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Pine Cliffs, Algarve

Pine Cliffs Resort

Algarve, Portugal

Surrounded by pine trees and overlooking a glorious sandy beach, Pine Cliffs Resort is a perfect family destination. There are many facilities including a 9-hole golf course, tennis courts, a stunning Spa and a Scott Dunn Explorers kids club.

At a Glance

  • Exclusive Scott Dunn services throughout the summer

  • Scott Dunn Explorers kids club from 4 months - 13 years

  • A well established family friendly resort

  • Lots of lush, green open spaces and shaded areas ideal for kids

  • Well equipped 2 and 3 bedroom residences ideal for families

  • Good range of sporting activities

  • Variety of restaurant choices

  • Stunning sandy beach with a beach club and watersports

  • Open all year round

Beach, Family, Golf, Sailing & surfing

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Scott Dunn has a superb children's club at Pine Cliffs, which is located on one of the beautiful ground floor residences.

Katherine Gotla

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Treat yourself to a glass of bubbly from the Champagne Bar at sunset, located on top of the cliffs

Katherine Gotla

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Make sure you book early for the evening beach barbecues during peak season. The fresh local fish with a true Portuguese flair is truly delicious.

Kate Newman

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It is a good idea to pre book tennis, golf and restaurant reservations with babysitting in advance of your vacation so that you can make the most of your stay.

Kate Newman

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What better way to get around the resort than by hiring a bike from the hotel's specialist bike shop? With bikes and tandems in all shapes and sizes and all the relevant safety equipment, all the family can explore Pine Cliffs and the Algarve on two wheels.

Scott Dunn team

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If you are in need of a walk after a particularly long lunch then the beach is a great option. At over 6km long it is one of the largest in region and stretches all the way to Vilamoura.

Scott Dunn team

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The resort has 7 swimming pools to choose from - a different one for each day!

Jenny James

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Take a schooner boat ride from Lagos - if you are lucky you may see the dolphins.

Jenny James

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Maraniha beach is 17 miles away and has been voted one of the top 10 beaches in the world - definitely worth a day trip to see the beautiful coves here.

Jenny James

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Definitely worth a trip off the resort to La Lagosteria to try some great local cuisine.

James Leet-Cook

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Enjoy a cocktail at the Mirador bar while watching the sunset from the cliff tops.

James Leet-Cook

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Tennis enthusiasts can pre book a lesson with professional Annabel Croft to work on their serve.

Scott Dunn team

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Head to Wine & Co on site which sells great local Portuguese wines starting at just 4€ - they even do daily wine tasting

Scott Dunn team

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Stop off at Porto Pirata on the way back from the beach to your residence for a round of mini golf for the whole family

Hannah Scott

Call us on 858 523 9000 to start planning your vacation to Pine Cliffs Resort or take a look at other properties with a Scott Dunn Explorers kids club


Pine Cliffs Resort is located in the most southern region of Portugal, the Algarve, famous for its almost constant sunshine and long sandy beaches. The resort is perched on beautiful red cliffs with stunning views out to the Atlantic Ocean, with green lawns and pine trees.

There is a variety of accommodation spread throughout the resort. Scott Dunn recommends the Two and Three Bedroom Pine Cliffs Residences which are located close to the golf course, tennis courts and the Scott Dunn Explorers kids club. With their spacious living room with kitchenette, they give guests the flexibility of self-catering, and are perfect for families. We also recommended the new Ocean Suites, a range of contemporary designed suites that have a 1,000m2 dedicated Spa area. There are a number of restaurants and bars to choose from (most with children's menus) ranging from informal international brasserie style to fine dining seafood and Moroccan restaurants.

The magnificent 6km sandy Falesia beach stretches all the way to Vilamoura and is accessed by a lift followed by a series of wide steps. At the beach there is a small choice of watersports on offer and a fantastic beach club which offers fresh fish and lovely salads. Tennis professionals are available for coaching all ages and abilities and there is a 9-hole golf course and golf academy, built on the edge of a spectacular cliff overlooking the sea.

Pine Cliffs Resort remains a firm family favorite, with its short transfer time and child-friendly facilities. Our Explorers kids club, exclusive to Scott Dunn guests looks after and entertains children from as young as 4 months and up to 11 years, ensuring children have a fun-filled vacation and parents have a well-earned rest. The resort also features a heated children’s pool, 18 hole mini crazy golf course and a bouncy castle.

