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Colina Village
3.0 of 5 Villa   |   Praia do Carvoeiro Apt.25, Lagoa 8400, Portugal   |  
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Northumberland
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Excellent!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2011

What a lovely place to stay! Our one bedroom apartment was spacious and surrounded by beautifully manicured mature gardens full of flowers. There is a great pool for toddlers and a larger one for swimmers. Both were clean and the so was the pool area and sunbeds. There is a big indoor pool too so I should think Colina Village would be perfect at the end of the season, too. The restaurant was very tasty. They do pizza, steak and local dishes too but I had fresh fish each time we ate there. It wasn't overpriced either. My son loved the little park but older children were enjoying the pool tables with their Dads! The staff are laid back and genuinely friendly. We had no wine glasses in our apartment when we arrived and later noticed the bulb needed changing in our outside light but literally two minutes after reporting each incident to reception someone was ringing our doorbell to sort it out! The cleaners came every day but sunday and there was always fresh towels or linnen if you needed it. I would definately go back to Colina Village. We really enjoyed our stay. Sadly the supermarkets and beach sunbed prices were ridiculous in portugal. I had heard the recession was biting. Take extra spends if you're self-catering.

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Location
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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English first
Southampton, England
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2011

We paid extra for a 3 bedroomed apartment which turned out to be a fantastic space - a two storey duplex with 3 bathrooms. The ground floor consisted of a spacious hall, re-fitted kitchen with a large fridge/freezer, bathroom, twin bedroom and large lounge/diner with balcony overlooking the lovely gardens. Downstairs were a further 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms and a handy windowless storage room. There was patio furniture on the balcony off the lounge and on the patio off the main bedroom. The lounge/diner was large and equipped with a medium sized flat screen TV. ITV4, BBC1 and Sky News were connections to home, but you could pay a few Euros an hour for wireless internet access at reception.

The apartment had been recently re-painted and the kitchen and bathroom walls had all been re-tiled. We had apartment 29 opposite the pool and restaurant. It was quiet at night - no night club here so ideal for a couple or young family seeking a quiet break. Once a week they have live music in the restaurant and a karaoke night but the music stopped around 11, we think,as the air con masked any noise from outside. The units seemed fairly new, blissfully quiet in operation and were essential for a comfortable nights sleep.

The apartment itself was very well equipped with an ironing board, airer, toaster, microwave and coffee maker. Towels were changed 6 days out of 7 (just take a beach towel for the pool area) and toilet paper replenished. Even tea towels were provided. The floors were swept and mopped and the beds made, too.

There was a small grassed area to the front and a larger area to the back with lots of palm trees, oleander, lilac, roses and honeysuckle everywhere. The grounds were very well maintained and while we were there the painters were sprucing up the brickwork around the pool and restaurant. The pool itself was always clean, and though unheated it made a refreshing dip when the heat got too much!

The restaurant was small and staff friendly. Food was fairly varied, pretty good value and well presented. Mini market was fine for essentials but the walk to supermarket (Intermarche) is only about 10 minutes and well worth the trip if you are on a budget (as we were.)

The free mini bus goes every day to Carvoeiro at 10, 2 and 5. Otherwise it is about 25 minutes walk from Colina to the beach - in 90 degrees it was not an option for us so the mini bus was perfect. We saved our energy to walk along the cliffs to Algar Seco - beautiful scenery with the red rock formations and spring flowers- and the kids loved exploring the pathways and rockpools.

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2011

We are just back from a week at Colina.
Had read the reviews here but we didn't expect it to be as good as it was.
We had a one bedroom apartment. We had a first floor one. It was spacious, very clean with cleaning service every day except sunday. Twin beds were comfortable enough. Fold out couch to bed was perfect for our six year old.
Only negatives I can say was that there are a few farms surrounding the resort and the dogs barking at night was annoying the first two nights but after that we used air con which was needed then anyway as got hotter and they didn't wake us after. You hear roosters in morning too but i'm a very light sleeper and overall it is very quiet at this resort.
The only other negative is the first floor apartments have a steep tiled stairs. I was a little anxious of this with our lively six year old first. There was no door to the stairs so it is open from all other rooms upstairs. If you have young kids I think ground floor would be safer and less stressing.
The resort was very quiet while we were there. We loved this! The outside big pool was great, very big pool, i suspect 25 m long ? and quite wide. Plenty of loungers. Lunch food at bar was good quality and good price.
The kids pool was closed while we were there, not sure why, maybe because it was so quiet ?! It was a fab round one and all about 2 foot deep but we managed with big pool with our six year old.
The grounds are nice and spacious between each blog of apartments. Each block has one upper and one ground floor one. We were in 12A which was near reception and yet not too far from pool, bar etc which was perfect.
We had a car which was perfect to get around. It is about a 15 minute walk to the town otherwise and in heat can be rough but fine for evening.The town is lovely, quite hilly though with cobbled stone but pretty. Having a disability but being mobile currently made me observe that overall Carvoeiro wouldn't be a great spot for someone with mobility issues as it's very hilly, quite cobbled streets.
Some lovely restaurants in CArvoeiro. Anywhere we ate was good. Had a relaly good meal in Chiccos which is opposite the Black Stove Bar half way down the hill going into the town. Food was great quality at Chiccos and they catered for a big ground of us with great service ! Another place a little further down the street, a peachy colour, think called Vlandhi was really good too. Place near beach at bottom of town was very expensive and small portions!
I would go back to Colina VIllage as a budget family holiday !

