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1 room, 2 adults

São Rafael Atlântico

5-star5 stars
Great for families

Good to know

  • Children's pool
  • Supervised childcare/activities (surcharge)
  • Connecting/adjoining rooms available
  • Free WiFi
Sesmarias, Albufeira, 8200-613, Portugal

5-star beachfront hotel with spa, near Sao Rafael Beach
  • Free buffet breakfast, free WiFi and free parking
  • Great for families

    Good to know

    • Children's pool
    • Supervised childcare/activities (surcharge)
    • Connecting/adjoining rooms available
    • Free WiFi
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  • Very friendly. Great hotel and facilities. Fantastic location. Excellent food. And a…Feb 6, 2020
  • Staff was so lovely and accommodating. Rooms were of a great size and very comfortable.…Jan 5, 2020

São Rafael Atlântico

from £198
  • Double or Twin Room, Pool View
  • Standard Double or Twin Room
  • Double or Twin Room (Nature)
  • Suite
  • Double or Twin Room, Sea View

What’s around São Rafael Atlântico


  • On the beach
  • Sao Rafael Beach - 12-minute walk
  • Albufeira Marina - 18-minute walk
  • Albufeira Old Town Square - 41-minute walk
  • Fisherman's Beach - 37-minute walk
  • Arrifes Beach - 15-minute walk
  • Coelha Beach - 23-minute walk
  • Castelo Beach - 29-minute walk

Getting around

  • Faro (FAO-Faro Intl.) 41-min drive
  • Portimao (PRM) 30-min drive
  • Silves Tunes Station 18-min drive
  • Silves Station 26-min drive
  • Portimao Station 28-min drive

At a glance

Key facts

Hotel size

  • This hotel has 149 rooms
  • This hotel is arranged over 5 floors


  • Check-in time 3:00 PM-midnight
  • Check-out time is noon
Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival.

Required at check-in

  • Credit card required for incidental charges

  • Government-issued photo ID may be required

  • Minimum check-in age is 18

Travelling with others


  • No cots (infant beds)


  • No pets or service animals allowed


  • Free WiFi in public areas

  • Free WiFi in rooms



  • Free self parking

Payment types at the property

Other information

  • Smoke-free property
* See small print for additional details or extra charges

In the hotel

Taking the kids?
  • Supervised childcare/activities (surcharge)
Food and drink
  • Free buffet breakfast daily
  • 3 restaurants
  • Bar/lounge
  • Poolside bar
  • 24-hour room service
Things to do
  • Number of indoor pools - 2
  • Children's pool
  • Fitness facilities
  • Full-service spa
  • Spa treatment room(s)
  • Free bicycles nearby
  • Golf lessons available nearby
  • Golfing nearby
  • Sailing nearby
  • Waterskiing nearby
  • Windsurfing nearby
  • Sauna
Working away
  • 24-hour business centre
  • Number of meeting rooms - 15
  • Conference space
  • Conference space size (feet) - 4413
  • Conference space size (meters) - 410
  • Conference centre
  • 24-hour front desk
  • Tours/ticket assistance
  • Dry cleaning/laundry service
  • Laundry facilities
  • Free newspapers in lobby
  • Luggage storage
  • Wedding services
  • Multilingual staff
  • Number of buildings/towers - 1
  • Year Built – 2009
  • Lift
  • ATM/banking
  • Safe-deposit box at front desk
  • Garden
  • Terrace
  • Television in common areas
  • Accessible bathroom
  • In-room accessibility
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Wheelchair-accessible parking
  • Wheelchair-accessible path to lift
  • Wheelchair-accessible registration desk
  • Raised toilet seat
  • Low-height counters/sink
  • Grab bar - near toilet
Languages Spoken
  • English
  • Portuguese

In the room

Home comforts
  • In-room climate control (air conditioning)
  • Minibar
  • Bathrobes
  • Iron/ironing board (on request)
Sleep well
  • Pillow menu
  • Blackout drapes/curtains
  • Premium bedding
Things to enjoy
  • Furnished balcony
Freshen up
  • Private bathroom
  • Rainfall showerhead
  • Shower only
  • Bidet
  • Free toiletries
  • Hair dryer
Be entertained
  • 40-inch LCD TV
  • Cable TV channels
Stay connected
  • Desk
  • Free WiFi
  • Phone
  • Daily housekeeping
  • In-room safe
  • Connecting/adjoining rooms available

Special features


The on-site spa has massage/treatment rooms. Services include facials and body treatments.