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Most of the rooms at Pine Cliffs Resort are all well equipped with flat screen TV, direct dial telephone, safe, internet, rainforest showers and Luxury Collection beds. The majority feel incredibly spacious and have large balconies, some enjoying gorgeous views of the Atlantic Ocean, lush gardens or the Monchique mountains.

We recommend the 2 and 3 bedroom residences which form part of the Luxury Collection and are equipped with living room, kitchenette, utility room, stylish bedrooms and either a balcony or terrace - great for families as there is ample space for the children, plus facilities to cook. All the benefits of a 5 star hotel, but with the independence a serviced apartment gives you - put a wash on, cook the children's supper or relax on the balcony with a gin and tonic, whilst the little ones are sound asleep. The Ocean Suites also provide fantastic luxury accommodation and are suitable for both couples and family alike.

Late check-out can be arranged (subject to availability) and is €15 per hour.

Ocean Suites

Pine Cliffs Ocean Suites are a collection of 76 luxury apartments that combine both classic furniture with a hint of Portuguese design. The range includes a choice of studio, one, two or three bedroom premium suites and all feature terracotta and tile flooring, bathrobes & slippers, pay TV, Wi-Fi, “Butler Service” “Kids Concierge”, Valet parking and In-room family luxury amenities; including themed children’s welcome gifts. The larger Ocean suites also contain a fully equipped kitchen. Please note all double beds are true doubles and can not be split into twin mattresses. A supplement can be paid to guarantee an ocean view in the studio or 1 bedroom Ocean Suites or for a ground floor, garden access Ocean Suite (available for all categories).

Guests staying at the Pine Cliffs Ocean Suites now enjoy the following benefits:
- Complimentary daily access to the Serenity Spa thermal area for all adults
- 10% discount on all treatments at Serenity Spa and on Style (hairdresser)

Hotel rooms

Pine Cliffs hotel, a Luxury Collection Resort offers a choice of 217 spacious suites and rooms, split over five different categories. All rooms are decorated with cool white and neutral tones, have terracotta-tiled floors and either a sea or garden view plus a balcony or terrace. Premium deluxe rooms start at 35m², Junior Suites at 41m² and the Neptuno Suite an impressive 87m². All rooms have the Signature Luxury Collection beds and Luxury Collection amenities, 40" flat screen TV, rainforest showers, USB ports, tea and coffee facilities and air-conditioning.

2 and 3 bedroom residences

Well decorated and spacious 2 or 3 bedroom residence apartments. Complete with stylish living room with flat screen TV, well equipped kitchenette with hob, microwave, fridge/freezer and dishwasher and utility room with washing machine and iron/board. The bedrooms are spotlessly clean (daily cleaning service) and have extremely comfortable beds.

There are 3 types of residence - garden (ground floor), comfort (middle floor) and penthouse (top floor). The residences are located approximately 20-30 minutes from the beach.

2, 3 and 4 bedroomed terraces

The Terraces are a series of contemporary and spacious townhouses from 240sqm surrounded by a stream, gardens and 2 swimming pools. These townhouses feature quality finishes that radiate a sense of tranquillity and harmony combined with contemporary design.

Unlike the residence accommodation which is all on one level, the terraces accommodation is on 2 levels. All the living areas are on the ground floor along with a large terrace for outdoor dining and relaxing and all the bedrooms are on the first floor.

As with the residences, the openplan kitchenette is well equipped with all the essential equipment including a microwave, dishwasher, juicer, washing machine and tumble dryer.

Other features include individually controlled a/c, Satellite TV and internet access (extra charge).

The Terraces is situated at the opposite end of the resort to the Residence accommodation where the Scott Dunn children's club is situated.

2 and 3 bedroom Golf suites

The 2 and 3 bedroomed golf suites are a slightly old fashioned version of the residences situated between Porto Pirata and the residences.


