Epic Sana Hotel & Resort, Algarve

It’s rare that I’m keen to revisit a holiday destination or hotel, after all there’s so much to see out there why go somewhere you’ve already been? But my mind was swiftly changed after a holiday to the five-star Epic Sana Hotel & Resort in Albufeira, Portugal.

We weren’t entirely sure what to expect from our fairly hastily booked holiday – but we were over the moon.

Following a slightly horrific self-drive from the airport (of course we got lost 2 minutes out of the airport and I freaked out about driving on the wrong side of the road) we were welcomed by the tranquillity of the Epic Sana.

I felt like we’d walked into a beautifully styled 1970s film set, the style is undeniably modern (open, bright and airy) but with hints of elegant retro style throughout. Kind of like Mad Men on holiday.

We’d been lucky enough to get an upgrade to a suite which was in a very quiet area of the grounds (although everywhere looked peaceful). It was just a short walk to the main pools (there are several) and we never struggled to get a pair of sunbeds despite it being peak season.

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For beach lovers the hotel has private access to a public beach, not for the faint hearted there is a small hill and some steps involved but believe me, the views were worth it (especially in the evening if you fancy a romantic stroll).

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The Half Board dining option was a real winner – I’ve found often they can be hit or miss (more chips anyone) but not at Epic Sana. The daily menu was varied and full of local, healthy, fresh dishes. Add in the drinks table service, the restaurant side entertainment (local musicians, no cheese in sight) and the view, well, it was pretty much heaven.

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If you’re feeling something different there is also the fine dining Al Quimia restaurant and a variety of other food and drink options for snacks and refreshments (don’t miss the cocktails).

If you need a little relaxation definitely check out the onsite Sayanna Spa. Or if it’s something more active you’re after take advantage of the daily outdoor classes including yoga – what a way to get in touch with nature.

We were a recently married couple at the time and were thinking about starting a family. So we couldn’t help noticing how many families with young babies or children were enjoying the hotel, without any of the cheese you often get with ‘family hotels’ and we really loved this. Now we’re expecting our first little one we’re already planning our return visit to Epic Sana – hopefully with babysitters, sorry ‘grandparents’, in tow.

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