Pine Cliffs, Algarve

Pine Cliffs Resort

Algarve, Portugal

From NOK Kr7300 per person in low season
From NOK Kr15800 per person in high season

based on 7 nights

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  • Private transfers

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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 - 11 years and on selected dates, Crew for children 11 years and older

  • 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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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.

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

To get around the resort quicker, hire a bike from just €7 a day

Make the most of your day on the beach by having lunch at Mare, it has stunning views of the beach and some lovely seafood on the menu

Sharpen your knife skills at the Mimo Cooking School located in the heart of the resort

Enjoy the onsite golf course or ask concierge to book one of the many amazing golf courses along the Algarve

Indulge in a beautiful spa treatment followed by an invigorating experiential shower and sauna in the award-winning spa

Call us on 21 95 70 72 to start planning your holiday to Pine Cliffs Resort or take a look at other properties with a Scott Dunn Explorers kids club


One of Europe’s best family destinations, Pine Cliffs Resort is located on the Algarve in Portugal, just 30 minutes from Faro airport and close to Albufeira. Excellent facilities including golf, tennis, spa, sandy beach and 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 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 heated children’s pool, 18 hole mini crazy golf course and a bouncy castle. Older children aged 11+ can enjoy a sense of independence and make some new friends, whilst enjoying activities as part of our Crew programme.

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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.

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.


Scott Dunn provides flexible childcare for children aged from 4 months to 11 years in our exclusive Explorers kids club at Pine Cliffs. Our qualified childcare team organise fun and exciting age-appropriate activities ensuring that your children get out and about exploring the resort, discovering the destination and making new friends. 

For children over 11 years old, there is Crew. They will love the opportunities to get involved with a mix of water and land sport, with activities ranging from surfing, beach volleyball and SUP, as well as challenging themselves on the high ropes course and bring out their inner chef @ the Pine Cliffs Mimo Cooking School. 

Our dedicated kids club is located opposite the incredible Porto Pirata children’s village and is well-equipped with loads of toys, games and creative activities, outdoor space, with trips to the beach and the pool all part of the fun for all children, with tennis, golf, cooking classes for the older ones.

Globetrotters: 4mths-2yrs

When it comes to looking after our youngest guests, good communication with parents is absolutely key. Our experienced nannies will take time to discuss your child’s routine and go out of their way to follow it, to help keep your child happy and settled.

With exceptional childcare ratios: 4 months to 18-20 months with a ratio of 1:2 and 20 months+ with a ratio of 1:3, we provide suitable activities and routines for their relevant age and stage. The daily activities have been tailored taking into account the weather and of course the fun factor. Complimentary nappies, swimming nappies, wipes, fresh milk, purees and meals freshly made prepared on a daily basis are provided during club hours. When it’s nap time, they can settle down in the specially designed sleep room.

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 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.

Pioneers: 8-11yrs

Older children enjoy fun-packed days getting out and about doing lots of activities, returning to the club for a bit of downtime in between. There's plenty of sports equipment and games to keep them busy, with chill out areas when they want to have a rest.

Crew 11 yrs +

A flexible mix of morning, afternoon or full day activities, pre-arranged with the Crew Leader and organised around different meeting points in the resort.


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


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 holiday.

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 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.


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 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. 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.


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.

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.


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 programme 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 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)

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 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.


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



Lipman Family - June 2019 (Guest)

Scott Dunn nursery staff have yet again excelled themselves and delivered a first class service. Both our children settled in quickly and loved every minute.  The activities have been carefully planned and have been executed with care and creativity. The staff are truly amazing!

Grace Holton (Staff)

Arriving at Pine cliffs is as hassle free as it gets for a summer holiday! With no time difference, and just a 30-minute private transfer it works really well when travelling with children.

There is something for everyone when it comes to accommodation. The residences are highly recommended for their spacious two- and three-bedroom apartments, complete with kitchens and washing machines. For families with younger children I would recommend the new garden suites which are located next to our new Scott Dunn explorers kids club and centrally in the resort so its easy for restaurants and trips to the beach. The new Scott Dunn Explorers club is next to the hotels playground and childrens swimming pool, its fully equipped with all the latest toys, crafts, fancy dress and outdoor games too. With 9 pools to choose from, and a sandy beach theres plenty of relaxation to be done, but for more active families there are lots of activities to take up too such as golf, tennis, cycling and water sports in the peak months. I really enjoyed a stroll down to the beach, but this does involve steps so may not be suitable with a pram. Theres plenty of dining options in the resort to suit all tastes, and some lovely local restaurants within walking distance the pizzeria being a good family option. For parents who fancy something special, there are lots of gourmet restaurants just a short drive away and the Scott Dunn babysitters can look after the little ones.

