Pine Cliffs

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Pine Cliffs, A Luxury Collection Resort, is set in Albufeira overlooking the dramatic cliffs and beaches of the Algarve coastline in southern Portugal.

Winner of Europe’s Leading Family Resort at the World Traveller Awards 2016, Pine Cliffs is one of Europe’s favourite family destinations and home to one of the biggest kids clubs in the region. The resort has also recently undergone a multi-million EURO transformation.

Information & Facts

Accessibility

Two accessible rooms are available at the Pine Cliffs Hotel as well as a two bedroom apartment at Pine Cliffs Ocean Suites. Wheelchairs and other equipment can be arranged with the resort through Concierge.

Activities / Excursions Outside the Resort

Sagres: Located at Europe’s most south-western point. Sagres is known as ‘the end of the earth’. This ancient region saw Greek and Roman settlers and legend has it that Sagres is the place where the sunset made the ancient waters boil. There are nature trails, monuments and its resident crows, which are said to protect the area. Choose from Sagres Surf at 49 EUROS per person or the Sagres Jeep Safari & Surf at 71 EUROS per person, both all day.

Loule Market: This neo-arab palace building is home to a bustling food market and the surrounding cobble stoned streets are packed with traditional shops selling handicrafts and local products. 21 EUROS per person bus excursion.

Best Bits for Kids

Pine Cliffs is all about the kids. The vast 7, 000 sqm Porto Pirata Children’s Village is centred around two life-sized multi-functioning pirate ships – perfect for exploring, as well as a basketball court, kids pool, ‘racetrack’ for toys on wheels, scooters and bikes, a bouncy castle and much more. There’s lots for older kids too, including golf, art and archery.

Best Bits for Parents

Although Pine Cliffs is set over a massive landscape, you don’t feel like you’re on a typical holiday resort complex. Pine Cliffs is beautifully designed among lush pine groves (hence the name), with lots of lovely paths for leisurely buggy strolls and a resort bus (designed to look like steam train) to get you around – your kids will love.

Best Family Beaches

You’ll struggle to find a better family beach than the one that’s on your doorstep. Praia da Falesia is the longest stretch of golden sand in Portugal, in the stunning setting of the sandstone cliffs. The beach has ‘Golden Flag’ status (which means the location is committed to environmental practices and nature conservation). What’s more, there are complementary loungers, parasols and shower facilities, plus the added bonus of the Beach Club restaurant – the perfect place to relax and watch the sun go down.

Digital Detox / Digital Overload

DVD players can be provided on request and there’s free WiFi throughout the resort. Gamers need to head to the Porto Pirata Children’s Village if they need a Wii fix.

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For us, Pine Cliffs was all about simplicity. We wanted a short-flight, some late summer sun and plenty of easy-to-get-to facilities. The resort delivered on so many levels. Pine Cliffs peak season is during the July/August summer holidays, so our September trip meant that we’d missed the crowds, but there was still plenty of families with young children (and, of course, golfers who make their pilgrimage to its popular course) around to provide a fun, buzzy, yet relaxing atmosphere.

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The Pine Cliffs Residences are particularly suited to family living, spacious and packed with facilities – they’re also close to the Porto Pirata Children’s Village.

Food & Drink

When it comes to food, there’s lots of choice. The resort offers 11 restaurants and lounges. Children’s menus are available with all the usual favourites including pasta, burgers and chicken nuggets and the evening dinner buffets are great for families, too.

DINING:

O Pescador is seafood lover’s dream. It’s one of the best restaurants on the Algarve. Don’t miss the famous Cataplana – a traditional dish made with clams, chorizo and tomatoes.

Piri Piri Steakhouse, with outdoor seating among the pine groves, is a great choice for families serving prime steaks and a fabulous piri piri chicken.

Yakuza by Oliver serves an eclectic mix of Japanese and Mediterranean dishes in an outdoor garden setting.

CASUAL DINING:

Jardim Colonial offers buffet dining for breakfast and dinner – kids will love the wide selection on offer.

O Grill offers relaxed all day dining and show cooking in the evenings.

Zest serves up health-conscious fruit and veg juices and smoothies. Zest also offer a tailored kid’s menu with veggie and gluten and lactose-free options.

Beach Club is right on the beach and perfect for after-swim cocktail or an ice-cream. There’s also salads, snacks and seafood. Don’t miss the guacamole and pardon peppers.

