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Riu Palace Algarve

Riu Palace Algarve, Olhos d Agua Portugal

★   ★   ★    ★

An upmarket and well presented establishment, typical of the brand, with a palatial interior and enviable facilities in the spacious grounds. Attracts quality seeking families and couples who appreciate the sea views and calm ambience of the area.

A cove is reached down a steep path and series of steps and most guests discover the climb to be well worth the effort, especially when the beach bar is open. Like at its sister property there are many German clients who appreciate the fine surroundings and enviable location.

Exterior

A pristine and distinguished looking 4-storey pink coloured U-shape building with wide balconies and terraces and a grand, elegant looking, canopied, drive up entrance with a car park to one side. The sea facing ends of the building feature wider balconies which enjoy views along the coast.

Property type: Hotel

Balcony/Terrace: All rooms

Storeys: 4

Built Year: 2004

Interior

A palatial lobby has a long and welcoming reception desk and tall windows with views out over the gardens and pool. A lobby bar is well appointed and sumptuously furnished with subtle lighting.

The main restaurant is spacious and cavernous but not impersonal, with wide buffet area and well chosen tableware. A theme restaurant is more intimate and calm.

There is a well stocked shop on site and the wellbeing centre is particularly well equipped and offers a long menu of spa treatments.

Rooms: 349

Grounds

The grounds are rather busy in the high season but are well landscaped and equipped. The large pool has plenty of space, even when the property is full and the children’s splash pool is larger than average.

A massive bar area has a good supply of seating with some shade. The sunloungers and parasols do appear to be rather cluttered but probably start the day with some degree of organisation.

A path and series of steps work their way down the cliff to a tranquil cove with a small beach bar.

Location

Area Type: In a village like complex of four very different accommodation options with the sister Riu Guarana all inclusive establishment immediately adjacent. Situated on the cliff edge with steep steps down to the beach and shore the property makes the most of its large grounds and pool area. The shops, bars and restaurants of the resort centre are 1km to the W and the larger beaches of Falesia start 650m to the E. Bus stop 100m.

Nearest beach: 450m (Falesia)

Facilities

  • Bars
    • Poolside bar
    • Main Bar
  • Eating
    • A la carte restaurant
    • All-buffet restaurant
  • Pools
    • Freeform (32 yds)
    • Children’s pool/section (10 yds)
  • Public facilities
    • Beauty/spa
    • Children’s daytime entertainment
    • Children’s playground
    • Evening entertainment
    • Fitness room/gym
    • Hairdresser
    • Indoor covered pool
    • Indoor games
    • Internet terminal(s)
    • Jacuzzi
    • Sauna
    • Tennis courts
    • Turkish Baths/Steam Room
    • WiFi Access
  • In-room facilities
    • Air conditioning
    • Hairdryer
    • Minibar/fridge
    • Room(s) for disabled
    • Safes
    • TV (English language)