Georgina Carlisle (Staff)

Arriving at Pine Cliffs after a short 30-minute journey with no time difference from Faro Airport you are made to feel totally welcome and completely at ease, especially if you are travelling with little ones! The views over the cliffs and the vast expanse of gardens and greenery were the first thing I noticed here. There is plenty of space to enjoy your time, with nine swimming pools to choose between, it is far from feeling cramped! The same applies with the accommodation on offer - the Residences we would recommend highly for the space and facilities but would also suggest the wonderful new Garden Suites and Ocean Suites, which are centrally located with a modern and contemporary style. There really is something for everyone when it comes to activities on offer here, from the Annabel Croft Tennis Academy, a 9 hole golf course to enjoy and a beautiful gold flag beach too for some watersports you are definitely spoilt for choice when it comes to the activities on offer but one top tip is to hire a bike for your stay to get around the resort, it makes it fun for families and is a great way to get around.

The Scott Dunn Explorers Club is brand new and right in the middle of the resort where the Scott Dunn Nannies have lots of fun activities planned throughout the day and are available for babysitting too when needed. There are plenty of restaurants to choose from which is why we wouldn't suggest half board and we have a great list of local restaurants just outside of the resort suitable for families, and a couple of special gourmet restaurants for a special occasion only ten minutes away by car.

Hugo Snell (Staff)

Pine Cliffs is a fantastic resort for families with all ages of children. For younger children you have plenty of kids pools, an amazing Pirate Ship play area and the Scott Dunn Explorers Club specialising in childcare from 4-months+. For older children the resort can offer a huge sandy beach, amazing golf & tennis facilities, Scott Dunn Explorers Club and a brand-new Mimo Cooking School. When the kids are in the Explorers Club then you can head to the award-wining spa or try out one of the many delicious restaurants.


Piggott Family - June 2019 (Guest)

Fabulous hotel and apartment; so glad I booked through Scott Dunn, the staff at the Explorers club were outstanding and I was able to relax knowing they were safe.

Roshan Zamir Family - June 2019 (Guest)

Amazing quality service throughout. Fantastic family holiday.  Emma Jones was incredible. We think very highly of her. Junelle gave us a warm welcome and the welcome pack/pamper was much appreciated. Shanelle was lovely, kind and very patient.  Scott Dunn offers amazing personal and tailored service.

Keehan Family - June 2019 (Guest)

I was very impressed with the childcare set up and professionalism and felt comfortable leaving Gus in Paulas care. We would definitely use the Explorers club again and book through Scott Dunn. Many thanks for everything. 

Beard Family - June 2019 (Guest)

Paula was fantastic with Jasper at the Kids Club. Otty loved kids club thanks to all the staff.  Quality service throughout. Nothing was too much trouble.  Great facilities and local beaches, restaurants etc


Vaughan Family - May 2019 (Guest)

Just amazing! Well organized and lots of finishing touches that made life so easy! Facilities and staff in the kids club are great!  EVERYONE is super lovely and professional. We could find no faults.

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.


Kwong Family - September 2018 (Guest)

Kids are very well look after and high quality accommodation.


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.


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.


Cranidge Family - August 2018 (Guest)

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


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!



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 centre 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-metre-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.



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.


Pine Cliffs - 15% Early Booking Offer

Book your holiday to Pine Cliffs and receive 15% discount.
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Book from 04 September 2019 to 31 December 2019
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Pine Cliffs, Portugal - 20% discount

Benefit from up to 25% discount when you book your holiday to Pine Cliffs before 25th October 2019.
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  • 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 holiday.

  • 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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

  • Summer 2019 Campioni Soccer Academy at Pine Cliffs Resort

    The football camp designed by Guyana national team manager and former international player for Jamaica, Michael Johnson will aid children in improving their technical skill, their game and their approach.

  • 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.


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.

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