Recently back from a 7 night stay. We really enjoyed our holiday. Stayed in a 1 bed suite with its own sizeable verandah overlooking the picturesque pine trees. The suite was trendy and comprised of solid furniture, a most comfortable bed (sofa bed for the kids), a wonderful bathroom (and ensuite) with the largest shower i have enjoyed and a TV with speaker surround offering a pretty good selection of multinational channels. The rooms were serviced 3 times per day, the last to turn your bed and provide a chocolate - a nice touch.
The hotel has obviously been given a sizeable interior design budget and it does provide the wow factor.
I would reckon the hotel was about 20% occupied (although they said it would be full from August) which meant we had no trouble choosing our sun beds or "cabanas" - staff on hand to provide towels (you dont need to bring any towels as you can also use them for the beach). There are 3 outdoor pools, with 2 open decks. The pool temperature is cold but not a problem.
We used the Spa which is very luxurious with its own plunge pool, sauna etc and resting room - again very well designed.
Food consisted of buffets in 1 restaurant - when busier there are other restaurants. we were half board and each night had a different theme - quality and choice good although if you were here for 2 weeks could be repititive. breakfasts were awesome, with fresh omelettes etc.
Hotel is located near the beach (5 -10 mins) and close to shops / restaurants for lunch/ water (2 mins).
The Bluum bar was again trendy but quiet when we were there - the hotel isn't really for folk on wild nights out - its definitely more for couples / families. its a taxi drive to any bars.
Guests were from all over Europe - very varied incl many Portuguese.
Kids club was a success with our children - program is varied each day and they are flexible for activities
Overall its a classy place, exemplified by the staff, who were all excellent - all spoke good English, were great with our kids, and were keen to please.. they have done a great job at hiring engaged, enthusiastic staff.
Would definitely return again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Ideally located overlooking Falésia Beach (Albufeira), the EPIC SANA Algarve has 162 Bedrooms, 24 Garden Suites Deluxe and 43 spacious Resort Suites with a modern design, complemented by up-to-date amenities and the latest generation technology. A large SPA, 5 outdoor swimming pools and an indoor swimming pool, Kid's club, Games Room, multi-sport court, three restaurants, two bars and a snack-bar next to the swimming pools, are some of the facilities on offer at the EPIC SANA Algarve Hotel. With 1.848m2 of meeting rooms and more than1,000m² of outdoor areas, the Congress Centre of the EPIC SANA Algarve Hotel will be a reference point for congresses and events. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- EPIC SANA Algarve Hotel Albufeira, Portugal