We choose Epic Sana having read lots of good reviews on Tripadvisor and cannot recommend it highly enough! We visited in early Jan so it was fairly quiet, which was great as we wanted a relaxing break. As others have said the hotel is new, spotless and stylish. It was our first 5 star experience and certainly seemed to tick all the boxes - valet parking, amazing food, lovely spa and gym facilities, turndown service (with chocolates on our pillows and slippers left out for us). We found all of the staff to be extremely friendly and helpful. They were always very attentive and more than happy to recommend local places to visit. There were a few things that really stood out as exceptional. The yoga and pilates classes were of a very high standard and as the hotel was quite I had individual tuition many of the days. We attended a cooking class with Head Chef Luís Mourão who then invited us to dine with him that evening, and every evening thereafter greeted us in the restaurant. The fine dining restaurant manager Daniel, hosted a lovely wine tasting evening and was a lovely genuine character throughout our stay. On our final day we missed a cookie making workshop with the pastry chef as we had to leave for our flight. It was a lovely surprise on check-out when we were given a goodie bag with mini cookies and macaroons to make up for missing the class.
A recent review mentioned that there wasn't direct access onto the beach, which isn't correct. There is a walkway from the hotel directly to the beach which only takes about 3 mins, we didn't see this as an issue at all but maybe for people with young children this is more of a hassle. The beach was really quite during our visit and was great for runs and walks.
Overall the hotel made us feel special, we don't know if they just loved us or make everyone feel that way, but it was a great experience!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Ideally located overlooking Falésia Beach (Albufeira), the EPIC SANA Algarve has 162 Bedrooms, 24 Resort Suites and 43 spacious Apartments with a modern design, complemented by up-to-date amenities and the latest generation technology. A large SPA, 5 outdoor swimming pools and an indoor swimming pool, Kid’s club, Baby Club, multi-sport court, three restaurants, two bars and a snack-bar next to the swimming pools, are some of the facilities on offer at the EPIC SANA Algarve Hotel. With 1.848m2 of meeting rooms and more than1,000m² of outdoor areas, the Congress Centre of the EPIC SANA Algarve Hotel will be a reference point for congresses and events. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- EPIC SANA Algarve Hotel Albufeira, Portugal