Pine Cliffs 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 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 four bedroomed Deluxe Villas with private pools or the newly built 'terraces' accommodation. 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 remains a firm family favourite, 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 13 years, ensuring children have a fun-filled holiday and parents have a well-earned rest. The resort also features a children’s pool, 18 hole mini crazy golf course and a bouncy castle.
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Every room at the Sheraton hotel Pine Cliffs is well equipped with flat screen TV, direct dial telephone, safe, internet, rainforest showers and Luxury Collection bed. All rooms and suites are ultra spacious with large balconies enjoying gorgeous views of the Atlantic Ocean, lush gardens or the Monchique mountains. Dark wood furniture and tiled floors create a traditional charm. The luxury suites spread over 2 levels providing ample living and dining space and a generously appointed bathroom.
We recommend the 2 and 3 bedroom residences, 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.
Late check-out can be arranged (subject to availability) and is €15 per hour.
|2 and 3 bedroom residence|
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).
|4 bedroomed deluxe villas with private pool|
The most luxurious accommodation type at Pine Cliffs is the collection of four deluxe villas with private pools. Each villa has 4 bedrooms and offers unrivalled space and privacy in the resort. In addition, the villas are well located for all the hotel's activities and facilities.
All living areas are located on the ground floor. The kitchen and separate utility/laundry room is extremely well equipped. The remaining ground floor layout is openplan, light and airy furnished in a beautiful contemporary style. Also on the ground floor is a bedroom with a bathroom ensuite.
A further 3 bedrooms are located on the first floor. Each bedroom has its own bathroom.
All bedrooms have a/c, their own flatscreen TV with satellite. There is an additional flat screen TV with satellite in the sitting area on the ground floor. Internet access available - payable locally.
The deluxe villas are located at the opposite end of the resort to the Residence accommodation where the Scott Dunn children's club is situated. Scott Dunn will therefore provide a pick up/drop off service for the children at the beginning and end of each day.
|2, 3 and 4 bedroomed terraces|
The Terraces are a series of brand new 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. Scott Dunn will therefore provide a pick up/drop off service for the children at the beginning and end of each day.
|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 13 years in our exclusive Scott Dunn Explorers kids club. Our qualified nannies organise 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 programme 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 holiday. 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, which has excellent facilities and is enormous as it's over 7000m² in size
Many families with children return to Pine Cliffs again and again. More information about our childcare services at Pine Cliffs can be found here.
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 holiday of a lifetime.
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!
The Voyagers have a busy programme 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 organised, Voyagers are guaranteed a fantastic holiday.
Our older guests have the perfect room to get to know each other and enjoy their holiday. The room is kitted out with remote control cars, Lego and games console so should they need a break from the exciting activity programme 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 the Beach Club. Other options include Yakuza serving Japanese fusion food and the Corda Cafe for light snacks.
Please note that some of the restaurants are seasonal and open subject to the weather conditions and seasonal occupancy.
Yakuza by Olivier is one of the finest Japanese restaurants in the Algarve. A menu of traditional Japanese specialties with a touch of Mediterranean flavours is served in an outdoor garden setting.
With its poolside location, garden setting and serene golf course views, Corda Café provides a welcoming and casual atmosphere to enjoy a light meal and refreshing beverage throughout the day.
|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.
The O'Grill, is the closest restaurant for the residence guests overlooking the golf course and set by the swimming pool.
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.
Overlooking the Atlantic Ocean and the endless Algarvian coast line, the Beach Club presents a variety of seafood and meat dishes, refreshing drinks and a selection of fresh salads.
The beach at Pine Cliffs 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 hires out bikes - the bike shop is by the golf shop/Corda Cafe within the main hotel, but run by an external specialist provider. 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 to satisfy any shopaholic.
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 4 outdoor pools.
|Annabel Croft Tennis Academy|
The Annabel Croft Tennis Academy will debut at Pine Cliffs in May 2014 to provide an exciting new addition to the resort’s usual tennis programme offering group and individual tuiton 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 tailor-made 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)
Catamaran (lessons and rental)
Windsurf (lessons and rental)
Water-ski (lessons and rental)
Wakeboard (lessons and rental)
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 metre 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.
|Health and Fitness Club|
Guests of the resort are welcome to use the facilities of the Health and Fitness Club on a complimentary basis. The 125 square metre 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 customise an exercise programme 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 specialised 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.
When to travel
The Algarve has a mild climate with more that 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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Location and directions
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.
How to get there
3-hours international flight to Faro Airport, 30km/45-minute transfer time. Lisbon Airport - 256km/2-hours 30-minute transfer time.
Hotel closure due to rennovation
The Sheraton Algarve Hotel, will commence a phased renovation process starting November 2014 which includes building a new extension consisting of 78 new luxury suites, an Italian restaurant and Health Spa facility. It is scheduled to be completed in 2017.
The hotel will close on 3 November 2014 and reopen on 01 July 2015. During this extensive renovation process, the main building of the Sheraton Algarve Hotel will be closed, which includes all rooms/suites, meeting facilities, health club, indoor pool and a selection of food & beverage venues.
Restaurants that will remain open are:
- Piri Piri Steak House (Dinner - Seasonal)
- O Gril Restaurant (Buffet brekfast, lunch, snacks & dinner)
- Club House (Light snacks and lunch)
Resort leisure facilities available include:
- Health Club/Steam Room (Pine Cliffs Residence)
- Experience Wellness Pine Cliffs (Alternate location)
- Outdoor swimming pool
- Pine Cliffs Golf Course & Academy
- Annabel Croft Tennis Academy
- Porto Pirata Children's Village
Please note that access to the beach will also change.
Pine Cliffs Summer Gala
Pine Cliffs usually host a Summer Gala sometime around the first week in August each year. The Gala consists of a summer concert with a main act. In previous years main acts have been Kool in the Gang, Joe Cocker, Lionel Ritchie and Bryan Ferry. The concert ends with a fireworks display. The Gala is situated behind the pool at Casa Pine Cliffs and is a highlight of the summer season for many. During the day before, during and after the summer gala, certain residence facilities will be closed.