Family Hotel

Algarve, Portugal

Pine Cliffs Resort

Rates from (inc tax)$163.29

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (21EUR), via, using today’s exchange rate.


Manicured and Moorish


Algarve's amber clifftops

Featuring a golf course, beach club, spa and fitness centre, Pine Cliffs Resort is an activity-packed treat for families in search of a holiday with more than just sun, sea and sand. The children’s club, spanning 7,000sq m, and catering for babies, teens and in-betweens, is the icing on the cake at this Albufeira retreat.

Smith Extra

Get this when you book through us:

A VIP family welcome package, including sparkling wine and colouring-in kit, plus (in high season only) one free session at Porto Pirata per child; GoldSmith members also get a free 9-hole round of golf


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Need to know


535, including 148 Ocean Suites in the hotel and 154 Residence Suites, plus 10 Terrace townhouses and six villas.


10am in self-catering units; 12 noon for hotel rooms. Earliest check-in, 2pm for hotel rooms; 4pm for self-catering units.


Double rooms from $163.29 (€150), excluding tax at 6 per cent.

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (EUR159.00), via, using today’s exchange rate.

More details

Some rate plans include buffet breakfast in the hotel; Residence Suites, Terraces and Villas are self-catering.

At the hotel

Nine-hole golf course, beach, spa and health club, kids clubs, children’s village with mini-golf, basketball, volleyball and bouncy castles (summer only); concierge, swimming pools, gym, tennis and padel courts, restaurants, bars, shops, gardens, playground, DVD library, WiFi throughout (charges apply). In rooms: flatscreen TV, minibar, DVD player, Luxury Collection toiletries (Anne Sémonin in some suites), slippers, bathrobes. One- and Two-Bedroom Ocean Suites, Residence Suites, Terrace Townhouses and Villas feature well-equipped kitchens and laundry facilities.

Our favourite rooms

Terrace Townhouses are private and tranquil, so better suited for families with older children. Decor at both uses a calming palette of neutrals with clean-lined furniture. For those travelling with a single child, or families with older children in search of an interconnecting room, which can be guaranteed at the time of booking, hotel rooms are ideal. Four-bedroom Villas with private pools, are ideal for larger groups or two families travelling together. Grand Deluxe hotel rooms can accommodate a cot or one extra bed; split-level Luxury Suites come with a sofabed and (free by request) stair gates. Ocean Suites are huge, with two or three bedrooms, a lounge and full kitchen, and have floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the countryside and sea beyond.


There are seven outdoor pools dotted around the gardens: a main pool, which has a swim-up bar, next to the children’s pool; a tucked-away, peaceful infinity pool at the Terraces; one at the residences, another by the Ocean Suites, and one by the golf course. There is a heated indoor pool at the health club (swimming caps compulsory), plus a kids pool at Porto Pirata, which offers supervised sessions when it's included on the day's activity list (subject to parents' approval).


Within the health and fitness club there'a an indoor pool where aquarobics classes are sometimes held. Entry is free for all guests, and the gym features weights and cardio machines; book the personal trainer for a gym session, or arrange yoga or pilates. The lavish Serenity Spa has 12 treatment rooms and a couples' cabin, where you can enjoy a varied menu of massages, facials or beauty treatments, including some for teens and mums-to-be; there’s even a hairdresser and barber on site. A spin around the Serenity Thermal Oasis – home to the hotel's hydrotherapy pool, dry, herbal and Himalayan salt-infused saunas, steam room, experience showers, ice fountain, Jacuzzi, and Kneipp treading pool – will leave you feeling serene and centred. There's a €20 entry fee for each guest, but if you've booked a treatment you can enter free. If you’d prefer the spa to come to you, some therapies can be set up, for a surcharge, to have in your room.

Packing tips

If you’re staying in one of the multi-bedroom units, bring your own baby monitors.


Personal training, including yoga and pilates sessions, can be arranged. Selected spa and beauty treatments are available in your room (surcharge applies).


Cots and extra beds are free for under-13s can be added to most hotel rooms; luxury suites, residences, villas and terrace townhouses come with sofabeds.

Best for

Toddlers to teens.

Recommended rooms

Single-storey Pine Cliffs Residences and two-storey Pine Cliffs Terraces are the family-friendly stars at this Algarve resort: both have kitchens and laundries, offering families fabulous flexibility.


