Spectacular views, gourmet dining, and designer good looks keep the Epic Sana Algarve at the top of its game.
The views at this hotel are first class. It’s set in acres of pine forest, and looks out over the sea. Pathways weave through the greenery and down some steps, all the way to the shore.
The hotel is really contemporary. The lobby features chains of huge, bubble-like pouffes, and gigantic plant pots sprouting near-leafless trees. Equally-swish bedrooms are done in a foresty green-and-brown colour scheme.
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- Floors: 1, 2 or 4
- Lifts: 3 lifts in main building
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Food & Drink
Bed and Breakfast
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Buffet breakfast and dinner.
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Abyad buffet restaurant
This is the main restaurant and serves breakfast and dinner. There's a wide range of international cuisine on offer which you can enjoy inside or on the outside terrace.
Found in the main building you can can order tea, coffee, cocktails and light snacks from here. Open from June to September.
Al Quimia gourmet restaurant
Open in the evenings, this elegant restaurant has a contemporary five or nine course menu with dishes made from the best Portuguese ingredients. A top wine list is available to compliment your meal. Open Tuesday to Saturday in high season.
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Double Room with Limited Sea View and Balcony
These contemporary double rooms come with a balcony that offers views of the ocean. You'll also find free Wi-Fi, air-conditioning, a minibar*, a coffee machine, and a flatscreen TV with an on-demand service* as well.
Twin Room with Balcony
These modern twin rooms combine neutral tones with a splash of colour. They come with twin beds or a double bed and a balcony for that bit of outdoor space. And you'll also find free Wi-Fi, air-conditioning, a minibar*, and a flatscreen TV with on-demand service*.
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It was epic!
This place lives up to its name - it is epic! Overall I have given it 5 stars as I truly believe we got great value for money and had an amazing stay here. I would recommend it All the staff we encountered were without exception friendly and helpful. Especially Rueben at the bar near the suites. Everyone works very hard here to maintain a fantastic standard - special thanks go to the people who cleaned the room every day. The pools are lovely and one of the outdoor ones was heated - greatly appreciated. Plenty of comfy loungers and no silly reserving with towels going on. Little smoothie shots and donuts were brought round the pool sometimes - nice touch. The grounds are immaculate - they clearly put a lot of work into keeping the gardens nice. It really feels very private. The beach - very good step access, no problems there. No section on beach exclusive to hotel but we knew that before we went. Loungers with shade were 16e per day. It is a beautiful, clean beach and we loved spending time there. Restaurants - breakfast was what you'd expect - plenty of choice and all good quality. On an evening there was a lot of meat, chicken and fish , plus lots of salads. All fresh and cooked perfectly. We felt we ate very well indeed. The room was massive and very well equipped. Huge bathtub and quite a private balcony. Comfy bed, lovely linen and loads of storage. There was entertainment on most nights and it was better than most hotel acts we thought. Now some points which other reviewers/hotel might find helpful: -there are quite a lot of babies and small children that come here. I'm not sure why families are attracted to this place as I would have thought it would sit more in the 30+ adult group. It is not an adult only hotel and we were expecting some children, but there were a lot. However, with nice families who didn't let them scream and run everywhere. -some of the evening food would not appeal to children. If you are thinking of staying here with children, do some research first. -as other reviews have mentioned, staff are sometimes a little too keen on whipping plates away - at times we had literally just finished swallowing the last mouthful! They work hard and are obviously under instruction to work in this manner, but please, ease off a bit!! -there is nothing to do in local area (apart from a small square opposite the hotel with a shop and several food places) - a hire car/taxi would be necessary for some people. Didn't bother us, we wanted peace and quiet at the hotel. -hotel drinks prices are extortionate. We expected this, and went to shop across the road. -when other reviewers have reported issues on trip advisor I do wonder if they have even talked to the hotel? The staff really are great and are there to help - talk to them! -the 'social bathroom' has sliding shutters that can be pulled around to create a room. It isn't as public as people report it as. We didn't have an issue with it. Having said that, I don't think the sliding glass door that goes between toilet and shower is good design at all. Terrible idea. Overall - we had a wonderful time, we are very glad we chose this hotel. We were fortunate and got free half board upgrade at time of booking, which to be honest made the holiday a bargain. Would I pay for half board as an extra at height of high season? No I wouldn't. The food was lovely, but possibly just a say missed the mark of what expect if you were paying full for it. The desserts could have had more variety and different tastes and textures. The hot food also did get quickly repetitive. More imagination needed really. More
Young couple, 10 day stay
