Stayed for a week with my partner, went for a week of relaxation and that is exactly what we got. The hotel was very spacious, modern and airy, loved the clean lines and decor. The grounds and outdoor pools were exceptional. Indoor pool also great, gym looked well-equipped but did not use it. Food was good, particularly the Al Fresco restaurant in the grounds. As noted by a previous reviewer the queues for breakfast were a bit of a nuisance on some days. The roof top chill out bar was also very good. All staff very polite and knowledgable. We upgraded to a sea view room and I would strongly recommend this - the view from the balcony across the grounds and out to sea were beautiful.
The only minor criticisms of the hotel were the absence of a shop (usual to find one selling a few basics in a 5-star hotel) and a lack of information in the hotel room about the facilities.
The hotel has a boardwalk to the local beach - San Rafael - this is very nice but MUCH better, small secluded and with a great little cafe/ restaurant, La Sardinha, is the neighbouring beach of Praia dos Arrifes, also a short walk from the hotel.
We went into Albufeira for one day and spent a few hours in the old town and at the marina, however the rest of it was much too commercialised for our liking so retreated back to the tranquility of the hotel! So although the hotel runs a free shuttle three times a day into the town, if you're after R&R, the hotel and neighbouring beach has everything that you need.
Room Tip: Definitely worth upgrading to a sea-view room.
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- 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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