The crèche at children’s village Porto Pirata looks after children aged 6 months to 3 years, between 9.30am and 5pm. Full or half days are spent in dedicated play areas equipped with soft toys, activities and board books, in the care of qualified staff. Days are split into organised (age-appropriate) activities, creative and free-play sessions, with lunch between 12.30pm and 2pm. For under-3s, full days cost €45–€120, depending on season and number of sessions booked. Porto Pirata is a 7,000sq m children’s village, instantly recognisable for its two life-size wooden play pirate ships. The village features an 18-hole minigolf course, playground, basketball and volleyball courts, a bouncy castle and supervised kids pool, plus bikes and scooters to borrow. There is a daily programme of activities, including water games, face painting and treasure hunts. The club caters for two age groups – kids aged 3–4 and then 5–8. At the Junior Club, in a separate location, kids aged 8–12 are entertained; and there is a further activities programme of sports and crafts for teenagers. For children aged 3–8, full days at Porto Pirata cost €15–€70, depending on age of child, season and number of sessions booked.


Golf tuition is available for adults and kids, including taster sessions for children, and a teaching bay with swing analysis for experienced players. The 18-hole minigolf at Porto Pirata is a family-friendly option. The resort has five floodlit tennis courts (two clay, three all-weather) and a tennis academy: coaching, again, has no age restrictions and there are racquets and balls to borrow. There are indoor play areas for kids of all ages, including a games room with video games and table tennis, as well as DVDs to rent. Families are welcome to swim in the indoor pool at the health club, although you’ll need a swimming cap. Take the lift down the cliff to the sienna-sandstone-backed golden beach at Praia da Falésia. At the beach club, learn to water-ski, kayak, jet-ski (for over-3s only), wakeboard, Ringo Ride (an inflatable raft attached to a speedboat) or book a family banana boat, inflatable couch or pedalo ride. Paddle-boarding lessons are available on request, too; for all activities, children must be accompanied by an adult. A seasonal resort train saves families the legwork around Pine Cliffs.

Swimming pool

You'll find the kids pool at Porto Pirata, which offers supervised sessions when it's included on the day's activity list (subject to parents' approval).


There are no age or time restrictions at any of Pine Cliffs’ restaurants or cafes. All have a stash of highchairs and there is a children’s menu available across the resort. It features starters (soup or salad options); a choice of pastas and burgers, chicken nuggets and grilled fish mains, plus a selection of vegetable side dishes; for dessert, choose from fruit salad, chocolate cake, jelly or ice-cream.


Ideally, you should reserve Porto Pirata kids club or crèche places before you arrive. Book babysitting 48 hours ahead; spa and beauty treatments and personal training are best arranged on arrival.


Ideally, you should reserve Porto Pirata kids club or crèche places before you arrive. Book babysitting 48 hours ahead; spa and beauty treatments and personal training are best arranged on arrival.

Food and Drink

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Top Table

Dine alfresco wherever possible: on the over-water platform at O Grill; beneath the leafy cool of the pergola in the romance-kindling courtyard at O Pescador.Piri Piri Steak House and Yakuza by Olivier are the best options for a romantic dinner for two.

Hotel restaurant

There are nine restaurants across the resort in high season (some are closed during low-season months). These include Jardim Colonial, which offers buffet fare for breakfast and dinner – perfect for family diners (the evening buffet changes daily). O Pescador is a classic Mediterranean-style courtyard restaurant specialising in seafood. Fish of the raw kind can be found at Yakuza by Olivier, a Japanese fusion restaurant, open till late. Piri Piri Steak House pays homage to all things chargrilled – a theme taken up by O Grill, a casual all-day, alfresco affair at the Residences. Corda Café is another all-day dining option; the informal beach and golf club eateries, plus healthy eating joint Zest – purveyor of tasty shakes and salads – make up the full quota. 

Hotel bar

Perfectly positioned for a glass of chilled bubbly at sunset, the Mirador champagne bar sits in a prime spot on the cliffs. Portulano is the resort’s classic lobby bar, in the hotel. Children are welcome at both, but poolside Corda Café or the beach club are better suited to drinks en famille. For post-prandial drinks in high season, head to Yakuza by Olivier, where guest DJs entertain into the small hours.

Last orders

Drinks are served until 11pm at Portulano and Mirador; the bar at Yakuza is open until 2.30am in summer. O Grill is open for breakfast (7am–10.30am) and lunch (12 noon–4pm); Jardim Colonial serves breakfast, too, but not lunch. For dinner

Room service

A full menu of salads, sandwiches, pasta and Portuguese dishes, as well as options tailored for tots, is available 24/7.


Photos Pine Cliffs Resort – Algarve – Portugal
Pine Cliffs Resort
Praia da Falésia, PO Box 644


Faro airport, a 30-minute drive from the resort, is the nearest air hub, served by connections from across Europe (


International rail services serve Lisbon Oriente station, from where you can pick up a regional train to Pine Cliffs’ local station, Albufeira ( Your onwards journey to the resort takes 15 minutes by taxi.


