This is a hotel with a difference. OK, it's a guest house really, but the very personal service matched the very different setting. It's a delightful, modern building set in a beautiful and peaceful forest exclusively of cork oaks. These old trees are interesting and beautiful, rendering the hotel's surroundings peaceful and tranquil. Yet you have a great view over the valley towards the sea in the distance, at Portimão and Lagos.
Yes, there is a stone quarry on the opposite side of the valley but it is not intrusive and I should think that the industry is an important one for the Portuguese economy.
Stephanie met us and showed us around the guest house, the lovely gardens, the pool and relaxing areas, inside and outside, and our room. This was spacious, luxurious and a lovely place to relax after some of the walking we managed in our 3 days in the area. But it was Laila who looked after us for most of the time, making excellent breakfasts, tidying the hotel and our rooms, giving us tips for exploring the area and lending us a book on wild flowers in the area.
We left the Vila Foia very relaxed and happy. We will try to get back there . . .
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