Seven Seas – On-site buffet restaurant.

Mediterranean – On-site fine-dining restaurant. Open daily.

RAW – On-site sushi bar. Guests can enjoy drinks at the bar. Open daily.

Chill Out Bar – Overlooking the ocean, this rooftop bar only serves light fare. Open daily.


On Site

  • Fitness facilities
  • Sauna


  • Free bicycles nearby
  • Golf lessons available nearby
  • Golfing nearby
  • Sailing nearby
  • Waterskiing nearby
  • Windsurfing nearby

São Rafael Atlântico’s small print

Also known as

  • São Rafael Atlântico Hotel Albufeira
  • Sao Rafael Atlantic Hotel Albufeira
  • São Rafael Atlântico Hotel Albufeira
  • São Rafael Atlântico Hotel
  • São Rafael Atlântico Albufeira
  • São Rafael Atlântico
  • São Rafael Atlântico Hotel
  • São Rafael Atlântico Albufeira
  • São Rafael Atlântico Hotel Albufeira
  • São Rafael Atlântico Hotel
  • São Rafael Atlântico Albufeira
  • São Rafael Atlântico
  • São Rafael Atlântico Hotel
  • São Rafael Atlântico Albufeira
  • São Rafael Atlântico Hotel Albufeira
  • Sao Rafael Atlantic Albufeira
  • Sao Rafael Atlantic Hotel


The property has connecting/adjoining rooms. These are subject to availability and can be requested by contacting the property using the number on the booking confirmation.

  • Pool access available from 10:00 AM to 6:30 PM
  • Guests can rest easy knowing that there's carbon monoxide detector, a fire extinguisher, a smoke detector, a security system, a first aid kit and window guards on site.

    This property advises that enhanced cleaning and guest safety measures are currently in place.

    Disinfectant is used to clean the property; commonly-touched surfaces are cleaned with disinfectant between stays; bed sheets and towels are laundered at a temperature of at least 60°C/140°F.

    Personal protective equipment, including masks and gloves, will be available to guests.

    Social distancing measures are in place; staff at the property wear personal protective equipment; a shield is in place between staff and guests in main contact areas; periodic temperature checks are conducted on staff; temperature checks are available to guests; guests are provided with hand sanitiser.

    Individually wrapped food options are available for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and also through room service.

    Each guestroom is kept vacant for a minimum of 24 hours between bookings.

    The property affirms that it follows sanitisation practices of Clean & Safe (Portugal) guidelines.

    Reservations are required for massage services and spa treatments, and can be made by contacting the property before arrival at the number on the booking confirmation.

    The name on the credit card used at check-in to pay for incidentals must be the primary name on the guestroom reservation.

    This property is licensed under an applicable law.Property registration number 7284

    Optional extras

    Facility access costs EUR 20.00 per person, per day. Facilities include a sauna, a spa and a spa tub.

    We have included all charges provided to us by this property. However, charges can vary, for example, based on length of stay or the unit you book.

    FAQs for São Rafael Atlântico

    • Does São Rafael Atlântico offer free cancellation for a full refund?
      Yes, São Rafael Atlântico does have fully refundable rooms available to book on our site, which can be cancelled up to a few days before check-in. Just make sure to check this property's cancellation policy for the exact terms and conditions.
    • Is parking offered at São Rafael Atlântico?
      Yes, there's free self parking.
    • Is there a pool at São Rafael Atlântico?
      Yes, there are 2 indoor pools and a children's pool. Guests have pool access from 10:00 AM to 6:30 PM.
    • Are pets allowed at São Rafael Atlântico?
      Sorry, neither pets and nor service animals are allowed.
    • What are the check-in and check-out times at São Rafael Atlântico?
      You can check in from 3:00 PM to midnight. Check-out time is noon.
    • Are there restaurants at or near São Rafael Atlântico?
      Yes, there are 3 on-site restaurants.

