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“Happy Times” 4 of 5 stars
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Vila Gale Nautico
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Vale do Olival | Apartado 298, Armacao de Pera 8365-912, Portugal   |  
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Ranked #1 of 10 Hotels in Armacao de Pera
Armagh, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
“Happy Times”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2013

Loved this hotel, we are just home from a 7 night stay. Staff are exceptionally pleasant and a credit to the management. Spotlessly clean rooms,in fact the whole place is very clean, Our wedding anniversary happened during our stay and hotel sent a bottle of *champagne*, heart shape fruits and chocolate sauce to our room, never heard of a hotel doing this before, a wonderful gesture and gratefully accepted by us. Food is wonderful, during our stay they did two nights of barbecue,(different foods) other than breakfast i never had the same meal twice.Entertainment could be better, dancers (both groups while we were there) were a treat to watch, as was magician, Tony Macaroni was ok first time but second time it was same old banter and too much fiddling around with his guitar effects pedal instead of actually finishing a song! A little added extra of tea/coffee making facility in rooms would be a good idea, i know a lot of people take a travel kettle with them,but with airlines charging so much for luggage weights we are all being careful about what we put in there! Andre, one of the waiters, was always on hand to answer questions, fetch water etc. and all in all showed a genuine caring attitude to guests. Met some lovely people both from home here in NI. and other places around the world, somehow we all seemed to just get along well,.Snack bar offers a good range, aside from the pizza!! it had very little in the way of topping and was hard as a rock the one and only time i tried it( arrival day) but the toasties and sandwiches are delicious! You will probably gain weight at this hotel, lol, desserts are just to yummy to pass by! As for the surrounding area, a lovely place, a little quiet and at €38 return to Albuferia by taxi expensive to get around, of course a lot of people shared a taxi,there is a bus stop but its a good 25 minute walk from hotel,(at least for me with hip problems) and the bus didnt show up! a good idea for some of the bus companies might be a mini bus even 3 times a week for guests wanting to go a little further! We went on a *Jeep Safari/Catamaran trip on one of the days, excellent value at €69 each, included a lovely lunch and of course Carlos the guide/driver was a gem, met a lovely swiss couple and their beautiful daughter and two young ladies, Stacey and Patricia, on our jeep. a great day!!! The firewater is a must try! lol. this was a first visit for us to Portugal, i think first impressions in a new location is based on hotel standards as well as area and in both cases i give it a 5 star rating,, we will return! the only reason i give a 4 star for hotel is simply based on good entertainment (lack of) and having to run down last thing at night before bar closed for tea or coffee, but food, staff,cleanliness etc, all get a 5 star+
I got a facial from Monique ate the spa, also a great way to spend an hour, really enjoyed it, thanks Monique

Room Tip: cant honestly say any one was better than another, I know ours was overlooking the games area(outdoo...
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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VilaGaleHoteis, Gerente geral at Vila Gale Nautico, responded to this review, October 15, 2013
Dear Guest,

Thank you for your review and comments about your experience in Vila Galé Náutico.

It is a great pleasure to read that you enjoyed your stay with us and let us express our gratitude by thanking you for sharing your positive thoughts, especially the mention about the friendly and efficient staff, food quality, room and cleanliness.

Regarding the entertainment, we have taken in consideration your review (and from other guests). We feel that, even with number increasing of shows and different musicians, we didn´t got the results we expected. So it will be one of our main priorities for 2014. What we have done at the moment is to maintain the number of shows| musicians all season.

We are sorry about the pizza and we already have been aware from other guests the public bus service. We will try to speak with the company to avoid (or at least have the right information to guests) this kind of problems.

That´s why your comments are an important tool and only help us to continue our constant pursuit of service improvement and continue trying to exceed expectations.

On my own behalf and on that of the Vila Galé Nautico Hotel team, we hope we have the honour of hosting you again in a near future.

