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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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“Great location.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2013 via mobile

Stayed in a 2 bed apartment at Rocha Brava for 3 days after spending a week on the less striking coastline of the Eastern Algarve near Tavira. The apartment was furnished to a high standard over looking the cliff top pool (the quieter of the 3) and the sea. The apartment was spacious, had two bathrooms and clean. Rocha Brava has an on site restaurant, coffee shop and a small shop, not a supermarket. Outside the resort are several other restraints within walking distance. Rocha Brava was in a good location, being only a calm 10 min drive outside Carvoeiro. Having a car meant we could easily explore the area and could choose between several local coves which offered excellent swimming and snorkelling and the other facilities of Carveiro. The cliff top path is easily accessible and offers an excellent walk high up on the cliffs. The closest beach is a 15 min walk to the west once on the path. Would I go back? Yes, but always with a car.

Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2013

This is a smart 'resort' just outside Carvoeiro, despite the info we got that you don't need a car to get about, we would definitely hire one if we went there again. There was a courtesy mini bus with 8 seats which ran three times a day, we used it once, 11 people squeezed onto it, so there were not enough seat belts and there were children on laps. After that we used taxis, or walked the 3 km into town (the sweaty option).
The 2 bed first floor apartment we had was clean and nicely furnished,with a small balcony. We love to eat outside when we're abroad but it was tricky with garden furniture which didn't fit the space, we stacked the plastic chairs and took the wooden dining chairs out there instead, we just fitted around the table. We got a bit fed up with this by day 10, many spilled drinks and wobbly moments when someone moved or accidentally kicked the table leg. Better furniture could be provided on these small balconies.
The beach is just a short walk away if you don't go out of the front entrance but head west through Rocha Brava. A really lovely beach in a small cove, not too windy, the sand cooled by the tide, a nice atmosphere, lots of Portuguese and a few Brits and other nationalities. The tide does come right in though and the amount of beach available varies a lot due to this and later in the evening the sun disappears behind the cliff and the shade creeps across the beach...time for a drink or snack at the 0 bar/restaurant.
The supermarket was more what I'd call a corner shop, not a lot in there, good for bread and milk and other urgent supplies but you couldn't get much of a meal together shopping there. Dr Oetker's pizzas, pasta and a jar of sauce, the kind of things I do when we've run out food at home! We did spot some actual meat in the cabinet one day.
The service in the coffee shop was down to luck, one visit it was fine, the other we left after 30 minutes of being totally ignored. The pool bar, same story but we did actually order (10 minutes at the bar) and wait for our food, it took about an hour and a complaint that people who'd ordered after us had their food for it to appear. The food at O Farol restaurant was good, the service same as everywhere else in that area, slow.
Over all Rocha Brava is a pleasant, nicely kept quiet resort, the pool area is a bit cramped and really only the die hard sunbed reservers stand a chance to get a spot near the pool and there's little space left for just putting down a towel. Nearby beaches are lovely and there are quite a few local restaurants. I would hire a car and use the bigger supermarkets to self cater. Don't expect to eat quickly anywhere, feel blessed if you do!

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Hillsborough, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2013

I have stayed here on about six occasions, usually with friends in a villa in which they have a quarter share. Once in a rented villa.
I agree with many of the comments regarding surly reception staff, and the shop is really disgraceful, with poor stock and worryingly "mistakes" seem to happen at checkout. (check your receipt).

I do like Rocha Brava, but the concern I have is discipline at the main swimming pool. No diving or jumping is allowed and you will see there is a small pool above the main one, now separated by a glass wall. However children just go around the end of the wall where the no jumping sign is and just jump anyway, sometimes encouraged by fathers. I narrowly escaped being landed upon by a ten year old, and if someone does land on a child's back or neck, well the consequences do not bear thinking about. Holiday Property Bond now manage this entire site, and I hope someone will take heed of my concerns.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2013

We had a two week stay here in the HPB complex which allowed us to use their pools and that meant we could avoid having to go and "book" sunbeds in the main pool which we heard was not much fun on busy days with not enough to go round. The area was fantastically well kept and there was a bit of choice with a few bars and restaurants within easy walking distance, a good choice of cuisine if you didn't want to cook. We were glad to have a car as the local supermarket other than bread and a few odd things was really expensive, there is a great Intermarche and Aldi closer to Lagoa and you will get everything there and more. The car definitely allowed us to have a lot of freedom visiting local towns and attractions there's a great beach past Portimao called Alvor if you like long open and sandy beaches although the local one - Centianes was pretty, just avoid the high tide or like us you'll be stranded and kept hostage by the lifeguards until it's safe to climb across the rocks to escape! A great adventure though!

