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Pine Cliffs, Algarve

Pine Cliffs Resort

Algarve, Portugal

From $900 per person in low season
From $1900 per person in high season

based on 7 nights

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per person for 7 nights based on a family of 2 adults and 2 children sharing a 2 Bedroom Comfort Residence on a room only basis with private transfers.

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As one of our key partner hotels and home to one of our Explorers kids clubs, we can ensure our guests get the best possible rate for this hotel.

At a Glance

  • Exclusive Scott Dunn services throughout the summer

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

  • On-site Scott Dunn Guest Relations Manager

  • Our price promise – best rate guaranteed

  • 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

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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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Insider's View

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Description

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.

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 Mediterranean 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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Accommodation

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.

Pine Cliffs 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). The residences are located approximately 20-30 minutes from the beach.

Pine Cliffs Ocean Suites

Pine Cliffs Ocean Suites are a collection of 148 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, '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 and barber)

Pine Cliffs Gardens

 Pine Cliffs Gardens are a collection of 87 one, two and three bedroom luxury apartments, ideal for families with fully equipped kitchens, air conditioning, Wi-Fi with either a terrace or patio.

Childcare

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

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

Services

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.

Facilities

There is a good selection of restaurants to choose 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.

World renound Mimo Cooking School have opened their doors at Pine Cliffs Resort, with state of the art facilities offering a vast array of foodie experiences for all the family to enjoy. The 'Supper Club' (available on selected nights) is another great option for a unique family dinner.

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

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

Located in the heart of the resort at Sea Square and open for lunch, snacks and dinner with a kids menu. The atmosphere is welcoming and casual.

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.

O'Grill

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.

Maré

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.

Mimo Algarve Cooking School

World renound Mimo Cooking School have opened their doors at Pine Cliffs Resort, with state of the art facilities offering a vast array of foodie experiences for all the family to enjoy.  Advanced booking is recommended.

Activities

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 they 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

Kayak

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.

Floorplans

2 Bedroom residence - Pinecliffs

2 Bedroom residence - Pinecliffs

3 Bedroom residence - Pinecliffs

3 Bedroom residence - Pinecliffs

2 Bedroom Ocean Suite - Pine Cliffs Resort

2 Bedroom Ocean Suite - Pine Cliffs Resort

3 Bedroom Ocean Suite - Pine Cliffs Resort

3 Bedroom Ocean Suite - Pine Cliffs Resort

Reviews

5

Muffett Family - September 2018 (Guest)

Rob is a credit to the business and is always on hand to provide good advice. The welcome hamper on arrival really helped especially with 2 young hungry kids! Emma and her team in the kids club were also superb, we felt completely at ease and the kids thoroughly enjoyed their time as well.

4

Kwong Family - September 2018 (Guest)

Kids are very well look after and high quality accommodation.

4

Whichello Family - August 2018 (Guest)

The service has been exceptional from the day we arrived to the day we left. The Explorers were second to none we will certainly be coming back and using the kids club.

4

Darke Family - August 2018 (Guest)

We have been really impressed by the kids club - incredibly well organized, wonderful staff (Clare has been amazing and the boys adore her) and great communication with us as parents (regular text updates and photos which really helped us relax and enjoy our time away from the kids). Huge thank you.

5

Cranidge Family - August 2018 (Guest)

Fabulous childcare and hugely welcoming and helpful Scott Dunn staff team have made the vacation an exceptional one.

4

Carver Family - July 2018 (Guest)

Really impressed with the resort and Scott Dunn overall, excellent service from Rob, and so impressed by the whole childcare team with a special shout out to Jodie, our baby's nanny who was awesome. We all had a fab hols thank you!

5

Ansell Family - July 2018 (Guest)

Excellent service once again, we shall definitely return next year but for longer.   Great new edition is the cookery school which was fabulous and Megan loved the kids club.

4

Barham Family - June 2018 (Guest)

Kids absolutely loved the kids club and really bonded with the friendly staff. They did so many fun activities - it was much more than just childcare. They had a tennis lesson, a golf lesson and trips to an aqua park and Zoomarine.

4

Hannah Scott (Staff)

Pine Cliffs is perfect for the active family destination, with multiple accommodation options from hotel rooms to apartment style, they really have something for everyone. 

With the Scott Dunn Explorers Kids Club based in the residences it makes them the perfect base for a family wanting to utilize the kids club as well as being away from the main hub of the resort.  I would recommend booking into the garden residence (available in two or three bedrooms) as they give you the option to have a great outside area which is perfect in the evening without been restricted to a balcony.  If you like to be more in the hub of the resort with the real WOW factor I would suggest looking at the new Ocean Suites, as these are based in the building with the award winning spa.  The Ocean Suites have options for the smaller families and even have a three bed option.

