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  • About this holiday

    The Pine Cliffs Hotel and Resort near Albufeira is one of Expressions' most popular Algarve resorts for families. The high quality of the resort creates a great sense of value, particularly in the two and three bedroom 'Residences,' which provide an added dimension of privacy and space. Guests can choose between self-catered, individual accommodation, or a guestroom at the Pine Cliffs Hotel, but both options offer outstanding hotel-style service, with 9 restaurants,a kids' club, a golf course, 5 tennis courts, a spa, and 6 swimming pools, among many other facilities. The large scale of the resort ensures a feeling of self-sufficiency and independence, which is often valued by families looking for a peaceful summer holiday. Each area of the resort possesses its own feel, and its own unique views across the golf course and the gardens. Pine Cliffs comes highly recommended by both our Families and European specialists, thanks to its continually outstanding reputation and service.
    Find out more about active family holidays at this resort.

    Client testimonials:
    "Had a wonderful time at Pine Cliffs - fabulous resort and was perfect for what we needed. Thanks for that." Mrs S, August 2016

    The journey and how you get there

    Expressions bases the family holiday to the Pine Cliffs Resort on the British Airways scheduled flights from London Gatwick to Faro, but many clients ask us to include an airline from their local airport, either a no-frills airline such as Easyjet or a charter flights perhaps with Monarch or Thomson. We are more than happy to include these in the holiday we arrange for you. Once you arrive at Faro, we have a private transfer organised for you, although some clients do ask us to prebook a hire-car instead. The Pine Cliffs Resort is about 30 minutes away from Faro airport, so an easy journey.


    WiFi, outdoor parking.

    Included in your holiday

    Expressions Holidays includes scheduled flights with British Airways London to Faro, private transfers and room only.

    Holiday prices

    Sample prices for a family holiday to The Pine Cliffs Hotel and Resort are for a family of 2 adults and 2 children under twelve for seven nights in the lowest priced room type for families.
    From about £4,250 for 7 nights in low season

    From about £6,850 for 7 nights in high season
    Based on sharing one Two Bedroom Townhouse.
    Many other room types are available on request from us. 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


    Our opinion

    The Pine Cliffs Hotel and Resort, near Albufeira in the Algarve is an immensely popular resort with a wide range of excellent accommodation, facilities, land and water activities, and a kids' club.

    Hotel description

    The Pine Cliffs Hotel, formerly the Sheraton Algarve Hotel, and the Pine Cliffs Resort, near Albufeira, are set amidst acres of umbrella pines atop a dramatic cliff top, offering an outstanding range of accommodation, excellent leisure facilities for adults and children, and access to a magnificent beach at the bottom of sandstone cliffs. The resort covers 72 acres and includes an immaculate yet challenging 9 hole golf course, a driving range, golf academy, a shady children’s village, tennis courts, and spacious lawns under the pine trees where you can relax in the shade. 

    The Pine Cliffs Hotel resort provides several distinct types of accommodation, including the 215-room 5 star Pine Cliifs Hotel, the Pine Cliffs Townhouses, the Terraces, Villas and Golf Suites and the Pine Cliffs Residences with 5 star two and three bedroom apartments. Each area offers a slightly different feel, for example, The Pine Cliffs Townhouse area offers self catering apartments in a village atmosphere, whilst the main Pine Cliffs Hotel building is a lavish construction of arches, marble floors, grand columns, blue tiles and fountains in classic Portuguese style with Moorish influences. Only a short walk apart, the latter contains the Ritual Spa & Beauty Salon, the health club with indoor pool, two outdoor pools, a games room, boutique and newspaper shops and seven restaurants.
    Compared to the Pine Cliff Townhouses, the self-catering Pine Cliffs Golf Suites are more comfortably furnished and overlook the golf course. The nearby club house offers drinks and lunches as well as housing a heated swimming pool. Also overlooking the lush golf course, and at the furthest end of the resort, are the Pine Cliffs Residence apartments; justifiably marketed as part of Starwood’s Luxury Collection, these five star apartments offer spacious, elegant and contemporary accommodation. Whilst furnished with a fully-equipped kitchen, the Residences retain the luxury hotel service provided by the Casa Pine Cliffs and its O Grill restaurant, bar, gym and children’s pools. Meanwhile, at the Pine Cliffs Golf Suites, you are greeted by landscaping that combines the natural pines and olive trees of the area with Mediterranean flowers such as lavender, bougainvillea and agapanthus. 

