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Real Marina Hotel & Spa

A wonderful hotel in a wonderful location, Real Marina Hotel & Spa is a privileged place indeed and is a member of the prestigious Hotels Real group. A splendid 5 star property overlooking the natural landscape of Ria Formosa and the nature reserve, Real Marina Hotel & Spa is a real treat for the senses. Offering a range of superb facilities on site, the thalasso therapy at the spa, the health club, gym, various treatment rooms, jacuzzi, indoor pool (saltwater) and sensorial shower are some of the pampering amenities which await. Further facilities include outdoor swimming pool, children's pool, games room, conference centre, Restaurante do Real, Ria Lounge restaurant and bar, Bar do Real, laundry facility and 24 hour reception. The property enjoys access to the recreational pier in Olhao and some of the Algarve's best and almost deserted beaches are just a boat trip away at Ria Formosa's barrier islands or try the Desert Island.

Classic rooms are tasteful, beautifully decorated and furnished. Each is twin/double bedded and has air conditioning, phone, cable TV, (video on request), WiFi, safe, minibar, hairdryer, fully appointed bathroom and balcony or terrace. Please note all rooms have bathtub, the hotel does not have any rooms with walk-in shower.

Rooms with sea view are recommended and are available at supplementary charge.

* Some facilities may incur a local charge.

Paul says: "If you're looking for the "Authentic Algarve", for a feeling of wellbeing and a holiday to get away from it all, I cannot recommend Real Marina Hotel & Spa highly enough. The location is ideal for chilling out and the property is very special and offers good amenities."

Accommodation Type

  • Elegant and chic
  • Laid back and relaxing
  • Recommended for couples and singles

Board Basis

  • Bed & buffet breakfast basis
  • Half board basis *


  • Occasional evening entertainment

Journey Time

  • 15 minutes from airport

Official Accommodation Category

  • 5 Star

Property Facilities

  • 24 hour reception
  • A la carte Restaurant
  • Adult outdoor pool
  • Babysitting available at local charge
  • Bar
  • Beauty treatments
  • Bicycle hire
  • Business / conference centre
  • Car parking available at nominal charge
  • Children's pool
  • Games room
  • Golf Course Nearby
  • Gymnasium
  • Indoor pool
  • Laundry facility / service
  • Lounge bar
  • Spa & Wellness centre
  • Sun terraces
  • Sunbeds free of charge
  • Thalassotherapy


  • Air conditioning free of charge
  • Direct dial telephone
  • Full bathroom
  • Furnished balcony / terrace
  • Hairdryer
  • Mini bar (stocked and at charge locally)
  • Safety deposit facility for rental locally
  • Satellite / cable television
  • WiFi


  • 500 metres to resort


  • * indicates service is at extra charge


An undiscovered treasure, Olhao (pronounced All Yow) lies a mere 8 km east of Faro airport, so a virtual hop and skip away from the more "touristy" resorts on the Algarve, so the town definitely enjoys the best of both worlds and benefits from its great location.

Incredibly, for somewhere that is not particularly well known, Olhao is actually the largest fishing port on the entire Algarvian coast and is the centre of sardine and fish product canning industry, so that is pretty typically Portuguese! Strongly linked to the fishing community, Olhao takes its name from a natural water fountain (Olhao really means "Big Eye") and the town is situated at the end of the Ria Formosa Nature Reserve.

Just around the corner from the fishing docks area, a lovely promenade stretches along the waterfront leading into attractive gardens. The busy fish markets are great fun for the visitor and provide a continuous supply of superb fresh fish and seafood to the glut of brilliant restaurants, cafes and roadside eateries that are sprinkled liberally throughout the town.

Olhao's architecture has a heavy Moorish influence, evidence of the commercial links with Africa and the old quarter has very interesting houses with box shaped chimneys and flat, terraced roofs. Atmospheric and impressive, there are the remains of very elegant merchants' homes where ornate stonework, wrought-iron balconies and highly decorative detail are visible. A Baroque church, traditional chapels, local museums and typical shops lend a distinctive air to the picturesque old quarter and make sightseeing a laid back pleasure.

Located on a lagoon system, ferries ply to various "ilhas" (islands) where clear waters are perfect for snorkelling and diving. There are several golf courses within easy reach as well, so you're never too far from a tee box! Pinheiros Altos, San Lorenzo and Colina Verde are the closest courses to Olhao.

All in all, a holiday in Olhao offers a delightfully "local" experience where tourism has not had a huge impact, so life goes on at a leisurely, very typically Portuguese pace and is all the better for it!  Definitely a gem to uncover......


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