With over 9 different dining options there is no need to eat in the same place twice.  I would recommend heading to the new heath food restaurant Zest for a lighter lunch and a fresh juice to revitalise yourself.

Pine Cliffs really has something for everyone with great bike hire available on-site which make getting around much easier but there are also some great biking trails available from the resort.  If you want to look for a 21st century transport mode you can even hire a Segways for an hour or even the day!  With the Segways linking up to your smartphone it really gives you a modern transport mode.

Tennis at Pine Cliffs is a must with the Annabel Croft Tennis Academy there is lessons available for all abilities, with a selection of courts (hard, clay and paddle) finding something for you is never a problem but make sure you pre-book the early evening time slots to avoid the heat!
4

Victoria Douglas (Staff)

I traveled with my three year old son to Pine Cliffs along with a few of our travel experts to test out the facilities. I was really impressed by just how perfect the resort is for young families.

The residences work perfectly offering space that families need on vacation. You don't live in two rooms at home so why spend a week or two in this manner! With a full size living space, really well equipped kitchen and separate bathrooms your space is one of the key winners for me here.

I really liked how spaced out the property is, the gardens are pretty and wondering between restaurants, the pools makes this resort feel laid back.

The explorers club is located in a converted residence with a great garden space and the children are taken around the resort, to the beach and off site - it's really a great club with so much to offer. Parents can feel completely guilt free that the kids are having a great time. My son loved his day in Explorers so much that he cried all the way home from Pine Cliffs to Gatwick - not ideal!

4

James Leet-Cook (Staff)

A great resort with unmatchable space for activities, great for children to play in and explore. Very green and luscious with the trees providing some welcome shade while you relax with a book. The beach is amazing and definitely worth hanging around down at the beach club with a cocktail while the sun goes down to make sure you have that vacation feeling. No need to use the same pool every day when you can try a different one for every day of the week.

4

Jenny James (Staff)

Pine Cliffs is a fantastic family destination, the choice of accommodation to choose from is excellent. The residences are perfect for access to the Scott Dunn Explorer Children's Club and the O'Grill restaurant. Each residence has been finished to an excellent standard and feel nice and homely. I would recommend booking a Garden Residence as these are located on the ground floor, you can relax outside you accommodation on a lounger and walk straight out to the grounds (also a great place for the kids to run around). You can choose to cater for yourselves as the kitchens are fully equipped and Scott Dunn can arrange a pre-arrival food shop on request.

Make sure you visit the specialty restaurants - Yakuza, the Japanese restaurant, located at the top of the resort by the Terrace accommodation and Piri Piri, the steak house restaurant. The Beach Club is also great for lunch on the beach or a pre-dinner cocktail.

The Scott Dunn Explorer Children's Club is located in the peaceful area of the residences, the activities are fantastic, these include a trip to the Porto Pirata pirate ship and children's pool, the children will love this play area! There is also crazy golf, a great activity for the whole family.

There is so something for everyone at Pine Cliffs and it is the perfect destination for a hassle free vacation for the whole family.

5

(Press)

From the moment I stepped on court with head pro Paulo Machado it was clear I was in safe hands. While stories from training with former world No.1s Ivan Lendl and Yevgeny Kafelnikov during his playing days perhaps werent exactly what I needed to hear while I was scraping the rust off my 41-year-old backhand, it was clear this likeable Portuguese former pro knew the game inside out. Years spent playing the tour mean his game is up to scratch (trust me, this guys a human ball machine) and recent years spent working with Polands top national juniors has honed his understanding of how young players improve. And if performance tennis isnt your thing, heck, hes just a really lovely guy wholl keep you smiling on court. We talked for hours. His philosophy for tennis is more a philosophy for life.

Paulo heads up the resorts relatively new Annabel Croft Tennis Academy, the second of the former British No.1s international portfolio having launched her first in Cyprus. Croft, and business partner Steve Cockell, have created a tennis center that can cater for any age and standard of player. The academys small and friendly team will whip your game into shape on the two clay and three cement courts using techniques such as the X Factor and Death Drill. Steve, an English pro with years of on-court experience himself, and a menacing Portuguese supermarket trolley full of balls gave me a taste of X Factor. Fifteen minutes of that under a warm Portuguese sun and all I was good for was a fluffy white robe and the hotel jacuzzi.

Which brings me nicely on to the resorts other first-rate facilities. Eating and drinking can be taken in any one of the 12 restaurants and bars, and accommodation is a choice between the five-star 215-room Sheraton Algarve Hotel, or one of a number of apartment or townhouse options scattered throughout the immaculate, wonderfully serene grounds. The Pine Cliffs Vacation Club Golf Suites comprise 78 two and three-bedroom apartments overlooking the resorts nine-hole golf course, theres Pine Cliffs Village - 45 townhouses and three villas which have their own private gardens and pool - and Pine Cliffs Residence, 154 two and three-bedroom luxury apartments. The resorts name, as you may have guessed, is derived from its location, perched high up on the dramatic orange cliff tops that overlook Falesia beach, accessed from the picturesque pine tree-themed gardens by a brilliantly simple but effective panoramic elevator. An elevator to a beach? Why doesnt the world have more of those?