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  • Stayed June 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Stafford, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2011

Like previous reviewers we were unsure what it was going to be like. The apartments are very spacious and clean with good maid service. We had upgraded to a two bedroomed apartment to avoid the twin beds however the double bedroom was in a very small room so that became our luggage room instead and we slept in the much larger twin bedded room. We stayed bed and breakfast and in retrospect as it was so very quiet with only about ten or so apartments occupied we would rather have self catered totally. Most days we were the only ones taking breakfast therefore choice etc very limited. The restaurant provided a good menu for lunch and dinner and the fish was excellent. We walked most of the time along the cliffs and to and from the town just getting the minibus when it was particularly warm. Very handy having the well stocked supermarket ten minutes away on the main road which stocked good fresh food. I would say it would be a mite too quiet for the solo traveller (at this time of year anyway). The pool was a good size and had a proper deep end. Carvoeira was lovely - the atlantic breezes most welcome - all in all a very enjoyable holiday.

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  • Stayed May 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Coventry, United Kingdom
1 review
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2011

We have just returned from a holiday at Colina Village & a heatwave in April! We had a pleasant 2-bedroomed apartment a few steps away from the pools & restaurant. It was very quiet during the day (very few people there that week) and at night. We ate in the restaurant each night as we were half board and the meals were good & plentiful: 3 courses with a couple of choices for each. The staff were very helpful and spoke good English. We took the minibus down to Carvoeiro at 10am usually and came back up on it at 2.10 or 5.10pm. We didn't walk down or up as we didn't need to and it was very warm all week. There are lovely walks along the cliffs and beaches...save your energy for that! Carvoeiro is lovely and the small beach beautiful. There are all sorts of shops and we stocked up on lunch-items down there or ate in cafes.
Before we went, I wondered whether we would be able to get to other places easily as one or two of the reviews indicated the guests were stranded onsite! Do not worry! The local buses are good...go down to Carvoeiro at 10 and catch the bus to Portimao (ask where the stop is at the tourist office by the beach) at 10.30. Spend the day there (nice shops & river walks) and return on the afternoon bus. If you think you'll miss the 5.10 minibus, get off the bus at the traffic lights after the supermarket everyone mentions in reviews and walk back - 10 mins. Or continue from Portimao to Ferragudo, a pretty hillside fishing village. You can also get off the Portimao bus at Lagoa and continue to Silves, well worth a visit with its castle & church. Bus journeys cost 2 or 3 euros.

We also did one coach trip - 'the Best of the West' (25E with Cosmos - our rep came to the Village and we booked through her). This was most enjoyable and we visited Silves, Monchique in the mountains, Lagos & Cabo de Sao Vicente. There were other trips available through Cosmos or at the reception or in Carvoeiro. So definitely not stranded!

A few tips: if you like a mug of tea rather than a small cup, take one! The only ones provided in the kitchen are small. I'd also take a small plastic bottle of washing up liquid & cloths as these are not provided. Loo rolls are there as are towels & teatowels. We dislike longlife milk which seemed to be the only milk available but we discovered at the end that some supermarkets do stock fresh milk.

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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scotland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2011

We stayed at this complex in october 2010. we booked with jet2 holidays half board basis. the complex is lovely and clean. There is a large pool with a restaurant behind it. There is also an indoor pool. We had a duplex apartment it was ENORMOUS!!! Very clean and well equipped. Food was lovely, cant fault it and the waiters very helpful and friendly. The guy at reception wasnt very friendly, my only criticism. The shop stocks a few things but there is a large supermarket near by which we went to by taxi. You need a car to get into town or get taxis which cost about 4 euros. Carveiro is lovely it has a beautiful beach and is a nice place to wander round. My son is in a wheelchair and we managed fine. if you want to get around independently hire a car, i think you can do it quite cheaply if you go into carveiro. we had a lovely time would go back.

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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london
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2010

We felt the Colina Village offered to best of both worlds, self catering apartments but with all the facilities you would get at a hotel. We had a one bedroom apartment, which had two single beds and a pull out sofa bed in the lounge. The kitchen was huge with everything you would need to cater for meals indoors. We really couldn't fault the size of the apartment. The kids had a great time playing in the indoor and outdoor pools and when they were bored with that there was always the pool tables to play on. The bar staff were very friendly and we had a great time trying out the cocktails they had on offer!!!! We had some really lovely meals in the restaurant and we felt it was good value for money. We went into town a few evenings to eat and again the people were very welcoming and friendly. I would say if you haven't hired a car then you would need to get a cab into town. You can order this at reception and will cost about 5 euros. The on site shop does not have much to offer but there is a large supermarket about 10-15 minute walk away. We had a fantastic week at Colina Village and would definitely go back again.

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Praia do Carvoeiro Apt.25, Lagoa 8400, Portugal
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Location: Portugal > Algarve > Faro District > Lagoa
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 2 Specialty Lodging in Lagoa
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Hotel Class:3 star — Colina Village 3*
Number of rooms: 73
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