Scott Dunn provides childcare for children aged from 4 months to 11 years in our exclusive Scott Dunn Explorers kids club. Our qualified nannies organize fun and exciting activities whatever your child’s age including trips to a marine zoo, games in the pool and mask making. Pine Cliffs is Scott Dunn’s most established kids club with an innovative activity program and delicious healthy menus. Set in a luxury residence our qualified nannies have transformed it into a dedicated children’s space which provides the perfect base to give children their best ever vacation. Each age group has a dedicated room equipped with toys, games and creative activities to keep them entertained for their entire stay. With a number of different pools to choose from, including a heated pool for the beginning and end of season, a garden full of toys and beach a short distance away, your children are guaranteed to have a fantastic time.

There is also the Porto Pirata children’s village at Pine Cliffs Resort, which has excellent facilities and is enormous as it's over 7000m² in size.

Many families with children return to Pine Cliffs Resort again and again. More information about our childcare services at Pine Cliffs can be found here.

Globetrotters (4mths-2yrs)

Little ones are perfectly catered for with a room full of games and equipment. Baby bouncers, baby gyms and soft toys are just some of the toys that fill the room so that our youngest guests have the vacation of a lifetime.

Adventurers (3-4yrs)

For Adventurers every day is about discovering new things and exploring their surroundings whether its baking local delicacies or learning the mysterious art of capturing frogs! They will have an action packed week of activities where a typical morning could include burning off some energy with a game or short tennis or mini beast football before heading off down to the beach. They have a dedicated room at the club with a huge selection of toys and equipment from trucks to scooters and Lego to dolls houses, every child and taste is catered for!

Voyagers (5-7yrs)

The Voyagers have a busy program of activities and always make the most of their room, whether it’s to relax and chill out on the beanbags or creating a costume for a theme day. With toys and games to play with in between all the activities organized, Voyagers are guaranteed a fantastic vacation.

Pioneers (8-11yrs)

Our older guests have the perfect room to get to know each other and enjoy their vacation. The room is kitted out with remote control cars, Lego and games console so should they need a break from the exciting activity program that our childcare team provide they will guaranteed to be kept entertained.


Babysitting is available in the evenings on a request basis and is chargeable per hour.


There is a good selection of restaurants to choice from many of which have separate children's menus.

Explore a selection of cuisines from fresh seafood dishes Algarvian style at the O Pescador Restaurant and a unique array of international gourmet meat dishes at the Piri Piri Steak House to a fine dining 5 course experience with wine pairing at the Jardim Gourmet, themed buffets at the Jardim Colonial or a light snack with a breath-taking view of the Algarvian coast at Maré. Other options include Yakuza serving Japanese fusion food and the Corda Café for light snacks.

Please note that some of the restaurants are seasonal and open subject to the weather conditions and seasonal occupancy.  Reservations are also required in some of the restaurants.


Yakuza by Olivier is one of the finest Japanese restaurants in the Algarve. A menu of traditional Japanese specialties with a touch of Mediterranean flavors is served in an outdoor garden setting. Fine-Dining establishment. Reservations are required..

Corda Café

With its poolside location, garden setting and serene golf course views, Corda Café provides a welcoming and relaxed atmosphere to enjoy a light meal and refreshing beverage throughout the day. 12:00 PM - 10:30 PM (Closed November 2015 - June 2016). No reservations can be made for dinner.

Piri Piri Steak House

The Piri Piri Steak House offers a unique selection of prime meat produce from all four corners of the globe, grilled to perfection in a relaxed atmosphere. Unique in the region and a must visit during your stay in the Algarve.  Dress code is smart casual and reservations can not be made for dinner. Open 12:00 PM - 10:30 PM. Closed October - June.  Reservations are required.


The O'Grill is the closest restaurant for the residence guests. This Mediterranean inspired restaurant over looks the golf course and set by the swimming pool. Its has a casual atmosphere and open 7:00 AM - 10:30 AM, 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM; 6:00 PM - 10:30 PM. Closed for lunch January to March. Reservations can not be made for dinner.

O Pescador

With its elegant, yet relaxed atmosphere, O Pescador (The Fisherman) offers a wide range of seafood specialties. The restaurant's signature of “al fresco” really speaks for itself, with fresh daily seafood offering daily specials such as Crustacean platter. Smart-Casual dress code. Open in high season for dinner. Reservations are required.


