14 Jul 2015

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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 1140 reviews
 

Lovely week in the sun

5 July 2015

We stayed in the grande real Santa Eulalia apartments for a week. They are spacious and spotlessly clean. The grounds of the hotel are pretty and there is a choice of swimming pools. The staff were...

We stayed in the grande real Santa Eulalia apartments for a week. They are spacious and spotlessly clean. The grounds of the hotel are pretty and there is a choice of swimming pools. The staff were very helpful with any queries we had. We ate at the beach bar a couple of times and I was very impressed by the staff there. My son requires gluten free food, and although they didn't have gluten free bread they immediately offered to get some from the hotel. Both children (10 and 8) have plans already to return next year.

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Lovely 10th Anniversary Stay

4 July 2015

We have just returned from a 4 night 10th Anniversary stay and thoroughly enjoyed the visit. It is hard to fault the hotel on any measure, we found the service to be excellent everywhere. We had...

We have just returned from a 4 night 10th Anniversary stay and thoroughly enjoyed the visit. It is hard to fault the hotel on any measure, we found the service to be excellent everywhere. We had breakfast every morning and there was everything you would expect in a major resort hotel. In the evenings we had cocktails at the pool bar and main bar, both excellent. 2 evenings we dined in the a-la-carte restaurant and the food and service was good. We also used the free shuttle bus service to visit the nearby old town both for lunch and for dinner - I can really recommend this, the old town has some great spots to eat and drink especially if you venture off the main drags which are a bit touristy. You have to get a taxi back as the shuttle does not run in the evening - this cost us less then 8 euros. The main pool area was spotless, yes the pools are a tiny bit small but only if you really want to swim properly. The beach is just a couple on mins walk and we had or proper swims there, the beach was also beautiful and clean and well looked after. A result of the current £/Euro rate, we found the hotel and the town to be pretty good value for money - cocktails for under £4.50 and coffees for less then £1.50 - not bad! We didn't bother with the 32 euro full on lunch (that looked great) and instead opted for the pool bar or Atlantico restaurant which was also cheap but we're talking toasties, pizzas, burgers, salads etc - perhaps this could have been a little more Portugese? That said these lunches also hit the spot - what's wrong with a burger when you can eat lovely fish every night for dinner? Loved the milkshakes! We just had a normal room, not the sea view. The room was fine, yes perhaps a tiny bit small for a 5 star but the room was perfectly clean and the bed very confy. There is free wifi anywhere on the hotel. The spa is lovely, we both had massages - excellent! A number of reviews I've seen question the hotel's 5 stars. I would give the hotel 4 1/3 stars, in my experience. We've stayed in some of the 5 star resorts in Mauritius and some 4 1/2 star spots in the Caribbean and it's not quite there, but It's hard to really find fault when you factor in the price we were paying, maybe we just had a great deal. We are certainly recommending it to our friends, at the very least for a mini-break!

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Wonderful Holiday

3 July 2015

Just returned from 10 nights at the Grande Real and have had a superb holiday! Myself, husband and 2 children and 4 stayed in a one bedroomed apartments whcih was perfectly sized, cleaned every day...

Just returned from 10 nights at the Grande Real and have had a superb holiday! Myself, husband and 2 children and 4 stayed in a one bedroomed apartments whcih was perfectly sized, cleaned every day and well equipped. Staff are so friendly and cant do enough for you! The beach lunch/snack bar serves lovely food, vast lunch menu and all reasonable priced and quick service! Our boys loved the kids club which is open 10 til 6 7 days a week and during school holidays until 10pm. Our boys went twice a day and some days we had to drag them away - the staff are lovely and attentive to the kids. Large supermarket 10-15 mins walk away along the main with a great choice of restaurants and bars near by - we went to 6 differnt restaurants over 10 nights and didnt have one bad meal or experience. My only criticism is that the toddler pool could have been cleaned a little more frequently but we would most definatley return in the future!!

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3rd Stay

2 July 2015

Lovely hotel, great place to come on holiday, however in my opinion not 5 star. Room is comfortable, great big bed, great view. Nice breakfast, nice pool area and right on the beach. Things that...

Lovely hotel, great place to come on holiday, however in my opinion not 5 star. Room is comfortable, great big bed, great view. Nice breakfast, nice pool area and right on the beach. Things that disappoint are the hotel appears not to have been updated ie. some staining on room carpets, decking around pool area needing painted. The wifi is painfully slow and drops off continually no matter whereabouts in the hotel you are. The satellite TV channels are very limited so when I wanted to watch some Wimbledon tennis I was directed by hotel staff up to Filips Sports (decent, if not a little grubby, bar with friendly staff) bar 10 minutes walk away towards Albufeira "Strip" where the wifi was fast and I could watch Andy Murray on BBC2. When you stay in a 5 star hotel why should you have to seek out a sports bar?

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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