This review is a bit late since we visitied the resort in August. We originally booked into The Lake Resort in Villamoura, however it just did not live up to our expectations so we managed to get accommodated in Pine Cliffs and left The Lake after four days...
We stayed in The Residences, in a self catering, 2 bed apartment, it was extremely bright and comfortable with large bedrooms, lovely bathrooms and TV in all rooms, it really felt brand new. The kitchen was small but well equipped with good size fridge freezer, dishwasher and utility room with washing machine and drier... If only I had known, we could have taken half the clothes !
The resort is big, if you do not have a car there is quaint, but slow and bumpy train to ferry you around it, note that this stops at 9pm so on those nights you are dining at the opposite end of the resort to where you are staying you are either walking or relying on the hotel to arrange a lift for you.
We stayed on a bed and breakfast plan, but frankly it was so busy and slow that we resorted to having breakfast in the apartment most mornings.
The pool area at the Residences is lovely and well maintained, the kids really enjoyed it and although it was extremely busy whilst we were there we were never unable to find beds.
There is a good selection of restaraunts, quite expensive and food not quite up to scratch but nice dining experiences apart from one night when the food just never arrived! We ended up with free room service and a bottle of wine so at least they went some way to make it up to us. On a couple of occasions we ate outside the resort, and as you can imagine it literally was half the price and since we were there for two weeks, quite nice to get off the resort.
There is a supermarket on site, it is extremely expensive but great for emergencies and the produce is lovely quality and fresh. Opposite the entrance to the resort is a supermarket which is so cheap and has a good selection of food and wine.
At the main hotel/entrance area there is a nice boutique with the usual 5 star priced clothes, just right for those impulsive buys! Also a small store selling mags, papers, books, toys nick nacks etc.
I only used the Spa to have a nail repaired and unfortunately they did not do avery good job so I cannot comment further on that.
The beach is lovely, and the restaraunt located there we found to be much nicer in the evening when it was more relaxed with less customers coming and going.
In summary, Pine Cliffs is lovely, gorgeously maintained, beautiful apartments and plenty of activities, golf, mini golf, tennis, bike hire etc... I would definately visit again.
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