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Home / Reviews / Play / Spa /Grande Real Santa Eulalia - spa

Grande Real Santa Eulalia - spa

Name of spa

Real Spa Thalasso, Grande Real Santa Eulalia Resort, Albufeira

Style?

Huge, modern, open-plan indoor pool and busy communal facilities area leads into the more tranquil, soft-focus personal treatment section.

Ambience?

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.

The treatments?

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.

The facilities?

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.

Food options?

Drinks only at the spa itself, but the hotel has a wide range of F&B options, indoors and outside.

Insider knowledge

The spa sells vouchers, which make an ideal gift.

Membership is available for Algarve residents.

Location

Grande Real Santa Eulalia Resort, Praia de Santa Eulalia, Albufeira

Cost

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

Opening times

Daily, 9am to 8pm

 


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