My wife and I arrived back on 5th october having spent 10 nights at the Balaia Mar. We wanted a bit of sun after the terrible summer we had, so this was a last minute holiday. Our room was in the hotel and overlooking the pool. It was a good size room with a king size bed, actually two singles pushed together with a mattress topper. It also had a fridge and kettle with two cups and saucers for tea.The tv had bbc1 and channel 5 in English. The balcony had table and two chairs and two sunloungers on it. It was massive and got afternoon sun. The patio door had shutters which you could close when leaving. The bathroom was a good size too with a shower over the bath, a hairdrier and shaver point. The room was cleaned every day and towels changed when needed. One point to note is that the hotel does not supply pool towels you have to bring your own, although you can buy them everywhere from about 7euros. Also the reception do not change traveller cheques and when booking a trip i had to pay in cash. I mention these because the banks are in Albufeira and close about 3:30 and the nearest cashpoint i could find was about 15 or 20 minutes walk away in santa Eulalia. There is no entertainment in the hotel but taxis are about 7 euros to the old town and as has been said there is a free shuttle bus to take you there BUT ONLY IF YOU ARE ALL INCLUSIVE. The meals are adequate and well cooked although repetitive and not very exciting. Same frankfurters at breakfast, same cereal, same desserts, only creamed spinach for veg every day.If you are picky or choosey you will go hungry. The best bit of the hotel is its location on Maria Luisa beach, an unspoilt beautiful stretch of clean sand. The waves can be quite strong but lifeguards are on hand
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