Sao Rafael Atlantico

  • Outdoor Pool
  • Spa and wellness centre
  • Free WiFi
  • 3 Restaurants
  • Indoor Pool
  • Low Deposit Options Available
  • Interest FREE Payment Plans
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Known as the "gateway to the Algarve", Albufeira is the southernmost point in point in the region. Located high atop cliffs that overlook the Sao Rafael Beach, sits the five-star ... Continue reading

Known as the "gateway to the Algarve", Albufeira is the southernmost point in point in the region. Located high atop cliffs that overlook the Sao Rafael Beach, sits the five-star Sao Rafael Atlantic Hotel. The hotel is the gem of Albufeira and provides guests with stunning Portuguese beaches, gorgeous weather and panoramic coastline views.

The Sao Rafael Atlantico features 142 standard guestrooms and seven suites. Each room provides guests with outstanding views that overlook Sao Rafael Beach. Guests can relax in comfort inside each room as air conditioning, balcony, mini bar and television with international channels comes as standard. Outside holidaymakers can spend time at the Sao Rafael Atlantico's spa and wellness centre. Guests can swim in one of the hotel's three outdoor pools or they can spend time in the indoor swimming pool. The hotel also provides hiking and fishing activities.

Guests that want to go further afield to explore Albufeira can hire a car. Visitors can drive to one of the many beaches in the Algarve region or venture to the Castle of Paderne. The 12th century fortification is one of the area's most popular attractions for tourists.

The beaches near the Sao Rafael Atlantico offer holidaymakers plenty of exciting watersports. Visitors can also participate in jet skiing, diving or explore the coves on a banana boat. The hotel has three fantastic restaurants. Visitors can dine in the hotel's Mediterranean restaurant, buffet eatery or the sea view café. All three provide delicious cuisine. In addition, holidaymakers can enjoy the Sao Rafael Atlantico's three bars. Visitors will have no need to leave the hotel after dark as they can spend the evening with friends and family sipping drinks.

The Sao Rafael Atlantico offers beautiful views and memorable experiences. It is the perfect Algarve destination for any holiday abroad.

Activities

  • Diving
  • Fishing
  • Fitness centre
  • Golf course (within 3 km)
  • Hammam
  • Hiking
  • Hot tub/jacuzzi
  • Indoor pool
  • Massage
  • Sauna
  • Spa and wellness centre
  • Windsurfing

Other facilities

  • Garden
  • Outdoor pool (seasonal)
  • Terrace

Facilities

  • Air conditioning
  • Car hire
  • Facilities for disabled guests
  • Free WiFi
  • Heating
  • Lift
  • Newspapers
  • Non smoking rooms
  • Non smoking throughout
  • Room service
  • Safety deposit box
  • Soundproof rooms

Accommodation

Room facilities

The Sao Rafael Atlantic Hotel features 149 rooms including 142 modern design rooms and 7 Atlantic Suites overlooking the Sao Rafael Beach.Room equipment includes air conditioning, direct telephone line, balcony, hair-dryer, safety box, mini bar, ISDN, iron (on request), and TV with international channels. Rooms are Non-Smoking and there are rooms/facilities for disabled guests.

Other Information

Check out the beach at Praya De Oura where you can go for a banana boat ride, try your hand in para-ascending, jet skiing or just relax and watch all the activity (seasonal)!

24-hour Reception with multi lingual staff, currency exchange, room service, meeting/banquet facilities, business centre, safe deposit box, laundry, dry cleaning, ironing service, car rental, fax/photocopying, parking, luggage storage, air conditioning throughout the hotel, elevator.

Spa is subject to a payment of €10,00 per Guest/day, which includes: jacuzzi, pool with Spa Circuit, steam bath, sauna and gym. The purchase of any treatment includes free access to the Spa Circuit and gym. Guests under 16 are not allowed to use the Spa circuit. It is mandatory to use swimming caps in the pool.

Payment Options

Payment options accepted:

We do not charge a fee to our customers who use debit cards, but credit cards do incur a fee of 2.5% of the payment value.

To make booking a holiday at Sao Rafael Atlantico in Albufeira easier for you, we provide a range of different payment options. To find out if you can book Sao Rafael Atlantico with a low deposit holiday option, please click the "Price and Availability" button above.

A busy trading port in ancient times, Albufeira declined into a poor fishing town in the 18th century, having been swamped by tidal waves and burnt out by civil war. But since the 1960s the tide has turned again and this central Algarve enclave is once more awash with prosperity, thanks to a tourist boom.

