Pine Cliffs, Algarve

Pine Cliffs Resort

Algarve, Portugal

From $1000 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 Bed & Breakfast basis with private transfers.

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At a Glance

  • After a leisurely breakfast, stroll down to the stunning Falesia beach to spend the day enjoying the sand and sea however you wish. A large number of sunbeds offered by Pine Cliffs are available to use.

  • Grab lunch at the Mare Restaurant, which offers local seafood caught daily - you can't get fresher than that!

  • Find peace and spiritual harmony during one of the Yoga or Meditation classes on offer. No doubt this will allow you to leave Pine Cliffs feeling calmer and more serenity than ever!

  • Head for a round of golf on the perfectly kept Pine Cliffs Golf Course, which overlooks the Atlantic Ocean's blue waters.

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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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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

Dine al fresco and enjoy some delicious seafood at O Pescador, with views over the sea.

Sharpen up on your golf skills at the Golf Academy, whether it be putting, chip shots or teeing off – they can help you perfect your technique!

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


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 include golf, tennis, sandy beaches 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 football pitch. With their spacious living room with kitchenette, they give guests the flexibility of self-catering, and are perfect for families. We also recommended the Ocean Suites, contemporary apartments that have a 1,000m2 dedicated Spa area and the Garden Suites, where our newly built Scott Dunn Explorer's Club is located. 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 cuisine.

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.

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Pine Cliffs offers a wide range of accommodation across the resort. Scott Dunn recommends for families the Garden Suites, Residences and Ocean Suites, with the hotel rooms being ideal for couples.  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. 

Two Bedroom Ocean Suite Penthouse

Pine Cliffs Ocean Suites are a collection of 148 luxury apartments. 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). Ocean Suites come with extra benefits.


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 organize 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 at 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 it's baking local delicacies or t-shirt painting! 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

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 organized around different meeting points in the resort.


The Stargazers club is perfect to allow parents to attend Resort Manager Drinks or to enjoy a dinner in resort in the evenings, with peace of mind that your children are either asleep in the club or snuggled up in their PJs ready for a movie night, complete with popcorn!

Runs during July and August, twice weekly in the evenings from 7pm - 10pm.  Must be pre-booked.


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 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.


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 renowned 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.

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.


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.

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.

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.

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.


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.


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..

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.

Mimo Algarve Cooking School

World renowned 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 miniature football pitch on site. 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 Mimo Cooking School, 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


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.


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



Lucy Dennis (Staff)

Pine cliffs is an excellent family vacation destination, particularly because of the ease of getting there and no time change! The resort is great value and caters for all ages with plenty of pools, the Porto Pirata kids facilities, excellent golf and tennis opportunities and our fantastic Explorers kids club in the center of the resort. It was great to finally see the kids club in action, the activities the Voyagers and Pioneers took part in were so much fun; from a golf lesson, to a cooking class, to the high ropes they wont be disappointed! 

We stayed in a 3 bedroom residence which was very spacious and the fully equipped kitchen is just ideal for families. Casa Pine Cliffs certainly houses the best pool on the resort and the OGrill terrace is a lovely setting to enjoy your delicious breakfast. At the foot of the cliff, there is a lovely stretch of sandy beach but be prepared for a few wooden steps to get to the beach front!

Keiffer Family - July 2019 (Guest)

Really appreciated the support of Shanelle, particularly in settling my daughter Josephine as it was the first time she had been left in any kind of kids club nursery and Shanelle filled us with confidence and definitely won Josephine over which is no mean feat! It meant a few hours of relaxation for those days which was so appreciated. Love your kids clubs!


Macdonald Family - July 2019 (Guest)

I have used a few kids clubs (including the Pine Cliffs own) and seen many and this has far out shone them all -the friendliness and helpfulness of Reece, Kelsey and all the childcare team has been brilliant. As a Mum of a 6 and 4year old, I can honestly say it has been the first vacation I felt fully assured my children are safe, happy and well looked after and that I could 100% relax!! 


Rigby Family - September 2019 (Guest)

We had a really wonderful vacation - the whole thing was very easy thanks to your help with booking and the great service we had from the resort and the Scott Dunn staff there. I wouldnt have believed it was possible to have such a relaxing vacation with a two and a half year old, but she loved Explorers Club so we got to have a real break. She had never been to a vacation kids club before so I wasnt expecting her to like it, but when we picked her up after lunch and asked if she wanted to go to the pool or the beach she just pointed back inside!

The Residences were ideal for us - lots of space, very close to the family friendly buffet restaurant, and a lovely pool. The building we were in, number 3 was ideal too as it was close to the restaurant and pool. I had thought the Residences might feel too far from the center of the resort, but it wasnt a long walk and we enjoyed feeling a bit more secluded. The resort itself is gorgeous - I remember saying on our first day that it was exactly as beautiful as the photos.

We have recommended the resort and Scott Dunn to friends already, and will certainly be back.


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 vacation! With no time difference, and just a 30-minute private transfer it works really well when traveling 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 traveling 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 spoiled 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 specializing 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 vacation.  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.


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.



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, Portugal - Up to 15% Early Booking Discount

Enjoy up to 15% discount when you book your stay at Pine Cliffs, Portugal by 31st January 2022
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Book from 26 July 2021 to 31 January 2022
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  • Campioni Football Academy at Pine Cliffs

    Campioni Football Academy are offering coaching sessions with ex-England International Players and the coaching team over the summer months at Pine Cliffs.


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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