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Rocha Brava Village Resort
4.0 of 5 Condominium   |   Urb. Rocha Brava | Apartado 1047, Carvoeiro 8401-908, Portugal   |  
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Kingston-upon-Hull, United Kingdom
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7 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2013

First time to this resort and we will be going back this year i would highly recommend this resort but can be very hilly we went self catering ( the best we have experienced ) but it also offers an half board option .It is approx 30 minute walk or 10 minute via car to carvoerio centre it will cost approx 4 - 5 euros via taxi but the resort does also offer a free bus service . you will finds some nice resturants / cafes and bars in the town i would highly recommend Rascals but it is based on a hill . Great facilities onsite and very sociable staff .

Room Tip: most aprtment are two storey blocks i would recommend the top floors we stayed in apartment 501b whe...
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2013

Overheard "Rocha Brava" in the staff canteen whilst bemoaning the UK spring - booked it that afternoon. Most unlike me to commit with zero research and no recommendation! Put the weather in its box - it's been bad everywhere and Easter came 3 weeks early! Self catering 3 bed villa was EXCELLENT value. Cleaned daily, beds made, sheets changed, logs supplied for wood burning stove etc. 3 lovely pools on the site (one heated in winter) and at least 3 secluded beaches within 15m walk. Highly family-friendly, felt-safe and every encounter with members of staff was a pleasure. The single "could do better" is the children's play area - size fine, position within site of the pool side restaurant/bar perfect but a small investment in play equipment would make a world of difference. Would I go to the Algarve again? No. Would I go to a Roche Brava style site again 100% Yes!!

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  • Stayed April 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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Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2013

We spent a week here in March in a 1 bed apartment. It was just great. The whole complex was very clean and the apartment was cleaned and fresh towels provided every day. It is a good 20 minute walk to the village but there is 2 shops, 4 or 5 restaurants and a bar on the site and the taxi ride to the village is only €5 or €6. There is a lovely beach and restaurant about a 10 minute walk away.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2012

We rented a three bedroom villa for a week through his holiday property bond, for my 79 year old father to have some winter sun, and Rocha Brava was his find. The holiday village, as I suppose you would call it is immaculately maintained and easy to walk about on pedestrianised paths and quiet roads. There are several restaurants and a couple of small shops on site for basic needs such as bread milk etc. Off season the site is very quiet, though be warned this is when maintenance is carried out. The location is great for exploring the algarve, though I would strongly recommend hiring a car. Carvoeiro is a pretty wee town about ten minutes away and there is a supermarket just outside the town. There are lovely beaches very close as well. There are several pools on site, all very clean and inviting, though a bit cold in November! There is one small children's play area, though in general this is probably not particularly a destination for families with young children as there is not a lot for kids on site. Our villa was adequate and clean, though a little dated inside. All restaurant, shop and other staff all speak good English.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Chippenham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2012

We've been to Carvoeiro 5 times now with our 5 year old son and have finally found the best place to stay. A real gem. It is a way out from the town (around 3km) but there are 3 courtesy buses a day and the it isn't an issue. Two beautiful beaches within walking distance, some good local small supermarkets and lots of bars and restaurants. And heated pools which is very rare! And friendly staff. We will definitely be going back.

  • Stayed July 2012, 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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Stansted, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2012

If your idea of a holiday is discotheques and wild parties you won't like Rocha Brava. On the other hand, if you want a relaxing holiday in a beautiful location you need look no further!

Within a few kilometres of the resort there are half-a-dozen beautiful coves with sandy beaches, and if you're feeling adventurous you can visit them all by following the recently completed coastal path - it's about three hours in each direction should you decide to walk the whole length.

The nearest of the beaches is just 10-15 minutes walk away at Vale Centianes, though I prefer Carvalho - of course, everyone has their own favourite.

Unlike so many resorts which just keep growing upwards and outwards Rocha Brava is a mature development with no high-rise buildings and no ongoing building work. Adding to its charm is the fact that whilst the villas and apartments may be pigeon-holed into the usual categories, you'd be hard to pressed to find two that are identical in size, layout, or appearance. Most of the property is privately-owned and the character of owner (or owners - some are divided into quarter-shares) invariably adds an extra touch of uniqueness to the decor or facilities.

Sea-views can be a mixed blessing - because the Algarve is on the south coast of Portugal a property that faces the sea will inevitably get hotter - and many of the properties with seaviews are first floor properties, so don't offer instant access to the beautiful gardens.

There are three pools in the resort, the smallest of which is heated during the winter, for those who insist on a dip every day of the year - but it isn't big enough for 'proper' swimming. The four tennis courts have been recently refurbished and rackets and balls are available for hire if you haven't brought your own. There's also a nine-hole golf course nearby.

To make the most of your visit hire a car - except in peak season the amount you'll save by shopping in supermarkets and eating in will pay for it many times over. Intermarche is the nearest supermarket, about 10 minutes away on the road to Lagoa, and you'll find Pao de Acucar (think Waitrose) on the N125 heading out of Lagoa - but for the ultimate shopping experience visit the new Aqua Centre in Portimao, which boasts an enormous Jumbo amongst its dozen of shops.

There is a restaurant and a cafe within the resort, and there are several restaurants within 5 minutes from the main entrance. There is also a mini-market just inside the main entrance which is open long hours.

Be warned - you may end up liking Rocha Brava so much that you decide to become an owner!

Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Norwich, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2012

Sitting on some of the most beatiful views in the Algarve this well managed resort has everything. Well maintained properties, fantastic gardens around the site and good eating in and around the area. The staff are polite and helpful, always happy to go that extra mile.

Room Tip: Top tip wold be to go for a property with a sea view.
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Urb. Rocha Brava | Apartado 1047, Carvoeiro 8401-908, Portugal
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Location: Portugal > Algarve > Faro District > Carvoeiro
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 13 Specialty lodging in Carvoeiro
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Rocha Brava Village Resort 4*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Situated overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, and only 3 km from the enchanting old fishing village which is Praia do Carvoeiro, we invite you to come and experience the beauty and tranquillity of the 4 Star ‘Rocha Brava Village Resort’. From apartments to townhouses, to individual villas with their own gardens and swimming pools. Come and discover what the heart of the Algarve has to offer, including the numerous silver beaches that are close to us here at the Rocha Brava Village Resort, as well as some of the best golf courses in the Algarve. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Rocha Brava Apartments Hotel Carvoeiro
Rocha Brava Portugal
Rocha Brava Village Resort Carvoeiro, Portugal - Algarve

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