Albufeira, Portugal's most popular holiday resort, has been described as a stretch of 'holiday-land suburbia', spreading from the old town both east and west along the coast, its sandy coves and golden beaches drawing an assorted crowd from retired couples to wild teens, and plenty of families with young children. Satellite resort developments provide every imaginable type and grade of accommodation.

Everyone finds something to enjoy in this sprawling, low-rise holiday destination, which retains its old world charm in narrow alleyways behind the new hip and happening "Strip". The Strip, to the east of town, runs from the Montechoro Hotel down to the Praia da Oura, lined with dozens of cafés, restaurants and bars that keep pumping from breakfast time to the small hours. On the long stretch of beach below Albufeira's central square, accessed through a tunnel, craggy fishermen mend their nets, unperturbed by the languishing topless sunbathers around them.

While the chief holiday attraction of Albufeira is its 23 or so enchanting beaches, most protected by ochre-tinted cliffs, there are some interesting sightseeing possibilities too, like the new Virtual Archaeological Museum, the Municipal Art Gallery and a small museum showcasing Ming ceramics. Those who venture inland will find a tranquil green countryside to explore, redolent with almond, fig, orange and pine trees, where little villages stand timelessly in the sun.

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Scenery

Shopping

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Watersports

Cost

Nightlife

Sightseeing

Beach

Restaurants

Activities

While on holiday in Albufeira, relaxing on the golden beaches and in the warm, clear water is enough to content most vacationers, with about 23 beaches (some with Blue Flag status) in the area along a 19-mile (30km) stretch of coastline. Watersports of all sorts are on offer at the main beaches, from sailing and windsurfing to jet skiing. Golfers can try out the neat nine-hole Pine Cliffs course about three miles (5km) east of Albufeira at the Sheraton Algarve.

Those with children will spend fun times at Zoo Marine in Guia, just a few miles away, with water slides, swimming pools, dolphin shows and an aquarium. Just wandering around the intriguing old town centre is a pleasant way to pass a day. Look out for interesting local landmarks like the Clock Tower at Rua Bernardino de Sousa, and the 18th century Parish Church on the Rua da Igreja Nova, built on the site of an earlier one that collapsed in the earthquake of 1755.

One of the few buildings that survived that quake is the Old Inn on Rua Henrique Calado. Also fascinating is the Xorino Cave, which served as shelter for fugitive Moors during the Christian conquest of the town in ancient times. There is also an archaeological museum in Albufeira and several art galleries worth visiting while on holiday.

Restaurants

Like everywhere in Portugal, seafood is the speciality of the house in most of the dozens of restaurants in and around Albufeira. The catch of the day is guaranteed to be fresh in this traditional fishing town, particularly in the eateries clustered at Fisherman's Beach, below the main town square. Specialities to seek out are sardines, flounder and bass, lobster and prawns. A true local dish is Caldeirada, a stew made up of several types of fish, cooked up with potatoes, peppers and parsley. Steamed clams, cuttlefish cooked in their ink and octopus salad are other indigenous culinary adventures. The local wine is a worthy accompaniment. Some recommended restaurants in Albufeira are Dom Carlos at the top of Old Town, popular steakhouse Restaurante Cerro Grande, fun and vibey Johnny Hooper's Saxophone Bistro, or The English Kitchen for traditional British food.

Nightlife

After a day in the sun most holidaymakers enjoy sipping a drink at one of Albufeira's many outdoor cafés, watching the world go by, before adjourning to one of the lively bars that surround the town square or line The Strip. Bars keep hopping until three or four in the morning, but those who want to dance the night away can keep going until sunrise at one of the nightclubs or discotheques that are ten a penny in the town. Some of the more popular clubs and bars are Capitulo V, Kiss and Sir Harry's.

Shopping

From seafront kiosks full of fun-in-the-sun odds and ends to a full on shopping mall experience, Albufeira can keep most shoppers reaching for their wallets with a tantalising array of merchandise. The town's main shopping plaza is the Modelo Centre in Rua de Municipio, north of downtown. Not far away is the lively Algarve Shopping Complex in Guia, where brand name shoes and clothes are on offer in a high street mall type complex, along with restaurants, an English-language cinema and bowling alley. Those seeking genuine local souvenirs should look out for mats made from rush or cornhusks in the villages of Almeijoafras and Monte Novo, woven baskets, woodcarvings and some glazed terracotta ceramics. These are to be found in numerous independent shops in the town centre as well as local markets.

