Name of spa
Real Spa Thalasso, Grande Real Santa Eulalia Resort, Albufeira
Huge, modern, open-plan indoor pool and busy communal facilities area leads into the more tranquil, soft-focus personal treatment section.
The pool area, apart from the thalasso jets, feels like many other large indoor hotel pools - great if you want a buzz going on. There’s certainly no need to adopt the hushed tones required in many spas, although the spa is a no-children zone. Once through the doors into the treatment area, total peace prevails. The low-lit pre-and post-treatment relaxation area offers comfortable loungers and complimentary teas and water, whilst the private treatment rooms offer complete sanctuary.
A wide range of anti-stress, detox, cardio-fitness, weight-loss, thalassotherapy, massage and beauty treatments, offered on an individual, day or tailored programme basis.
Sample treatments include jet pool sessions, aromatherapy baths, shiatsu, water massage, body masks, yoga, reiki, personal training, manicures and bikini waxes.
Thalasso jet pool, exercise room, sauna, hamman, Vichy shower, relaxation area, 16 treatment rooms, hair and beauty salon.
Why do you like it?
An incredible array of treatments to suit just about every need, from a relaxing hour’s massage to complete regeneration, fitness and health/makeover programmes.
What could be improved?
I’m not sure the required blue plastic bathing caps are entirely necessary. I don’t know anybody who likes wearing them, and when there are several people in the pool together, it looks like a Smurf convention.
And having the sauna and steam room attached to the pool area makes them a little impersonal.
Who goes there?
This is not a ‘girly weekend’ kind of spa. Many of the visitors are guests staying in the hotel, which makes it couples-friendly, and it can therefore get particularly busy at weekends and during the main holiday seasons. Go during the week if you prefer a little more peace. The one-day, three-day and week-long programmes are well thought-out and competitively-priced, and include accommodation at the five-star hotel.
Drinks only at the spa itself, but the hotel has a wide range of F&B options, indoors and outside.
The spa sells vouchers, which make an ideal gift.
Membership is available for Algarve residents.
Grande Real Santa Eulalia Resort, Praia de Santa Eulalia, Albufeira
Spa treatments from €40 to €138
Beauty treatments from €8 to €80
Spa day packages from €109 to €231
Three-day packages from €288 to €1,375
Week-long packages from €671 to €2,051
Daily, 9am to 8pm