Located on a cliff top by Falesia beach, this white hotel has several wings stretching out into the landscaped gardens of pine trees, black and white mosaic stone pathways, and Moroccan-style wooden bridges over streams. From the reception to the golf course, the hotel has a Moorish influence with patios, fountains, wooden screens and signs in typical Portuguese azulejos (tiles). Guests enter into the main lobby to find a tiled floor, antique carved tables and chairs with tapestry upholstery, seating areas separated by wooden screens, a lobby lounge with an old fireplace, where leisure and corporate guests can cool off, take a break or have an intimate meeting.
Amenity highlights: As well as a nine-hole golf course and Golf Academy, there is a new golf clubhouse offering drinks and food. Guests can also have tennis lessons, have a dip in one of the hotel swimming pools and take the children to the children’s village before heading for one of the various restaurants and bars.
Insider tip: Dramatic and theatrical, or cruel and indefensible –whatever your opinion, Portuguese bullfights are a regular fixture in nearby Lagos. Catch one every Saturday in the Marina do Lago bullring.
Praia Da Falesia, Apartado P.o. Box 644
Nearest major airport:
Faro, Portugal (FAO-Faro)
Guests of the hotel enjoy a complimentary Continental buffet breakfast each morning.
Alem Mar – Decorated with a cream tiled floor and cane and blue cushioned chairs, this is the hotel’s main restaurant, serving a Continental and cooked buffet breakfast every morning. In the evenings there is an à la carte menu or a Discovery Buffet serving Mediterranean foods from Italy to the Algarve.
See all dining options for this hotel Corda Café – Located by one of the outdoor swimming pools with seating both inside and outside, this relaxed restaurant has a floor made of waxed logs, with cane tables and chairs and dilapidated antique luggage piled up alongside, as well as ropes, hooks and chains, and oars on the walls, as if it were in the bow of a ship. It serves light meals including salads, pastas, and burgers.
Aldar – This restaurant offers a taste of the Orient and is decorated to give a Moroccan feel, with low level seating on sofas in blue, red, and gold fabrics in an eastern style, low wooden tables, dark red walls, and old maps on the walls, known as portulanos.
O Pescador – This tiled-floored restaurant with white cane furniture has both indoor and outdoor seating for al fresco dining, and serves a selection of seafood specials from crustaceans and crabs to cataplana, a typical Portuguese dish cooked in a copper pot.
Porto Alegre – Located by a patio with seating amongst lemon trees and next to the games room, this ice cream parlor also serves burgers and fast food. It is only open during the summer months.
Beach Club – Only open in the summer months, this beachside restaurant serves lunch and dinner with a Portuguese and international menu on offer, as well as sandwiches, snacks, and ice cream.
Jardim Colonial – Located next to Alem Mar, this wooden floored bar with local tiles on the walls, has live music.
Golf Clubhouse – Overlooking the golf course, this clubhouse is decorated with brown basket weave chairs and tables. As well as having a bar, it serves breakfast and an a la carte menu of sandwiches, salads, burgers, pasta, meat, and fish.
Theme park(s) nearby
Full-service health spa nearby
NEARBY POINTS OF INTEREST
Nearest beach – on site
Nearest golf course – on site
Vilamoura – 4.5 km (2.75 miles)
Zoomarine – 5 km (3 miles)
Krazy World (theme park) – 5 km (3 miles)
Albufeira – 5.5 km (3.5 miles)
Paderne – 9 km (6 miles)
Estadio Faro Loule (football stadium) – 25 km (15.5 miles)
Faro – 25 km (15.5 miles)
Rio Formosa (wetlands) – 25 km (15.5 miles)
Silves – 30 km (19 miles)
Portimao – 43 km (27 miles)
Monchique – 39 km (24.5 miles)
Lagos – 39 km (24.5 miles)
Tavira – 39 km (24.5 miles)
Castro Marim – 78 km (49 miles)
Vila Real de Santo Antonio – 78 km (49 miles)
Sagres – 78 km (49 miles)
Faro International Airport (FAO): Approximate driving time is 35 minutes and distance is 25 kilometers (15.5 miles).
Taxis are available for transfer from the airport to the hotel. Car hire is also available here and some buses also run to Vilamoura.
Taxis can be caught from outside the terminal building. Buses can also be caught outside the terminal building. AEROBUS provides a shuttle service between the airport and city centre daily (except Tuesday) in high season.