Negatives

During the height of summer Albufeira is a favoured holiday destination for young singles, and it can become a bit rowdy at night.

Essential Information

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Plug Type

Voltage 220V 50Hz
Language: Portuguese,
Currency: Euro (€)
€1 = £0.92

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Hotel address : Sesmarias, Albufeira, Algarve, Portugal, 8200-613

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A selection of available rooms is shown below. More options may be available.
  • Classic Double or Twin Room with Balcony
    • Room size (sqm): 35
    • Number of bedrooms: 1
    • Bathroom
    • Shower
    • Hairdryer
    • Wi-fi
    • Internet access
    • Direct dial telephone
    • Minibar
    • Centrally regulated air conditioning
    • Safe
    • Balcony
  • Double Room with Balcony
    • Number of bedrooms: 1
    • Bathroom
    • Shower
    • Hairdryer
    • Wi-fi
    • Internet access
    • Direct dial telephone
    • Minibar
    • Centrally regulated air conditioning
    • Safe
    • Balcony
  • Double Room with Balcony and Pool View
    • Number of bedrooms: 1
    • Bathroom
    • Shower
    • Hairdryer
    • Wi-fi
    • Internet access
    • Direct dial telephone
    • Minibar
    • Centrally regulated air conditioning
    • Safe
    • Balcony
  • Double Room with Balcony and Sea View
    • Number of bedrooms: 1
    • Bathroom
    • Shower
    • Hairdryer
    • Wi-fi
    • Internet access
    • Direct dial telephone
    • Minibar
    • Centrally regulated air conditioning
    • Safe
    • Balcony
  • Double Room/Single Room
    • TV
    • Air Conditioning
    • Room Service(Extra Charge)
    • Safety deposit box
  • Double Room/Single Room Nature with View
    • TV
    • Air Conditioning
    • Room Service(Extra Charge)
    • Safety deposit box
  • Double Room/Single Room Nau with Balcony/Terrace
    • TV
    • Air Conditioning
    • Room Service(Extra Charge)
    • Safety deposit box
  • Double Room/Single Room with Pool View
    • TV
    • Air Conditioning
    • Room Service(Extra Charge)
    • Safety deposit box
  • Double Room/Single Room with Sea View
    • TV
    • Air Conditioning
    • Room Service(Extra Charge)
    • Safety deposit box
  • Double or Twin Room with Balcony and Garden View
    • Room size (sqm): 35
    • Number of bedrooms: 1
    • Bathroom
    • Shower
    • Hairdryer
    • Wi-fi
    • Internet access
    • Direct dial telephone
    • Minibar
    • Centrally regulated air conditioning
    • Safe
    • Balcony
  • Double or Twin Room with Balcony/Terrace
    • Room size (sqm): 35
    • Number of bedrooms: 1
    • Bathroom
    • Shower
    • Hairdryer
    • Wi-fi
    • Internet access
    • Direct dial telephone
    • Minibar
    • Centrally regulated air conditioning
    • Safe
    • Balcony
  • Double or Twin Room with Balcony/Terrace and Pool View
    • Room size (sqm): 35
    • Number of bedrooms: 1
    • Bathroom
    • Shower
    • Hairdryer
    • Wi-fi
    • Internet access
    • Direct dial telephone
    • Minibar
    • Centrally regulated air conditioning
    • Safe
    • Balcony
  • Double or Twin Room with Balcony/Terrace and Sea View
    • Room size (sqm): 35
    • Number of bedrooms: 1
    • Bathroom
    • Shower
    • Hairdryer
    • Wi-fi
    • Internet access
    • Direct dial telephone
    • Minibar
    • Centrally regulated air conditioning
    • Safe
    • Balcony
  • Romantic Double Room
    • TV
    • Air Conditioning
    • Room Service(Extra Charge)
    • Safety deposit box
  • Suite with Balcony
    • Room size (sqm): 70
    • Number of bedrooms: 1
    • Bathroom
    • Shower
    • Hairdryer
    • Wi-fi
    • Internet access
    • Direct dial telephone
    • Minibar
    • Centrally regulated air conditioning
    • Safe
    • Balcony

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HELLO MEL THE PRIVATE TAXI TO BE BOOKED IN ADVANCE WITH US IS £70 FOR UPTO 4 PEOPLE ON A RETURN FARE

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Hi Mel
Pool towels are provided by the hotel
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