Sao Rafael Suites
The Sao Rafael Suite Hotel offers everything that you could ask for from a golf holiday in the Algarve - five star accommodation, a fabulous beach, lively nightlife and access to the array of fantastic golf courses which make for a memorable golf break in Portugal.
Located next to the Sao Rafael beach in Albufeira, the hotel presents 101 beautifully furnished and decorated rooms and suites which are light, airy and modern.
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Accommodation at Sao Rafael Suites
All units have large private balconies overlooking either the gardens or the ocean, and are equipped with air-conditioning, flat screen satellite televisions, mini-bar and safe deposit box.
The hotel has excellent facilities, and is surrounded by beautiful Mediterranean gardens, all of which help to make it a fantastic place to base your next golfing holiday in the Algarve.
The Sao Rafael Suite Hotel offers preferential access to three excellent golf courses: Salgados Golf, an excellent links course, is nearby, plus Morgado Golf and Alamos Golf.
The challenges offered by these golf courses are varied and enjoyable regardless of handicap. Salgados with it's beachside location and length of 6,600 yards to a par of 72, puts a focus on accuracy off the tee with water in play on no less than 17 holes, with it's variety of hazards this course is often the best or worst score of the holiday. Located just a 10 minute drive from the hotel, Salgados is often played on the first or last day of the holiday for ease of access to the airport. Golfers heading to play Morgado and Alamos Golf Courses are in for a treat within the lush Portuguese countryside, framed by the impressive Monchique mountains. Located approximately 30 minutes from Sao Rafael Hotel, expect slightly more room off the tee and greater undulations than at Salgados playing both of these courses. Alamos measures around 6,200 yards to it's par of 71 whilst Morgado measures just shy of 7,000 yards with a par of 73. For those wanting a slightly less taxing time than off the whites can expect courses around 400-500 yards shorter off the yellow tees.
In addition to the beautiful Sao Rafael Beach, guests at the hotel can take advantage of the spa, whose specialist treatments include hot stone massage therapy, as well as the jacuzzi, sauna, and Turkish bath. There is a tennis court and four swimming pools, including one indoor, while the fitness centre is equipped with a great selection of cardiovascular training machinery and free weights.
All Inclusive at Sao Rafael
Sao Rafael Suites is one of the most popular All Inclusive hotels in The Algarve. Guests can enjoy a host of excellent meals in the buffet restaurant as well as local beers, wines and spirits as part of their stay.
The all inclusive board includes buffet breakfast (served between 7.30am - 10.30am), mid-morning snacks, perfect for those opting for a leisurely start to the day (served between 10.30am - 12.00pm), followed by lunch (served between 12.30pm - 15.00pm), afternoon snacks, which is great for those playing golf in the morning (served between 16.00pm - 18.00pm), followed by dinner (served between 19.30pm - 22.30pm) and then finally by a supper buffet including cheese (served between 22.30pm and midnight).
Drinks included are as follows, served between 10.30am and midnight;
Beer (Superbock is available on draught)
National alcoholic spirits
Non-alcoholic soft drinks
Please note than international / premium drinks are not included.
For those staying for a week or more can enjoy dinner in the themed (2 meals per week) and A la carte (1 week per week) restaurants, these restaurants are booked upon check-in to the hotel and subject to availability / seasonal demand and timetable change.
Guests can enjoy access to both the pool and lobby bar to enjoy their all inclusive basis, they are however subject to seasonal demand, please ask your golf consultant if you require more information on this.
Restaurante Ramires, in nearby Albufeira, is the spiritual home of Portugal's signature dish - chicken piri piri, having been serving the classic since 1964!
Chill out at the seaside with a drink or snack at the Sao Rafael beach bar.
Try Caldeirada, a special fish stew that sums up perfectly the fantastic flavours of traditional Portuguese cuisine.
- Indoor Swimming Pool
- Outdoor Swimming Pool
Sao Rafael Suites reviews
Our Algarve golf break was fantastic and we are already thinking of when we can return for more action on the fairways!
We stayed at the Sao Rafael Suite Hotel which was brilliant. In my opinion the term 5* is banded around too much these days but this hotel certainly fit the bill.
Special thanks to Your Golf Travel for ensuring all four of our rounds were on the Salgados Course. We had played it before and wanted to return to see if our fond memories were accurate. I’m pleased to announce we enjoyed it just as much as our first golf holiday in Spain.
I would have no problem in recommending YGT to other golfers and look forward to my next golf trip.
It is coming up on a month since our Golf Holiday in the Algarve. The trip was a huge success with the package of 4 nights accommodation in a beautiful hotel and 4 rounds of Golf at the Salgados and Morgado Courses.
We stayed at the CS Sao Rafael Suite Hotel and it was first class and the rooms were excellent with plenty of space for all the golf gear.
The Hotel had superb facilities and the food and staff where of the highest standards. It was situated about ten minute taxi ride from Albufeira which only cost about €8.00.
On the first day we played the Salgados Golf course and the improvements on the condition of the course was there for all to see in the excellent greens and fairways and the lovely Club House.
This course has water on most holes which makes shot selection very important. Off the Yellow markers it is only 6167 yards long and it would be a far better challenge of the white markers.
We played our other rounds of golf on the Morgado Golf Resort located 30 minutes from Albufeira and 40 miles from Faro. The Morgado golf course measured at 6998 yards and in my opinion is one of the best courses on the Algarve. It doesn’t have the prestige that some of the other courses have but it is every bit as good. It is also one of the few Algarve golf courses that you can walk as well, which means you can enjoy the views of the surrounding countryside.
Great pre round practice facilities can be found here with a driving area, chipping greens and a practice putting green nearby.
