Feel the magic of Algarve in the Epic Sana Hotel, in the Portuguese village of Albufeira
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Albufeira is one of the largest, busiest and most energetic leisure spots of all the seaside resorts to be found on the sumptuous Algarve coast in the southern Portugal. Albufeira has everything you need for a fun and entertaining vacation: beautiful beaches, an ideal climate, a hive of activity and an unbeatable atmosphere. As there is much to love in Albufeira, it is not surprising that this peaceful old fishing village has turned into the most popular tourist destination in the entire Algarve.
As it is the largest resort in the Algarve, Albufeira offers a surprising range of activities, attractions and accommodation. This huge choice and variety makes it an ideal vacation destination, whether you are with family, lovers, or friends who want to party.
The Algarve coast is the most esteemed region in the country. Year after year, it has always attracted travelers from all over the world and even from Portugal, notably spoiled with its almost endless summer, thanks to the sunshine visible more than 330 days a year. Among the available activities over there, no surprise regarding mostly marine issues, from fishing, diving, swimming until your plate, and a delicious local seafood cuisine. Indeed, the surrounding beaches are remained pretty large and eventually considered as quite wild, through their white sands and their protecting high ocher cliffs. Upon these green platforms, golf enthusiasts would find their happiness within the choice of multiple courses offered and located at a reasonable distance of this attractive 5-starred EPIC SANA Algarve Hotel. This ideal hospitality starting point to discover Algarve, as one of the best holiday destinations in Portugal, we would introduce you in this article and our video at the end. By Alex Plato
Who never dreamed about spending some free time in a picturesque area rich in tradition and sensations? Indeed, the colorful Algarve region, located in the southern Portugal, benefits from a Mediterranean climate, satisfying any kind of idleness flavors and sailing enthusiasts, and even adventure fans may find a perfect place. Thus, this Algarve territory is marked by a strong relief, composed of many slopes from three main mountains overlooking a large beach scope, at the crossroads of Mediterranean Sea and Atlantic Ocean.
Ideally located close to the Faro airport, approximately away by 35 minutes by car and nestled between some stretched pine forest and seacoast, the EPIC SANA Algarve Hotel appears above the illustrious and monumental Falésia beach, in the former fishermen village of Albufeira. This extended luxury resort is one of the best embassies of the Portuguese EPIC SANA hospitality group, also present in Luanda and in Lisbon (photo credits: Alex Plato & EPIC SANA).
That’s why, due to its proximity with the Atlantic Ocean, this luxury hospitality complex is located just a few steps away from this large beach, easily reachable by a majestic wooden footbridge, after a light incursion in the pinewood.
Due to the dynamism of waves and the mild-cold temperature of the sea (around between 18 and 20 degrees), you would maybe opt for one of the seven swimming pools available; two of them are situated indoor and five outdoor, among them two of them are small basins dedicated for children. Nearby, spread all around the site stand excellent golf courses, several water parks to hydrate yourself, shopping areas, bars and restaurants, plus of course a varied nightlife.
Therefore, you would notice that, unless this part of the Algarve fulfills a lot the ones looking for nightlife and also for clubbing, this multi award-winning resort provides a quiet framework, surrounded by more than 8 hectares of a luxurious garden, filled with lush, high umbrella pines for more shadow and of course a profusion of multicolored and scented flowerbeds, including the emblematic bougainvillea.
In fact, a huge outdoor peace haven, in full harmony with Mother Nature. Surrounded with this fabulous environment, this EPIC SANA Algarve resort proposes three distinct accommodation edifices, the main Hotel building, the Resort Suites and the Suites. Each of them have their own identity, and deserve to have a look on them!
Once inside an other large area embodied by the wide reception hall, adorned with lightful marble material in and around, you would surely admire the focus aimed on design, combined with technology, enhancing this original contemporary experience of comfort and well-being, in symbiosis with the shiny neighborhood.
At your disposal, 229 accommodations in total, are spoiled with possibly a balcony or terrace, enriched with a view on the resort and its gardens, on the ocean or on the swimming-pools. In fact, you would never be too much distant from a fresh source of hydration!
A quality dining experience should be an important part of your successful holidays! That’s why, the EPIC SANA Algarve resort paid many efforts to offer a premium food service, as much as possible up to your appetite desires. Whatever you prefer to stay inside this privileged leisure resort, you could take advantage of the three bars and four restaurants proposed in every corner, from the classic Lima pizza restaurant, really suitable to families, with its timeless Italian specialities. Moreover, this seasonal bar is integrated in the Resort Suites, next to the Kids Club and to the pools, during the summer, this tribal inn offers a trendy brunch, where your children may play together without any danger.
Otherwise, inside the main building, the space where is served the breakfast brunch (composed of fresh fruits, several pastries and also hot dishes), as well acts as a various themed restaurant, called Abyad. This unit proposes a buffet dinner (with a different origin every day) in high season, even served on the outdoor terrace in front of the glamorous corridor fountain.
Supported by the snacks and the cocktails skills of the close Bluum Bar, where live music may be played, to help enjoying your glass, sometimes made with molecular mixes (for example, capirinha with caviar), along some other tuition workshops, in order to learn more about spirits and wines.
For a more intimacy and gastronomic direction, the oriental themed Al Quimia is definitely made for you. Directly inspired in the scenery, by the Moorish heritage of Algarve, this establishment offers a premium selection of local ingredients, from fresh sea fish (cuttlefish, red mullet, seabass…) accompanied with gourmet delights that perfectly match, such as the Cataplana sauce. Without forgetting the inventive desserts, either made of hibiscus, kefir lime or citrus!
