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EPIC SANA - Luxury holidays to the Algarve

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  • About this holiday

    The five-star EPIC SANA Algarve resort is situated just outside Albufeira, with private access to a nearby beach. Trees and plants grow on every side, softening the rocky landscape and adding a further serenity to the location. A holiday here includes brilliantly designed sports, accommodation, and dining facilities, and provides easy access to nearby Faro and the airport, as well as Portimao and Lagos.

    The journey and how you get there

    Complimentary

    Included in your holiday

    Expressions Holidays includes scheduled British Airways flights, private transfers, and 7 nights’ accommodation on bed and breakfast.

    Holiday prices

    Sample prices are based on two adults and two children sharing a Suite Home.
    From £2,870 per person for 7 nights in low season.
    From £5,050 per person for 7 nights in high season, with compulsory brunch.
    The prices displayed here are a guide only for this hotel and each holiday price will be tailor-made at the time of booking to reflect the actual flight costs and all up-to-date special offers.

    Hotel code

    EXH2005

    Our opinion

    The EPIC SANA resort offers a stylish option near the beach in the Algarve, which will appeal to families, young couples, as well as those looking for more cultural exploration.

    Hotel description

    The five-star EPIC SANA Algarve resort sits just a short distance from the beach, across a bridge through pine forest, and is surrounded by the lush green countryside that tops the rocky coastline of the Algarve in Portugal. The cream- and ochre-coloured buildings overlook the main swimming pool, which has small waterfalls at its top and bottom, which add to the relaxed ambience. Smaller pools and fountains are dotted around the resort, adding a greater feeling of luxury to the dining venues and to the views from the rooms. A renowned Algarve resort, EPIC SANA has a range of excellent facilities, including tennis courts, an extensive spa, and a choice of gourmet and casual dining. Guestrooms at the EPIC SANA are spacious and contemporary. White bed covers are complemented by rich textured green throws and light wood furnishings, and delicate white canopies hang above the beds. A minimalist oval bath sits as the centrepiece of the en-suite bathrooms. The overall effect is clean and fresh, and places a great focus on the views across the rooftops and trees, pools, or ocean, from the balcony. The ultra-modern Bluum Bar features deep colour mood lighting, high-backed sofas that create bubbles of privacy, and serves innovative and creative cocktails. Alternatively, Lima Bar encompasses casual light dining, on a leafy courtyard beside the main swimming pool. This is a relaxed venue perfect for couples as well as families. For gourmet cuisine, dine in Al Quimia on Mediterranean flavours. With a smart casual dress code, a sleek monochrome design, and refined, thought-provoking food, the atmosphere here is highly sophisticated and exclusive. Abyad buffet restaurant is inspired by international cuisine and uses the best of regional produce. In the summer, the food can be enjoyed outside. For lighter fare, dine at the casual Open Deck restaurant beside the pool, which prides itself on its contemporary style and family appeal. The menu includes a range of fresh Algarve fish. The modern spa facilities at the EPIC SANA offer a service that aims to make each guest feel individually special. The treatments rooms are at a higher level, with panoramic windows that are not overlooked, but afford spa-goers with sensational views, particularly from the glass balconies, lined with small plants. The treatments themselves are inspired by oriental beliefs and methods. An outdoor pavilion is available for couples’ treatments, and guests can also make use of the garden, Jacuzzi, Turkish bath, sauna, and indoor pool. The EPIC SANA Algarve resort comes highly recommended by Expressions Holidays, for couples looking to experience this prestigious stretch of coastline, and to couples and families looking to enjoy the facilities and the sunshine.

    Location

    Albufeira, on the coast west of Faro.

    Official star rating

    5

    Annual opening

    Distance from airport

    18.5 miles

    Closest airport

    Faro Airport

    Room types

    229 rooms and suites with balcony or terrace, en-suite, air-conditioning, safe, minibar, Nespresso coffee machine, hairdryer, room service, and wifi.
    Single Deluxe Room
    Double Deluxe Room
    Deluxe Suite
    Deluxe Garden Suite
    So Suite studio apartment
    Suite Home with one bedroom
    So Suite Home with two bedrooms

    Hotel facilities and services

    ABYAD Restaurant, Al Quimia Restaurant, Open Deck, Lima Bar, Bluum Bar, By EPIC Bar, SAYANNA Wellness Centre, gym, indoor pool, kids club, baby club, sports complex, and 5 outdoor pools.

    Water sports

    Land sports

    Tennis, volleyball, basketball, futsal, and discounted green fees at the local Algarve golf courses.

    Out and aboutnearby/local interest

    Visit the nearby Ria Formosa Natural Park for guided walks among pine trees, marshes, and salt pans, for bird-watching trips, and for catamaran trips down the river channels. Head into Faro to witness the many historic sights: the Bone Chapel, the Carmo Church, the 13th century Cathedral. Olhao is the Algarve’s oldest fishing port, though is famous for its markets down by the water and the remains of its Moorish influences. Ruined castles and a famous Roman bridge wait for you in Tavira. Long walking and hiking opportunities await at Mount Foia. Perhaps also visit the medieval castle of Silves, the grottoes of Ponta da Piedade, the ‘End of the World,’ and to Cabo do Sao Vicente, where the Romans thought the gods lived. Further along the coast, visit the old walled town of Lagos.

    Sports nearby

    Water sports, sailing, walking, hiking, and cycling.

    Children

    Additional beds can be added to each room, and children receive a discount on breakfast and meal supplements. The first child sharing a room with their parents stays free of charge. Cots are available for infants under 3.

    Minimum stays

    Other information

    Children's Club: Access to the Kids Club and Baby Club is complimentary. Bubbles Baby Club is equipped with a nursery and toys, as well as activities for both parent and baby to enjoy together. Children and young teenagers can also use the games room at Bubbles. Both spaces do not have adult supervision. Little Stars Kid’s Club, however, is under the constant supervision of experience and qualified staff. An activities programme runs daily, featuring things such as face-painting and games. During the summer, there are four themed nights of entertainment a week.

    Babysitting: Babysitting services are available when pre-booked.

    Medical services: The resort is a half an hour drive from Faro Hospital.

    Family dining: Children’s menus are available in most restaurants. We would not recommend Al Quimia to families with children due to the unique nature of the food.

    Family rooms: The EPIC SANA, as well as offering multi-bedroom apartments and the option of additional beds, can arrange for interconnecting rooms in a range of room categories.

    Children's amenities: The resort has a total of 5 swimming pools, 2 of which are exclusively for children. A playground is available at the Bubbles Club, but children must be supervised by parents.

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