We found a local restaurant that served us up excellent food with good staff attention to our party of 12 at O Marinheiro. This fantastic little restaurant was only a ten minute walk from the hotel. Albufeira old town has number of lively bars and restaurants to enjoy late in the evening as well.
The accommodation at the CS Sao Rafael Suite Hotel was nothing less than five star as it featured leather sofas, three balconies a kitchenette and a spacious lounge area. The staff were very helpful and always had a smile on their face. The facilities were amazing and we enjoyed the choice of swimming pools and treated ourselves to a couple of massages, which at 45 Euros were good value for money. Unlike many other golf resorts we have visited, the prices for food and drink in the hotel were very reasonable.
Freshly back from our golf trip to Sao Rafael, four exceptional days of beautiful weather. As usual, the hotel was extremely accommodating, friendly and comfortable. They upgraded our party to suites ovelooking the Atlantic, very luxurious. All of the courses were in great condition, Morgados was a pleasure to play - everyone remarked how pleasing it was on the eye, condition of the bunkers and greens - really well maintained. Alamos is my personal favourite, greens receptive to the higher shot - skidding on to the scrambled chip in - no matter where you were on the green lines are true if you can read them but very fast. All in all a great trip enjoyed by everyone. Many thanks,
I have organised many golf trips over the last 20 years and have to say that our visit to the Algarve, and particularly the CS Sao Rafael Suite Hotel, ranks with the best in terms of enjoyment, value for money and service, both at the hotel and the golf courses. Kind Regards,
I would like to say thank you very much for arranging the golfing holiday to Portugal. The hotel was absolutely brilliant, and the courses we played were fantastic. All of the lads enjoyed themselves, and the only complaint was that we were not there for long enough. Thanks again,
Just a big thank you for the golf holiday we booked with you. To say it was absolutely fantastic would be an understatement. Everything ran extremely smoothly, not one problem - and we'll most definitely be booking with you again next year! Thanks again,
Everything was great with our golf holiday. Courses, weather, hotel, transfers - first class. Hope to use you again.
Just a quick note of thanks for organising our fantastic trip to CS Sao Rafael, great hotel, great golf, great people and great value for money.
The 5 of us found the whole holiday really enjoyable and importantly hassle free. The hotel was excellent and all 3 courses played well. We especially enjoyed the Alamos course which was exceptional. Thanks for you help in organising the tour and I am sure we will be booking through yourgolftravel next year. Best regards,
Just a short note to let you know how the trip went. Car hire was fine the whole process was good, no problems. Hotel was wonderful and really good value. The room was massive, clean and the service was good. The golf was excellent as well, the 3 courses were in really good condition given the time of year. The 3 courses were all very different and a real joy to play. All in all the value for money was unbelievable, we thoroughly enjoyed it and would book with your company again in the future. Thanks again, regards,
We have just arrived home from a fantastic time in Portugal on our first golfing trip abroad. Myself and my friends would like to thank you and your company for the first class service, from my first enquiry to the e-mail I received from you a couple of days before we left regarding a change of tee times. The Sao Rafael 5* hotel was brilliant ...first class!. The golf courses were amazing and everything went really smoothly. I have recommended your website to friends of mine and they are in the process of booking a trip with you, and even on our flight back we gave a couple the web address, so it goes to prove you have all done us proud. Its just a shame we had to come back!! Once again thank you very very much!
We arrived back from Portugal late last night, and just wanted to thank you for helping us organise a truly superb trip, we had a great time and played some good golf on very challenging but extremely rewarding courses in some of the most scenic and beautiful locations. The hotel was truly marvellous as well, could not recommend it more highly. We would just like to thank and congratulate you on the smooth running and effectiveness of the trip you put together for us. We will certainly be going back next year. Thanks again, great job!!!
Thanks for your help in organising the trip. Everything went fantastically well from collection to drop off back at the airport. The hotel was fantastic and the golf splendid. Thanks and best regards,
Just to let you know all went well with the golf weekend. Was very impressed with the hotel and standard of the golf courses and everyone had a good time and we may look at going again next year. Thanks for your help.
Just returned from our golf break (a little bit jaded!!!) A very quick note just to say thanks very much as everything was superb Hotel was excellent (probably too good for us!!) Transfers to and from were faultless (we might have been late on a couple of occasions, only 10-15 minutes though). Anyway thanks again and I look forward to hearing from you.
We had a great trip, the hotel was excellent as were the golf courses. Hopefully we will be organising another trip soon and we shall definitely use your company again.
Just to let you know that our trip to Portugal went very well. The CS Sao Rafael is a good hotel and they upgraded us to a suite. The hotel appears fairly new and is well appointed. The staff are high calibre and helpful. The room was spacious and comfortable. Sesmarias proved to be a quiet option (probably partly due to the time of year) sufficiently removed from the ultra-commercial Albufeira. This suited us well. Like many places in the region, much new building work is going on. So, whether Sesmarias will grow into a mini-Albufeira remains to be seen.
The three CS golf courses were good and in fine nick too. Salgados is flat but very tight with lots of water, lush fairways and good greens. Morgado proved a bit easier on the front nine which is relatively flat and more open. The back nine goes up into the hills (and wind) with some scenic holes which are a good test. Again, good greens. Alamos was the best in our view. A superb ‘ramble’ around the hill at the back of the clubhouse, with great views and many scenic holes. Good greens awaiting your arrival after some testing tee and fairway shots (or, more realistically, shots from the rough!). Cheers for now,
Just to let you know that we had a fantastic time on our golf break. The courses were great. Alamos was my favourite as I posted my best score. Salgados was the toughest course that I have ever played. It was as if 18 holes had been cut out and placed in the middle of the sea...I will be back to conquer that course!!! And the accommodation was first class. Thank you very much for you help and look forward to to business with you again in the near future. Kind regards,