Seasonal resort in a quiet area on sprawling grounds
Contemporary guest rooms with flat-screen TVs, minibars, kettles, and robes
Some rooms have balconies and/or mountain views
Three golf courses, including an 18-hole championship course
Large outdoor swimming pool and children's pool
Five floodlit tennis courts, soccer field, and jogging track
On-site restaurants and cocktail bar, and off-site beach restaurant
Cocktail bar with live music and a golf club bar
24-hour fitness center, sauna, and massages
Excellent kids' club with outdoor playground and video games
Business center, meeting space, and concierge services
Free Wi-Fi throughout
Free beach shuttle and on-site parking
Not located directly on the beach, and far from attractions
Fee for breakfast
Penina Hotel & Golf Resort is a four-pearl property in the countryside outside Portimao, about a 10-minute drive from Alvor. The hotel is primarily a golf resort, with three courses, including a championship 18-hole course. Its 188 guest rooms are contemporary with traditional terra-cotta floors, and they're well-equipped with flat-screen TVs, minibars, electric kettles with free coffee and tea, robes, and free Wi-Fi, and some have mountain views and balconies. The Penina is great for families and for recreation enthusiasts, with a huge outdoor pool, children's pool, kids' club, soccer field, tennis courts, and seasonal beach club on Alvor Beach, but there's no spa. Travelers who want a hotel of similar quality closer to the beach might consider Pestana Alvor Praia.
Secluded and upscale golf resort for leisure travelers, including families and couples
Penina Hotel & Golf Resort is situated on 360 acres of rolling golf courses and manicured lawns. The championship course was designed by the legendary British golfer Henry Cotton, and was the first 18-hole course in the Algarve. Another notable highlight is the massive pool, billed as one of the largest hotel pools in the region, which is surrounded by a fleet of bright yellow umbrellas. Interiors have a gracious feel, with elements like classical art and Portuguese azulejo blue ceramic tile. Restaurants and bars are particularly handsome at the Penina. The grill has striking red carpeting, dark-wood paneling, and a tremendous lobster tank. The main restaurant has pretty vaulted ceilings, tables with decorative wrought iron legs, and regional pottery in display cases. There's a convivial atmosphere at this resort, and while the it draws mostly golfers, couples also enjoy the setting, and families with children benefit from the range of kids' activities.
In a quiet rural setting, more than a 10-minute drive to Alvor's town and beach
Penina Hotel & Golf Resort is in a quiet rural setting off N125, one of the major east-west roads running through the Algarve. The town of Mexilhoeira Grande has a train station and some commercial activity, but there's not much to do near the hotel. A former fishing village, Alvor is a quaint and scenic town with restaurants, bars, a boardwalk, the 16th-century Igreja Matriz church, and Alvor Castle. It's about a 10-minute drive from the resort, as is Praia do Alvor beach. It's a little lesst than a 10-minute drive to Portimao, which features the Portimao Museum, medieval Fort of Santa Catarina, Portimao Marina, and Praia da Rocha beach. Faro Airport is 45 minutes by car from the Penina Hotel.
Contemporary and well-equipped, with flat-screen TVs, minibars, robes, and free Wi-Fi
Guest rooms and suites at the Penina Hotel are spacious and contemporary, with dark wood furniture upholstered in cheery hues, such as lime-green and tangerine-orange, and traditional terra-cotta floors. Some guests may find the overall look plain, but spaces are pleasant, comfortable, and nicely equipped. All come with high-quality bedding, flat-screen TVs, minibars, electric kettles, china cups, free instant coffee and tea, safes, and free Wi-Fi. Some rooms have balconies, and many boast views of the Serra de Monchique mountains or the pool and golf course. Suites feature living rooms, and some have dining areas. Bathrooms are also well-equipped, with shower/tub combos with sleek, modern fixtures, bidets, terrycloth robes, ample bath products, hairdryers, and make-up mirrors. All units are non-smoking.
Championship golf course, massive pool, and 24-hour gym, but no spa
Penina Hotel offers a superb array of leisure facilities. Its centerpiece is the 18-hole championship golf course, which has hosted the Portuguese Open. The course design and layout are excellent, though some past guests have commented about unrepaired pitch marks. The hotel also has an 18-hole resort course and a nine-hole academy course for novices, plus a pro shop, driving range, practice bunker, putting and chipping greens, and a golf academy with two PGA professionals.
The Penina offers a free shuttle to its seasonal Alvor Beach club, with cool drinks and snacks for purchase and free use of sunbeds and towels. Back on-site, the hotel has a huge outdoor unheated swimming pool, a FIFA-sized grass soccer field, a jogging track with 12 fitness stations, and five floodlit outdoor hard tennis courts (use for a fee) with lessons available (for a fee). There's no spa -- perhaps the hotel's only drawback in amenities -- but indoor facilities include a 24-hour fitness center, sauna, massages (for a fee), and snooker table. The excellent kids' club features an outdoor pool (about 50 feet long), outdoor playground, toys, movies, video games, and art-making.
The breakfast buffet (fee) offers a range of cold items plus cooked-to-order eggs and other hot fare, and the fine-dining restaurant serves Algarve regional cuisine, with outdoor dining available. The hotel also has an Italian restaurant; a grill with Portuguese and international cuisine; an ocean-facing seafood restaurant next its beach club; an elegant cocktail bar with live music; and a golf club bar with drinks and light fare. Other amenities include meeting rooms, a business center, beauty salon, concierge service, boutique gift shop, and free parking. Wi-Fi is free throughout.
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