Opened in 2009, this design hotel is the perfect setting in which to relax. It features contemporary architecture with minimalistic details, warm tones and a cosy design. This ambience extends to the 142 rooms and 7 suites, which are complemented by a range of luxury amenities. The lobby offers 24-hour reception and check-out service, and the establishment is fully air-conditioned. On-site facilities include a cafe, bar and 3 restaurants. Guests arriving by car can leave their vehicles in the garage or car park. Also provided are a hotel safe, currency exchange facilities, a cloakroom and a TV lounge. Younger guests are sure to enjoy the childrens playground and kids club. Business guests in particular will appreciate the WLAN Internet access and conference facilities available. Room and laundry services are further conveniences, and guests may hire bicycles on site. This modern and elegant beach hotel and spa complex is set on a privileged cliff-top location, just over the beautiful, sheltered beach of Sao Rafael, west of Albufeira in the Algarve. Links to the public transport network are located within 2 minutes walk of the hotel, and the train station is roughly 7 km away. The hotel is just around 50 m from the pristine, sandy beach. Faro Airport is located about 35 km away. The hotel offers impeccable luxury facilities that are matched by the tastefully presented rooms and suites, featuring superior, elegant furnishings, first-class textiles, a walk-in double shower and a wide range of amenities. All accommodation units are en suite and come with a hairdryer, direct dial telephone, satellite/cable TV, Internet access, safe and minibar. All units are air-conditioned. The spacious private terraces and the floor-to-ceiling windows throughout draw guests outside to enjoy the extensive, lush landscaped gardens and the unique view of the sparkling ocean. Guests are welcome to pamper themselves in the designer spa and in the two heated indoor swimming pools. Sports enthusiasts will enjoy the fully equipped fitness centre with gym and sauna. The three round outdoor swimming pools are set amidst 30,000 m¿ of Mediterranean-style gardens which extend up to the cliffs edge, just over the white sands of Sao Rafael beach. Children can enjoy a separate swimming area, and the poolside snack bar is a convenient place to grab refreshments. Sun loungers and parasols have been laid out for use. Guests may also take advantage of the massage and spa treatments (fees apply to both). There are facilities available for a range of water sports, including diving, surfing, windsurfing, sailing and catamaran boating (fees apply to the latter). Guests wishing to explore the area on their own steam may hire bicycles from the establishment, and the hotel offers an entertainment programme for children. The Herdade dos Salgados golf course is located approximately 5 km from the hotel (greens fees apply). Sun loungers and parasols may be hired on the nearby beach. Fine dining is available in an a la carte restaurant, a buffet-style eatery with show-cooking service and a beach restaurant and bar. All restaurants and bars enjoy a magnificent ocean view. Credit cards accepted include American Express, MasterCard and VISA.