Corda Cafe is great for a pit-stop, serving drinks and quick bites including pizzas and burgers with views of the gardens, pool and golf course.

Pine Cliffs Clubhouse perfect for pre or post golf snacks, light meals and drinks.

COCKTAILS:

Portulano provides cocktails, wine and port.

The Mirador Champagne Bar is a must. It’s perched on the edge of the cliff, with stunning views. It is a child-free zone, but definitely worth booking a babysitter for.

Some of the restaurants and bars close in the Winter months.

Getting There

Pine Cliffs is a 30 minute drive from Faro Airport or three hours from Lisbon Airport.

Hotel Shop

The Golf Academy and Pro Shop offer everything a golfer may need, whatever your skill level.

Hotel Vibe

If you’re looking for a short-haul, stress-free, sunny family trip, Pine Cliffs ticks all the boxes (and then some). It’s stunning cliff-top setting, gorgeous gardens and sandy beach not only provides fantastic facilities for the whole family, but  it’s also grown-up enough for parents to enjoy plenty of ‘me time’.

Kids Clubs

The massive Porto Pirata children’s village for children six months to eight years is centred around the fun play pirate ships, as well as sports, a dedicated swimming pool, bouncy castle and play areas.

Junior Club – for kids aged eight to 12 years focuses on sports including football, archery, cricket, aqua gym, tennis and golf lessons as well as arts and crafts for those who want to explore their creative sides.

There’s also a daily activity programme and both clubs are supervised by experienced, qualified staff. Daily 9am-5pm during peak season and the Christmas holidays.

Location

Pine Cliffs’ dramatic setting is take-your-breath away stunning. Accommodation is set within a serene 72-hectare landscaped village with a contemporary design that mirrors traditional Portuguese architecture. The resort is perched on the top of a cliff, surrounded by pine groves growing the biggest pine cones you’ve ever seen (perfect for Christmas crafts and decorations back home!) with views of the golden sandy Praia da Falesia beach. And getting to the beach is one of the best things about this place. There’s a panoramic glass elevator that takes you to ground level followed by a pathway through the orange sandstone cliffs.

Pools

  • One heated indoor pool
  • Four outdoor pools
  • Dedicated kid’s pool

Rooms

Pine Cliffs provides a variety of accommodation options. All rooms come with air conditioning, satellite TV, sound system, free Wi-Fi and amenities and a sofa bed which can accommodate two children up to the age of 12 (charges may apply). Travel cots are available free (for health and safety guests must bring their own bedding), but rollaways or extra beds are not provided in any rooms.

The Pine Cliffs Hotel features 217 guest rooms and suites, with private terrace or balcony.

For more space, opt for one of the Pine Cliffs Ocean Suites. Spacious and high-spec there’s a choice of one or two-bed apartments, while the premium suites also offer a kitchen and dining area.

Or for a real home-from-home feel book a Pine Cliffs Residence. Perfect for larger families, these offer two (maximum five adults or four adults and two children) or three-bedrooms (maximum eight adults or six adults plus four children), plus fully equipped kitchens and laundry facilities as well as lots of lounge space and views of the golf course and gardens.

Spa & Pampering for Adults

The luxurious new 1, 000 sqm Serenity, The Art of Wellbeing Spa is home to a steam room, sauna, Jacuzzi, double treatment rooms and lounge areas. The focus here is on relaxation and well-being with signature treatments including the Serenity Massage Ocean View – a full body massage performed in the Tabu Garden overlooking the ocean. Treatments from brands include Thalgo, Organic Pharmacy and Sensai. Couples packages, male grooming and a hair salon are also available. Daily 10am-8pm.

Spa & Wellbeing for Kids

And it’s not just for the grown-ups. The Serenity Spa also offers kids treatments, including a Junior Relax Massage (from 75 EUROS) and an Ila Junior Facial, 65 EUROS. Manicures and haircuts are also available for those aged two to 12 years. 

Sports

  • 9-hole Golf Course & Golf Academy. Daily 7am-8pm.
  • Annabel Croft Tennis Academy with two clay and three all-weather courts with lessons for all ages. 20 EURO per hour. Daily 9am-5pm.
  • Gym & Health Club – with holistic and impact fitness classes, plus personal training
  • Beach Club – surfing, kayaking, windsurfing, catamaran sailing, jet-skiing, wakeboarding, banana boat

Room Service

A reduced version of the Kid’s Menu is available for Room Service, as well as pizzas, salads and sandwiches for older kids. 

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