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by Sarah J.F. Braley | July 06, 2016

The 217-room Pine Cliffs Hotel on the coastline of Portugal's Algarve region has reopened as a Starwood Luxury Collection Resort following a $57 million renovation. The cliff-top property was closed for 18 months for the work, which added a 10,000-square-foot spa as well as the Pine Cliffs Ocean Suites, 148 one- and two-bedroom luxury apartments with personalized butler service and full access to all of Pine Cliffs' facilities. 

"This is without a doubt one of Starwood's most significant developments this year, and ensures this very special resort firmly remains the definitive luxury destination in the Algarve for generations to come," said Michael Wale, president of Starwood Hotels & Resorts, Europe, Africa and the Middle East.

The guest rooms, public areas and facilities have been upgraded. The hotel's azulejos -- traditional hand-painted tiles that were fired in the kilns of Lisbon's Fábrica de Cerâmica Constância -- have been used to create one-of-a-kind headboards in the rooms. Panels recounting the discoveries of Vasco de Gama and Ferdinand Magellan, as well as a detailed reproduction of a map of the Mediterranean by medieval cartographer Giorgio Sideri, now decorate the lobby.

The 170-acre resort features 11 restaurants and bars overseen by executive chef Marco Alban, including O Pescador, a poolside seafood restaurant; the Beach Club on the Praia da Falésia; Piri Piri Steak House; and the newest, Zest, serving healthy fare.

The new state-of-the-art destination spa, Serenity, the Art of Well Being, joins the hotel's six swimming pools, an Annabel Croft Tennis Academy and a nine-hole golf course with panoramic views. For groups, the property offers more than 23,000 square feet of meeting space.

"Pine Cliffs' renovation truly is a cornerstone in the Luxury Collection brand's investment effort to renovate some of the most iconic hotels around the globe," said Meredith Dichter, global brand director for the portfolio. "We are thrilled to deliver enhanced accommodations in the Algarve, a perennial favorite of global explorers."