The hotel is set on a cliff overlooking the Pacific ocean. It is in a gated community with a golf course, sort of country clubbish without the snobbery. The grounds are well designed and layed out. The expansive grounds between the hotel and the ocean include and adult pool with a smaller one for the rug rats. The pool bar doubles as the outdoor dining at night, which should not be missed, quite classy yet not stuffy. We ended up talking with several couples at different tables over the evening. Back to the grounds, there is a outlook deck the manager has evening cocktail parties, INCREDIBLE views at sunset. Futher along there is a large wash which allows for access down to the beach. There is a tower with an elevator for those so inclined. There is a FULL restaurant and bar on the beach along with beach chairs, umbrellas and other acoutrmont of a 5 star hotel. Food, drink and service was excellent on the beach, as was the views of the petite Portuguese women strolling and playing on the beach. Oh yes, the beaches are topless in Portugal....
Walking back from the beach at late sunset you will experience a once in a lifetime photo opportunity. The wash (Removal or erosion of soil by the action of moving water.) exposes a plethora of different colored sands, and when the multispectoral light from a setting sun strikes
this, it creates such a brief unique stunning beauty that I shall remember all the days of my life.
Back at the hotel, it appears all of the rooms are lined with azulejos uniquly desined for the hotel, magnicient! The hotel is laid out so the rooms are shaded and the passageways are facing the sun They are covered and the roofs are designed to catch the wind so there is a continual cool breeze. The service is very good though a little reserved. Would not think twice about returning.