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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 1232 reviews
 

Family Resort that ticks all the boxes!

1 September 2015

Firstly from start to finish we were very impress with the Grande Real Santa Resort and as a family of 4 (children of 3 & 5) it catered for our needs. Having read through many of the reviews, which...

Firstly from start to finish we were very impress with the Grande Real Santa Resort and as a family of 4 (children of 3 & 5) it catered for our needs. Having read through many of the reviews, which I'm sure many points are justified, after a weeks stay at the end of August, I hope this review is helpful: Arrival - we were greeted very warmly by the informative front desk, who told us everything we needed to know. Our bags were then loaded on to a resort buggy and dropped of to our one bedroom apartment. One bed apartment - slightly dated but not offensive and for the amount of time we stayed with in it and not by the pool, beach or elsewhere it match our criteria which is clean, spacious enough and well equipped. I notice a few remarks about the wi fi which personally I couldn't care if the room had it or not, it was good enough to load web pages and download an album from I tunes. Food - we went full board (breakfast, lunch and dinner excluding drinks). We found this to be good value and for the price we paid it meant that even if we did decide to go out for a meal or two we would probably would have saved money than eating out for lunch and dinner. The food itself was good quality and the range was vast for a buffet, plenty to choose from. Personally for us who had young children it worked perfectly as we didn't have to stress if there was something suitable for them as there was so much to choose from and quantity/waste they eat or left. We have all been there when we have paid for a full meal and the kids refuse to eat it or didn't like it, that stress simply wasn't there for us! Prices - Again we found the cost of drinks and hotel good value however we didn't have to pay for a meal so I'm not sure of the value there. Cocktails were €6, a large larger €4.5 and soft drinks around €2-3, same with ice cream. From previous experience I've paid a lot more for drinks at hotels, pints up to £6 so I though it was good value. The hotel itself offers a free kids club between 10am - 10pm and start times are flexible so kids can be dropped at anytime, evening entertainment, beach towels, sports facilities and much more. Is it a 5 start hotel - compared to a city hotel, definitely not and probably not to others 5 stars in upmarket places however at worst it is a 4 start. For us with small children, maybe not quite being the most uapmarket 5 star made us a little more relaxed with the children as there are so many other families there. Overall the pool areas were very clean, pool/bar staff was very helpful, access to the beach is close and easy and access in and out of the resort is secure adding that piece of mind. There were things that I though could have been done better or required better attention but maybe that's a culture difference or just me being uptight!!! This is a excellent resort for families, children and couples and we had a great week there and will definitely be heading back.

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Nice relaxing hoilday

1 September 2015

The hotel was a lovely place for a holiday, the place is big and the staff very helpful, maids clean everyday. the pool areas are supported by a snack bar and close to the apartments if a little...

The hotel was a lovely place for a holiday, the place is big and the staff very helpful, maids clean everyday. the pool areas are supported by a snack bar and close to the apartments if a little expensive compared to eating and drinking out in the town. we were a family with kids 11 & 10, there was a family day each Saturday with bouncy castle and games adn activities each day in the kids club ( although they didn't go to any) we would go back but it would probably be without them and take advantage of the spa and gym

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4.5 stars - Excellent holiday

31 August 2015

We stayed here for one week in August 2015, and had a wonderful family holiday. (Bed and breakfast) We had a private car transfer from the airport, which we booked through Sovereign Travel. The...