On top of that, the Open Deck restaurant is an open air pleasure, protected by a pergola, perfect to appreciate some traditional Portuguese dishes, still starring fresh fish you can choose and ask to be grilled on the way, added with local vegetables and other sea fruit. A seasonal concentrate of Algarve in the center of the resort and in front of the pools and the pine forest!
Since you can combine the advantages of a hotel with the privacy of an elegant private room, make your choice among the different alternatives of comfort available. Therefore, whatever would be your choice, from classic rooms with a resort, pool or ocean view, or even suites with ocean view, all of the accommodations propose a balcony to enjoy a pleasant journey, great to enjoy with a Nespresso machine in every room.
For instance, in the so-called main building, you would pick up one of the 160 deluxe rooms (with a size of 32m2) and 2 deluxe suites (with a size of 64), both of these formats a minimalist and modern atmosphere, thanks to an elegant decoration made of touches of light wooden apparent structures and lime green in some strategic parts. An half open bathroom, including egg-shaped bath tubs and Aromatherapy Associates amenities, may be closed with a sliding partition, just like a Japanese style, sometimes recalled by some related wallpaper, even visible on the loo paper.
As you can see, the major part of these spaces are inspired by the pine forest surrounding the hotel. For instance, as we have seen earlier, the 43 Resort Suites, located next to the Kids Club, a tennis court and of course some swimming pools, either offers different kinds of Suites dedicated for families, from measuring from 38m2 up to 79m2, plus a salon and a fully-fitted kitchenette.
On top of that, count also on the 24 Deluxe Garden Suites, located in the most exclusive area of the resort, since you would appreciate a unique natural atmosphere. Moreover, these spacious suites would upgrade you with honorable sizes from 73m2 to 175m2 for some duplexes, pursuing the same efforts to combine a green experience from your room, eventually with a butler service upon request.
Such as your children who also deserve some kind of a butler service, with the Little Stars Kids Club, settled in a a dedicated place, where they could get the opportunity to experiment different activities such as team games, artwork, cinema, face-painting, gymkhana, origami, cooking workshops, pool games and even some treasure hunts! For your information, it is a seasonal service (available during summertime) and it is aimed for kids, aged between 4 and 12 years old.
Cherry on the cake, you’re on holiday so don’t miss the occasion to have a tour in the Sayanna Wellness SPA, tending to appease anyone’s tensions, passing through, within a range of many personal well-being cares, particularly inspired by the oriental philosophy. Spread in a large surface of 1500 m2, including nine treatment rooms, such as a room for Vichy shower, distinct massage and aesthetic spaces adorned with outdoor terraces, along two relaxing tents hidden with immaculate curtains. This full package is completed with the classic facilities you may find in a SPA, such as a sauna, a Turkish bath, an indoor pool and a relaxation pool. Adding to this, for your intimacy couples moments, explore the outdoor pavilion, starring a charming garden and private jacuzzi.
Not far from all this bubble of levitation stands the Fitness Center, equipped with a real gym room, containing various recent cardiovascular training devices and also weight training machines. In this location, a couple of group classes are regularly scheduled, among yoga, pilates, stretching…
If you’re into a professional venue, don’t miss the Conference Center, generously spread on a area, with a ceiling height of 4.2 meters, naturally lighted and Wi-fi covered to echo the high-tech built-in audio-visual equipment, a perfect solution for the organization of your best events.
Once in the bucolic alleys of Albufeira, you would undoubtedly get the chance to explore many surprises of this such exotic Algarve vacation destination, as this millenary whitened village has much more to offer than superb beaches and its breathtaking ocean panorama. For instance, among the historic streets of the Old Town stand real charming homes, like this pictured Casa das Conchas, situated nearby the former Castle and the colorful Ermida de Nossa Senhora da Guia.
Surrounded by over a hundred restaurants and bars of all kinds, and for sure its cosy nightlife, conveying a warm and friendly atmosphere. Then, prior getting to the nearest beach, called Praia dos Pescadores, a calm and sheltered beach, ideal for families with children desirable to find rest and comfortable holiday conditions (photo credits: Albufeira Tourism).
That’s why, if you are rather looking for some kind of clubbing vacations, the modern part of Albufeira would probably be the shoe for you, especially thanks to its Strip quarter, a street full of themed bars and nightclubs, where you can party and socialize until the early hours. For you information, this district is easily reachable, since it’s located just 2 km eastern from the Old Town and propose similar facilities than any other famous European hedonistic locations. In case of hard night, there is also the relaxing Praia da Oura, a suitable beach to recover under the Mediterranean sunlight.
Otherwise, if you’re more expeditions, the area offers many intraday journeys, notably including the walled city of Silves, the shopping zone of Loulé, or the historic city of Faro. Some of these excursions are organized by Extremo Ambiente.
Last but not least, close to the fishermen’s beach of Praia de Olhos de Agua, you are also invited to have a walk across the Marina of Albufeira, where are offered many nautical related activities, including deep-sea diving and fishing, seacoast offshore visits even aboard speedboat rides, marine mammals safari watching cruises, and even partyboats, since these both activities are among the most popular activities in the zone.
Indeed, Albufeira is one of the resorts, in the Algarve with the largest number of marine and aquatic activities. For example, you may ship over there to observe some dolphins, also not far from the circular Benagil grotto and eventually push it to the limit with a fast Hydrojet boat!