As well as the golf, tennis, beach and Atlantic Ocean, theres a huge focus on childrens activities with the kind of facilities that helped Pine Cliffs be named Portugals Leading Family Resort in the World Travel Awards four years running from 2009-2012. The 7,000-meter-square childrens village (with two life-size wooden pirate ships and its own swimming pool) has to be seen to be believed, and this safe and spotless designated kids area also features an 18-hole mini golf course.

Running alongside the nine-hole course that brings in the golfing crowd, theres a first-rate academy featuring driving range, putting green and chipping green, a 4km jogging track, luxury spa, five outdoor swimming pools to choose between, and a health and fitness club within the hotel that boasts an indoor pool, sauna and jacuzzi.

5

(Press)

Portugal is amazingly good value, but luxury resorts are pretty thin on the ground. Pine Cliffs is worth seeking out 10 minutes and a world away from Albufeira, its set amind conifers on a outcrop of amber-red sandstone. The resort has a great kids club, several fab restaruatns, almost four miles of sandy coastline, tennis courts, a nine-hole golf course, sailing and surfing in the Atlantic surely enough to keep even the most active family entertained. Scott Dunn has a week in a two bedroom residence from 846pp B&B including flights. An equivalent break would come in at nearer 1500pp in Italy and as much as 1700pp in the South of France.

4

Katherine Gotla (Staff)

Our Explorers children's club is fantastic. Set across 2 ground-floor residences, it's an incredible set-up for children. You can see they'll make great buddies for the week and we've seen blossoming friendships, whereby the parents also make friends and come back year-after-year.

4

Richard Perry (Staff)

If you are an active family looking for market-leading childcare with the independence of your own two or three bedroom residence then Pine Cliffs is without doubt one of the best hotels in the Algarve.

The residences are incredibly spacious yet luxurious and the kitchens make bed and breakfast or even self-catering a real possibility whilst those in Block 12 are only a stone's throw away from our Scott Dunn Explorers Club. Childcare is offered for children of four months to thirteen years of age in our bright and modern club and, with two day trips a week for the older children, the programs are sociable and varied.

With eight restaurants in total even those with the most refined palettes will struggle to get bored of the food at Pine Cliffs. And, with plenty of sunshine and a cool Atlantic breeze Al Fresco is definitely the best way to enjoy locally-caught seafood in view of the sea.

Offers

Pine Cliffs, Portugal - Complimentary Half Board

Benefit from complimentary half board when you book to stay at Pine Cliffs, Portugal between April and June 2019.
Terms and conditions apply. Subject to availability. Please speak to one of our specialists for more information. 
Book from 23 April 2019 to 26 July 2019
Travel from 23 April 2019 to 28 June 2019
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Pine Cliffs, Portugal - Up to 30% discount

Book your vacation to Pine Cliffs, Portugal before 31st May 2019 to benefit from up to 30% discount.
Terms and conditions apply. Subject to availability. Please speak to one of our specialists for more information. 
Book from 03 May 2019 to 31 May 2019
Travel from 03 May 2019 to 25 October 2019
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Experiences

  • Active Family Time at Pine Cliffs

    We have this fantastic package for you all to enjoy together as a family during your stay at Pine Cliffs. A great mixture of Tennis and Golf along with Cooking and Yoga, a sure way to add an extra level of fun to your vacation.

  • Bird Watching in the Ria Formosa

    Rio Formosa in the Algarve is a stunningly unique and protected part of Portugal's coastline. The lagoon and barrier islands are home to several bird colonies, and the Rio Formosa is the perfect setting to spend the day bird watching.

  • Explore and Active - Family Time at Pine Cliffs

    Add an extra element to your stay at Pine Cliffs with this fun package for the whole family to enjoy. From exploring the local area by bike, rejuvenating with yoga, cooking with Mimo and golf, plenty to keep the most active of families satisfied.

  • Explore the Monchique mountain range

    The Monchique mountain range is the perfect location for a day of walking. The Monchique mountains offer superb views across the Algarve, and with old walkways and charming mountain villages, this is a must do outdoor experience.

  • Mimo Algarve Cooking School at Pine Cliffs Resort, Portugal

    World renound Mimo Cooking School have opened their doors at the Pine Cliffs Resort, with state of the art facilities offering a vast array of foodie experiences for all the family to enjoy.

  • Wine tasting in the Algarve

    The Algarve is known to produce excellent Portuguese wines. Take a trip to a rustic wine cellar in the Lagoa or Portimao area for an insight into Portuguese wine making history, whilst tasting delicious local wines.

Notes

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.

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.

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