Pine Cliffs Resort, Algarve

For a sports & fitness retreat in the summer, treat yourself to one of Europe’s best: Pine Cliffs Resort, Algarve, Portugal, with its luxury Ocean Suites.

Located just 30 minutes’ drive from Faro International Airport, this sprawling oasis in Praia da Falesia (‘praia’ is Portugese for ‘beach’) is set on a red sandstone clifftop among pine trees, overlooking the longest stretch of beachfront in Portugal. The nearest city is the coastal resort of Albufeira, just 10 minutes’ drive away.

Annabel Croft Tennis Academy

If you’re into tennis, this is the place for you. With 5 floodlit tennis courts (2 clay, 3 hard courts), you can play long into the evening. Tennis coaches are available for group and individual lessons.

Golf Academy

The 9 hole golf course is immaculate, set among pine trees, with views of the North Atlantic ocean. PGA professionals on hand to improve your game.

Estima Sports Football Academy

Surrounded by the ubiquitous pine trees, the football pitch is available for a range of coaching packages.

Pine Cliffs Water Sports Centre

Praia da Falesia is the perfect beach for watersports, as it holds the Golden Flag award for beach ecological conservation, cleanliness and natural beauty. Sailing, windsurfing and jet-ski hire are all on offer.


As a personal trainer, I encourage my clients to keep exercising on holiday, and the gym at this resort leaves you with no excuses.

The equipment includes TechnoGym resistance and cardio machines, hanging punchbags and plenty of space for yoga and calisthenics. There’s a resident personal trainer to give you that extra motivation and guidance. The gym has wooden flooring and attractive vaulted ceilings with wooden beams.

There is also an indoor swimming pool, steam room and sauna.

Serenity Spa

A range of holistic therapies are available here, including massage, hydrotherapy, sauna (with a Himalayan rock-salt wall), and an outdoor jacuzzi.

(Dominic Londesborough is a personal trainer in London and an online nutrition coach.)

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