Kind regards

Bruno Martins
General Manager
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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23 reviews 23 reviews
13 hotel reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2013

The hotel is very clean and the staff extremely friendly and polite. Nothing was too much trouble.
The food was very good and quite a reasonable choice everyday.
The times for snacks, lunches and dinner really good too.
Pool very clean and plenty of sun beds.
The entertainment is not great but there seems to be something on most evenings.
We always had a late dinner so it didn't worry us.
There is little else to do in the evenings but there is a nice patio area just outside the restaurant where you can sit and drink in the evenings.
The hotel is in a good location as it is only about a five minute walk from the most beautiful long stunning beach.
Beds and umbrellas on the beach cost between ten and fifteen euros but more if you want a windbreak as well.
The beach is extremely long and you can walk for ever but beware should you have children with you there is a nudist part quite a long way past the fishermen's huts.
There is also a lovely promenade walk with a few shops and restaurants which runs behind the beach but it stops where the fishermen's huts are and if you want to walk further you must continue along the sand.
The area around the hotel is very built up with apartments but the gorgeous beach makes up for it.
If you can get someone to share a taxi with (4) it will cost around 30 euros return to Albufeira which is worth a visit.
The hotel has a long list of trips you can do also.
They opened the restaurant for basic breakfast and coffee early for us on our return journey so in my opinion were very obliging.
Hi to all the lovely friendly guests too that were there between 3rd -10th October.
I really enjoyed my holiday here and would definitely return.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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VilaGaleHoteis, Gerente geral at Vila Gale Nautico, responded to this review, October 11, 2013
Dear Guest,

Thank you for your lovely comments about your experience in Vila Galé Náutico.

It is a great pleasure to read that you enjoyed your stay with us and let us express our gratitude by thanking you for sharing your positive thoughts, especially regarding the friendly and efficient staff.

Your comments are an important tool for our daily work and motivates us to continue our constant pursuit of service improvement and continue trying to exceed expectations.

On my own behalf and on that of the Vila Galé Nautico Hotel team, we hope we have the honour of hosting you again in a near future.

Kind regards

Bruno Martins
General Manager
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Bath, United Kingdom
2 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2013

have just arrived back in the u.k. from having the best holiday ever. the staff at this hotel are fantastic, always polite, nothing is to much trouble, the room 320 was always cleaned perfectly, the food was amazing, so much to choose from, breakfast, lunch, and dinner was an absolute pleasure, food was always hot, fresh and perfectly presented. all areas of hotel and gardens, pool area, toilets etc. etc.were alwaysvery clean and well kept.Bruno and his team have our full praise,all in all, an excellent place to stay!!!!!......there is only one thing that i have to complain about... and that is we only booked one week....we should have stayed for two weeks !!!!!
everything to do with this hotel is stunning, well done to you all. thank you for a wonderful time.

Room Tip: balcony with pool view wonderful.
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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VilaGaleHoteis, Gerente geral at Vila Gale Nautico, responded to this review, October 10, 2013
Dear Guest,

Thank you for your wonderful review :)

It is a great pleasure to read that you enjoyed your stay with us and let us express our gratitude by thanking you for sharing your positive thoughts with us.

This really motivates us to continue pursuit service improvement and trying to exceed expectations

On my own behalf and on that of the Vila Galé Nautico Hotel team, we hope we have the honour of hosting you again in a near future.

Kind regards

Bruno Martins
General Manager
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Cookstown, United Kingdom
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2013

We ave been in hotel last September week, we spent very nice time in there. Hotel was beautiful and staff were friendly and always ready to help.
Food was very various, fish, pork, chicken and we were enjoing BBQ 2x a week. Our´s children were happy for kids daily programmes with hotel animators and mini disco was excellent every night.
Pools were clean and good condition, we like inside pool too. Rooms clean, everyday change towels.
We very satisfied with hotel, staff, near to nice beach. We are recommended this hotel to everyone.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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VilaGaleHoteis, Gerente geral at Vila Gale Nautico, responded to this review, October 9, 2013
Dear Guest,

Thank you for your review and comments about your experience in Vila Galé Náutico.

Day after day we hope to receive reviews like this. And everyone at the hotel real enjoy it :)

It is a great pleasure to read that you enjoyed your stay with us and let us express our gratitude by thanking you for sharing your positive thoughts with us.

Your comments motivates us even more to continue our constant pursuit of service improvement and continue trying to exceed expectations.

On my own behalf and on that of the Vila Galé Nautico Hotel team, we hope we have the honour of hosting you again in a near future.

Kind regards

Bruno Martins
General Manager
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2013 via mobile

Would certainly go back just for the food. Entertainment every night excellent. Bedroom was superb with balcony overlooking the pool also you could see the sea, just a couple of things I would like to see changed, towel rail too high as I am only 5foot I could not reach it also toilet paper holder too low.

  • Stayed September 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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VilaGaleHoteis, Gerente geral at Vila Gale Nautico, responded to this review, October 8, 2013
Dear Guest,

Thank you for your review and comments about your experience in Vila Galé Náutico.