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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2013

After a slightly confusing drive from the airport, we finally arrived at Rocha Brava and our first impressions were that the resort was beautifully looked after, all of the apartments are clean and pretty from the outside (and inside!) and the pathways surrounding them are surrounded with lovely trees and colourful flowers. We unfortunately had a delay of a few hours to get into our apartment because there was some mix-up but we parked the car outside the reception, had some lunch in the resort cafe which was fairly priced and quite good quality and service. Then we had a walk around the resort and came across all three of the pools.

We got the key to our upstairs apartment which I was pleased with because we had a very large terrace complete with table and chairs and an umbrella, as well as sun loungers. It was a good sun spot and and had a lovely view of the grounds, we were also placed near to one of the pools! However this pool was rather small, and we found the loungers were taken up quickly - but we didn't find that it was ever noisy from our apartment. We opted to go to the more secluded pool about a 5 minute walk away - which has a beautiful view of the sea and was a very calm, relaxing area. There was a small snack shop with cold drinks and a wide range of ice creams as well! The third pool is the largest one which we didn't go to because it was always quite busy with families and children - it is next to a small children's playground, tennis courts and the resort restaurant.

In terms of our apartment, it was spacious enough for the three of us, with two single beds in the bedroom and another pull-out bed. The living area was nice with a sofa, table and chairs, TV, powerful air-con, and large patio doors to take you on to the terrace. The kitchen was small but just enough and provided microwave, kettle, toaster, fridge, freezer, oven and plenty of cutlery if you did want to take advantage of self-catering make your own meals! The bathroom was also very sweet and had a nice bath/shower. However we found the maid service sometimes a bit late in the day, on one occassion, we needed new clean towels as we had to use ours for drying water that had leaked through the drain after taking a shower. We believe they may have had a problem with the water while we were there though, so this is not to say that it happens all the time!

The local area was less than 10 minute drive away from the resort - so all of the restaurants, bars and shops were very close by - as well as the beach. Everything we needed was always right there! The beach is a cove - so not the longest beach ever but definitely enough and we always found room to put our towels down and catch our tans! We went to some lovely restaurants and had great food nearby.

Overall, we had such an enjoyable stay at Rocha Brava and thought the location was great - would definitely go back more than once!

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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13 hotel reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2013 via mobile

The 4 bed villa with pool was super. The family loved the space and pool. Some of the villa was aged but it was comfortable. Had most British main channels. BBC ITV 4 5. Sky News etc...

O Farol restaurant was 10/10 I've eaten in the best restaurants in the world and this really compared. I treated the family to lobster, caught that day..was amazing (although a little toppy price wise)

Wifi in main areas was good, coffee shop especially.

The supermarket was 'adequate' but limited and expensive. We didn't get a car as we wanted a pool holiday, but it would be advantageous for suppliers and trips into town (carvoireo) although taxi is only €5

Staff were ok, we had a few small issues and they were sorted immediately.

I would suggest it may be a bit less 'quite' around the apartments near the pool, but we were on 'ocean' and it was perfect.

Carvoireo village has a host of restaurants and a lovely beach, fun for the family at night.

Excursions- ZOOMARINE excellent! Best Dolphin show I ever seen.

All in all a great holiday

Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2013

Just returned from Rocha Brava where we travelled as an early thirties couple with a two year old. We stayed in the standard apartment, which was very nice. It was well equipped with a good kitchen, a nice lounge, large double bed, and balcony.

Rocha Brava is situated in a very beautiful position and the local town of Carvoeiro is pleasant and right on a nice beach.

The free minibus to Carvoeiro was useful although we did walk a couple of times, which takes about 40 minutes, but it is O.K. although you have to walk along a fairly busy road with no proper pavement.

The biggest let-down for the place was that the staff seemed very unfriendly. It seems we had a slightly different experience to some of the other visitors on here because we hardly saw a smile from any of the staff. The women on reception were cold and curt, although the man on there at around 8 o'clock in the morning was nice. One man in the restaurant over the road did not even make eye contact when speaking to us. I have to say that the coldness and unfriendliness wasn't just confined to Rocha Brava, though, we found that many people working in shops and restaurants in the surrounding area and in Carvoeiro itself simply had no warmth and lacked friendliness in their service. This is perhaps the Portuguese way but it is also the reason we will probably never go back to Portugal.

Another major point that Rocha Brava should address is: sunbeds - lots of sunbeds with towels on them but no people. Virtually impossible to get a sunbed if you lie in. One morning I lay on a sunbed where the towel had blown off in the wind. I lay there for an hour and a half and nobody came back to it, or the one next to me. I then left and still nobody came back.

Everything is also very expensive in bars, restaurants, and small supermarkets. You should definitely have a car to get to the Aldi or Lidl and to travel around the Algarve because there is very little to do in the area.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 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
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Restaurant Swimming Pool
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Ranked #6 of 12 Specialty Lodging in Carvoeiro
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Hotel Class:4 star — Rocha Brava Village Resort 4*
Number of rooms: 100
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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