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Overview
The Grande Real Santa Eulalia Resort is the perfect choice for an unforgettable, upscale holiday. Set directly on the renowned Santa Eulalia Beach, this spectacular hotel was opened in 2004 and is a member of the prestigious “Great Hotels of the World”. The Grande Real is beautifully designed and furnished with elegantly appointed guestrooms. Set directly on a lovely beach with lush landscaped gardens and a selection of wining and dining options.

How far is the nearest beach?
This hotel is located 50m from the beach

Distance from Airport
This hotel is located 35km from the Faro airport

Rooms
The hotel has 344 luxury rooms including 155 luxury resort suites (studio, T1 and T2 resort suites), 189 rooms, among them 27 suites and 2 Grande Real suites, on the five floors which make up this Spa hotel. All units are equipped with full bathroom, air condition, direct telephone access, internet access, hairdryer, satellite TV, safe deposit box, rooms with connecting doors, and kitchenette in resort suites. Non-smoking and specially rooms for physically disabled people are also available.

Food & Drink
The hotel's main restaurant serves at standard mealtimes breakfast, lunch and dinner, all from a buffet or a la Carte, which can include special diet, on request. The Pergula is an a la carte restaurant serving Mediterranean cuisine (open only for dinner). The hotel has three pool bars open from 10.00 to 18.00 (summer) which also serves snacks (sandwiches and salads). The Real bar with a fine wine cellar is an elegant high quality bar open from 09.00 to 01.00. Please note that from 01.06.2006 the half board service (dinner) will be either Table d Hote, A la Carte or buffet depending on the occupancy. In the Resort there are also the Restaurant Santa Eulalia and the Restaurant Le Club Dinner & After Dinner.

Sports & Entertainment
There are two tennis courts with artificial grass, a fully equipped gym with cardio-fitness equipment, four outdoor heated pools. including one seawater, and direct access to the beach, and three outdoor heated pools for children. Please note that the number of outdoor heated pools available depends on the hotel occupancy and the season. For children aged 3-12 there is a mini-club, Rea Lito with specially trained professionals, and here is also an 1000 m2 Thalasso Spa Centre (from 16 years old). And also animation programme for all guest and children.

   

TripAdvisor Traveller Rating

Based on 1064 reviews
 

We arrived late on a Saturday and were greeted by very friendly reception staff, book-in was effortless, we were taken to our room by golf buggy and bags taken into our room by very nice staff. Room was great and met all expectations - bed was huge!! We decided to eat at the restaurant on first night and was very good and staff very attentive, we are there again during our week which was also very good. The room was cleaned every day and clean towels, also clean pool towels every day do no need to pack your own😀 Free shuttle bus into old and new town on regular basis which is nice to see but no real need to leave hotel as plenty to do there. Pools very good and plenty of loungers, a short walk down to the stunning beach is well worth it, the views are amazing!!! There is a bar on the beach which is very good, food and drinks good value and the staff amazing (especially Laize) Very relaxing hotel, good weather all round great experience 😍

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We just got back after a wonderful week of Portuguese sunshine and adventures. This is what we thought of the hotel: - the staff are hit and miss. The reception staff are great. We had a bad experience with the two bar staff one evening which ruined our evening. When we complained the hotel offered us two passes to the spa. We declined the gesture as it came with a warning that we would be required to purchase swimming caps and we really weren't interested in spending another euro in the hotel after the awful and rude service of the unprofessional bar staff. The staff will not acknowledge or greet you unless you do it first. - we stayed in a studio apartment and it was a really good size for the two of us. It was equiped with everything we needed. If you turn left out the hotel gates and down into the little village there is an intermarche. It's bigger and cheaper than the ones to the right but slightly further away. The apartment was cleaned every day and we were given fresh towels. We left the last of our euros for the cleaning staff in appreciation of their hard work. -we had one meal in the hotels restaurant and ordered off the a la carte on our first evening as we arrived late. The waiters were friendly but less than attentive which was quite annoying when you're tired. This was the first impression if the hitel. The food was ok. I would say the portions are a bit on the small side for the price. We got back to our room and the hotel had given us a complimentary bottle of sparking wine with some desserts. A lovely gesture although the desserts didn't seem very fresh. - there is a complimentary hotel shuttle every hour from 10am ish until 6pm ish to Albufiera old and new town. We didn't bother with the new town but the old town was lovely to walk around and we had a great meal on the sea front of monkfish and prawn capalana and Algarvian paella. Definitely try the paella. It's scrumptious and served to you at your table with a bit of flare and drama. A bit of fun! :) - one morning we had breakfast at the hotel beach cafe. The service was excellent and prices very reasonable. €4.50 for scrambled egg and the most delicious smokey bacon on toast. Gorgeous view over the beach. We had a banana milkshake too which was yum but didn't last long! :) - the swimming pools were good and not overcrowded. The beaches were immaculately kept and beautiful with the caves and cliffs creating interest. - everything was extra at the hotel. €10 for an hour of tennis, €1 to play pool, €20 for a day in the indoor pool... annoying when we weren't able to charge things to the room and settle bill at the end of our trip. Means you have to carry cash everywhere. - a receptionist printed off our boarding passes which was easy and a relief. I just checked in on my phone and emailed the passes as pdfs to the hotel email. She was helpful and charming. - overall the hotel was ok. The lobby was impressive and the wifi was good but not available anywhere else on the property. There is a way to go yet with the consistency of the staff in their delivery of 5* service. Towel boys standing around gossiping is not a good impression to have at the reception desk. It was nice to have our bags taken to the room and driving us on the golf buggy to our accommodation. It would have been a good touch to pick us up when checking out...or at least to offer. Check out was at 10am. The hotel could have let us check out later knowing our transfers to the airport were at 5pm. It worked out ok but these little details define a 5* at the end of the day. Things to do... - we booked an excursion to Saville through the hotel which cost €36 each. later we saw the same excursion advertised for €20 in the village which is 10/15 mins walk from the hotel. Saville was beautiful and well worth the visit. We paid 7.50 to get into the cathedral and didn't pay the 3 for the guides. We should have because there is absolutely no information on the cathedral once inside whatsoever. We had lunch in the Jewish quatre at a locals restaurant. It was great. The only thing I would say is that the drop off coming back took absolutely ages waiting for people to be dropped off but you get to see loads of the algarve quickly I suppose. The tour guide was good although very repetitive which we saw the funny side of. - we walked from santa eulalia all the way to villamoura along the cliffs. It was a great and unexpected adventure. It took 4 hours and was quite rugged in places. The perfect adventure for us. Beautiful and worth doing if you wear trainers and are reasonably fit. On another occasion we walked to praia de oura and walked and swam along the coast to the beaches and back to santa eulalia. It was really exhilarating but If you are going to do it then I would suggest doing it only on a very calm day and take trainers or sturdy flip flops. Praia Oura is a more lively beach and we had lunch at the 'green' restaurant nearer the end which had a lovely atmosphere and great food. We ordered from the snack menu and the portion was larger than expected. Very responsible prices and the waiter was attentive and charming. -villamoura harbour is beautiful and nice to have lunch and do a little bit of shopping. We had burgers at the Captain's we fancied something a bit more meaty after eating so much delicious sea food. Excellent burger cooked medium at €4.50 without chips. - we got the local bus a couple of times which was always on time. Each way to villamoura is €4.10ish which is a bit pricey but it only takes 25 mins one way. - we played crazy golf at the family golf park. €14 for 18 holes but only €2 more for 36. We shoulve done the 36 holes because it only took us20ish mins to do 18! Overall it was fun and they have food and drinks available with a nice seating area. The algarve is beautiful and everywhere we went the streets were so clean and well kept. The highlights were Saville, the cliff top walk from santa eulalia to villamoura, the weather, the food (especially the traditional Portuguese pastries and black coffee), the beaches and the vino! :) We ♡ Portugal! Carry water with you wherever you go! It gets extremely hot so remember to keep hydrated!