It is a great pleasure to read that you enjoyed your stay with us and let us express our gratitude by thanking you for sharing your positive thoughts, especially about the food quality.

Regarding the towel rail and paper holder, we have taken in consideration your suggestion.

That´s why your comments are an important tool and only help us to continue our constant pursuit of service improvement and continue trying to exceed expectations.

On my own behalf and on that of the Vila Galé Nautico Hotel team, we hope we have the honour of hosting you again in a near future.

Kind regards

Bruno Martins
General Manager
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London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2013

The hotel provides excellent quality, cleanliness and friendliness in abundance. The food is outrageously good! choice, quality and quantity seem impossible for a busy hotel, but they pull it off daily. I've never before had fresh oysters on a package deal and boy were they good! One downside (& it's the only one) the a la carte meal is a disappointment, compared to the array of excellent food in the main restaurant.

All in all, we'd definitely recommend this hotel to all and will seriously consider returning, even though there are many other places we'd like to visit.....IT WAS THAT GOOD.

Room Tip: Pool view rooms are best and as live music is played outside, some evenings maybe top floor is best...
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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VilaGaleHoteis, Gerente geral at Vila Gale Nautico, responded to this review, October 7, 2013
Dear Guest,

Thank you for your wonderful comments about your experience in Vila Galé Náutico.

It is a great pleasure to read that you enjoyed your stay with us and let us express our gratitude by thanking you for sharing your positive thoughts about... everything.

Your comments really motivates us to continue our constant pursuit of service improvement and continue trying to exceed expectations.

On my own behalf and on that of the Vila Galé Nautico Hotel team, we hope we have the honour of hosting you again in a near future.

Kind regards

Bruno Martins
General Manager
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Ormskirk, United Kingdom
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49 reviews 49 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2013

We stayed at the ' vila gale nautico' for 1 week in September, I honestly cannot recommend this hotel enough, the rooms were spacious, clean and very comfortable and quiet, the check-in was quick, staff were extremely polite and happy to talk to you, and the food and beverages were fantastic, We have never stayed "All inclusive" before and it was amazing, so much choice in the restaurant. Thank you to Bruno and all his staff for making our holiday what we expected. "A very happy week in the sun"

Room Tip: 510 was a sunny and quiet room... lovely
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service

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VilaGaleHoteis, Gerente geral at Vila Gale Nautico, responded to this review, October 5, 2013
Dear Guest,

Thank you for your kind comments about your experience in Vila Galé Náutico.

It is a great pleasure to read that you enjoyed your stay with us and let us express our gratitude by thanking you for sharing your positive thoughts, especially about the friendly and efficient staff.

Your comments are important to us to continue our constant pursuit of service improvement and continue trying to exceed expectations.

On my own behalf and on that of the Vila Galé Nautico Hotel team, we hope we have the honour of hosting you again in a near future.

Kind regards

Bruno Martins
General Manager
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Address: Vale do Olival | Apartado 298, Armacao de Pera 8365-912, Portugal
Location: Portugal > Algarve > Faro District > Armacao de Pera
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 10 Hotels in Armacao de Pera
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Vila Gale Nautico 4*
Number of rooms: 233
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
This attractive beach hotel is located in the centre of Armacao de Pera just a few meters away from the beach and less than 1 km away from an array of shops, boutiques, bars, restaurants, nightclubs and public transports. Built in 1995 and renovated in 2003, the hotel has 233 modern rooms, where we feature 25 junior suites suitable for families. The hotel has a 24-hour reception with a safe, a lift and a newspaper stand. There is a kids' club and a playground available for children. An air-conditioned a la carte restaurant with a separate non-smoking area and highchairs for infants is also provided. Guests may park their cars either in the hotel car park, or in the garage. Room and laundry services as well as medical assistance complete the services on offer at this hotel. The modern rooms are equipped with air conditioning, electronic safety door look, direct telephone, LCD TV with Cable, private balcony, Wi-Fi Connection and safe (for and additional cost), Minibar and 24 hour room service, private bathroom with telephone and hair dryer. The hotel has a Health Club composed with indoor heated pool, Jacuzzi, steam room / Turkish bath and Gym. In the outdoors guests will find a swimming pool for adults and children with sun loungers and parasols. The nearest golf course is approximately 8 km away. Guests are invited to take breakfast from a wide buffet. Lunch and dinner service may be choosen a la carte. ... more   less 
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