Tax of 19% is not included in the price but will be added at the time of payment.
Extra person charges may apply and vary depending on hotel policy.
Rollaways and cribs (infant beds) may be available and should be requested at the time of booking; fees may apply.
Photo identification and credit card or cash deposit are required at check-in for incidental charges.
Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in. Special requests made via this Web site cannot be guaranteed and may incur additional charges.
Check-in time is 2 PM
Check-out time is Noon
The hotel has four swimming pools in total. There are three outdoor pools – two for children, one of which is heated – and an adult pool. The indoor pool is part of the Health Club and has a seating area inside with lounge beds. There is a jetted tub here and a sauna, along with complimentary towels and lockers. The gymnasium has cardiovascular machines and weights and guests can enjoy a massage in one of the treatment rooms. The beauty salon, Estetica, offers various hair and beauty treatments and sells a range of men’s and women’s products.
As well as two golf pro shops close to the golf course, there is a mini market near the Golf Clubhouse and various boutiques around the resort.
The hotel has three large dividable conference rooms, catering for up to 250 people in theater style. Decorated in pale yellow with blue carpet, they have full audio-visual facilities and access to a patio. In addition, there are small break-out rooms.
For guests who need to fly in and out in a hurry, the hotel has its own helicopter pad.
See a list of property amenities
Swimming pool – indoor
Swimming pool – children’s
Massage – treatment room(s)
Restaurant(s) in hotel
Coffee shop or café
Internet access in public areas – dial-up
Safe-deposit box – front desk
Babysitting or child care
Medical assistance available
Dry cleaning service
Coffee in lobby
Air-conditioned public areas
Airport transportation (surcharge)
Swimming pool – outdoor
Full-service health spa
Pool table on site
Billiards on site
Room service (24 hours)
Limo or Town Car service available
Meeting rooms (small groups)
Internet access in public areas – surcharge
24-hour front desk
Number of rooms: 215
Shopping on site
Supervised child care/activities
The hotel has a Children’s Village called Porto Pirata, complete with two wooden pirate ships with slides and climbing frames on top, an activity center and TV room down below. Supervised by professional staff, it also has basketball, bicycle tracks, mini golf, a picnic area, playground, and bouncy castle.
There is a games room next to the ice cream parlor with arcade games, billiards, table tennis, and table football. From April to October there is also an activity team to keep teenagers occupied.
Pine Cliffs Golf Course is a nine-hole, 32-par golf course on undulating ground by the cliff tops. The Golf Academy has a driving range, indoor teaching bay, chipping and putting greens as well as a pro shop and golf pro’s. Guests can take private tuition, either individually or in groups. The nearby Golf Clubhouse offers drinks, snacks, and main meals with views over the green.
The Tennis Academy, located near the Children’s Village, has five floodlit courts, two of which are clay and three hard courts. Guests can hire the courts and equipment or take private tuition.
A lift takes guests to the beach where there is a range of water sports available in the summer months, as well as a restaurant, showers, and WCs.
The recreational activities listed below are available either on site or near the hotel; fees may apply.
Golf – miniature on site
Golf – driving range on site
Surfing/boogie boarding nearby
Jet skiing nearby
Motor boating nearby
Basketball on site
Bicycle rentals on site
Playground on site
Golfing on site
Swimming on site
Scuba diving nearby
Boat launch nearby
Yoga classes/instruction on site
Aerobics on site
Tennis on site
Horse riding/rental on site
Bird watching nearby
Hypo-allergenic bedding available
Internet access – dial-up
Extra towels/bedding in room
Separate sitting area
Internet access – surcharge
Remote lighting/drapery control
Massage – available in room
Iron/ironing board (on request)
Cribs (infant beds) available
This hotel has 215 guestrooms, all of which have dark wood furniture with marble tops complementing champagne fabrics and tiled floors. All rooms have white walls, hand-painted tiled headboards in green, blue, or maroon with matching glass bedside lamps, wall tapestries, armchairs and tables, bedside tables, dial-up Internet access (surcharge), full-length mirrors, wardrobes with safes, minibars, ice buckets, and balconies with tables and chairs, with views of either the garden or surrounding countryside. Bathrooms have marble floors and sink tops, tiled walls to match the color scheme, tubs and showers, bidets, and complimentary toiletries.