Real Marina Hotel & Spa
Why We Love This Hotel
- Modern hotel in Olhao, overlooking the Gulf of Cadiz
- The city is 15 minutes' drive from Faro
- There's a freshwater outdoor pool & sun deck
- All bedrooms have balconies
At the hotel, the Restaurante do Real serves up tasty Mediterranean cuisine including fresh local seafood and traditional Portuguese dishes. More casual all-day dining is available at the Ria Lounge Restaurant & Bar, while the Bar do Real (open until 1am) offers evening snacks and regularly features live music. The spa is kitted out with 10 treatment rooms, a fitness gym, sauna, steam room and a thalassotherapy saltwater pool with massage jets. Outside, guests can swim in the freshwater pool or sunbathe on the deck, and it's just a short boat trip across the lagoon to the beaches on laid-back Culatra Island.
The large rooms are crisp and modern with a nautical theme and there’s a hint of the city's Moorish history in the fretwork detail. Half of the rooms overlook the water and half the town, but all have balconies. Suites are larger and come with separate sitting areas and dining tables for four.