We booked a week at the Porto Bay Falesia after our holiday in their sister hotel in Funchal last year. It was simply a fantastic holiday. As my wife and I have been busy at work lately and were feeling stressed, we intended right from the star to have a relaxing week with no excursions or exploring, just a lazy time by the pool and on the beach. As such this was the perfect choice. It's about half an hour from Faro airport (the hotel arranged our taxi) and we found reception to be efficient, taking our cases to the room. The hotel has a large outdoor pool and a smaller one indoors in the hotel basement, where the gym and saunas are also to be found. Our room was clean, nicely furnished and with a view from the balcony to the sea.
The beach is perhaps a ten minute walk but it's via a ravine through the cliffs, so it's quite pleasant. Be warned, there are steps involved - 166 of them! Once you're there, the beach is beautifully sandy and ideal for swimming, with some rocks and pools at one end to explore. You'll want to hire a couple of sunbeds and an umbrella - 15 euros for the day, or 10 euros if you arrive in the afternoon. Otherwise you'll be lying on your towel in the full sun.
We didn't dine at the hotel for the first couple of nights as I'm vegetarian and I wasn't sure there would be much choice for me - but after I'd asked the charming assistant manager Sylvie about it, she said I wouldn't be disappointed - and I wasn't! The buffets in the evening have an excellent range of dishes. The breakfast buffet is amazing! Whatever you prefer for your breakfast, you will find it here. Make sure to try the orange juice. They have an amazing machine where sackfuls of oranges go in the top, the juice comes out the bottom, and straight into your glass - can you get any fresher than that?
The village of Olhos D'agua is a short walk away where you'll find some good restaurants, shops, and a supermarket. Give the O Licorne Indian restaurant a try!
The staff are brilliant, the hotel is everything we could have wished for, and our holiday was just perfect!