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i'm beginning to think my wife and I stayed at a different hotel as I would agree the hotel was spotless, the room exactly what i'd booked and kept clean, the pool areas spotless and the prices in the hotel expensive however if you go down to the atlantico bar you will realize they have a dual pricing policy and the drinks are quite a bit cheaper there, a bit naughty, food wise I found breakfast to be ok not a lot to spoil there but the evening meal? I went half board was terrible very limited choice not hot and not very palatable in fact we tried it two nights and then ate out every night after this and while we were there we never saw the restaurant full at all, I spoke to the food and beverage manager who admitted the menu is a limited choice menu I would say very limited, I spoke to a member of staff who said they have had food issues and I know of at least two other couples who took the same option as myself and ate out, I would add the hotel did agree to downgrade me to b&b fair play to them but I am still waiting for some sort of refund, I can only say that this was a birthday trip for me and was totally spoilt by all the hassle, did however get a cake and drink from the hotel,would I go again probably not unless I went b&b or the food issues became five star catering and not what I would class 3star catering

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My wife and I are currently staying at the Grande Real. The staff are welcoming, friendly and always very helpful. Our room is modern, clean and the bed is very comfy. On the whole we are very pleased with every aspect of the hotel. Its great just to stroll two minutes to the beautiful beach and soak up the sun. Its a short taxi ride or free shuttle to the Old town, a lively place with many bars and restaurants. We are already thinking of coming back in September.

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Additional Information

  • Timezone Europe/Lisbon
  • Language Portuguese
  • Currency Euro

Facilities

  • 24 Hour Reception
  • A la Carte Restaurant
  • Air Conditioning
  • Air Conditioning in public areas
  • Bar
  • Bath
  • Beauty Salon
  • Bicycle Rental
  • Breakfast
  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Buffet Restaurant
  • By the Beach
  • Cafe/ Snack Bar
  • Currency Exchange
  • Disabled Friendly
  • Doctors / Medical Centre
  • Entertainment
  • Family Hotel
  • Golf
  • Gym
  • Hairdresser
  • Hairdryer
  • Heated Swimming Pool
  • High Chairs
  • Indoor Swimming Pool
  • Internet Access
  • Jacuzzi
  • Kids Club
  • Kids Playground
  • Kids Pool
  • Landscaped Gardens
  • Laundry Service
  • Lifts
  • Living/ Dining Room
  • Lounge
  • Luggage Storage
  • Minibar
  • Pool Bar
  • Reception
  • Restaurant
  • Room Service
  • Safety Deposit Box
  • Satellite TV
  • Sauna
  • Shops
  • Spa
  • Steam Bath
  • Sunbeds
  • Swimming Pool
  • Swimming Pool (Salt Water)
  • Telephone
  • Tennis Court(s)
  • Terrace
  • Turkish Bath
  • TV Lounge
  • Whirlpool
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Tourist Information

Weather

It may be cold, wet and grey in the UK, but the weather on Albufeira holidays couldn’t be more different. Summers are hot and dry and last right through until October, while winters are much milder than British ones. With so many great beaches around the area and great sunshine, your Albufeira holidays will be packed full of great memories.

Jabs

Hepatitis A - Vaccination sometimes recommended 2 weeks before travel

Electricity

230V AC, 50 HZ, two-pin plugs are standard

Visa

No visa required