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 $158.02 (€127), excluding tax at 6 per cent.
Some rate plans include buffet breakfast in the hotel; Residence Suites, Terraces and Villas are self-catering. Baby cribs can be added to most hotel rooms for €13 a night; luxury suites, residence suites, villas and terrace townhouses come with sofa beds in situ.
Personal training, including yoga and pilates sessions, can be arranged. Selected spa and beauty treatments are available in your room (surcharge applies).
The full Smith member extra for Pine Cliffs is a VIP family welcome package of sparkling wine (non-alcoholic champagne for children), strawberries and chocolate dips, a bottle of water, and a colouring-in book and pencils; plus (in high season only, 1 July–15 September) one free morning or afternoon session in the Porto Pirata children's village per child per stay. GoldSmith members additionally receive one nine-hole round of golf per parent per stay, plus a guaranteed room upgrade to the next available category.
At the hotel
Nine-hole golf course, beach, spa, kids clubs, children’s village with mini-golf, basketball, volleyball and bouncy castles (summer only); concierge, swimming pools, gym, tennis courts, restaurants, bars, shops, gardens, playground, DVD library, WiFi throughout (charges apply).
In your room
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
Single-storey Pine Cliffs Residence Suites and two-storey Pine Cliffs Terrace Townhouses are the family-friendly stars at this Algarve resort: both have kitchens and laundries, offering families fabulous flexibility. Residences are in the thick of things, with pools and restaurants on the doorstep; Terraces are private and tranquil, so better suited for families with older children. 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 sofa bed and (free by request) stair gates. Ocean Suites are elegant family stays, outfitted in shades of cream and taupe with wood accents and large windows; these have a full kitchen and two or three generously sized bedrooms.
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, one by the Ocean Suites and another 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.
If you’re staying in one of the multi-bedroom units, bring your own baby monitors. If you want to swim indoors, you’ll need a fabulously fetching swimming cap (compulsory in the spa pool).