    Facilities of the Pine Cliffs Resort are extensive and accessible for all of the resort’s guests, for example, you can book golf or tennis lessons with professionals or you can hire golf balls and clubs for driving or pitch and putt. There are also five floodlit tennis courts; two clay and three all weather. Indoor facilities include an indoor pool and a fitness centre.
    At the foot of the sandstone cliffs upon which the resort is perched is Falesia Beach, which is very long and has fine sand. It is reached via lift from the hotel’s gardens, followed by a wooden platform that is interspersed with two or three steps at a time, all of which are built above the protected sand in the narrow gorge below. Although it is a public beach, The Pine Cliffs Resort has an exclusive beach facility that offers essentials like towels, sun beds and shades, whilst facilitating water activities at the resort’s water-sports concession. There is also a beach bar and restaurant for lunch. Find out more about active family holidays to the resort.

    Children are very well catered for at the resort's magnificent Porto Pirata children’s village for under-8s; you can book children in for a variety of durations and they can enjoy activities with other children of similar ages. Although dominated by two life-size galleons with climbing frames and slides, there is also a bouncy castle, 18 hole mini golf, children’s pool and ‘race’ track with cars and carts, volleyball and basket ball courts and sand pit. All children can use these facilities under the supervision of the resort’s staff. In addition, there is a Junior Club for 8 to 12 year olds, which offers a programme of activities such as table tennis, mini golf, football and bowls.

    Your entire stay  at the Pine Cliffs Hotel can be completely cashless as everything from golf lessons, meals and even delicious ice creams can be billed to your room. If you elect to buy half board, you can eat in the main buffet restaurant, the Jardim Colonial or you have a credit towards food in any of the other restaurants. The Pine Cliffs Hotel and Resort Algarve near Albufeira is an excellent resort in a beautiful location and is perfect for an active holiday for families with children of all ages.



    Official star rating


    Annual opening

    All year

    Distance from airport

    30 minutes

    Closest airport


    Room types

    215 hotel rooms, 154 Pine Cliffs Residence Apartments, 45 Townhouses, 4 Terraces, 6 Villas and 78 Golf Suites.

    All rooms have private bathroom, air conditioning and heating, in-room safe, direct-dial phones with data port, minibar, satellite television, in-room movies, private balcony or terrace. 

    The Pine Cliffs Hotel
    215 rooms with private bathroom, air-conditioning, safe, phone, bathrobes and slippers, turn down service, mini bar, SAT TV, private balcony or terrace and 24-hour room service.

    The Townhouses
    45 townhouses of 2 to 4 bedroom units each with own bathroom, air-conditioning, kitchenette with fridge, washing machine, dishwasher, oven, water heater, toaster, ironing board, TV, microwave, outside terrace with barbecue. These units are situated five minutes away from the main hotel building and whilst still 5 star, are also the oldest in the resort and individually decorated according to the owners' taste. Refurbished townhouses are now also available.

    Pine Cliffs Residence
    154 Pine Cliffs Residence 2 and 3 bedroom apartments, each with own bathroom (main bedroom has bathroom with bath and separate walk in shower), air-conditioning, balcony or terrace, fully equipped kitchen with microwave, stove, oven, coffee machine, water heater, fridge, freezer and separate utility room with washing machine and tumble dryer, iron and board, living room with SAT TV, one king sized bedroom and one twin bed room each with SAT TV, dressing robes and slippers. The Pine Cliffs Residences are furthest from the hotel building but many overlook or face towards part of the golf course. You can opt to pay extra to have a ground floor residence with garden access or a penthouse residence with enhanced views and increased privacy. They have their own restaurant, pool, gym and delicatessen. There are now also private 4 bedroom villas that can be rented.