    Recent reviews

    Superb 9.0 From 603 reviews

    Very good 8.0
    Nice hotel with beautiful beach next to it.
    Paulius, gb4 night trip
    Very good 8.0
    Nice hotel, but breakfast should be until 11 on the weekends like most hotels i stay in.
    Dean, gb2 night trip
    Good 6.0
    Long weekend
    Nice hotel but rather 4* then 5. Hotel has spa but you need to pay €10pp per day if you want to use sauna or jacuzzi. If you want to use pool you need to buy a cup for €5. Breakfast is very good but dinner is a let down, specifically if you pay full price €25 pp without any drinks. Half board value for money was not too bad. Location is good with spacious rooms but they lack some stuff such as wine glasses.
    Lukasz, gb3 night trip
    Exceptional 10.0
    1st class
    What a fantastic hotel. Beautiful grounds and location. The room was huge, with nice decor. The bed was super comfortable and big. The room was very well cleaned. Huge wardrobes and mirrors. Free bottle of water every day. On the downside the water pressure in the shower was not great and bathroom was quite dark for my tastes. The service was above and beyond. The staff were always super helpful and friendly. Breakfast was very wide ranging. My favourite was the fruit and omelettes. You could have breakfast outside on the terraza. It was a great experience. The bar was very expensive. I would recommend highly and we will be back.
    Cathal, gb1 night trip
    Very good 8.0
    2nd stay at the Sao Rafael Atlantico and another lovely one! Great hotel, fabulous spacious rooms, and wonderful beach.
    Timothy, gb4 night trip
    Very good 8.0
    Not quite a 5 star but nice nevertheless.
    First off, it's not a 5 star hotel, but if the attention to detail was taken care of then it could be. Several items were broken or damaged in the room and the spa. There is a lack of artwork you would expect to see in a top class hotel leading to a sense of stark modernism that doesn't make you feel at home. A few Moorish lanterns would set a nice mood on the lava rocks in the Spa or the Arabian Seas bar for example. The facilities are great, the grounds, pools and location to the beach are excellent. The buffet breakfast is fine with a good choice of food. We didn't try the hotel restaurants in the evening but the raw food sushi looked very good and was popular. We elected to eat the fresh fish at the São Rafael Restaurant on the beach a short boardwalk away which had wonderful evening views over the secluded sand and ocean. The hotel staff were fine but could be a little more responsive and express a little more interest, for example: when I pointed out that half of the Spa facilities were not working (Steam room, pool jets and waterfall) the response was not of someone concerned about enough to do something about it. The concierge was helpful in taking care of the car but there was no greeting on arrival nor offer to help with luggage which is something one comes to expect of most hotels. A nice stay and with a few improvements it could make a great stay and deserve the 5 stars.
    Simon, gb2 night romance trip
    Exceptional 10.0
    Amazing hotel and area, and the beach is so close and also amazing! Staff were all friendly and helpful. The breakfast buffet was lush. Will definitely be returning!
    gb5 night romance trip
    Very good 8.0
    Lovely sandy beach a few minutes walk with bar and restaurant. Hotel has large well maintained gardens and pools which were very pleasant to sit in. Spectacular sea views. Need to have taxi in the evenings unless want to eat in the hotel,we were only there for a few days so went out to see the surrounding areas.
    gb3 night romance trip
    Exceptional 10.0
    Great hotel
    Macarena, gb2 night family trip
    Exceptional 10.0
    Minor criticism
    Only minor criticism is that the spa & gym do not open until 10am each day
    James, gb7 night family trip

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