Overlooking the Atlantic Ocean and the endless Algarvian coast line, Maré presents a variety of seafood and meat dishes, refreshing drinks and a selection of fresh salads. Casual dress acceptable. Open 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM; 6:30 PM - 10:30 PM. Closed November - Easter. Only open for dinner in high season - weather dependent). Evening reservations are required.

Club House

Offering light food in a casual and relaxed setting. The Club House is open July - December: 10:00 AM - 10:00 PM; Easter - June: 9:00 AM - 10:30 PM. January - March: Open for lunch 10:30 AM- 6:00 PM.

Jardim Colonial

A fantastic selection of both regional and international dishes, Jardim has a smart casual atmosphere and is open 7:00 AM - 10:30 AM; 6:00 PM - 10:30 PM. Closed November - June. Reservations can not be made for dinner.


The beach at Pine Cliffs Resort is the only beach in the Algarve to be classified with the Golden Flag and there is a great array of watersports available here such as surfing and kayaking. There are clay and hard court tennis courts and a miniature football pitch on site and a golf course close by. The resort also offers bike rental - the bike shop is located by Porto Pirata and run by Europcar. As such then can provide all the safety equipment (helmets, stabilisers, trailers etc) and have regular bikes (starting from €9/day), mountain bikes, juniors and tandems.

The resort is also home to a range of shops and boutiques plus there is also a small supermarket, which sells a very limited range of items. For main groceries, there is an Intermarche store just outside the main gates of the resort.

Other facilities include a 9-hole golf course, driving range and golf academy, 5 tennis courts, Health club with indoor swimming pool, gym and beauty salon, and 7 outdoor pools, one heated.

Annabel Croft Tennis Academy

The Annabel Croft Tennis Academy provides an exciting tennis program offering group and individual tuition as well as tournaments. It will also exclusively run twice weekly with Scott Dunn’s Explorers Club (with support from Scott Dunn’s Explorers Club qualified childcare experts.) Children aged between 5 and 13 will have the opportunity to participate in coaching sessions run by the highly qualified Annabel Croft coaches. The academy will also offer children between the ages of 3 and 4 the chance to try their hand at the sport, creating customized taster sessions that will run once a week filled with action packed racket and ball games. Former Wimbledon and Australian Open Champion Annabel Croft heads up the academy, which is run by a team of 14 professionals coaching over 1,000 students every year.

Pine Cliffs is home to a total of 5 floodlit tennis courts - 3 hard courts and 2 red clay - which are all in fantastic condition and suitable for players of all standards. The courts are set among the natural beauty of the resort with pine trees and local landscaping providing a wonderful backdrop to a game, and just a short walk from the resort accommodation.

Beach and sports

The 6km Falesia beach is easily accessible from the resort (via a lift and a series of platform style steps), which offers a choice of water-sports and a fantastic beach club. It is the longest stretch of golden sand beach in all of Portugal and is renowned for its stunning amber-red sandstone cliffs rising majestically from translucent blue Atlantic waters with a pine forest crowning magnificent cliff-tops serving as a backdrop.

There is a dedicated area of the beach which is fully equipped with sunshades, sun loungers and towels for guests (generally open April - October but according to the weather). The beach bar offers an appetising choice of sandwiches, snacks, grilled fresh fish, ice creams and drinks. For the more active, a number of water sports are available during the warmer months of the year. For example:

Sail boat tours (Beneteau First Class 8)

Jet Ski

Catamaran (lessons and rental)

Windsurf (lessons and rental)

Water-ski (lessons and rental)

Wakeboard (lessons and rental)

Ringo Ride

Banana Ride

Pedal boat


Body board (lessons and rental)

Surf (lessons and rental)

Pine Cliffs Golf

The immaculate Pine Cliffs Golf Course lies perched 200 feet above the golden sands and blue water of the Atlantic Ocean.

This is one of the country’s most original golf courses, built in a pinewood setting, with tree lined fairways running parallel along the Atlantic Ocean, giving it's guests breathtaking views along the Algarvian coastline. Architect Martin Hawtree’s main concern was to keep the natural surroundings as it was before the course was built.

The jewel of this perfectly kept course is the Par 3 sixth hole. The championship tee, known as the Devil’s Parlour, is built over a ravine that requires a 198 meter carrying shot over the cliffs to a deep but narrow green.

