My wife and i stayed here for 5 nights in the Easter break. It takes roughly 30-45 mins from the airport via taxi (depends how fast the driver wants to go). When you arrive at the hotel, you enter into a very spacious reception with chill out areas. We waited approx 10 minutes to be seen which was acceptable and at the desk you are explained everything from the hotel facilities to the surrounding area and you get given a map of Albufeira.
The room we were given was that of a sea view which was 10/10. lovely and peaceful and great to unwind and watch the sailing boats meander in the sea. The hotel itself has a garden which leads down to a private beach which is clean and quiet.
Inside the hotel you have the choice of two restaurants, two bars one inside and one pool bar. A excellent spa/gym complex with a heated pool, Jacuzzi and massage facility.
The area surrounding the hotel is very quiet so a quick 5 minute taxi for around 6-8 euros to Albufeira to sample the old town is a must.
If you are looking for a 5* hotel for 4* prices then this is the hotel for you.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The hotel Sao Rafael Atlantico enjoy a spectacular location overlooking the Atlantic sea, direct access to Sao Rafael Beach and only at a short drive to Albufeira centre. The interiors have contemporary design features with space and light throughout. The rooms are modern and have large balconies with views over the sea and gardens. The extensive gardens offer a beautiful mediterranean landscape with olive and palm trees. There is also a state-of-the-art SPA featuring leading wellness therapies and treatments. ... more less
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