Had a lovely stay sat the Pestana Palm Gardens. A range of different sized properties set in stunning gardens. Beautifully maintained pool area. Great restaurant & fantastic , friendly & helpful staff across the board!!! 20 minute walk into town - steep hill on the way back. We stayed in a very well equipped studio - exceptional maid service. Tiny but functional bathroom. Would suggest a bell at pool bar if left un-manned & shame there isn't a shop on site but other than that perfect & so peaceful! Would highly recommend for couples & families & very much hope to return!!
Rocha Brava enabled us to have the freedom of an independent holiday with the convenience of facilities of a hotel or complex. The villa was well equipped, clean and with a private back garden. It felt as though we were just in a small village with the great amenities of the tennis courts, gym, pool, coffee shop, supermarket and restaurant.
Ana in reception was very helpful, friendly and efficient when she organised a day trip for us and also arranged for a broken interior door handle to be fixed.
Wifi at the pool bar is free and easy accessible but the resort wide wifi reception around the resort is sporadic.
On the whole a good hotel. It's a 5 star resort but just to mention that the outside pool was very cold (indoor pool was warm though), breakfast was fine but not much variety day in day out & the beauty spa was very limited. The hotel is up a very steep hill quite a way out above Carvoeiro. There is a shuttle bus into the village which returns about 6pm at the latest. A hire car offers the best flexibility. We would recommend a visit to Silves (Moorish castle), Monchique (day trip to mountains), beaches eg Dona Ana, Albufeira and the lighthouse near Sagres (best sunset). Our 12 yr old liked Slide n Splash waterpark but thought Zoo Marine would be better for younger kids (not cheap €29). We were disappointed with Portimao as the old BBQ sardine restaurants have been moved to a not v nice area. We thought the restaurants in Carvoeiro were a bit pricey & preferred nearby Ferragudo. Beware the midges! We had an early morning return flight & the hotel kindly made us a packed lunch to take to the airport. Any request was always promptly dealt with.
My partner and I stayed in Vale de Lapa for a week (end of Sept - start of Oct) and it was fabulous. From the moment we arrived we were treated well, the service was exceptional. The hotel is quite quiet but in a great way - we found our week really relaxing. A nice retreat from the hustle and bustle of everyday life! Somewhere to really recharge the batteries.
We enjoyed the food and drinks - the menu is vast enough to try something new every day.
The accomodation is more than adequate, very spacious with ample furnishings and equipment.
We will definitely return and we are looking forward to booking again!
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.
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.
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