We have just come back from a great relaxing fortnight in these villas, on arrival I went to the office to collect our key and book in and that was the last we had any contact with the office as everything was spot-on . We had booked a 2 bedroom apt. as our daughter was coming with us for the first week and that turned out to be a godsend due to the fact that all the 1 bedroom apts. are more or less basement like with no outlook whatsoever and not recommended, we had room no. 102 which was all on the level next to the pool. The pool area is the real hub of the place and there are ample beds for everyone, the pool is a good size and it has steps to walk in /out and the maximum depth is only 1.5 metres. There is the pool bar which is run by Isobel who works from 9 .00 until 9.00 at night and never stops she is brilliant and will make you anything you want and all at very reasonable prices.
In the apt. everything you need is there with an electric hob + oven and all you require in a kitchen, the living room area is basic and my only gripe is that the sofas are not at comfy and could do with an upgrade, the TV is a modern one and I had taken a hard-drive with films on to watch later at night and it had the USB connection required, the 2 bedrooms had all you need tons of wardrobe and drawers for everything to keep a woman happy. The beds are on the solid side but that's up to each persons opinion. each bedroom opened out to the veranda with beautiful views to the sea and ADP
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
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
I stayed at the hotel for 4 nights as a single traveller. The room was lovely, the decor was contemporary and the king size bed was great. The pool and grounds were beautiful, well maintained and perfect for relaxing and enjoying the sun. There was only a small number of children staying at the hotel and that for me was also a bonus as it meant a quieter and more relaxed atmosphere. The spa was fantastic, I had a great facial and massage and used the sauna, jacuzzi and steam room everyday. The only small disappointment for me was the food, the buffet breakfast was good although wasn't really restocked so if you arrived later the choice was limited, the food at the pool bar was nice but the evening buffet was disappointing and over priced. This was just a small disappointment in an otherwise really enjoyable stay and I'd definitely go back again. Highly recommended.
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