Pine Cliffs Golf Academy

Superbly equipped with the latest technology in teaching systems the Golf Academy is manned by a team of Internationally Qualified PGA Professionals with a combined experience of over 20 years of teaching. The Pine Cliffs Golf Academy team offers a tuition service second to none for all parts of the game. The dedicated short game practice area is specifically designed to aid the beginner, improver or experienced golfers to long lasting enjoyment of the game of golf.

The indoor video swing analysis room is equipped with the V1 swing analysis software which is ideal and to analyse your faults and get back on the right track quickly and permanently. For beginners it's the ideal venue to ingrain good habits, or correct the bad ones before it's too late!! Hitting from the latest forgiving Astroturf mats is an exceptionally pleasant experience especially when combined with the teaching methods of the PGA golf pro team, placing the emphasis on enjoyment and fun.

Sharpening individual game skills such as putting, bunker play, chip shots and tee shots is one of The Golf Academy's specialties - using expressly patented and enjoyable exercises to hone the player's technique to get more fun and enjoyment from the game.


Pine Cliffs Resort, provides complimentary, basic wifi throughout the resort, including all room types, including villas and suites. Premuim and Elite wifi can be purchased daily for an extra fee. All internet tiers offer usage on unlimited devices. Please note that for the basic and premium tiers, bandwidth will be shared between devices, hence the more devices connected, the slower the speed per device.

Scott Dunn Guest Relations Manager

There is a UK Scott Dunn Guest Relations Manager based at Pine Cliffs Resort, when our Explorer Programme is in operation. Our Manager is there to meet and greet Scott Dunn guests on arrival in resort and is available to assist with the smooth running and enjoyment of guests vacation.

Health & Fitness Club with SPA

Guests of the resort are welcome to use the facilities of the Health and Fitness Club on a complimentary basis. The 125 square meter on-site facility located at the main hotel features the latest Technogym equipment including treadmills and elliptical machines complete with television and radio. Special exercise classes such as water aerobics are offered and may be pre-booked in advance subject to availability.

A personal trainer is also available for a nominal fee to customize an exercise program just for you.

The Health and Fitness Club also features a sauna and Jacuzzi as well as an indoor swimming pool, ideal for laps and other water exercises. To guarantee the well-being and comfort of all guests, the use of swimming cap is mandatory at the indoor pool.

Three massage rooms are havens of tranquillity with a variety of massages, body treatments and exotic rituals dispensed at the hands of specialized therapists. The Beauty Salon offers a full range of services, from manicures and pedicures to hair styling and coluoring.

Children must be at least 12 years old to use the facility.

Additional Notes

Building Work Summer 2017

Pine Cliffs Resort are building 87 luxury apartments called Pine Cliffs Gardens on the outer boundary of the resort and within the vicinity of Piri Piri restaurant and Porto Pirata Kids Club. Work is expected to be completed by 01 July 2018 and no work will be undertaken in July, August or September 2017. Outside of this time, the schedule of work shall be:

Monday to Friday from 08:00 - 20:00

Saturday from 08:00 - 17:00

During this period of construction we advise guests do not stay in the Townhouses. The Golf Suites are unaffected

Pine Cliffs train

Please note that the Pine Cliffs train is either running intermittently or not at all.  Alternative transport arrangements are currently uncertain. Scott Dunn therefore recommends that guests hire bikes to get around the resort.

Location & Directions

Algarve, Portugal

The resort is ideally situated, just 10-minutes from the bustling town of Albufeira, 15-minutes from Vilamoura which has championship golf courses and a marina, and 45-minute from Faro Airport.

When to go

The Algarve has a mild climate with more than 300 days of sunshine a year. The climate in the Algarve is generally warm and sunny in May with the risk of the odd shower of rain. Sometimes it can be cool in the evenings. By June the weather generally settles in a pattern of long hot sunny days and balmy evenings especially in July and August. Rain is unlikely but it can happen from time to time. Throughout the summer months it can be windy especially during the afternoon. June and September are particularly pleasurable months.

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Call us on 858 523 9000 to start planning your vacation to Pine Cliffs Resort or take a look at other properties with a Scott Dunn Explorers kids club

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