We stayed here for one week in August 2015, and had a wonderful family holiday. (Bed and breakfast) We had a private car transfer from the airport, which we booked through Sovereign Travel. The transfer is about 30-40 minutes. The hotel reception staff all spoke English perfectly – and I overheard many other languages spoken too. They were very helpful and courteous. We booked a one-bedroom sea-view suite, and requested the top floor to make the most of the view. With two small children, we were concerned about how the room set-up would be. We were pleasantly surprised that there are two rooms off the hallway entrance. One room is the lounge, but we had it constantly set up as a bedroom with the sofa-bed all set up for our two children. The other room has a huge double bed in it (6 foot), which was probably the most comfortable bed I have ever slept in! Both rooms have an en-suite bathroom, AC, mini fridge, TV, and balcony. It was like having a two-bedroom suite, so it suited our family of 4 perfectly. We liked that we could put the children to bed, close their door and we could stay up and watch telly or sit on the balcony, rather than feeling we all had to go to bed at the same time. We had a bottle of water in each room on arrival as well as two tubes of Portuguese Smarties ☺ We had already read on TA that there was a fridge so we brought a travel kettle, two mugs and teabags with us so we could make tea and coffee in our room. (There is a shop to buy milk about a 5-minute walk, as you turn right out of the complex). We also connected our portable DVD player to the TV so the children could watch Peppa Pig etc when we were having some downtime in the room. There are three pools (but I think two further pools for the apartments to use). There are two larger pools – one heated and one apparently heated, but I am not sure it was… it was rather chilly, but once you got used to it, it was OK. The heated pool was the most popular of course, and I can imagine if you are there without children, it would have been annoying to swim or relax there during August when it is busy with children. Our 5-year-old son practically lived in that pool all week. There is a toddler pool too, which was about 35cm deep, perfect for the little ones. They all shared (most of the time!) their toys such as watering cans, buckets, Lego and other tubs to pour water in and out of. Our two year old spent most of her time in this pool, so both children were happy! It is only a few minutes walk down to the beach from the hotel, where we spent one morning. Paid 10 euro for two sun loungers and an umbrella… it was very busy with locals and tourists but the water was freezing (it is the Atlantic Ocean, after all!). The breakfast selection was very good; I am not sure why other reviews on here say it was terrible…. There were about 5 or 6 different types of pastries to choose from, pancakes, fruit, yoghurts, eggs, sausages, bacon, cereals, cheeses, juices etc. It gets very busy after about 9.15am, which we learnt on the first day, so we just made sure we were there 8.30am each morning and it wasn’t so busy. We sat outside in the glorious warm weather; it was a lovely way to start the day. The breakfast staff were very attentive and helpful and spoke several languages too. We went to Zoo Marine one day, which is about 20 minutes away, and broke up the week nicely. It has a water park, theme park and aquarium. We watched an amazing dolphin show and is well worth a visit. About a mile away is the new town; it had a larger supermarket and a lot of restaurants and bars. It looked quite tacky, but fun if you were there without children! We caught the free bus to the old town one evening, it was lively with lots of locals and tourists and had dinner and a wonder around. I think we were lucky, as I have read about long taxi queues, but we didn’t have to queue at all to get back to the hotel, there were loads of taxis waiting. (8 euro to get back) Within the hotel complex there are several restaurants to choose from including down by the beach, and there is a great pizza restaurant just outside the hotel complex (turn left). There is a Kids Club, which looked like it had loads of activities, but we didn’t use it as our son just wanted to be in the pool all day! There was a disco, but it was always at the time we were having dinner, which was a shame. The only three suggestions we would like to make to the hotel is: 1/ Improve the WIFI. We know that it is not their primary concern, but if you offer it, please make it usable. At check in we were told which WIFI to connect to, but it was still pretty awful most of the time. 2/ The security on the room doors could be improved. There is a lock, but it is at the same height as the handle (i.e. easily opened by little toddlers). It could have done with an additional lock towards the top of the door so little hands can’t reach it. At night I was terrified of one of my two waking up and just opening the door and wondering out into the corridor. It could have happened and, sleeping in the other room, we would have no way of knowing they had left the room. Thankfully, this did not happen, but a lock higher up would have meant I slept a lot better than waking up every couple of hours to check they were still in bed! 3/ The children’s play area could do with having a canopy over it. It is a suntrap where it is located, no shade, so the metal climbing frame is burning hot. The whole area would be used so much more if it was protected from the sun, as it was I barely saw any children using it, as it was just too hot! Lastly, on our last day we didn’t have to leave for the airport until mid afternoon, but we had to check out by midday. The hotel allows guests to still use the facilities and then use the Spa downstairs to shower and change before leaving. This worked perfectly, and didn’t feel like we had to shower and be ready 4 hours before we were leaving for airport. We loved our holiday at this hotel and are seriously considering a return visit next summer.

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Not 5 star but generally very pleasant

31 August 2015

I'll try to make this useful and realistic. Spacious, modern hotel, kept very clean everywhere, helpful reception staff, nice rooms, lovely situation with path down to public beach (which is good...

I'll try to make this useful and realistic. Spacious, modern hotel, kept very clean everywhere, helpful reception staff, nice rooms, lovely situation with path down to public beach (which is good sand, kept clean, surveillance for swimming, lots of loungers and parasols to hire, fun water sports available). Some frustrating aspects: painfully slow (free) wifi, limited and boring pool space for such a large hotel (2 circular pools, one heated - hot, one ambient), very good breakfast buffet but usually 10+mns queuing to get a table - not very 5 star. Of the various restaurants at the hotel, the evening buffet was good, but expensive (35€ without drinks) - we spent less in the 2 à la carte restaurants! The à la carte in the main building, and the fish-oriented one halfway down to the beach were both very good, and much more classy than a noisy buffet. During the day, food at the pool bar, and at the brasserie-type restaurant (also halfway to the beach), was very basic. Drinks and icecreams at the pool bar were very reasonably priced. As far as entertainment was concerned, each evening there was some live music in the bar and at the brasserie restaurant. Ok, but not extraordinary and no dancing. There is a nightclub/disco on site, but only on Fridays and Saturdays I think and open from midnight only! We didn't go, so can't judge it. For teenage kids, really nothing particular to do either during the day or in the evenings. If you want to wander outside the hotel, there are quite a few restaurants, bars and a supermarket about 15mns walk up the road. Also there is a hotel shuttle to and from central Albufeira - but not in the evenings, when you need to get a taxi back to the hotel. Very cheap (around 6€) but horrendous queues for taxis at Albufeira (we waited more than an hour on one occasion). Overall, pleasant stay. Fairly expensive hotel, but good standard and (let's be a bit snobby) I think the cost of the place and the lack of nightlife have the positive effect of avoiding a certain unpleasant type of client. General behaviour was good.

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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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