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  • 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 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.

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 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.


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 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.

Phase 1:

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.

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