    Hotel facilities and services

    9 restaurants (some seasonal), Breakfast buffet, 2 bars, 9-hole golf course, 5 tennis courts, Spa, Fitness, Boutiques, Children’s village, Water sports (seasonal), 5 swimming pools plus a children's pool, private sand beach that is supervised by a lifeguard during the summer between 9am and 6pm. Premium WiFi can be purchased at reception. Find out more about the activities available at the resort.

    Water sports

    Water sports are available seasonally at a charge. The beach is supervised by a lifeguard from 9 am until 6pm.

    Land sports

    Golf, mini-golf, tennis, bike rental - all chargeable. Table tennis is complimentary.

    Out and aboutnearby/local interest

    The Pine Cliffs Hotel and Resort is 8 kms from Albufeira, with its beautiful old town and the thriving nightlife of the new town. The region is best known for its many beautiful beaches.Highlights for families include Zoomarine, Water parks, Krazy world. Other excursions include a one-day Lisbon trip, boat trips along the coast, Jeep safari, Unispoilt Algarve and river cruise, Algarvian evening.

    Sports nearby


    Children under 3 stay free on same meal plan as booked by parents, 4-12 year olds stay at 50% discount off board supplements on same meal plan as booked by parents. Sofa beds and cribs available free of charge on request but bedding not provided. Children under 18 years must be accompanied by an adult in the gym. Children under 16 years need to be accompanied by an adult to use the Jacuzzi and sauna. Interconnecting rooms are available on request.

    Minimum stays

    5 nights minimum stay required between 7 July and 25 August.

    Other information

    Children's Club: Porto Pirata is open from May to October (as well as during Carnival, Easter, Halloween and New Year) for children aged from 6 months to 8 years, from 9am to 5.30pm. The club is located in the Children’s Village, which consists of a swimming pool, bouncy castle, ‘race’ track with cycles and carts, two life-size pirate galleons, games room and a basketball court. There are extensive activities available to children, from water games and gymnastics to handicrafts and a ‘pirates day’ with additional daily activities specifically aimed at children. Lunch is included for full days booked at Porto Pirata and is optional for half days. The daily rate varies with age, season and frequency from about Euros 20 per half day to up to about Euros 120 for a full day for a baby: please ask for details.
    Club Junior is aimed at children from 8 years old and is open from May to October between the hours of 11am and 7pm. Located in the hotel garden, in a small wooden bungalow, Club Junior offers an extensive programme of largely outdoor activities such as textile painting, table tennis tournaments, archery and football. Vouchers cost Euros 7.50 and some activities can require more than one voucher.
    Babysitting: In-room babysitting is available in daytime and evening at a charge, and must be pre-booked either prior to or on arrival.
    Baby listening: Not available at the hotel.
    Children's entertainment: Children’s DVDs/videos and board games are available. Between 23 July and 3 August children can enrol in Europe's most prestigious football academy, Campioni. The academy costs 550 euros per child including kit, bag, water bottle and cap.
    Medical services: There is a doctor resident at the resort. The nearest hospital is 10km from the resort.
    Family dining: Children are allowed in all of the resort’s restaurants. Highchairs and children’s menus are available. À la carte is also available and must be ordered prior to mealtimes. Dining options include themed buffets in the Jardim Colonial and authentic Moroccan cuisine in The Moroccan Lounge (seasonal).
    Family rooms: Children are allowed their own room, provided that they are in a room that interconnects with their parents’ room. The Residence Suites are particularly recommended for families, sleeping between 4 and 8 people. Maximum occupancy in the rooms is 2 adults and 1 child.
    Children's amenities: Some amenities such as covers for electric sockets can be requested at the time of booking. Please ask for details.


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