4th time here over past 2 years --this time in main building in refurbished room which is very well done --no waste paper basket in bedroom ! Bit strange but small thing --as before all staff very friendly well trained and genuinely pleased to see us back --breakfast in both Whale and Bela Vita is excellent --good choice of restaurants on site as well as Arte Nautice fish restaurant on beach where wines are noticeably cheaper than in restaurants on site
We ate twice in arte nautica and adega (portugese traditional)but were a bit diappointed that Whale menu was a lot changed and to our taste not for better --it seemed that it had been made a bit posher but we missed a couple of really nice simple pasta dishes and generally Whale seemed less popular than on previous visits and not open as often for either lunch ot dinner --we asked about changes to menu but were told it was ,, result,, of research !maybe it was but we were not impressed ! We didnt fancy Aladdin which again had changed menu and seemed to have gone upin price --ate lunch at bar outside Residence and really good simple food pizza baguettes wraps and salads --all staff here were justoutstanding --really very friendly including a couple ofplacement students
The suites were very large and comfortable. All rooms were air-conditioned (separately) and there was also a small outside patio with table/ chairs and a couple of sun loungers just beyond that. The main seawater pool was exceptional, although a little on the cold side - we didn't try the smaller fresh water pool or inside pool.
The breakfast buffet was fine - at the expected level. The evening meals were very good, although limited menu and a bit pricy.
There were a couple of weddings held while we were there but there was no noise or disruption to us at all.
This hotel is just wonderful. The staff are amazing and will do anything to help you with everything you need. I had a studio room with a kitchen, it is very well equipped and even the freezer works which is a huge plus in a hotel! The bed is the comfiest I've slept in a long time.
The area this hotel is in is beautiful, with a little shop just down the road with all the basics and more. The pool area and the general hotel are always clean and tidy. the pool looking out over the river is stunning.
This is the 2nd time I've stayed here and each time I just want to come back!
We rented the 6 person (2 bedroom) apartment at the Terrace Club for two weeks. luckily, ours had a suburb sea view from one of the two balconies. Not all apartments are similar as a great many will either face the street or the pool area. Especially in the latter case, be prepared for the noise during the daytime (music!) and twice weekly activities (like karaoke) until midnight, but ours did not suffer from it. The apartment was very specious, had two bathrooms, kitchen, good firm beds. There is no airco, but the ceiling fans secure a good nights rest, especially since it also just cooled down nicely during the night.
The apartment did get cleaned every other day, and we regularly did get clean towels and bedding
There is plenty of parking space and a EuropeCar rental agency 5 mins from the complex.
The surroundings, i.e. reception, pool, bar, are all pleasant. The beautiful beach is a short pleasant 5 min walk away and connects via a short tunnel to a second beach which typically is more quiet. The atlantic ocean water was just perfect when we were there (end of july). There is a costal path connecting all the beaches and thus you can just walk to the next beaches easily.
There are sufficient restaurants/bars within walking distance, as well as two small grocery stores. Slightly further away (15 min walk) there is an fairly large InterMarche that sells nearly everything.
There are some comments (see below), but overall, we found it good value for money.
G from UK
Located at only 350 metres from the picturesque beach of Nossa Senhora da Rocha and 2,5 km from the famous beach of …More
From check in, to the minute I left, it was hard to find fault with anything during my stay. The only let down, was the disappointing weather....not something they are responsible for!! It should be highlighted when booking that the main Bar area, is closed out of season but that wasn't a major issue and should have been pointed out by the holiday booking operator. The minimarket was also sparsely stocked but again this was due to it being out of season and all basics were still available.
The nearest supermarket is a Lidl, which is approx a 15 minute walk from the resort. Lots of good restaurants within walking distance and a courtesy bus to the local beaches. A quiet location, with no real nightlife, other than the restaurants and surprisingly, a rather sleazy looking strip club??
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