afford the luxury of 5 star hotels have kids. Are we supposed to just go to 2 & 3 star hotels because of them? And there was an adults only section, though the boundary of it is unclear; its up past the pool and into the wooded pine trees area, I think a lot of people just see the sings saying 'adults only area' and dont realise its up away from the pool - and I saw NO kids up there during our stay, as they want to all be near the pool area. So i dont think people can complain about kids 'running riot' because they werent.
The food and drinks were expensive, but its a 5 star hotel for heavens sake. You'd pay exactly the same if not more if you stayed in a 5 star hotel in London. If paying 3EUR50 for a can of coke bothers you, go out to the local supermarket and buy a bottle, the hotel staff are more than happy to give you free glasses of ice. Also the breakfast buffet I could not fault, there were 3 types of juice (apple, orange & tomato) available every day, also champagne, hot choc and the usual selections of teas and coffee. The bread & cakes were fresh and the food plentiful. I cant understand the previous reviewers comments at all.
As for the two evening buffets we ate at, their was a huge range available and they didnt even charge us for our sons (though ours weren't cheap, but that goes back to my previous point). the Piri Piri & O Grill restaurants served excellent food also.
My only gripe is that, enjoying our stay and surroundings so much, we went to look at the apartments for sale (our choice, we weren't pressured to do so), which highlighted just how dated the hotel actually is. Though the hotel is 17 yrs older than the apts so fixtures and fittings are going to look a bit tired. But things like the apts had nice wooden table & chairs on the balconies, and we had like 2 white plastic chairs & table (£4.99 job from B&Q), and the balcony was so high (and brick) we couldnt see out once sat down, they could replace this with pallisade like the apts have on their balconies for example.
There was a super little land train that ferried you around the resort, the beach was lovely, the golfing facilities looked excellent (i dont play golf), lots of tennis courts, spa excellent. No grumbles at 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