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Family-Friendly Luxe Resorts in The Algarve, Portugal

16 March 2020 - International Banker

Sun, sea and the kids in tow—what’s not to love about a family holiday! There are the benefits of having early nights in, plenty of splash time by the pool and room service without the guilt. Even better, having children doesn’t mean you have to compromise on either style or luxury. In recent years, deluxe hotels that cater even to kids have sprung up around the world. One of the top destinations with a family-friendly vibe is The Algarve in Portugal.

Whether you’re stuck for inspiration or looking for your next family trip, here are four luxe hotels for your entire family to enjoy in The Algarve.

Entering Pine Cliffs Resort, you get an instant sense that you’ve arrived somewhere quite special. With pine-infused fresh air, perfectly manicured gardens and a free-flowing river, it’s hard to believe that the best is yet to come.

Despite its glossy appearance and teetering rooftop bars, this is a resort well equipped for children. The World Travel Awards agree, having awarded it “Best Family Resort” in 2016. Set on 179 luscious acres of natural beauty, Pine Cliffs is a vast resort, offering five levels of luxury, a kids club and first-class facilities. Choose from the entry-level Pine Cliffs Residence through to the luxurious Ocean suites and spa. Even if you’re blocks apart from your friends, there’s a handy onsite “train” to connect you (the kids love it!).

Rooms are elegantly presented and well equipped with all of the modern conveniences. But with seven pools to choose from, along with a world-class beach, you’ll be forgiven for spending most of your time outdoors. 

A heavenly coastal retreat

The epicentre of any family holiday is the inviting pool, so take your pick of one of seven of them, including a heated kids version. If that’s not enough, the Annabel Croft Tennis Academy is another popular attraction. It’s also conveniently close to the kids play area, perfectly shaded for some much-needed time out.

While the little ones are busy making friends, golf-lovers can improve their game at the nine-hole links course, perfect for beginners and pros alike. The course overlooks Falésia Beach—a golden stretch of sand 200 feet below. The lift is the only way down, which is best avoided in the midday heat with youngsters. Nonetheless, those who dare are greatly rewarded at Mare, the on-beach diner offering world-class views.

The Conrad Algarve

The imposing architecture of the Conrad Algarve gives you a glimpse of what’s in store. Behind its white-washed walls, grandeur greets you at every turn. Rooms are beautifully presented, with every comfort taken care of. For the kids, this means a giant television; for grown-ups who are adjusting to the early starts, it’s the Nespresso machine! If you’re lucky enough to stay in the Roof Terrace Suite, you may never want to leave. The epic room comes with its own swimming pool, sauna, private lift and, wait for it… sliding roof!

There’s a whole world of fun for the kids, too. The Little Palace kids club has a well-planned schedule of activities, from princess parties to picnics. However, the ingenious idea of a giant fluffy bunny knocking on your door and reading you a book at bedtime takes the biscuit…or, should that be carrot?! For those who aren’t here to tee off (did we mention the world-class golf course onsite?), there are three generous-sized pools, inside and out. Since the beach is a drive away, this is the best place to catch some rays.

From casual dining at Lago Lounge to the more upmarket Gusto five-star restaurant, there’s an unmistakable local feel to the food, but it’s delivered to meet the highest standards. A great family getaway—you’ll feel that you’ve truly escaped while staying at the Conrad Algarve.

Source: International Banker

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