Reading 30s non-handicap Weekend Player
- Penina falls in-between the cracks of being an upmarket 5 star golf hotel and a more affordable 4 star. They are obviously trying for the former but the level of service and size/quality of rooms just isn't there. On the other hand the cost of food, drink and other basic things are just so unreasonable that you can't recommend it as a place that you can spend time in if you're on a budget. The main example of that I can give you is that they charge €2.50 for a small bottle of water - something that you need when playing 18 holes of golf in 30+ degrees weather. So you end up having to bring back multi-packs of shop bought water every evening just to stop you spending €100 between you in the club shop.
Putting all that aside though the golf set up is extremely good and the championship course is a lot of fun to play. In addition to that you have tons of practice areas and two additional 9 hole courses. And the actual price of rooms and golf is very reasonable, especially if you go outside of June/July/August - I would recommend early September when the weather is perfect and the value is great.
Also, the high price of food and drink in the hotel is thankfully redeemed by the fact that the small resort town of Alvor is only 10 minutes taxi ride away. Alvor is absolutely great, it has tons of bars and restaurants and is geared up to serve tourists looking for nice food and a good time. It's the sort of place that both families and groups of all ages will enjoy - and everything is open to the early hours.
To summarize, I would recommend Penina to anyone that is looking for a good value golf holiday but wants a reasonable level of quality. With the one proviso that you will not being able to eat or drink anything in the hotel without quickly racking up a large bill that can easily exceed the actual cost of the room and golf.
Published on: 19 July 2017