So, so many positive superlatives could be applied to the luxurious Vila Joya. The palatial hilltop villa overlooks a sandy Atlantic Ocean beach west of Albufeira, with a few restaurants within walking distance. The 20 elegant rooms and suites blend classic and modern details, and all but one feature sea views. The big bathrooms (some with soaking tubs) and large furnished terraces or balconies are impressive as well. Even though there are two outdoor pools, a premium spa, tennis courts, and on-site shops, it's the Michelin-star dining that really steals the show.
EPIC SANA Algarve Hotel is a 229-room luxury resort characterized by ultra-modern interiors and high-end facilities. Its lush, immaculate grounds offer direct access to a beautiful stretch of sandy beach on the Algarve coast. The 229 chic rooms feature high-end amenities such as Nespresso machines, and many have views of the Atlantic from their terraces. Sleek bathrooms have both showers and stand-alone soaking tubs. With great dining, decent family-friendly facilities, and a super-luxe spa, the hotel stands out as one of the best in the region. In the area, only the intimate and significantly pricier Vila Joya is more luxurious.
The 217-room Pine Cliffs Hotel is a beautiful cliffside resort offering armloads of amenities and spectacular ocean views. Formerly the Sheraton Algarve, this five-pearl hilltop palazzo blends contemporary comfort with Old World details, thanks to a top-to-bottom renovation of rooms and public spaces. Elegant rooms and suites feature spacious modern bathrooms (some with soaking tubs) and furnished terraces overlooking the ocean or lush grounds. Multiple dining options include an outdoor Champagne bar and chic health food spot. And while six pools, elevator beach access, a nine-hole golf course, tennis, and a gleaming new spa are choice perks, there's an added price tag for just about everything, including breakfast, in-room Wi-Fi, and use of the indoor pool. EPIC SANA's rates rates are comparable, and they include in-room Wi-Fi and access to all pools.
Part of the larger Pine Cliffs Resort, Pine Cliffs Residence is the apartment-style section of the property with lovely ocean views from its clifftop setting and direct access to the popular Falesia Beach. The 154 suites all feature well-equipped kitchenettes, dining and living areas, and private terraces, plus attractive hand-painted tile accents. On-site features are numerous, including six swimming pools (indoor and outdoor), 10 restaurants and bars (most open seasonally), a nine-hole golf course, fitness center, tennis courts, spa, water sports, and meeting and event facilities. Same as Pine Cliffs Hotel, fees for in-room Wi-Fi, breakfast, and several leisure activities leave guests feeling nickel-and-dimed.