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Pine Cliffs is an immaculate, five-star resort set above the ochre cliffs of Portugal’s Algarve coast between Faro and Albufeira.
The resort, which has repeatedly been voted Portugal's best, comprises the luxurious Pine Cliffs Hotel and a number of privately owned houses and apartments, available for rent, scattered around the grounds. We recommend the two and three bedroom residences for families, which have their own kitchens and large sitting rooms, and can be taken on a self-catered basis. Architecturally, the resort has been designed to resemble a village, with none of the whitewashed buildings higher than three floors.
Pine Cliffs is a great destination for a family holiday, providing a relaxed environment combined with excellent facilities. These include a nine-hole golf course, a golf academy staffed by a team of professionals, five tennis courts (including two floodlit), three outdoor swimming pools and a health club with an indoor pool, gym and massage treatments.
A panoramic lift takes guests down to a path leading to the sandy beach, where watersports including sailing, windsurfing, body-boarding, kayaking, waterskiing and pedalos are available.
For children, there's one of the best kids clubs in Europe, linked to other parts of the resort by a mini-train and complete with wooden pirate ships, two pools (one for swimming, one for remote-controlled boats), an 18-hole mini-golf course and a bouncy castle. For older children, there's also a juniors club offering activities such as football, volleyball, basketball and archery.
Last but not least, dining options at Pine Cliffs range from a beach bar to a sushi bar and a choice of gourmet restaurants.
Why we love it
A family-friendly hotel with a Champagne Bar? Yup, and once the children are tucked up in the kids clubs or bed, there's no better place to watch Atlantic waves rolling on to the beach below.
Harriet, Original Traveller