I don't normally write hotel reviews but this was such a marvellous experience that I want to pass back our impressions in gratitude for a wonderful week.
Firstly, we are early retirees who enjoy quiet luxury when we can get it, we are not madcap party animals or dedicated sun worshippers. We like an interesting coastline to explore on foot, nice beaches to discover, interspersed with occasional poolside laziness. The Cascade Resort sits on the Ponta Piedade peninsular which is one of the most scenic coast views in Portugal, and probably the World. It is dotted with little coves and sandy beaches, the coast is limestone and sandstone layers weathered by the sea into stacks, arches, caves and sinkholes, all coloured a bewitching yellow and ochre. If there is better coastal scenery anywhere to be accessed within a mile of any hotel we have yet to find it. So, the location is outstanding and full of interest.
The hotel building is immaculate and beautifully maintained (only 3 years old we believe) and our room was beautifully clean, well appointed and the bedlinen a delight. Our room was at the far end of the building, away from central areas and was very quiet at night. The balcony was shaded from the sun which initially disappointed us. However, it was so hot during our stay that we were grateful and really appreciated the cooler outlook as we hid away from the midday heat.
Our stay was breakfast only, but we ate most nights at the Moods casual dining restaurant. Breakfast was stunning, the best fruit spread I have ever experienced, beautiful seeded bread rolls and well stocked with fillings to suit every taste. Plenty of cereals, yoghurts, juices for the health aware. The hot breakfast part was well appointed but the food was left under hot tureens which left some of the food looking a little tired at times. Only a small blip in quality and you always had the choice to order up an omelette or something similar.
The Moods restaurant was the casual dining option and we found this excellent and with a wide variety of meals and prices, from burgers for basic snacks through pastas and pizzas right up to top quality starters, mains and sweets with prices to match. Service was a la carte, no browsing buffet mountains here. The food was uniformly excellent and indeed, we never did use the Senses fine dining restaurant because Moods was so good. It seemed to us that Senses required seriously increased spending only to improve the ambience a touch. On our other nights we enjoyed exploring Lagos, which has it's own range of excellent restaurants and offering a completely different jostling vibe from the Moods and Senses tranquility.
The pool at the hotel was amazing, very well appointed with sunbeds, shades and beautiful towels on demand. The water temperature was great, hardly a flinch needed, and the water so clean. The best pool at a hotel we have encountered and generally both quiet and refined. While we were there there were very few shouty children, or indeed parents. We walked around the apartments and discovered that there was another beautiful pool there too, one that had an artificial sandy shore which was a magnet for the little ones. It worked well to keep the two clientèle's apart, families and peace seekers.
There is a gorgeous beach that you can access only 300 metres from the hotel, it links to Praia de Mos but at the Cascade end it is quiet and fabulously atmospheric, the sea noise is amplified by the beautifully coloured cliffs behind to create a little version of paradise. The occasional naturist provides anatomical interest and a remarkable insight into the effects of sun on vulnerable body parts(tip...not good...) If you can bear that then the beach is an absolute gem, one that the Cascade website makes little feature of.
We slept soundly, ate handsomely, and had an explore of the coast from Lagos to Praia De Luz in between lazy days on beautiful beaches and the gloriously clean swimming pool. Not sure that can be bettered and for us it was just what we needed. The Cascade Resort deserves to be praised and the best we can do to thank everyone there is to thoroughly recommend it to anyone else. Try it and you won't be disappointed.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Enjoying a truly unique and stunning cliff-top location, the five-star Cascade Wellness & Lifestyle Resort is one of the most luxurious hotels in the Algarve, offering an elegant and sophisticated experience to its guests. Offering a fantastic holiday destination, the resort is located in the historic city of Lagos within walking distance to Dona Ana Beach, distinguished by Conde Nast Traveller as one of the 50 best beaches in the world, and to the Ponta da Piedade lighthouse, where you can enjoy breathtaking views of the Algarvian coastline and the Atlantic Ocean. Cascade Wellness & Lifestyle Resort is divided into four individually decorated wings, each reflecting the expeditions of Portuguese navigators across four continents - Europe, Africa, Asia and South America, which is reflected in the tasteful decor of the rooms and suites. With a contemporary yet relaxed atmosphere, all rooms and suites at Cascade Wellness & Lifestyle Resort are very spacious and feature balconies or terraces. Guests and families at Cascade Wellness & Lifestyle Resort may also enjoy all the privacy and functionality of our one and two bedroom apartments or even a villa with its very own private swimming pool. At Cascade Resort, wellness is a state of mind. From special health programs combining fitness and wellness to detox menus, healthy lifestyle cocktails, or even Tainai Spa, a true oasis of tranquillity, at the resort we follow the philosophy of a "healthy mind in a healthy body". An extremely passionate team offering the world-renowned Portuguese hospitality and an impeccable service awaits you at Cascade Wellness & Lifestyle Resort. Sip a cocktail as you immerse yourself in two splendid swimming pools, one of which with a natural sand bottom, sample a world-class culinary experience with our restaurants Moods and Senses, offering all-day-dining and a-la-carte options under the expert guidance of Chef Diogo Pereira or simply unwind in an authentic oasis of tranquillity - Tainai Spa, offering a large range of wellness programs as well as its very own heated swimming pool, jacuzzi, sauna and treatment rooms. Other facilities include a fully equipped Cascade Gym by AXN Club 100, golf performance academy with driving range, two tennis courts and the Caskiddy Kids Club. The resort also offers one of the most sought after football training facilities in Europe which are regularly requested by professional football teams for their high performance training camps. With a privileged location and top quality meetings & events facilities at Cascade you can also find the ideal place for any type of event or even for the wedding of your dreams with the Atlantic Ocean as a backdrop. We invite you to enter a world of elegance and sample the perfect lifestyle at Cascade Wellness & Lifestyle Resort. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Cascade Hotel Lagos