By car, from the north, take the A2 towards the Algarve, then the A22; the E1 via Seville across the border is the simplest option travelling west from southern Spain. There is on-site, underground parking at the resort (€20 a day during high season, €10 a day throughout the rest of the year).

Worth getting out of bed for

Come summer – with golf, tennis, padel (a racquet game similar to squash) and watersports – Pine Cliffs will tire out even the most active of families, and parents can share childcare with dedicated hotel staff, thanks to the fabulous children’s village, Porto Pirata. Intersperse gym sessions with downtime in the gardens, relaxing by one of many pools, or enjoying a spa or beauty treatment. Below the resort, the beautiful beach is an obvious draw. 

Pine Cliffs is outside Albufeira, a picturesque town on Portugal’s southerly Algarve coast. Flanked by fabulous, family-friendly beaches, it’s also within easy reach of inland treasures including flora-packed national parks and pretty whitewashed villages. Inland, the Serra de Monchique is a mountainous park inland, prized for its plants and geology. Go it alone, or book an acitivity through Alternativtour, an outfit offering mountain biking, guided walking and canoe tours (+351 (0)965 004 337). Also away from the beach, Zoomarine is a watery-themed family attraction that brings together aquaria, theme-park rides and shows featuring the resident marine life, including sea lions and dolphins (+351 (0)289 560 300). Take your swim kit to Zoomarine and stop off to cool down in the pool area. There are baby-changing facilities across the site, plus plastic cars to borrow for toddlers who don’t necessarily want to toddle. Albufeira Old Town: stroll around the whitewashed villas and narrow, cobbled lanes to find its landmark clocktower, a charming 18th-century parish church and myriad doorways framed by traditional Portuguese ceramics.


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Anonymous review

Two giant land-locked pirate ships: the kids’ club might just be the coolest nursery we’ve ever laid eyes on. But more on that later… With two toddlers to contend with, everything in our family is about convenience. With Pine Cliffs just half an hour from Faro Airport, we were off to a good start. The first thing that struck us about the resort is how spacious it is. With the Pine Cliffs Hotel at one end and the Residences, where we were staying, at the other, dissected by a beautiful golf course that even golf-loathers like us could appreciate, we were greeted with an instant feeling of calm.

All of the apartments are spread out in a semi-circle around a central communal area with the reception, a restaurant, a fantastic pool, a health centre and a shop: everything you need for poolside intentions. Further afield, a short hop on the resort’s dinky little train (it’s allowed: we’re with kids now!) is a wider set of facilities, namely the kids’ club. With a small army of dungareed staff each with a photographic memory for children’s names, every nipper is made to feel really welcome and encouraged to get involved with the hundreds of activities available – they even have their own pool.

The Guestbook

Whenever you book a stay at a Smith Hotel with us, we’ll invite you to review it when you get back. Read what other Smith members had to say in Pine Cliffs Resort’s Guestbook below.

We loved

- Child friendly pools - The beach - Kids play area and babysitting service (we used it for one evening and worked really well) - The staff - very friendly and child friendly. Restaurants all child friendly. - The train bus! - We had a great family holiday - nice atmosphere amongst the people staying (range of old and young) and staff. You can be active (e.g. golf, tennis) or relax (on the beach or by child friendly pools or spa!) - Apartment set up (two bedrooms) - perfect for small family. - Clean and well maintained resort complex with sense of space whilst everything actually did feel relatively close by. - The champagne bar with a great view! - 35 mins from airport
- Plenty of other beaches to go and visit.

Don’t expect

- We didn't have a good view from our apartment - of the apartments probably one of worst when you walk many others that look out on the golf course or larger garden areas; and when booking would be better to understand where your room or apartment will be as large complex. - Range of restaurants in the evening is less than during the day (including what appeared some more special restaurants); and out of season the Japanese restaurant is closed. - The waves in the sea were quite persistent so need to be careful with young children but our daughter loved it. For older kids - I can see they are great fun!


Stayed on 2 Oct 2016

We loved

The townhouses and particularly the pool that we had access too. Safe for children to go off on their own.

Don’t expect

Free golf! Was very expensive and not very user friendly/flexible on club hire and t-times.


Stayed on 15 Aug 2015

We loved

Everything about it. The setting, the trees, the actual accommodation (we stayed in 3 bedroom Terrace), the service, the swimming pools.... Very luxurious and not pretentious. We had our children with us (4 and 6) and they loved it.

Don’t expect

Activities, music, entertainment.


Stayed on 14 Aug 2015

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