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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


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 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 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 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 11 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.

Click to view the Pine Cliffs resort map.


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.


Scott Dunn provides childcare for children aged from 4 months to 11 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.


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.


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.

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

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.

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.

Additional notes

Hotel closure & renovation Information

The Sheraton Algarve Hotel, will commence the 2nd part of its phased renovation in November 2015, with a completion scheduled for June 2016. The first opening date for hotel guests will be 26 June 2016.

Phase 2:

During this final phase, Pine Cliffs will be renovating the remaining guest rooms & suites, public areas, Meeting & Conference facilities and food and beverage outlets. Simultaneously, the hotel will reopen its doors in June as the Pine Cliffs Hotel, a Luxury Collection Resort, further enhancing its position within Starwood Hotels & Resorts Luxury Collection portfolio.

Also part of the final phase will be the completion and launch of the spectacular cliff-top Pine Cliffs Ocean Suites, a Luxury Collection Resort with 76 contemporary designed suites along with a 1,000 square metre destination Spa. The brand new Pine Cliffs Ocean Suites will redefine the standard of luxury resort living by offering differentiated bespoke services such as “Butler Service”; “Kids Concierge”, Valet parking, In-room family luxury amenities; including themed children’s welcome gifts.

Resort Restaurants & Bar Facilities

Included in this exciting renovation project will be the opening of two new restaurants.

- New Italian restaurant

- New Health outlet featuring a juice & tonic bar

Venues subject to renovation plan:

- Corda Café

- Jardim Colonial restaurant

- Portulano (lobby bar)

Due to these extensive renovation plans, the main building of the Hotel which includes the guest rooms and restaurants will be closed as follows:

Last check out date: 02 November 2015

The heated Indoor Pool and Pine Cliffs Goes Active health club that will close on 2 November and will open again on 21 December 2015

IMPORTANT NOTE: Following Facilities Open until 26 June 2016

All of the remaining accommodation in the Resort will be operating fully:

* Pine Cliffs Residences (1 bedroom & long stay winter special, 2 bedroom units)

* Golf Suites (1 bedroom & long stay winter special, 2 bedroom units)

* Pine Cliffs Terraces and Villas and Townhouses

As will the following facilities:

* Casa Pine Cliffs (the central building within the Pine Cliffs Residence area) with reception and the following facilities:

* O Grill restaurant (all day from 07:00 – 22:30h, with buffet breakfast from 07:00 – 10:30h, lunch & snacks from noon till 17:00h and dinner from 18:00 – 22:30h)

* O Grill Bar - afternoon and evening

* Bar (open from 11:00 – 24:00h)

* Piri Piri Steak House (seasonal+ dinner)

* Beach Club (seasonal+ light snacks, lunch and dinner)

* Health Club Residences (open from 07:00 – 21:00h)

* Steam Room Residences (open from 07:00 – 21:00h)

* Experience Wellness Residences (open from 10:00 – 19:00h)

* Outdoor pool

* The “Club House” will be available to our guests during this period for light snacks and lunches from 09:00 – 18:00h.

* The golf and tennis operations, including the Golf Shop, will operate as normal, together with the outdoor pool by the Golf Club and golf lessons.

* Annabel Croft Tennis Academy and tennis lessons

* Porto Pirata Children's Village

* Bicycle Rental

* The temporary entrance to the resort is located on the road leading to Falésia Beach.

(+ depending on occupancy levels and weather conditions)

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 and 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.

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