Stayed here with my boyfriend for a 10 day holiday and we really enjoyed it. We stayed in a resort suite room which was the cheapest option but despite not looking over the pool/sea we were still happy with it. Bathroom is a bit odd as sliding doors form the walls but we liked the design of the bath and shower and didn't have any problems with the layout. Beds are really comfy and room is spacious. The balconies are big as well with a table and chairs and a sun lounger. Room has an ironing board, iron, bathrobes and slippers, and a mini fridge but we asked them not to restock the mini fridge as the prices weren't great. We liked the Bluetooth so we could listen to our music in our room. Not a great deal of English tv channels though, mostly news but this wasn't much of a bother for us. There's also an ice machine on each floor! On arrival the staff were really attentive, taking our cases and giving us our voucher for an arrival drink. However we did not realise that we had to pay a deposit of €500 at reception. Some guests might like this as when you order a drink or any extras you just sign a receipt and it's taken off the deposit. Would save you carrying around cash etc but we brought our own euros and used them instead which the staff weren't really used to. At the end of the stay the €500 was refunded. The resort is immaculate, and the grounds are lovely to walk, particularly after dinner time as there's steps down to the beach and paths over the cliffs. We never had any bother finding loungers round the pool areas and they are very comfortable with the hotel providing towels for you to use. I visited the gym regularly but did not do the fitness classes however they seemed quite popular. From what I seen there was a morning and evening class offered. Gym was 24hr which was nice meaning I had more flexibility of when I wanted to go, gym had some basic machines and some free weights. We loved the buffet at breakfast and dinner, always had a lovely range of fresh food and quite a variety. Would note however it's maybe not that kid friendly as it's not typical buffet food however there where quite a few children in the hotel so maybe it's fine! Only problem I had with the food is that I have a nut allergy and a few of the labels were missing the nut symbol when there were nuts in the dish. Also a few times the desert table only had one dessert without nuts available, however there's also ice cream available outside! The only negative about the hotel we found was the pricing of some things. The cocktails were €15 each and lunch at the open deck was quite expensive too. There's a couple restaurants around the hotel so would suggest going there for lunch instead. There's also a nice bar called cafe Sol nearby the supermarket which offered a good price for drinks and cocktails. We often had drinks here on our balcony before going out however it would of been nice to enjoy drinks in the bar but it was just too pricey for us. Overall we really enjoyed our stay, it was really relaxing and a great place for the two of us to chill out! We had a relaxed stay with a couple activities-quad biking and a tree top adventure in Albufeira. We also went out at night to the strip and old town and went to the beach. Also the hotel can order taxis for you but we found it was cheaper to order our own. We would definitely come back if we got a good price.More
another great week away
Returning for a second year we were not disappointed, it is a beautiful hotel with fantastic staff. You can be as active as you like or just pass the time away reading a book somewhere out the way. The food selection is various at breakfast and in the evening, they do unfortunately have one waiter who definitely needs to be placed on a retraining programme - he struggles and it stands out a mile. It does get annoying where people think they can walk straight in and sit at a table without going to the restaurant managers to be seated. It was brilliant watching Carla turf out some rude guests who thought they could bypass the system. Anastacia in guest relations is a very special person as are the rest on the front of house, they cannot do enough for you. There are a couple of things they could improve but that wouldn't be fair because this place is beautiful.More
Quiet and relaxing
We stayed in a junior suite in the family building, which was very quiet in late May. The restaurant in that building doesn't open until June we were told, but the market just out the front gates was a nice walk and they had a variety of groceries and pre made items. The only downside to this building was the lack of an Ice machine. Being that we had a fridge with only a small tray it became a bit of a hassle. Other than that, the pale was perfect, very clean and staff were very accommodating. So much so that we decided to book our last night in Lisbon at one of the Sana hotels. A trip into Villamoura was about 15 minutes by car and a nice break from the solitude of this resort. If we had time I would have liked to see more of the beach as the hotel had a very nice entry down to it. I personally loved the design of the bar in the lower area by the breakfast area and was very impressed by the pool area and staff. Maybe because we stayed in May it was very quiet and not a lot going on, we were at the bar mostly by ourselves. However, we would stay again!More
We just finished a two night, two day stay at this hotel and I can only say good things about it. We had an ocean facing room and each room appeared to have its own deck shielded off from the others for complete privacy. Rooms were light filled, spacious and immaculate with tons of storage so you could unpack all your bags. The grounds were beautiful with two pools, one just for adults. The hotel had its own private walk and stairs to the gorgeous Falesia beach, with its red cliffs, below. Our rate included breakfast and dinner, but when we went out to dinner one night, we were given a 40 Euro credit for lunch the next day. Lunches by the pool in the cafe were excellent - we loved the burgers, salads and gazpacho. Ample breakfasts with lots of variety. The staff were unfailingly courteous and helpful. We wish we could have stayed longer! Highly recommended.More
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